Palm Springs, California – USA
January 3 to 14, 2013

October 5, 2012 – Regular Deadline

The Palm Springs International Film Festival seeks to promote and celebrate outstanding film and the people who create it. The festival also presents the Academy Award-qualifying Palm Springs International ShortFest and Short Film Market.

Throughout its many years on the festival scene, the Palm Springs International Film Festival has discovered and screened the earliest works from some of the most admired filmmakers working today, including Guillermo del Toro (Cronos), M. Night Shyamalan (Praying with Anger), and John Madden (Ethan Frome). Submit your feature-length film to the Palm Springs International Film Festival today for the chance to join this esteemed lineup of powerhouse talents in 2013!

The 24th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF), is presenting more than 180 feature films from more than 70 countries and attracting over 133,000 attendees to one of Southern California’s most beautiful desert destinations. With its temperate weather, warm-hearted locals, proximity to Los Angeles’ bustling industry, and eclectic array of screen-sizzling cinema, PSIFF is not only a world-renowned circuit stop, it’s also an incredible place to kick off the new year in style.

All exhibiting filmmakers are invited to attend nightly networking mixers, special events, receptions, and the PSIFF awards gala, which has previously featured guest speakers and honorees including Brad Pitt, Kate Winslet, George Clooney, Michelle Williams, Glenn Close, Sean Penn, Ann Hathaway, and Daniel Day-Lewis. Throughout the 12-day celebration, PSIFF deftly weaves Hollywood’s A-list celebrities with soon-to-be discovered talents from the world of independent filmmaking. Filmmakers in competition vie for some of the most prestigious honors on the film festival circuit, including the John Schlesinger Filmmaker Prize for Outstanding Debut Feature, the International Critics Prize (FIPRESCI), the juried New Visions Award, and PSIFF Audience Awards for Best Narrative Feature and Best Documentary.

Exhibiting filmmakers enjoy complimentary hotel accommodations, shuttle bus transportation, and full access to the PSIFF Industry and Hospitality Center – which provides a relaxed atmosphere for both business and fun during the festival. Participating filmmakers will also find notable opportunities for worldwide exposure through festival coverage in such far-reaching outlets as Entertainment Tonight, USA Today, Access Hollywood, The New York Times, Variety, The Los Angeles Times, The Hollywood Reporter, Los Angeles Magazine, Moving Pictures Magazine, Newsweek, People Magazine, Time, US Weekly, The Washington Post, and many others.

Palm Springs International Film Festival

24 Annual January 03, 2013 to January 14, 2013

The Palm Springs Film Festival welcomes narrative feature submissions from the United States and internationally.

The festival welcomes non-fiction documentaries for programming during the festival.

“The Palm Springs International Film Festival is the premier presenter of world cinema on the North American continent”.

Located in the beautiful Coachella Valley at the base of Mt. San Jacinto in southern California, the Palm Springs International Film Festival is one of the largest film festivals in the country, screening over 200 films from more than 60 countries to an audience of over 120,000.

From ages 5 to 85, the festival brings together communities as diverse as the retired citizens of the desert, the young, hip industry crowd of Los Angeles and film aficionados from around the world. The festival also features cultural events, filmmaker tributes, industry seminars and an annual black-tie gala award presentation.

The festival screens a majority of the official international submissions to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Best Foreign Language Film. We also present the largest festival of short films in North America. Our 23rd Annual Festival will be held January 5-16, 2012. This festival is a “must see.”

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1. Submitted films must be 70+ minutes for narrative features and 50+ minutes for documentary features. No short films will be accepted.

2. Please label the submitted DVD with the film title, running time and contact email and phone number

3. the film must have been completed in 2012 or 2013. Films completed in 2011 will only be considered if they premiered in 2012; films premiering prior to 2012 will not be considered

4. The film must not have been screened previously in the Coachella Valley (includes Palm Springs)

5. The film must not have been broadcast in U.S. prior to end of 2013 Palm Springs International Film Festival or viewed on the Internet

6. Rough cuts or cuts with “temp” sound will be accepted. Please list directly on the DVD what elements of your film are missing

7. More than one entry may be submitted. Each entry must include a separate entry form and submission fee. Films submitted without proper payment will not be considered. Entry fees are non-refundable.

1. Films accepted for the festival must be feature length (70+ minutes) or Documentary Feature (minimum 50 min) and must be shown in 35mm, DCP, Digibeta, HDCAM, or BluRay formats only in their original language with English subtitles.

2. The number(s), date(s), time(s), and location(s) of the screenings of films are at the discretion of the Festival.

3. The print supplier will be responsible for the cost of shipment to the Festival. The Palm Springs International Film Festival, in turn, will return the print postage prepaid to the supplier or to the next destination as indicated by the supplier. The Festival will not be responsible for international return shipping costs for U.S.-produced films.

4. The Festival takes utmost care of your entry, and provides insurance for loss or damage to a maximum value of $500.00 USD. The Festival does not pay additional charges for originals, masters, or special prints.

5. Participation in The Palm Springs International Film Festival implies understanding and acceptance of all terms included in this application.