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Jennifer Lawrence to be honored at PSIFF Awards Gala
2011 Palm Springs Int'l Film Festival


PALM SPRINGS, CA (October 26, 2010) – The 22nd annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Jennifer Lawrence with the Rising Star Award. Presented by Cartier, the Awards Gala will kick off the 2011 awards season on Saturday, January 8 at the Palm Springs Convention Center and will be hosted by “Entertainment Tonight’s” Mary Hart. The Festival runs January 6-17.

“Call it a gift for us all when a young performer comes along, demonstrating such natural theatrical instinct,” said Film Festival chairman Harold Matzner. “Jennifer Lawrence has delivered an Oscar quality performance in her latest role, in the jarring, critically-acclaimed Winter’s Bone. It is a great honor for the Palm Springs International Film Festival to present Jennifer Lawrence with the 2010 Rising Star Award.”

Past recipients of the Rising Star Award include Jessica Biel, Dakota Fanning, Emile Hirsch, Bryce Dallas Howard, Terrence Howard, Anna Kendrick and Scarlett Johansson.

In Debra Granik's critically acclaimed film Winter’s Bone, Lawrence portrays Ree Dolly, a 17 year old teenager trying to track down her father, who put their house up for his bail bond and then disappeared. The film was awarded the Sundance Film Festival's Grand Jury Prize and the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award. Lawrence won the Best Actress Award at the Seattle International Film Festival, The Blue Angel Award for Best Female Performance at the Bratislava Film Festival and a Gotham Award nomination for Breakthrough Actor.

Her other film credits include a lead role in Guillermo Arriaga’s directorial debut The Burning Plain, opposite Charlize Theron and Kim Basinger. The film premiered at the 65th Venice Film Festival where Jennifer won the Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actress or Actor. She also starred in Lori Petty's Poker House opposite Selma Blair and Bokeem Woodbine, for which she was awarded the prize of Outstanding Performance in the Narrative Competition at the 2008 Los Angeles Film Festival. Additional film credits include Jason Freeland's Garden Party opposite Vinessa Shaw as well as roles in Drillbit Taylor and Waverly Hills.

Lawrence will next be seen in The Beaver, directed by Jodie Foster, Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class, Drake Doremus' Like Crazy and Mark Tonderai's House at the End of the Street.

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 130,000 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 Clint Eastwood, Kate Winslet, Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Sean Penn, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ron Howard, Anne Hathaway, Jeff Bridges, Danny Elfman and many others.

The Festival’s 22nd 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, Spencer’s Restaurant and KPSP Local 2. Major Sponsors include Bank of America, Penfolds, Regal Entertainment, Diageo, Desert Regional Medical Center, Integrated Wealth Management, Wessman Development, Guthy-Renker, Wells Fargo, Chihuly Art Glass, and Ocean Properties Development.

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