Garcia, Winkler, Hiller and Zimmer to be feted

HOLLYWOOD — The Nortel Network Palm Springs Intl. Film Festival will bestow nods upon Andy Garcia, Irwin Winkler, Arthur Hiller and Hans Zimmer during the fest’s 13th annual run, which kicks off Jan 10.

Honorees will be feted during a Jan. 12 awards ceremony at the Annenberg Theatre. Fest will wrap on Jan. 21.

Garcia, who will take home the Desert Palm Award, is being distinguished for his work as a producer, composer, director and humanitarian. The “Oceans Eleven” thesp, who next stars in “The Man From Elysian Fields,” which he also produced, has thriller “The Unsaid” unspooling during the fest.

Winkler, recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, has been producing pics since the late 1960s. Winkler, who last directed and produced New Line’s “Life as a House,” is also a producer on Miramax’s “The Shipping News” as well as Michael Apted’s upcoming thriller “Enough.”

As for the other honorees, Hiller is set to take the Director’s Achievement Award, while Zimmer — who is currently composing music for the DreamWorks animated film “Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron” — receives the Frederick Loewe Award for achievement in film composing.

“We are truly delighted to be honoring Andy Garcia, Irwin Winkler, Arthur Hiller and Hans Zimmer this year,” said executive director Denis Pregnolato. “These individuals have made unparalleled contributions to the art of filmmaking around the world.”

Fest, which is expected to draw nearly 70,000 attendees this year, is slated to include more than 155 films from approximately 60 countries.

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