Palm Springs International Film Festival to Require COVID Vaccination



Planning to attend the Palm Springs International Film Festival this year? Be prepared to show full proof of vaccination, photo ID, and sign a waiver to enter venues and events.

The policy is extended to volunteers, staff, guests, sponsors, media and suppliers, and it also applies to the Film Awards, member screenings and community events leading up to the festival.

The full policy is available at

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PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 02: A general view of the atmosphere during the 31st Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Film Awards Gala at the Palm Springs Convention Center on January 02, 2020 in Palm Springs, California.  (Photo by Emma McIntyre / Getty Images for the Palm Springs International Film Festival)

The festival will run from January 6 to 17, 2022 and will open with its prestigious Film Awards in Palm Springs and end with the “Best of Fest” awards 11 days later.

Organizers said pass holders will receive a bracelet that must be worn for the duration of the festival. If the party is removed or lost, they will have to start the process again. Additionally, theaters will be limited to 75% capacity and require masks for all customers.

COVID-19 testing may also be required by the Riverside County and State of California Department of Health, depending on conditions at the time of the festival.

Pass holders from other countries must be fully immunized and provide documentation. Those who have received vaccines other than Moderna, Pfizer, or Johnson and Johnson can email to receive approval.

Children under the age of 12, who are not eligible for vaccination, and those with health concerns or religious beliefs that prevent them from being vaccinated are asked not to attend the festival.

The 2021 Film Festival and Awards were canceled last November amid the global increase in COVID-19 cases. The Palm Springs International Film Society virtually announced this year’s film award winners in February, including Anthony Hopkins, Viola Davis, Andra Day and more. The honors were awarded a month later than the festival’s usual date, a move by Palm Springs organizers that came after the Oscars extended their eligibility window to the end of February.

The Palm Springs event typically takes place the first week of January before the Golden Globe Awards and the Oscar nominations voting deadline.

Desert Sun reporter Brian Blueskye covers the arts and entertainment. He can be reached at or on Twitter at @bblueskye. Support local news, subscribe to The Desert Sun.


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