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Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala canceled amid COVID-19 concerns

The Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala that was scheduled for January 6th has been canceled. A recent spike in COVID cases is being cited as the reason. The Festival sent the following statement:

The Palm Springs International Film Society has announced that the Film Awards will not take place this year on Thursday, January 6, 2022.  We are taking this action due to the recent spike in COVID cases and out of an abundance of caution to ensure the health and safety of the honorees, patrons, and staff. 

The Palm Springs Film Awards are one of the largest events in the film world with 2500 guests and more than 1000 staff in the room. The screening portion of the Palm Springs International Film Festival will take place January 7 through January 17, 2022 and will require proof of vaccination and the wearing of a mask. 

The Film Awards will partner with Entertainment Tonight to celebrate this year’s honorees with details to follow. Those who purchased tickets for the Film Awards will be reimbursed. We hope to return to the Film Awards to an in-person event in 2023.


News Channel 3's Madison Weil spoke with Palm Springs Mayor Lisa Middleton about the announcement. Mayor Middleton says while the news is disappointing, it's understandable given the current COVID-19 case numbers. “This is a time for us as a people to come together and respond to the public health crisis that’s before us. We are now passed 800,000 people who have lost their lives to COVID," she said.

Those interested in attending the screenings can view the Festival's schedule HERE.

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Timothy Kiley

Timothy Kiley is Assistant News Director for News Channel 3 starting in 2002 as Photojournalist.

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Madison Weil

Madison Weil joined the KESQ News Channel 3 and CBS Local 2 News Team in June 2018. Learn more about Madison here.


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