News in 2007
18th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Hosts Another Record Setting Year
Palm Springs, CA – The 18th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival, which ran from January 4-15, 2007, showcased 551 screenings of 255 films from 73 countries on 15 screens for the entire run of the Festival setting new records in film screenings, box office and attendance. Box office ticket sales increased 15% over last year to $979,000 and attendance also rose to 119,800 attendees up 7% from last year. The star-studded awards gala grossed ticket sales of $934,000.
Festival Chairman Earl Greenburg said, "We continue to see this Festival grow each and every year. With the record number of screenings and box office ticket sales, this puts us in a top box office position among film festivals in the US. The awards gala continues to serve as a tentpole that draws more interest and attention to the film festival from our opening and closing night films as well as the other films and events that take place over the 12 days."
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., Regal Entertainment Group, Integrated Wealth Management, Bank of America, CBS2, Ciroc vodka, Johnnie Walker scotch, Don Julio tequila, Frownies, Wells Fargo, House & Garden, Guthy-Renker, Palm Desert National Bank, Windermere Real Estate and Artistic Contributor, the SAG Foundation.