• Eric Roth to Receive Variety’s Creative Impact in Screenwriting Award at Palm Springs International Film Festival


Palm Springs (December 19, 2023) -- Variety will honor “Killers of the Flower Moon” co-writer Eric Roth with the Creative Impact in Screenwriting Award at the upcoming Palm Springs International Film Festival. The award is in recognition of his entire career including “Forrest Gump,” “The Insider,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” and more recently “A Star Is Born,” “Mank,” and “Dune.”

Roth will accept the honor as part of Variety’s annual 10 Directors to Watch and Creative Impact Awards brunch presented by DIRECTV on Jan. 5 at the Parker Palm Springs. Yorgos Lanthimos is set to receive the Creative Impact in Directing Award at the event.

The film has recently received seven Golden Globe nominations including Best Drama Motion Picture and Best Screenplay, as well as 12 Critics Choice Awards nominations including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay.

“For over more than half a century, screenwriter Eric Roth has exemplified the rare virtues of seemingly limitless versatility, consistently powerful storytelling skills and a word maestro’s fine-tuned creative sensitivity,” said Variety’s Executive Vice President Content, Steven Gaydos. “Whether it’s his Oscar-winning work on a wry, humanistic folk tale like “Forrest Gump” or spinning a gripping thriller like his Oscar-nominated “The Insider,” Roth’s oeuvre is the stuff of legends and the legends seek him out, as exhibited by this year’s mighty true-life contender, “Killers of the Flower Moon.” A huge canvas and a major production, telling a vital story about America’s appalling treatment of our indigenous peoples required a uniquely skilled voice, so directing legend Martin Scorsese called on Eric Roth to bring “Moon”to the screen. It’s Variety’s great honor to celebrate Hollywood screenwriting at its finest and present our 2024 Creative Impact in Screenwriting Award to Eric Roth.”

The Palm Springs International Film Festival runs January 4-15, 2024. Passes and tickets are currently on sale. For additional information visit www.psfilmfest.org or call 760-778-8979 or 800-898-7256.

About the Palm Springs International Film Society

The Palm Springs International Film Society is a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit organization whose mission is to cultivate and promote the art and science of film through education and cross-cultural awareness. The Film Society produces the Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) and Film Awards every January and Palm Springs ShortFest in June. In addition to curating the best in international cinema, PSIFF’s Film Awards has come to be known as the first stop on the campaign trail for the Academy Awards®, and our Oscar®-qualifying ShortFest is the largest short film festival and market in North America. Our festivals, year-round member screenings and educational programs manifest our organization’s mission by nurturing and encouraging new filmmaking talent, honoring the great masters of world cinema, and expanding audience horizons.

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