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Attendees help you navigate through Palm Springs International Film Festival


Some of Hollywood's biggest stars are in the valley to take part in the Palm Springs International Film Festival, which is known to be one of the largest film festivals in North America.

“We’re excited to see Adam Driver and Laura Dern. They are both amazing. It's so very excited," said Kaylea Mckean, tourist.

Kaylea and Kelcey Mckean decided last minute to take a trip to Palm Springs to see some of their favorite stars.

“I was super worried it was going to be sold out because we found the event the day before but it was super easy book through Facebook," said McKean.

Neisha Ceja also used social media for the first time to book tickets.

“The Palm Springs Film Festival on Instagram, it was really easy for me to do. It got me all the information that I needed," said Ceja.

While some planned ahead to organize which films to see.

“You can look at the dates, if you want to go that way or go by the synopsis of the movie or by the actors," said Tonnie Rieken, visiting from Illinois.

While some films sell out, there is a standby line available for unclaimed seats.

"I hope to standby for at least three movies. Don't get discouraged if your tickets are sold out. It isn’t a death nail, you have a fairly good chance of getting standby some people don’t show up," said Marlett Clymer, visiting from Minneapolis.

Marlett Clymer, who's been going to the film festival for seven years. She doesn't mind waiting in line to see a film.

“Well, its more fun than ever just standing in line talking to people in front of you or behind you. Everybody is so friendly, and you say "what did you see" or "what do you recommend" and that leads into where you from and everybody has an interesting story," said Clymer.

The Palm Springs Film Festival brings over 135,000 attendees each year for its lineup of new and celebrated international features and documentaries. 

“We have 10 days of great film makers coming out lots of great actors. They can go to the website There are still passes available for tickets to the various screenings and it lists on the website, which directors and actors will be at each screening, " said Steven Wilson, from Scenario Communications

One attendee describing the festival.

“It’s like traveling the world without leaving your seat. I mean it's getting insight into places like Syria...Korea, Japan. Brazil and Argentina," said Sean McLaughlin, from Connecticut. "You walk away thinking ahh I didn’t know that what an interesting point of view.” 

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