Film Awards Gala Explodes With Hollywood Star Power

The star power was palpable at the Gala that kicks off Hollywood Awards Season, with names like Jessica Chastain, Willem DaFoe, Salma Hayek, and Gal Gadot gracing the guest list. Palm Springs International Film Festival Chairman Harold Matzner spoke on the fact that PSIFF Award…

“Hidden Figures” to Receive Ensemble Performance Award

HIDDEN FIGURES TO RECEIVE ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE AWARD AT 28th ANNUAL PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FILM AWARDS GALA Palm Springs, CA (December 1, 2016) – The 28th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present the cast of Hidden Figures with the Ensemble Performance…

Nicole Kidman to Receive International Star Award from PSIFF

NICOLE KIDMAN TO RECEIVE INTERNATIONAL STAR AWARD AT 28th ANNUAL PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FILM AWARDS GALA Palm Springs, CA (November 28, 2016) – The 28th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Academy Award® winning actress Nicole Kidman with the International…

Natalie Portman to Receive Desert Palm Achievement Award

NATALIE PORTMAN TO RECEIVE DESERT PALM ACHIEVEMENT AWARD, ACTRESS AT 28th ANNUAL PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FILM AWARDS GALA Palm Springs, CA (November 30, 2016) – The 28th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Natalie Portman with the Desert Palm Achievement…

Harold Matzner’s nephew, Jason, wins praise for film at PSIFF ShortFest

by Bruce Fessier Not surprisingly, one of the smartest filmmakers to use ShortFest is a guy named Jason Matzner. Yes, he’s the nephew of the festival chairman, Harold Matzner. But Jason, who is Harold’s younger brother’s son from New Jersey, started as a child actor at 4, appearing in soap operas like “General Hospital” and…

Harold Matzner: Distinguished Honoree At Sunday Night Fever 2016

 ACT for MS, a local non-profit that provides therapy sessions, mobility assistance and other special support programs for free to those suffering with Multiple Sclerosis, recently held its annual March benefit gala honoring philanthropist Harold Matzner and remembering its founder Gloria Greer.  The event raised an…

Harold Matzner Closes Film Festival, Setting Stage For Oscars

By Betty Francis This year’s closing film, “Last Cab To Darwin” (Australia) and the after party at the Palm Springs Renaissance were impressive but drew a crowd slightly smaller than last year’s final events. My observation was that this was caused by a perfect storm…

Harold Matzner Helps Star Power Take Stage At Gala

By Bruce Fessier Fans lined the street across from the Palm Springs Convention Center, waiting for a glimpse of the stars being honored Saturday at the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala. When Bryan Cranston, a local favorite as part owner of the Cinemas…

PSIFF Board Chairman Harold Matzner Helps Underwrite 2015 Awards Gala

By Betty Francis I must thank Robert Duvall, who provided the theme for this report on the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala. When Terri Ketover, co-chair (with Garry Kief) of the after-party, introduced me as a “society reporter” Duvall quipped, “Good – let’s…