Windermere joined thousands of local and visiting film aficionados in welcoming the annual return of the Palm Springs International Film Festival to the Coachella Valley. Now in its 22nd year, this 10-day event (January 6-17) was again expected to attract a record attendance of well over 130,000.
Windermere Real Estate recognizes the many rich contributions to the Valley’s cultural landscape brought by the Palm Springs International Film Society, which presents the Festival. This year, Windermere supported the program with a $100,000 Platinum Sponsorship. “Our area offers an exceptionally diverse range of entertainment, activities and lifestyles,” says Bob Deville, co-owner of Windermere Real Estate Coachella Valley.”Windermere takes enormous pride in supporting great traditions like the Palm Springs International Film Festival. This exciting event presents thousands of visitors with a great opportunity to see firsthand why we love calling Coachella Valley home.”
For many, the Palm Springs International Film Festival represents Hollywood’s 70-year love affair with the desert. Though the event showcases films and short films from around the world, much of its appeal comes from A-list awardees scheduled to attend each year’s Awards Gala. This year, honorees included Robert Duvall, Colin Firth, Ben Affleck and Michael Douglas. The spectacular Black Tie Gala brings world-wide media attention to Palm Springs and the surrounding area.
Equally important, the Palm Springs International Film Society works year round developing educational and enrichment programs tailored for the Coachella Valley, with funds providing scholarships for low-income students. “We strive for a world in which enlightenment, knowledge and tolerance prevail,” says Harriet Barron, Director of Development for the PSIFS. “We believe film as an art form has the power to bridge cultures.”