In 2002, the Desert Film Society was founded to promote film appreciation in the Coachella Valley. The society has provided its members a platform for the discussion of the art of film and film craft, educating them by offering international and cutting-edge independent cinema and often hosting writers, directors, cinematographers, screenwriters, editors and producers from award-winning global film festivals to engage the audiences in Q&A sessions following the films.
Since French-language films have been embraced by DFS members and its community of film enthusiasts, Beth Ellen Fromm, Executive Director of the Desert Film Society, elected to serve as the Executive Producer of Cinéma Français PS and curate a collection of new French films for a weekend of concentrated French cinema. With the Palm Springs Cultural Commission as the presenting sponsor and the support of Desert Film Society volunteers to help preview and maintain records, the goal is to present a weekend of feature length as well as short films to initiate an annual tradition in the Palm Springs area focused on introducing new French language films by award-winning filmmakers to our audiences.
All films will screen with English subtitles at the Palm Springs Cultural Center’s historic Camelot Theatre in downtown Palm Springs, CA. We are looking forward to our audiences enjoying the experience of sharing our inaugural year and looking forward to participating in the event annually.