Harold Matzner Retires as Palm Springs Film Festival Chairman

After 20 years of service, Harold Matzner has announced his retirement as the Chairman of the Palm Springs International Film Festival. He is handing over the reins to Nachhattar Singh Chandi who Matzner described as “a very successful and strong leader.”

Matzner told The Desert Sun that “after positioning the festival for growth and becoming an imperative event for Academy Award contenders, ‘(The festival) needs young and strong leadership at a high level of excellence, and I can’t bring that to the game anymore. We are so lucky that Chandi is interested in the festival and wants to do this. It makes my heart feel good.'”

He continued, “The chairman makes big decisions such as ‘Should we require vaccinations?’ ‘What should be the size of the film awards?’ and budgetary decisions, but the staff carries out the whole thing. Every honoree we select knows they’re going to be nominated for an Academy Award and that’s the tradition of the film awards and what makes them so important in Hollywood.”

Read more about Harold’s legacy and why Chandi is such a great choice for the future in the Desert Sun.