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The 2008 Palm Springs International Film Festival Announces Call For Entries
Palm Springs, CA — The 2008 Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) has announced its call for entries. Narrative features, documentary features and documentary short subjects are eligible for submission by September 21, 2007. Late entry deadline for Festival submissions is October 9, 2007. The Festival will be held from January 3-14, 2008 in Palm Springs, CA. For additional information on entries, visit

The Palm Springs International Film Festival is dedicated to showcasing the work of exceptional, new and emerging talents as well as the celebrated work of established directors. Now in its 19th year, the festival provides an industry-friendly launch pad for new films and filmmakers, combining the best aspects of a casual film marketplace with its well-established reputation as a great audience festival that filmmakers love to attend.

The Festival will include more than 200 films from approximately 60 countries and present a majority of the films submitted for consideration in the Best Foreign Language category for the Academy Awards, as well as a large number of American independent features and documentaries. Awards offered at PSIFF include the John Schlesinger Filmmaker Prize for Outstanding Debut Feature, FIPRESCI Award for Best Foreign Language, New Voices New Visions Award for best first-time international director, and Audience Awards for Best Narrative Feature and Best Documentary. Award winners will be announced at the end of the Festival.

Winners of last year’s Festival included: Pan’s Labyrinth (Mexico/Spain) receiving the FIPRESCI Award for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year; Mads Mikkelsen in After the Wedding (Denmark) receiving the FIPRESCI Award Best Actor; and Blanca Lewin in In Bed (Chile) receiving FIPRESCI Award Best Actress. The New Voices New Visions Award went to Rafi Pitts director of It’s Winter (Iran) and a Special Jury Prize to director Verónica Chen's Agua (Argentina). John Jeffcoat received the John Schlesinger Award for Outstanding First Feature (Narrative or Documentary) for Outsourced. Audience Award Winners were Academy Award Best Foreign Language winner The Lives of Others (Germany) receiving Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature and Blindsight (UK) receiving the Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature.

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 Wells Fargo, Regal Entertainment Group, and Integrated Wealth Management.

For additional information, call the festival headquarters at (760) 322-2930 or visit the website at

Steven Wilson / Ron Hofmann
BWR Public Relations
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David Lee
Palm Springs International Film Society
(760) 322-2930