Launched in 1990, the Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) is a premier presenter of world cinema located in the beautiful Coachella Valley at the base of Mt. San Jacinto in southern California. The Festival brings together a sophisticated and diverse audience, including industry, film aficionados from across the country and filmmakers from around the world.

The 35th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival is scheduled to be held physically from January 4 - 15, 2024. The annual star-studded Film Awards, honoring the best and brightest performances of the year, is scheduled for January 4, 2024.

PSIFF is mounted by the Palm Springs International Film Society, a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit organization, whose mission is to cultivate and promote the art and science of film through education and cross-cultural awareness.

By submitting your project to the Palm Springs International Film Festival, you agree to follow its rules and guidelines.

- Submitted films must be ≥70 minutes for either narrative features or documentary features. PSIFF does not accept short film submissions. Those wishing to submit a short film should visit for information on our short film festival, ShortFest.
- The film must have been completed in 2023 (exceptions are made for Academy Award Best International Feature Film submissions). Films completed in 2022 will only be considered if they premiered in 2023; films premiering prior to 2023 will not be considered.
- The film must not have been screened previously in the Coachella Valley (exceptions are made on a case by case basis and at the discretion of the Festival)
- The film must not have been broadcast or available on streaming services in the U.S. prior to January 15, 2024 (exceptions are made on a case by case basis at the discretion of the Festival)

Q: Do you accept work-in-progress submissions?
A: The Palm Springs International Film Festival accepts work-in-progress cuts that are picture locked and includes an opening slate listing what still needs to be completed (color-correction, sound mix, special effects, etc.). Please note that we will only review one cut.

Q: Can I submit multiple projects?
A: Yes. Each film must be submitted and paid for separately.

Only complete submissions will be considered (fee paid and screener submitted). Please ensure you’ve paid the fee and attached a screener by the final deadline. We will not consider incomplete submissions.

The information contained in my online application is correct to the best of my knowledge. I give the Palm springs International Film Festival the authority to use the submitted publicity materials for the purpose of promoting the film and the Festival. I understand that I am duly authorized to give permission to allow the Palm Springs International Film Festival to screen this film.
I am the US Rights Holder of the film -or- I am authorized by the US Rights Holder of the film to submit the film and will include written verification from the Rights Holder with the submission copy.

The safety of filmmakers, audience and staff are at the center of our focus. We are closely monitoring and following the law and guidelines set by the CDC, State of California, Riverside County and the City of Palm Springs. In the event that the festival must cancel both physical and virtual events, PSIFF will consider submissions for the following PSIFF edition.

Submission fees are not refundable.

Overall Rating
  • This is a first-class festival and one of the most important in the world! Our doc STUDIO ONE FOREVER enjoyed four sold-out screenings filled with a passionate Palm Springs audience, whose vote honored us with a Best of Fest, Audience favorite win. David Ansen and Mimi Brody, the programmers, led the Q and A with knowledgeable and insightful questions that sparked the audience. The entire staff and incredible volunteers are so passionate about film and it shows. To top it off they present the top Academy awards contenders of the year and the stars and filmmakers show up! I saw a screening of POOR THINGS with Emma Stone, Mark Ruffalo, Willem Dafoe and director Yorgo Lanthimos in attendance. You get to enjoy all of this in the desert paradise of Palm Springs during the best season! Highly recommended.

    January 2024
  • Ellie Foumbi

    PSIFF is the most incredible festival!! I was so happy to have been there in person and to have connected with such incredible filmmakers. And what an amazing audience to screen in front of!

    February 2023
  • Bruno Chatelin

    what an amazing festival, everything was top notch (except the weather !) Palm Springs is such an amazing experience thank you.
    we have promoted our participation to PSIFF and got huge social response.
    bruno chatelin festival agent for Rob

    April 2019