Alissa Simon is a Senior Programmer for the Palm Springs International Film Festival and film reviewer for the American trade magazine Variety. Simon will be a guest at the festival for the second time, but she attended the festival last year as well. Among other things she has served on international film festival juries in Göteborg, Cannes, Amsterdam, San Francisco, Sarajevo, Sochi, Cluj, Torino, Montreal and Vancouver. It could be said that Simon attends film festivals for a living, but she attends about 12 to 15 festivals each year. We are truly honored that Stockfish is one of them for the second time!
In an interview with Coachella Valley Weekly, about the most important thing about film festivals, Simon said – quote: “film festivals bring films that may never come into distribution. It’s a great opportunity to see films as they were meant to be seen: on a big screen in the best possible viewing situation. It’s a chance to travel the world without leaving town, to experience new cultures and ideas.” We at Stockfish Film Festival couldn’t have said it better!