Palm Springs International Film Festival Vows Return in 2022

PALM SPRINGS — As we reach the end of the year, Harold Matzner, chairman of the Palm Springs International Film Festival, wrote in a letter to Festival Friends that “it is clear that we will not be able to present the film festival the way we have over the past 31 years.”

“This is not an easy choice but we have made the decision to skip the 2021 edition,” Matzner wrote. “Rest assured we plan to be back in 2022 when we can hopefully be together safely again in theaters. We are still planning to celebrate and honor the best in cinema with our Film Awards Presentation on February 25, 2021 and plans for our annual short film festival scheduled for June 22-28, 2021 remain intact.

Details on those will be shared before the end of the year.

The movie-based extravaganza, often considered a precursor to the Academy Awards, is usually held in January. This year, the Palm Springs International Film Festival Society has announced new dates for the 32nd annual Palm Springs International Film Festival. The festival will move to Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021 through Monday, March 8, 2021. Those plans have been, for the most part, have been put on ice.

For 31 years, the Palm Springs International Film Festival has been bringing together an international community of filmmakers and film lovers to celebrate the riches that cinema presented that year, according to Matzner.

“We’ve rushed into packed screening rooms, shared food and conversation and made lifelong connections with people standing in lines,” Matzner wrote. “This festival has been about sharing our love for movies, but even more, it’s been about creating personal connections for our audiences.”

Matzner said the Film Festival will continue its mission to share cinema through its Member and Community programs. Film Society Memberships will be extended to February 2022 at no additional cost. Memberships that include festival benefits will receive the festival benefits in January 2022.

Memberships that include Film Awards Gala benefits will receive those benefits in either 2021 or 2022. Our year-round member screenings and events will continue virtually until moviegoers are able to safely be in theaters.

Once theatres are safely able to open, we will end virtual screenings and resume Member screenings in-person.

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all of our lives in profound ways but we have not stopped believing that cinema has the power to change our hearts and minds. We stand by that truth and commit to continue our efforts in bringing film to our community.



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