Each year, Hollywood’s hottest celebrities attend the Palm Springs International Film Festival, kicking off the award show season. And while our host Heather Dawson is currently walking the red carpet at 29th annual event happening today, we’re bringing you the inside scoop on who was invited and who will be honored at the exclusive festival.
It’s been announced that Variety will present director Patty Jenkins with its annual Creative Impact in Directing Award at an intimate brunch at festival. Jenkins will be the first female director to ever receive the honor, and the award will celebrate her career, from her award-winning first feature, “Monster,” to her most recent work directing Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Wonder Woman.” Among that film’s many accolades, it was recently named one of AFI’s Best Films of The Year, and Jenkins and the film’s star, Gal Gadot, will receive the National Board of Review Spotlight Award.
“Patty Jenkins has directed one of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful films of the year with “Wonder Woman,” said Variety Co-Editor in Chief, Claudia Eller.
“The film grossed $820 million worldwide and has inspired women—and men—old and young, to feel as empowered as the superhero at its center. Patty also scored a big one for female directors, which are in short supply in Hollywood.”
“Wonder Woman” star Gal Gadot will be presenting Patty the award at the brunch. Gadot will also receive the Rising Star Award at the PSIFF Film Awards Gala.
Previous recipients of this award have included Jeff Nichols, Charlie Kaufmann, David O. Russell, and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
“10 Directors to Watch”
“10 Directors to Watch” debuted in 1996 and the annual event moved to the Palm Springs International Film Festival in January 2011. “10 Directors to Watch” was the first of Variety’s “10 to Watch” series spotlighting the most exciting new talents in the fields of directing, writing, producing, acting, cinematography and comedy.
This year’s “10 Directors to Watch” include:
Adil El Arbi & Bilall Fallah – “Gangsta”
Augustine Frizzell – “Never Going Back”
Greta Gerwig – “Lady Bird”
Joseph Kahn – “Bodied”
Xavier Legrand – “Custody”
Carlos Lopez Estrada – “Blindspotting”
Anthony Maras – “The Palace”
Samuel Maoz – “Foxtrot”
Claire McCarthy – “Ophelia”
Chloe Zhao – “The Rider”
Past “10 Directors to Watch” honorees have included Ben Affleck (“Gone Baby Gone”), Wes Anderson (“Bottle Rocket”), Scott Cooper (“Crazy Heart”), Ava DuVernay (“Selma”), Barry Jenkins (“Moonlight”), Christopher Nolan (“Memento”), Sam Matt Ross (“Captain Fantastic), Marc Webb (“500 Days of Summer”), Taylor Wood (“Nowhere Boy”) and Benh Zeitlin (“Beasts of the Southern Wild”), among others.
“As always, we’re thrilled to work with Variety on their 10 Directors to Watch brunch,” said Michael Lerman, PSIFF Artistic Director. “It’s been a fantastic time for up-and-comers, as evidenced by both this list and our particularly strong 2018 New Voices New Visions section, and we’re excited to play a role in celebrating that work.”
The festival will screen “Bodied,” “Custody” and “Foxtrot” from the 10 Directors to Watch list.
Keep an eye out for our special segment highlighting the Film Festival and catch up on last year’s spotlight below.
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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 Film Awards Gala, a glamorous, black-tie event attended by 2,500, presented this year by American Express and sponsored by Cadillac and Entertainment Tonight. The Film Awards Gala honors the year’s best achievements in cinema in front of and behind the camera. The celebrated list of talents who have been honored in recent years includes Ben Affleck, Javier Bardem, Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Bradley Cooper, George Clooney, Daniel Day-Lewis, Leonardo DiCaprio, Clint Eastwood, Tom Hanks, Nicole Kidman, Matthew McConaughey, Julianne Moore, Brad Pitt, Eddie Redmayne, Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, and Reese Witherspoon. For more information, call 760-778-8979 or 800-898-7256 or visit www.psfilmfest.org.
About Parker Palm Springs
Situated on 13 lush acres, the Parker Palm Springs is an estate where luxury is fun. Designed by Jonathan Adler, the property boasts 131 rooms, 12 villas and the 2 bedroom Gene Autry Residence. There are 4 restaurants – Norma’s (of NY fame), mister parker’s a dark and seductive French bistro, Counter Reformation a hidden wine bar and the Lemonade Stand, perfect for an afternoon bite or cocktail. The Palm Springs Yacht Club spa at over 18,000 sq. feet is well-known and a place to indulge in a treatment, take a yoga class or even lounge at the Deck. Additionally the hotel has 4 red clay tennis courts, grounds consisting of games such as croquet and petanque as well as outdoor firepits and fountains. The perfect desert escape! 4200 East Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92264. (760) 770-5000, www.theparkerpalmsprings.com.
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