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PSIFF launching 'One World' program with grant award from the James Irvine Foundation


Palm Springs, CA (February 21, 2013) – The Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) has been awarded a two-year grant in the amount of $220,000 from The James Irvine Foundation through its Exploring Engagement Fund.  The grant funding will be used to launch “One World,” an entertaining and enlightening program of multi-cultural short films from around the world and facilitated post-screening discussions. One World is intended to promote cross-cultural dialogue and acceptance while engaging the diverse populations of the San Bernardino and Riverside Counties in the cinematic arts. 

“Through this grant award we can now strive for a leadership role in engaging new and diverse audiences in a powerful and fulfilling art form.  The Festival is committed to providing an extensive forum for multi-cultural exchange in underserved sites throughout San Bernardino and Riverside Counties,” said Festival Director Darryl Macdonald. “We’re very grateful to the Irvine Foundation for providing this opportunity and proud to be one of only two organizations in the Coachella Valley selected to receive funding through their ‘Exploring Engagement Fund for Priority Regions’ initiative.” 

One World addresses the Festival’s ongoing commitment to heighten participation in local cultural events to diverse audiences.  The Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will curate three multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and multi-lingual short film programs appropriate for young adult and adult audiences, each of which will be used twice to fulfill the goal of six One World presentations in the first year.  One World, which will be presented at no cost to participants, is self-contained and accessible, designed to be presented at almost any community-based location where people gather.  

About The James Irvine Foundation
The James Irvine Foundation is a private, nonprofit grantmaking foundation dedicated to expanding opportunity for the people of California to participate in a vibrant, successful and inclusive society. The Foundation’s grantmaking focuses on three program areas: Arts, California Democracy and Youth. Since 1937 the Foundation has provided over $1.3 billion in grants to more than 3,500 nonprofit organizations throughout California. With about $1.6 billion in assets, the Foundation made grants of $68 million in 2012 for the people of California.

For more information about the Irvine Foundation, please visit our Web site at www.irvine.org or call 415.777.2244.

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 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 Ben Affleck, Javier Bardem, George Clooney, Bradley Cooper, Daniel Day-Lewis, Leonardo DiCaprio, Clint Eastwood, Ron Howard, Helen Mirren, Sean Penn, Brad Pitt, Natalie Portman, Charlize Theron, Naomi Watts and Kate Winslet.

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

Steven Wilson / Lauren Peteroy
B|W|R Public Relations
steven.wilson@bwr-ny.com / lauren.peteroy@bwr-ny.com

David Lee
Palm Springs International Film Festival

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