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Palm Springs Film Festival 2022 Canceled Amid COVID Surge

Palm Springs Film Festival 2022 Canceled Amid COVID Surge

The 2022 Palm Springs Film Festival is no longer moving ahead.

The Palm Springs International Film Society made an announcement on Wednesday (December 29) that the entire film festival would not take place next year, following the cancellation of the film awards.

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“Based on the current rise of COVID cases, the Palm Springs International Film Society has announced that the Film Festival will not take place this year from January 7-17,” they said in a statement, via Variety.

“This follows the cancellation of the January 6 Film Awards. After thoughtful consideration, the Film Society feels this is the most responsible decision to ensure the safety of our patrons, filmmakers, and staff. Those who have purchased festival tickets and passes will receive a refund. For most, the refund will be returned to their original method of payment,” the statement continued.

“At this time Palm Springs ShortFest is scheduled to return June 21-27, 2022. The Film Festival and Film Awards will return to an in-person event in January 2023. The Film Awards will partner with Entertainment Tonight to celebrate this year’s honorees with details to follow. The festival will announce juried award winners from the official selection on January 15 via press release and social media.”

The Palm Springs Film Festival screens dozens of submissions for the foreign language Oscar, as well as documentaries, awards contenders and independent films. Dionne Warwick: Don’t Make Me Over was set to open the festival in 2022.

The CDC has responded to criticism of their new guidelines amid the rising numbers of cases.

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