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Friday, 05 December 2014 00:00

"International Critics' Prize (FIPRESCI Prize) at the Palm Springs 


Palm Springs (USA, January 2–12, 2015). At the Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF), we present the "International Critics' Prize (FIPRESCI Prize) for the Best Foreign Language Film of the Year (2014)." Contenders for this special prize are the films submitted to the Non-English language section of the Academy Awards, and it does not matter if a film has previously won our regular prize at another festival.


Foreign filmmakers and film companies use the festival to promote their films before continuing to the Golden Globes and Oscars. This prize has therefore a special role and significance. As the number of submissions extends all manageable possibilities of a festival jury, we agreed with the festival organizers (Darryl McDonald, PSIFF's executive director, and Helen du Toit, director of programming) to downsize the number of eligible candidates for our prize to approximately 25 titles. Even then, it will still be necessary and unavoidable that the members of our jury have already seen many of the selected films, for example at the major festivals of Cannes, Berlin, Venice or Toronto. For the complete list of nominated films, please see http://www.oscars.org/news/83-countries-competition-2014-foreign-language-film-oscarr

Palm Springs is a two-hour car drive southeast of Los Angeles, to the Coachella Valley which has originally been a desert (hot temperatures in January). A one hour drive gets you to the Joshua Tree National Park (you've got the chance to see coyotes and learn something about the country's early days). From the 40s, Palm Springs has served as a residential haven for Hollywood stars. They are asked to add to their request a list of nominated films they have already seen. Additionally to a 'best film', the jury has to award prizes for 'best actor' and 'best actress'.

Website: www.psfilmfest.org