The Palm Springs International Film Festival takes the international part of its name seriously.
With an emphasis on foreign-language filmmaking, alongside a sprinkling of American movies, the festival brings the world to a little oasis in the desert.
"It's my second time here," said Michel Hazanavicius, the French director who in 2012 took home the Sonny Bono Visionary Award in Palm Springs and later that year won an Academy Award for directing "The Artist." "Last time I came they gave me an award, so they invited me [again] and I'm very glad to be here."
Hazanavicius was in Palm Springs to screen his wartime drama "The Search" and is just one of the filmmakers who got his picture taken for the L.A. Times photo booth at the festival. You can see the images in the gallery above, as well as watch a video going behind the scenes of the photo shoot.
The film festival, which runs through Monday, is in the midst of playing 192 films from 65 countries, including 50 of the 83 submissions for the foreign-language Academy Award. Last year more than 135,000 people attended, making it one of the top film festivals for attendance in the country.