• Awards Gala

    Palm Springs International Film Festival Film Awards Gala

  • Palm Springs International Film Festival Film Awards Gala

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018 | 5pm

The Palm Springs International Film Festival's signature showpiece event - and by far our biggest fundraiser - is the annual Film Awards Gala. This dazzling celebration of old school Hollywood star power, glamour and talent kicks off Awards season each year, and takes locals back to the time when Palm Springs was the playground for Hollywood's biggest stars.

This is an evening of high style, glitz, and fellowship, as we roll out the red carpet and welcome the hottest industry players, A-list celebrities, and Palm Springs community leaders to an elegant dinner and awards ceremony which raises more than $1 million in funding for the Palm Springs International Film Society every year. 

Seats and Tables are available for purchase now.  Order online here or by calling 760.318.8371. This event sells out quickly. Seat and table placement is based on level and date of purchase. For more information on the different seat or table levels please click here.

Enjoy the Film Awards Gala and preferred seating at film festival screenings with a Benefactor Pass, also available for purchase August 1, 2017.

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Event Features

Awards Gala is held inside the Palm Springs Convention Center

Cocktails 5pm-6pm
Dinner and Awards Show 6pm
Black Tie attire Required
Valet and Self- Parking are available

Event Details

Date: Jan 02 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Purchase Tickets/Tables

Award Information

Awards are provided by Dale Chihuly, Chihuly Studios and John Kennedy Studio.

Chihuly is renowned for his ambitious architectural installations around the world, including in historic cities, museums and gardens. His artwork is included in more than 200 museum collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Corning Museum of Glass. To learn more about Chihuly and his artwork, please visit: www.chihuly.com facebook.com/chihuly @chihulystudio.

The sculptor John Kennedy (1931-2004) is widely known for his graceful bronze figures, which adorn parks, campuses, and public buildings around the world. Two of his most famous sculptures are Spirit of Audrey, dedicated to Audrey Hepburn and located at the UNICEF Headquarters in New York City, and The Entertainer, the official statuette of the Palm Springs International Film Festival. www.johnkennedystudio.com 

Award Recipients

Mary J. Blige | Breakthrough Performance AwardMary J. Blige


Timothee ChalametTimothée Chalamet  | Rising Star Award, Actor

Call Me By Your Name
Sony Pictures Classics

Jessica Chastain Chairmans Award

Jessica Chastain | Chairman's Award

Molly's Game
STXfilms | The  Mark Gordon Company

Willem Dafoe Icon AwardWillem Dafoe | Icon Award

The Florida Project

Gal GadotGal Gadot | Rising Star Award, Actress

Wonder Woman
Warner Bros. Pictures

Holly Hunter Career AchievementHolly Hunter | Career Achievement Award

The Big Sick

Allison Janney Spotlight Award

Allison Janney | Spotlight Award, Actress

I, Tonya

Gary OldmanGary Oldman | Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor

Darkest Hour
Focus Features


Sam Rockwell | Spotlight Award, Actor

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Fox Searchlight

Saoirse Ronan

Saoirse Ronan | Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress

Lady Bird

The Shape of Water Vanguard Award

The Shape of Water | Vanguard Award

Fox Searchlight