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Palm Springs Film Festival Awards 2023 Winners Announced

There has been a three-year hiatus since the Palm Springs International Film Festival, and it is pretty amazing how quickly time flies.

Yet, Thursday evening’s cancellations of COVID-19 were a distant memory when stars once again gathered in the desert for one of the city’s most glamorous events of the year: the Palm Springs Film Awards.

Backstage Chaos At The 2023 Palm Springs International Film Awards

There is a swirl and whirl of celebrities, handlers, photographers, lighting technicians, agents, selfies, alcohol, media, and television cameras backstage at the Palm Springs International Film Awards. During the evening’s first award presentation, Danielle Deadwyler of “Till” perfectly described the award show madness: “It’s glamorous chaos.”

Physical trophies are a hot topic backstage as celebrities descend seven or eight stairs into their handlers’ waiting arms, who guide them through a media maze. Awards can be divided into two types. The first is a bronze spiral actor standing atop a globe by the late artist John Kennedy. It’s pretty cool.

There is also another more artistic one. A Frito sticking out of it makes it look like a glass cactus. One of artist Dale Chihuly’s most famous glassworks is also an acquired taste. In her answer, Deadwyler described the award poetically, and there is no rhyme or reason to which honorees get which trophy.

Palm Springs Film Festival Awards 2023 Winner List

The Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) has announced the list of award winners for 2023. This year’s festival celebrated the best in international cinema, with films from all over the world being recognized.

The awards were presented to filmmakers in various categories, including narrative features, documentaries, shorts, and student films. Many deserving recipients were honored for their outstanding work this year, and we look forward to seeing what they will create next. The following is a list of all the winners of the various awards.

New Voices/New Visions Grand Jury Prize

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Aitch Alberto

Butterfly Vision

Bachennya metelyka (original title)

Maksym Nakonechnyi

How to Blow Up a Pipeline

Daniel Goldhaber

Love According to Dalva

Dalva (original title)

Emmanuelle Nicot

Our Father, the Devil

Mon père, le diable (original title)

Ellie Foumbi

Snow and the Bear

Kar ve Ayi (original title)

Selcen Ergun

Susie Searches

Sophie Kargman

The Damned Don’t Cry

Les damnés ne pleurent pas (original title)

Fyzal Boulifa

Breakthrough Performance Award


Austin Butler


Danielle Deadwyler

Chairman’s Vanguard Award

The Fabelmans

Steven Spielberg, Michelle Williams, Paul Dano, Seth Rogen, Gabriel LaBelle, Judd Hirsch

Spotlight Award

Brendan Fraser

The Whale

Director of the Year Award

Women Talking

Sarah Polley

Chairman’s Award

The Woman King

Viola Davis

Desert Palm Achievement Award

Colin Farrell

The Banshees of Inisherin

Cate Blanchett



Best Foreign Language Film


Shuming He


Carla Simón

All Quiet on the Western Front

Im Westen nichts Neues (original title)

Edward Berger

Argentina, 1985

Santiago Mitre

Bardo: False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths

Bardo, falsa crónica de unas cuantas verdades (original title)

Alejandro G. Iñárritu

Beautiful Beings

Berdreymi (original title)

Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson


Fernando Guzzoni

Cairo Conspiracy

Walad Min Al Janna (original title)

Tarik Saleh

Cinema Sabaya

Orit Fouks Rotem


Lukas Dhont


Marie Kreutzer


Mrak (original title)

Dusan Milic

Decision to Leave

Heojil kyolshim (original title)

Park Chan-wook


Jerzy Skolimowski

Eternal Spring

Jason Loftus

Holy Spider

Ali Abassi

Il Boemo

Petr Václav


Saim Sadiq


Ove Musting


Klondaik (original title)

Maryna Er Gorbach

Last Film Show

Chhello Show (original title)

Pan Nalin

Mars One

Marte Um (original title)

Gabriel Martins

Mediterranean Fever

Maha Haj


Mario Martone

Return to Seoul

Retour à Séoul (original title)

Davy Chou

Saint Omer

Alice Diop

The Blue Caftan

Le bleu du caftan (original title)

Maryam Touzani

The Happiest Man in the World

Najsrekjniot chovek na svetot (original title)

Teona Strugar Mitevska

The Quiet Girl

An Cailín Ciúin (original title)

Colm Bairéad

Under the Fig Trees

Taht alshajra (original title)

Erige Sehiri


Alejandro Loayza Grisi


Obet (original title)

Michal Blasko

War Sailor

Krigsseileren (original title)

Gunnar Vikene

World War III

Jang-e jahani sevom (original title)

Houman Seyyedi

You Won’t Be Alone

Goran Stolevski

International Star Award

Bill Nighy


Michelle Yeoh

Everything Everywhere All at Once

Directors to Watch


Charlotte Wells

Chang Can Dunk

Jingyi Shao

Flamin’ Hot

Eva Longoria


Saim Sadiq

Magazine Dreams

Elijah Bynum

Polite Society

Nida Manzoor

Saint Omer

Alice Diop

The Burial

Maggie Betts

The Inspection

Elegance Bratton

The Starling Girl

Laurel Parmet

A Brief Description Of Palm Springs Film Festival Awards

One of the largest film festivals in North America, the Palm Springs International Film Festival is one of the biggest film festivals the world has ever seen, attracting over a thousand people each year to see it is brand-new and celebrated international features and documentaries.

It is also known for its annual Film Awards Gala, which honors the best achievements of the filmic year by a well-known list of talents, as well as for the Festival’s most prestigious awards. In addition, a Palm Springs International Film Festival produced by the Palm Springs International Film Society offers a wide range of events and film screenings showcasing films from more than 60 countries each year.

A Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) is held annually in January by the Palm Springs Film Society and Palm Springs ShortFest in June by the same organization. Besides curating the best of international cinema, PSIFF has also earned a reputation for being the first stop on the road to the Academy Awards®. PSIFF’s Oscar®-qualifying ShortFest is the largest market for short films and short films in North America.

The return of the Film Awards brought a whole new level of sights, sounds, and unforgettable moments to the entertainment industry. Stay tuned for more such news from the showbiz world.


Abhilasha Shreshthi
Passionate writer on various topics from lifestyle to technology and everything in between. I have been blogging for seven years now, and when I'm not typing away on my laptop, I can be found singing, reading or cooking.


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