Events Awards Gala


All the Stars Align for Annual Awards Gala

The bright red carpet, shimmering gowns, sharp tuxedos, dazzling diamonds, the thrilling pop of flashbulbs, and of course the world’s biggest stars… all the classic glitz and glamour that make the movies magical can be found right here at the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala.

For the 23rd year, the film world’s best and brightest journey to the desert to kick off the 2012 awards season in high style. Held on Saturday, January 7, the spectacular event—presented by preeminent luxury brand Cartier—turns our quaint desert oasis into the center of the galaxy, drawing the biggest actors and actresses, celebrity filmmakers, media, industry professionals, and film fans from all over the world. And for a good cause: The Awards Gala raises more than $1 million in funding for the Palm Springs International Film Society.

Year after year, the most buzzed-about names on the awards trail come to experience the unrivaled Palm Springs hospitality that creates an intimate event far removed from the frenzy of other awards shows. Here, Hollywood heavyweights settle in to share war stories, old friendships are rekindled, and new professional relationships are born over gourmet food and cocktails. And presiding over it all is the superstar of entertainment media, Mary Hart, who returns as emcee for the ninth time. It’s a true testament to the Gala’s charm that so many A-listers return year after year!

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