Palm Spring Film Fest 2021: Event Pushed Back to February 25 due to Pandemic

The fest's glitzy awards gala, a major stop for top contenders on the road to the Oscars, has moved from Thursday, Jan. 7 to Thursday, Feb. 25.

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The dates for the 32nd annual Palm Springs Film Festival have been pushed back due to the ongoing pandemic.The 2021 fest, which was previously scheduled to run from  Thursday, Jan. 7 through Monday, Jan. 18, will now take place from Thursday, Feb. 25 through Monday, March 8.Meanwhile, the fest’s glitzy awards gala at the sprawling Palm Springs Convention Center — a major stop for top contenders on the road to the Oscars — has moved from Thursday, Jan. 7 to Thursday, Feb. 25.

“The date change is to ensure the health and safety of our patrons, staff, filmmaker guests and partners, and to make sure we can have a memorable and enjoyable festival experience,” the Palm Springs International Film Festival Society said in a statement.

PSIFF follows the Oscars, the SAG Awards, the Critics’ Choice Award and numerous other Hollywood-related events in shifting dates due to COVID-19.

Festival film submissions for the fest will be accepted beginning Aug. 1 through FilmFreeway, and both festival passes and awards gala seats and tables will go on sale in October.