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Frances Allen’s Desert Roundup—Olivia Colman To Receive Achievement Award at PSIFF

Emma Stone and Olivia Colman

Posted Friday, December 21, 2018 - 6:14 pm

Santa Claus will be making an additional stop this Christmas Eve, bestowing the Desert Palm Achievement Award on the ‘naughty but nice’ Olivia Colman for her show-stopping performance in The Favorite, of a frail and aloof Queen Anne whose attention is being sought by two scheming cousins.

The award will be presented by Colman’s co-star, Emma Stone, at the Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) lavish gala on Jan. 3, hosted by Mary Hart and Entertainment Tonight, and presented by American Express.

The list of PSIFF programming announcements has risen by two: the festival’s opening night screening will be All is True, directed by Kenneth Branagh, on Friday, Jan. 4; and will close with Ladies in Black, directed by Bruce Beresford on Sunday, Jan. 13.

A total of 223 screenings will be featured during the festival’s 10-day run. The line-up includes a focus on cinema from France, India and Mexico.

This year, the festival will have a new award to present: the Ricky Jay Magic of Cinema Award, named for actor and magician Ricky Jay, and in honor of a film made by a master filmmaker. The winner is still to be named.

Two new, special programming notes have also been named. The festival has announced the addition of two programs this year; one with a focus on Jewish cinema and the other on Queer cinema.

The PSIFF is one of the largest film festivals in North America, garnering with more than 150,000 attendees. The festival is also celebrated for its black-tie gala where honorees are presented with their awards, honoring the year’s best achievement in cinema in front of or behind the camera.

For gala tickets or more information, call: 760-969-7533.

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