Palm Springs International Film Society Appoints Lili Rodriguez as Artistic Director

Palm Springs International Film Society Appoints Lili Rodriguez as 
Artistic Director

Palm Springs, CA (March 28, 2019) - The Palm Springs International Film Society has announced the promotion of Lili Rodriguez to Artistic Director.  Rodriguez will oversee all artistic decisions for the upcoming Palm Springs International ShortFest taking place June 18-24, 2019 and the 31st annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) that runs from January 2-13, 2020, as well as the Film Society's membership and community outreach programs throughout the year.  

"The Festival needed a full-time employee that exclusively programmed, developed and operated Palm Springs International Film Society programs. Lili lives for film. The improved performance of ShortFest under her direction has been nothing short of remarkable," said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner.  "She is extremely intelligent and talented and going to be a superstar in the festival world."   

"I've been incredibly fortunate to work alongside such great collaborators along the way," said Rodriguez.  "Palm Springs and the Film Society have been an amazing home and I look forward to working with our team and the community to promote the organization's vision at a high level of excellence."   

Coachella Valley native Rodriguez cut her teeth as a film projectionist before joining the film festival world in 2013. She became the year-round Program Manager at the Palm Springs Film Society in 2016, programming films for PSIFF and ShortFest. In 2017, she transitioned to Director of Programming at PSIFF and Festival Director of ShortFest. At ShortFest she dramatically improved the overall results of the event during her first two years.    

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 Palm Springs International Film Society enthusiastically pursues its artistic and public service goals; to enrich, to educate, to entertain, to initiate cultural dialogue and celebrate cinematic excellence in any language. The principles objectives encompass promoting film to an ever-widening audience as a powerful medium that inspires creativity, encourages introspection and compels exploration. The Society aims for a leadership role in providing an extensive forum for multicultural exchange in the Coachella Valley and beyond.  The Film Society produces The Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) and its Film Awards Gala every January, and Palm Springs ShortFest in June, along with Student Screening Day, membership screenings, community programs, internships and more. In addition to curating the best in international cinema, PSIFF has come to be known as the first stop on the road to the Academy Awards® and our Oscar®-qualifying ShortFest is the largest short film festival and market in North America.   

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