NEA Awards $25,000 Grant to Palm Springs Film Society for Festival Initiatives

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The Palm Springs International Film Society has received a $25,000 NEA grant to support the Palm Springs International Film Festival and Palm Springs International ShortFest. This funding will enhance community engagement and educational programs in the Coachella Valley. The NEA is awarding 1,135 Grants for Arts Projects totaling over $37 million for fiscal year 2024.

The Palm Springs International Film Society is proud to announce its receipt of a $25,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). This prestigious award, part of the NEA's second round of fiscal year 2024 grants, will provide crucial support to the ongoing Palm Springs International Film Festival and the Palm Springs International ShortFest. These festivals not only serve venues in Palm Springs but also cater to the larger audiences of the Coachella Valley, offering a rich array of domestic and international cinematic works.

"Projects like the Palm Springs International Film Festival and Palm Springs International ShortFest exemplify the creativity and care with which communities are telling their stories, creating connection, and responding to challenges and opportunities in their communities—all through the arts," said NEA Chair Maria Rosario Jackson, PhD. "So many aspects of our communities such as cultural vitality, health and wellbeing, infrastructure, and the economy are advanced and improved through investments in art and design, and the National Endowment for the Arts is committed to ensuring people across the country benefit."

Festival Chairman Nachhattar Singh Chandi expressed his gratitude for the grant, stating, "It is a distinct honor to be a recipient of this year’s National Endowment for the Arts grant, which will be used to support both our flagship Palm Springs International Film Festival and upcoming Palm Springs International ShortFest. This last month, we personified this commitment through our Filmmaker in the Classroom workshop program, exposing youth in the Coachella Valley to an internationally renowned filmmaker. With these grant funds, we shall continue to foster that love for media arts in our education programs, as well as our ongoing presentation of the very best in domestic and world cinema to our community."

Dedicated to captivating audiences across the desert landscape and nurturing emerging talents in the realm of media arts, the grant will provide vital support to both Festivals as they expose the community to the cinematic endeavors of U.S. and international artists. One notable example is the Student Screening Day at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, which pairs screenings with panel discussions between esteemed filmmakers and local high school students from the Coachella Valley. The grant will also enhance the ShortFest Forum, where industry professionals engage in workshops, panels, and roundtable discussions. Topics covered include pitching, funding, film composition, and short film strategy, offering invaluable guidance to budding creatives and Festival attendees.

In total, the NEA is awarding 1,135 Grants for Arts Projects awards, totaling more than $37 million as part of its second round of fiscal year 2024 grants. This nationwide initiative underscores the NEA's commitment to fostering cultural vitality and supporting the arts as a vital component of community wellbeing.