With its year-round tropical weather and close proximity to Los Angeles, the heart of the entertainment industry, the Palm Springs Film Festival (PSFF) has become one of the major stops in the festival circuit that filmmakers will screen their works at. In addition, the talent that fills these screens also has a habit of making an appearance at these events, especially if they’re being honored.
This can typically increase ticket sales for screenings that the stars may be present at, potentially forcing the organizers to find creative ways to seat these attendees.
The PSFF may face this issue now that it’s announced that actor Bradley Cooper will receive its “Desert Palm Achievement Award for Acting” during this year’s festival.
“Bradley Cooper is just one of the many silver linings in David O. Russell’s enjoyable film ‘Silver Linings Playbook,'” Harold Matzner, festival chairman, said in a press release. “Cooper’s portrayal of Pat Solution is a career best performance that has created Oscar buzz and has audiences rooting for him despite the challenges he faces throughout the film.”
In addition to Bradley Cooper, honorees at the festival’s award gala will include the cast of “Argo,” Sally Field, Helen Hunt, Naomi Watts and Robert Zemeckis. In addition, this will place Cooper in the company of previous winners, such as Jeff Bridges, Daniel-Day Lewis, Colin Firth, Brad Pitt and Sean Penn – all of whom have been nominated for Academy Awards.
With such a star-studded lineup expected to appear and be honored at the film festival, organizers may need to do away with the constraints of interior seating and install outdoor movie screens.
By featuring films outside, attendees can enjoy the warm, Southern California weather while also watching some of the best films set to be released. Furthermore, this can allow more attendees to view these movies and bring in the surrounding community.