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Sydney Pollack, Kate Winslet & Todd Field To Be Honored At 18th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala
The 18th Annual PSIFF will honor Sydney Pollack with the Patron of the Arts Award presented by the Screen Actors Guild Foundation, Kate Winslet with the Desert Palm Achievement Award and Todd Field with the Sonny Bono Visionary Award.

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NEW YORK, NY – The 18th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will honor Sydney Pollack with the Patron of the Arts Award presented by the Screen Actors Guild Foundation, Kate Winslet with the Desert Palm Achievement Award and Todd Field with the Sonny Bono Visionary Award at the Festival’s annual Awards Gala. Festival chairman Earl Greenburg made the announcement at a private event held at Megu Midtown in New York City hosted by Gotham Magazine. The Awards Gala, which will be held on Saturday, January 6, 2007 at the Palm Springs Convention Center, will also honor Adam Beach and will be hosted by “Entertainment Tonight’s” Mary Hart.

The Screen Actors Guild Foundation will present its first annual Patron of the Arts Award to Pollack at this year’s Festival. The award is given to a person who has contributed significantly to the support of persons or projects that encourage and recognize the commitment to excellence in the film industry.

Greenburg said, “We are grateful that the Palm Springs International Film Festival has been selected by the SAG Foundation to present their inaugural Patron of the Arts Award. Not only do we get to honor a distinguished actor and Academy Award winning director, but a man who continues to contribute to humanitarian causes without seeking recognition.”

Marcia Smith, Executive Director of the Screen Actors Guild Foundation said, “This is the first time that the SAG Foundation has ever given an award and the benchmark has been set high by honoring Mr. Pollack as the first recipient. Pollack has brought dignity and pride to our industry through his many films and his participation in organizations that encourage and preserve the art of film making.”

Pollack’s twenty films have received 46 Academy Award nominations including two for Best Picture. His film Out of Africa won seven Oscars including Best Picture and Best Director for Pollack. He won the New York Film Critics’ Award for his 1982 Film Tootsie and the David di Donatello Award for Three Days of the Condor. He’s received the Golden Globe for Best Director twice, the National Society of Film Critics’ Award, the NATO Director of the Year Award, and prizes from the Brussels, Belgrade, San Sebastian, Moscow, and Taormina Film Festivals.

As an actor, he has appeared in Woody Allen’s Husbands and Wives, Robert Altman’s The Player, Robert Zemeckis’s Death Becomes Her, Steve Zaillian’s Civil Action, Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut, and Roger Michell’s Changing Lanes. On television he has appeared on “Mad About You” and “Will & Grace.” In 1985 he formed Mirage Productions. Under that banner he has produced the films; Presumed Innocent, The Fabulous Baker Boys, White Palace, Major League, Dead Again, Searching for Bobby Fisher, Sense and Sensibility, The Talented Mr. Ripley, The Quiet American and Cold Mountain. In 2000 writer/director Anthony Minghella became a partner in Mirage Productions.

His most current screen role will mark its US Premiere at this year’s Palm Springs International Film Festival this January. Pollack plays revered American film director Brian Sobinksi, in this year’s official Foreign Language Oscar submission from France Avenue Montaigne. Also this year, Pollack produced the Weinstein Company film Breaking & Entering, directed by Anthony Minghella and starring Jude Law, Juliette Binoche and Robin Wright Penn which will be released this December. He was an executive producer on the Focus Features release of Catch a Fire starring Tim Robbins and Derek Luke, directed by Phillip Noyce.

Academy Award nominated actress Kate Winslet stars in New Line Cinema’s Little Children, the latest from Oscar-nominated writer/director Todd Field—both will be honored at this year’s Festival. Based on the novel by Tom Perrotta, Little Children centers on a handful of individuals whose lives intersect on the playgrounds, town pools and streets of their small community in surprising and potentially dangerous ways. The film also stars Jennifer Connelly and Patrick Wilson.

Commenting on the selection of Field, Greenburg said, “The Sonny Bono Visionary Award, named after the founder of the Festival, has been awarded in the past to such filmmakers as David Cronenberg and Kevin Spacey. Todd Field with his commitment to acting, directing, producing and writing brings the credentials, quality and prestige that has always been defined by this award,” continuing Greenburg stated, “Winslet’s depth of acting experience in so few years, has impressed everyone at our Festival. We are delighted to honor her body of work this year with so many extraordinary performances including her role in Todd Field’s Little Children.”

Winslet received international acclaim in Peter Jackson’s feature film Heavenly Creatures. She followed that in 1995 with her role in Ang Lee’s Sense and Sensibility, where she received her first Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe nomination for her performance. She went on to win the BAFTA and the Screen Actors Guild Award. Winslet received her second Academy nomination for her role in James Cameron’s Titanic opposite Leonardo DiCaprio. In her performance portraying a young Iris Murdoch in Iris, Winslet received a Golden Globe and her third Oscar nomination. In Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, she received Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations for Best Actress.

Currently Winslet can be seen in All the King’s Men, opposite Jude Law and Sean Pemm, directed by Steven Zaillian and her voice is featured in Flushed Away. This December she will star in the romantic comedy The Holiday opposite Cameron Diaz, Jude Law and Jack Black. Her other credits include Jude, Hamlet, Hideous Kinky, Quills, The Life of David Gale and Finding Neverland.

Past recipients of the Desert Palm Achievement Award include Charlize Theron, Jake Gyllenhaal, Liam Neeson, Laura Linney, Naomi Watts and Nicolas Cage.

Todd Field made his feature film debut at the Sundance Film Festival with the film In the Bedroom. Internationally acclaimed by critics, the film was named Best Picture of the Year by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine, The New Yorker and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. The film went on to receive five Academy Award nominations including Best Picture. The New York Film Critics Circle, the Chicago Film Critics Association and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association acknowledged Field for his work on the film, and the National Board of Review named him Director of the Year. Field received two Academy Award nominations, a Golden Globe nomination and an Independent Spirit Award. The British Film Institute recognized Field with the Satyajit Ray Award, and the American Film Institute honored him with the Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal.

As an actor, Field has appeared in Victor Nunez’s Ruby in Paradise and Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut.

Founded in 1990 by then Mayor Sonny Bono, the PSIFF is one of the largest film festivals in North America. The Festival has an attractive film sales and distribution record and is seen by American distributors as one of the best Academy Award campaign marketing tools. The Festival also features cultural events, filmmaker tributes, industry seminars and an annual black-tie gala award presentation.

Renewing their support of this year’s Festival is Title Sponsor, The City of Palm Springs and Presenting Sponsors, Spencer’s Restaurant, The Desert Sun, the City of Indian Wells, the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, Wessman Development and Entertainment Tonight. Major sponsors include Tiffany & Co., Frownies, Wells Fargo, Regal Entertainment Group, and Integrated Wealth Management.

Passes are now on sale for the 18th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival, scheduled from January 4-15, 2007. Join us as the Festival plays host to a fabulous array of movies and movie stars. A spectacular event, the Festival has a line up of more than 230 films from 65 countries, seminars, special events and Gala receptions. To order passes call us at 760-322-2930 or 800-898-7256 or visit us online at www.psfilmfest.org.

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