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Clint Eastwood to receive Career Achievement Award
2009 Palm Springs International Film Festival



PALM SPRINGS, CA (December 10, 2008) – The 20th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Clint Eastwood with the Career Achievement Award.   Presented by Cartier, the Awards Gala will kick-off the 2009 Awards Season on Tuesday, January 6, 2009 at the Palm Springs Convention Center and will be hosted by "Entertainment Tonight's" Mary Hart.  The Festival runs January 6-19, 2009.

Festival chairman Harold Matzner said, "Clint Eastwood is a living legend who continually raises the bar of artistic expression with each new film, whether he is acting, directing or producing.  The Palm Springs International Film Festival is honored to present Eastwood with the Career Achievement Award for his extraordinary body of work, including his most
recent film, Gran Torino, which he both stars in and directed."

Clint Eastwood directed and stars in Warner Bros. Pictures Gran Torino, marking his first film role since Million Dollar Baby.  Eastwood also recently directed and produced the drama Changeling, starring Angelina Jolie.  The film was nominated for a Palme d'Or and won a Special Award when it premiered at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival.  Eastwood will next direct and produce an inspiring drama set in post-apartheid South Africa, starring Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman, who portrays Nelson Mandela.

In 2007, Eastwood earned dual Academy Award® nominations, in the categories of Best Director and Best Picture, for his acclaimed World War II drama Letters from Iwo Jima.  In addition, the film won the Golden Globe and Critics' Choice Awards for Best Foreign Language Film, and also received Best Picture honors from a number of film critics groups, including the Los Angeles Film Critics and the National Board of Review.

In 2005, Eastwood won Academy Awards® for Best Picture and Best Director – his second in both categories – for Million Dollar Baby.  He also earned a nomination for Best Actor for his performance in the film.  Eastwood's critically acclaimed drama Mystic River, debuted at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival, earning him a Palme d'Or nomination and the Golden Coach Award.  Mystic River went on to earn six Academy Award® nominations, including two for Eastwood for Best Picture and Best Director.  In 1993, Eastwood's foreboding, revisionist western Unforgiven, received nine Academy Award® nominations, including three for Eastwood, who won for Best Picture and Best Director and was nominated for Best Actor.  Eastwood was also honored with the Academy's Irving Thalberg Memorial Award in 1995.

In addition to the Thalberg Award and DeMille Award, Eastwood's many other lifetime career achievement awards include tributes from the Directors Guild of America, the Producers Guild of America, the Screen Actors Guild, the American Film Institute, the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the French Film Society, the National Board of Review, the Henry Mancini Institute (Hank Award for distinguished service to American music), the Hamburg Film Festival (Douglas Sirk Award), and Venice Film Festival (Career Golden Lion).  He is also the recipient of a Kennedy Center Honor, awards from the American Cinema Editors and the Publicists' Guild, an honorary doctorate in Fine Arts from Wesleyan University, and is a five-time winner of Favorite Motion Picture Actor from the People's Choice Awards.  In 1991, Eastwood was Harvard's Hasty Pudding Theatrical Society's Man of the Year and, in 1992, he received the California Governor's Award for the Arts.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, PSIFF was founded in 1990 by then Mayor Sonny Bono.  The festival, scheduled from January 6-19, 2009, will include over 400 screenings of more than 200 films from approximately 60 countries.  The Festival presents 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 and international features and documentaries marking their world, North American or U.S. debuts.  Screenings are held on 15 screens throughout Palm Springs.

The Festival's 20th 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, the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, Spencer's Restaurant, and Wessman Development.  Major Sponsors include Bank of America, Integrated Wealth Management, Guthy-Renker, Regal Entertainment, Wells Fargo, Palm Desert National Bank, KPSP, Ocean Properties Development, Ciroc, Johnnie Walker and Don Julio.