Palm Springs fest to fete trio


Sydney Pollack, Kate Winslet and Todd Field have been added to the list of honorees who will be feted at the 18th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival, which runs Jan. 4-15.

At the fest's Awards Gala, which will be held Jan. 6 at the Palm Springs Convention Center, the SAG Foundation will present its inaugural Patron of the Arts Award to Pollack. The award is given to a person who has contributed significantly to the support of persons or projects that encourage and recognize the commitment to excellence in the film industry.

"We are grateful that the Palm Springs International Film Festival has been selected by the SAG Foundation to present their inaugural Patron of the Arts Award," fest chairman Earl Greenburg said in announcing the honor. "Not only do we get to honor a distinguished actor and Academy Award-winning director, but a man who continues to contribute to humanitarian causes without seeking recognition."

Pollack's 20 films have received 46 Academy Award nominations, including two for best picture. His "Out of Africa" was named best picture and earned Pollack the best director Oscar in 1986.

Pollack also has appeared as an actor for other directors in such films as Woody Allen's "Husbands and Wives" and Stanley Kubrick's "Eyes Wide Shut." In 1985, he formed Mirage Prods., which added writer-director Anthony Minghella as a partner in 2000. He produced the upcoming Weinstein Co. film "Breaking and Entering," which MGM is set to release in the coming months, and served as exec producer on Focus Features' "Catch a Fire."

Winslet, who stars in New Line Cinema's "Little Children," directed by Field, is set to receive the fest's Desert Palm Achievement Award.

The Sonny Bono Visionary Award, named after the founder of the festival, will be presented to Field.