by Coachella Valley | January 12, 2015 6:00 pm

The Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) has announced that the dates of next year’s festival will be January 1-11, 2016, for the 27th edition.

The festival will host a New Year’s Eve celebration for all attending festival guests on Dec. 31 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The festival will begin on Friday, January 1 with all day screenings and the Opening Night screening followed by a reception at the Palm Springs Art Museum. The festival’s Awards Gala will be held on Saturday, January 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. This year’s star-studded event, hosted by Mary Hart, honored Robert Duvall, the cast of The Imitation Game, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Richard Linklater, Julianne Moore, David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Eddie Redmayne, J.K. Simmons and Reese Witherspoon. Closing Night will take place on Sunday, January 10 with the Best of the Fest screening on Monday, January 11.

“The Palm Springs International Film Festival has always been the first major event of the calendar year and we plan on continuing that tradition,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “Our festival has become an important stop on the awards season trail for both actors and filmmakers as well as our strong showcase of foreign language cinema.”

The 26th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival runs until January 12, 2015. For additional information visit

About The Palm Springs International Film Festival:
The Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) is one of the largest film festivals in North America, welcoming 135,000 attendees last year for its lineup of new and celebrated international features and documentaries. The Festival is also known for its annual Black Tie Awards Gala, honoring the best achievements of the filmic year by a celebrated list of talents who, in recent years, have included Ben Affleck, Javier Bardem, Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Bradley Cooper, George Clooney, Daniel Day-Lewis, Leonardo DiCaprio, Clint Eastwood, Tom Hanks, Matthew McConaughey, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, David O. Russell, Meryl Streep, and Kate Winslet.

The Awards Gala of the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival is presented by Cartier and sponsored by Mercedes-Benz and Entertainment Tonight. The City of Palm Springs is the Title Sponsor of the Film Festival. Presenting Sponsors are Wells Fargo, The Desert Sun and Spencer’s. Major sponsors are Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, Wessman Development, Bank of America, Wintec, Regal Entertainment Group, Ignition Creative, Desert Regional Medical Center, Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands, Windermere Real Estate, Eisenhower Medical Center, Guthy-Renker, Integrated Wealth Management,, Ocean Properties, Chihuly and Telefilm Canada.

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