News in 2008

Palm Springs International Film Festival Announces Winner in Mercedes-Benz Audience Award Drawing
Lori Reiss of Boynton Beach, Florida wins passes to 2009 Palm Springs International Film Festival

Palm Springs, CA - At the recent Palm Springs International Film Festival audience members had the opportunity to vote for the film that was to receive the Mercedes-Benz Audience Award for the Best Narrative Film. Each ballot submitted also served as an entry for a drawing to award two Concierge Passes, valued at $1,000 each, for the 20th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival to be held January 8-19, 2009. The Concierge Pass not only allows the pass holder to reserve seats in advance with the Festival Concierge for the film screenings, International Gala screenings and receptions or panel discussions of their choice but also grants admittance to the Opening and Closing Night Gala receptions.

The drawing was held on March 13, 2008 and Lori Reiss from Boynton Beach, Florida was the chosen as the winner of the two passes. When contacted, Ms. Reiss said, “Thank you for this wonderful news. We have attended the festival for two years and love it. We meet our cousins from Arizona at the festival, which is terrific. Also, we meet many new people at the hotel and enjoy having discussions of the movies seen.” When asked what she liked best about the Palm Springs International Film Festival she replied, “Hearing the producers, directors and actors give their viewpoints and ideas about the films add to our enjoyment and excitement.”

The Festivals congratulations go out to Ms. Reiss.

This year’s Festival attendees selected Then She Found Me (USA) directed, co-written by and starring Helen Hunt as the Mercedes-Benz Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature. The U.S. premiere opened the Festival and stars Hunt, Bette Midler, Colin Firth and Matthew Broderick. Then She Found Me is a THINKFilm release, opening in May.

Other films under consideration for this prestigious award included The Year My Parents Went on Vacation (Brazil), Late Bloomers (Switzerland), Red Like the Sky (Italy), How About You (Ireland), The Band’s Visit (Israel), Shake Hands With the Devil (Canada), The Counterfeiters (Austria), Children of Glory (Hungary), Noodle (Israel), and 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (Romania).

Contact David Lee
Palm Springs International Film Society
760-322-2930 ext. 247