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Diane Warren to be honored at PSIFF Awards Gala


PALM SPRINGS, CA (December 13, 2010) – The 22nd annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Diane Warren wwith the Frederick Loewe Music Award at its Awards Gala. Presented by Cartier, the Awards Gala will kick off the 2011 awards season on Saturday, January 8 at the Palm Springs Convention Center and will be hosted by “Entertainment Tonight’s” Mary Hart. Warren will join previously announced honorees Javier Bardem, Robert Duvall, Colin Firth, Jennifer Lawrence, Carey Mulligan, Natalie Portman and David O. Russell. The Festival runs January 6-17.

“One name always comes to mind when thinking of legendary songwriters for the cinema and that is Diane Warren,” said Palm Springs International Film Festival chairman Harold Matzner. “Over 100 films have featured Diane’s works, including Cher’s recent blockbuster performance of “You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me” in Burlesque. From Elton John to Barbra Streisand, Diane has written for the most iconic performers of our time. A true virtuosa in every sense of the word, the Palm Springs International Film Festival is proud to present the 2011 Frederick Loewe Music Award to Diane Warren.”

Past PSIFF recipients of the Frederick Loewe Music Award include T Bone Burnett, Alexandre Desplat, James Newton Howard, Danny Elfman, Howard Shore and Randy Newman.

Warren is considered one of the most prolific and successful contemporary songwriters.  She recently wrote “ You Haven’t Seen The Last of Me,” which is performed by Cher in the Screen Gems’ movie Burlesque, starring Cher and Christina Aguilera.  Warren received a nomination for the song from the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) for their 16th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. 

Diane Warren’s songs are featured in nearly 100 films. Her #1 pop hit, “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing,” performed by Aerosmith for the movie Armageddon, received an Oscar nomination and simultaneously hit #1 on the Country charts with a version sung by Mark Chesnutt.  She had a #1 international hit with “Can’t Fight the Moonlight,” performed by LeAnn Rimes and featured in the film Coyote Ugly.  She joined forces with The Cult, who recorded “Painted On My Heart” for Gone in Sixty SecondsPearl Harbor featured her Top 10 Hit “There You’ll Be,” performed by Faith Hill.  For the song, “Because You Loved Me,” sung by Celine Dion in Up Close and Personal, she earned a Grammy, as well as Oscar and Golden Globe nominations.  Her title song for the film Music of My Heart, sung by *NSYNC and Gloria Estefan, was nominated for both a Grammy and an Academy Award.  The song also won the Critics’ Choice Award for Best Song from a Motion Picture.  She was also nominated for an Academy Award for the song “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” for the film Mannequin.  All told, Diane Warren’s songs have been nominated for nine Grammys, six Oscars and four Golden Globes.

Warren has written for iconic artists such as Aerosmith, Elton John, Tina Turner, Faith Hill, Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, Eric Clapton, Celine Dion, LeAnn Rimes, Mariah Carey, Rod Stewart, and Barbra Streisand.  Diane continues to work with popular acts of today, including: Whitney Houston, Cher, Britney Spears, The Pussycat Dolls, Carrie Underwood, Joss Stone, Christina Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias, Kelly Clarkson, Jessica Simpson, Mary J. Blige, Akon and Jennifer Hudson, among many others.

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 130,000 attendees each 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 Clint Eastwood, Kate Winslet, Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Sean Penn, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ron Howard, Anne Hathaway, Jeff Bridges, Danny Elfman and many others.

The Festival’s 22nd Annual Awards Gala is presented by Cartier and sponsored by Mercedes Benz and Entertainment Tonight. Renewing sponsors of this year’s Festival are Title Sponsor The City of Palm Springs and Presenting Sponsors The Desert Sun, the City of Indian Wells, Spencer’s Restaurant and KPSP Local 2. Major Sponsors include Bank of America, Penfolds, Regal Entertainment, Diageo, Desert Regional Medical Center, Integrated Wealth Management, Wessman Development, Guthy-Renker, Wells Fargo, Chihuly Art Glass, and Ocean Properties Development.

For more information, call 760-322-2930 or 800-898-7256 or visit www.psfilmfest.org.


Steven Wilson / Emily Davis
B|W|R Public Relations
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David Lee
Palm Springs International Film Festival

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