Aaron Sorkin | Creative Impact in Screenwriting Award

Sorkin to join honoree Patty Jenkins and 10 Directors To Watch at Annual Brunch

LOS ANGELES, CA - (December 15, 2017) Variety will present writer Aaron Sorkin with its Creative Impact in Screenwriting Award at an intimate brunch at the Palm Springs Film Festival on January 3rd.  The award will celebrate Sorkin's prolific screenwriting career, which includes an Academy Award® for "The Social Network" and multiple Emmy Awards for "The West Wing", as well as his directorial debut with the upcoming film, "Molly's Game" from STX films and The Mark Gordon Company, opening Dec. 25.  Aaron has received a Golden Globe nomination as well as a Critics Choice nomination for the screenplay of the film.

"It's no exaggeration to say that Aaron Sorkin has dramatically changed the art of modern film and TV writing," said Steven Gaydos, VP and Executive Editor, Variety. "With intelligence, passion and wit in equal portions, his propulsive expressiveness has redefined the limits of character and dialogue, and his newest film, "Molly's Game," is a thrilling example of the maestro at the top of his game."

"Molly's Game" star Jessica Chastain will be presenting Sorkin the award at the brunch. Chastain will receive the Chairman's Award at the PSIFF Film Awards Gala the evening before. 

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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 135,000 attendees last year for its lineup of new and celebrated international features and documentaries. The Festival is also known for its annual Film Awards Gala, a glamorous, black-tie event attended by 2,500, presented this year by American Express® and sponsored by Cadillac and Entertainment Tonight.  The Film Awards Gala honors the year's best achievements in cinema in front of and behind the camera.  The celebrated list of talents who have been honored in recent years includes Ben Affleck, Javier Bardem, Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Bradley Cooper, George Clooney, Daniel Day-Lewis, Leonardo DiCaprio, Clint Eastwood, Tom Hanks, Nicole Kidman, Matthew McConaughey, Julianne Moore, Brad Pitt, Eddie Redmayne, Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, and Reese Witherspoon. For more information, call 760-778- 8979or 800-898- 7256 or visit

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