• Awards Gala

    Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala

Saturday, January 2nd, 2016 

The Palm Springs International Film Festival's signature showpiece event - and by far our biggest fundraiser - is the annual Film Festival Awards Gala. This dazzling celebration of old school Hollywood star power, glamour and talent kicks off Awards season each year, and takes locals back to the time when Palm Springs was the playground for Hollywood's biggest stars.

This is an evening of high style, glitz, and fellowship, as we roll out the red carpet and welcome the hottest industry players, A-list celebrities, and Palm Springs community leaders to an elegant dinner and awards ceremony which raises more than $1 million in funding for the Palm Springs International Film Society every year. 

Relive past Film Awards Galas!

Event Features

Cocktails 5pm-6pm
Dinner and Awards Show 6pm
Black Tie attire Required
Valet and Self- Parking are available

Event Details

Date: Jan 02 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Buy Tickets

Award Information

Awards are provided by Dale Chihuly, Chihuly Studios and John Kennedy Studio.

Chihuly is renowned for his ambitious architectural installations around the world, including in historic cities, museums and gardens. His artwork is included in more than 200 museum collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Corning Museum of Glass. To learn more about Chihuly and his artwork, please visit: www.chihuly.com facebook.com/chihuly @chihulystudio.

The sculptor John Kennedy (1931-2004) is widely known for his graceful bronze figures, which adorn parks, campuses, and public buildings around the world. Two of his most famous sculptures are Spirit of Audrey, dedicated to Audrey Hepburn and located at the UNICEF Headquarters in New York City, and The Entertainer, the official statuette of the Palm Springs International Film Festival. www.johnkennedystudio.com 

2016 Honorees

Rising Star Award
ALICIA VIKANDER
The Danish Girl


Sonny Bono Visionary Award
TOM MCCARTHY
Spotlight


Breakthrough Performance Award
BRIE LARSON
Room


Spotlight Award
ROONEY MARA
Carol


International Star Award, Actor
MICHAEL FASSBENDER
Steve Jobs


International Star Award, Actress
SAOIRSE RONAN
Brooklyn


Spotlight Award
BRYAN CRANSTON
Trumbo


Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor
JOHNNY DEPP
Black Mass


Ensemble Performance Award
THE BIG SHORT


Chairman's Award
MATT DAMON
The Martian


Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress
CATE BLANCHETT
Carol

2016 PS Film Festival