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Palm Springs International Shortfest Winners and Panel Takeaways

A record 500 filmmakers from 37 countries attended the 20th annual Palm Springs International Shortfest (June 17-23). The largest short film festival and only short film market in North America screened 330 short films out of 3000 submissions. The Fest awarded more than $115,000 in prizes, including $21,000 in cash awards, in 21 categories.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 23, 2014 12:28 AM
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Palm Springs ShortFest Announces Lineup of Forums for 2014 Festival

The Palm Springs International ShortFest's main draw, naturally, is its role as an Oscar launching pad: the first-place winners of each of its four competitions qualify to compete for the Academy Award. (You can see our report on this year's shorts lineup here.)
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 17, 2014 1:49 PM
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More than 300 Films Vie for Four Oscar-Qualifying Spots at 20th Palm Springs Shortfest

The Palm Springs International Shortfest is a big deal: one of only 70 or so Oscar-qualifying festivals for shorts, it qualifies the first-place winners of its four competitions to compete for the Academy Award; only the sprawling Los Angeles Film Festival qualifies more for Oscar contention.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 5, 2014 1:25 PM
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Review: Mystery Doc 'The Galapagos Affair' a Riveting Reconstruction of Paradise Gone to Hell

Jean-Paul Sartre wrote that Hell is other people. Several of the ill-fated subjects at the center of Daniel Geller and Dayna Goldfine’s riveting historical mystery documentary “The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden” would have probably agreed with him.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 1, 2014 12:10 PM
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Review: Oscar Nominated 'Omar' a Taut Thriller about Paranoia's Occupation of the Soul

Hany Abu-Assad’s smart thriller “Omar,” which has been nominated for the Best Foreign-Language Oscar, is like a modern-day “Romeo & Juliet” tale, if Romeo were a double agent in the middle of the West Bank.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 18, 2014 11:35 AM
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Best of the Week: Guilds Reveal Oscar Frontrunners, Seven Box Office Trends Studios Shouldn't Ignore & More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • January 11, 2014 12:20 PM
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CINE-LIST: Five International Cinema Highlights from the Palm Springs Film Festival

Palm Springs International Film Festival excels in its foreign cinema selection, offering up the must-see buzzy titles, but also the lesser-known, equally worthy entries. By this point everyone knows that, say, Miyazaki's "The Wind Rises" or Thomas Vinterberg's "The Hunt" can't be missed. But what are some international films a bit more off the beaten track? Cine-List has five selections, from Kazakhstan to Argentina:
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 9, 2014 4:13 PM
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Palm Springs International Film Fest to Honor Lupita Nyong'o and Composer Thomas Newman

The 25th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival will honor Lupita Nyong’o with the Breakthrough Performance Award for her turn as young slave Patsy in “12 Years a Slave,” and Thomas Newman with the Frederick Loewe Award for Film Composing for Disney’s “Saving Mr. Banks” at its annual Awards Gala on January 4.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 9, 2013 3:02 PM
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Steve McQueen to Receive Director of the Year Award at Palm Springs International Film Fest UPDATED

UPDATE:The 25th annual Palm Springs International Film Fest will honor "12 Years a Slave" director Steve McQueen with its Director of the Year Award. The honor will be presented to McQueen on January 4 at an awards gala that also includes honorees Bruce Dern ("Nebraska"), Sandra Bullock ("Gravity") and Matthew McConaughey ("Dallas Buyers Club").
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 21, 2013 12:11 PM
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Awards Season Update and Calendar: Critics and Guilds Pack in Movies in Order to Vote in Wide Open Race

Lots of news coming in today on the awards season front.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 19, 2013 3:50 PM
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