Our Mission

Desert Film Society

The Desert Film Society promotes the appreciation of film in the Coachella Valley by providing Society members an unique opportunity to view the latest in art, international & cutting-edge independent cinema and educating members by providing a platform for discussion of the art of film and film craft.  Since 2002, Desert Film Society has presented one-time screenings of award winning films from global festivals.


 We’ve made the heartbreaking decision to put DFS films on hold until Camelot Theatre can accommodate full seating.  This closing was is in accordance with Governor Newsom’s guidelines.  Members have seen ALL of the films on our schedule.  We were able to do this by e-mailing each member a 24 hour link to enable them to watch at home.  Our intention is to show all of the films booked for 2020 but date &/or title changes are inevitable.

We are eager to welcome you back in person to DFS as soon as possible.  We will continue to monitor advice from the CDC and local health authorities to ensure we make all necessary changes to meet their guidelines.  Hoping you & your families stay healthy.  We will keep you posted when we have further updates.

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Upcoming Screenings

WHITE LIE  (Canada)

WHITE LIE (Canada)

Confirmed new date is Nov 21, 2020. WHITE LIE – Canada – 96 min. A character-driven psychological thriller film from the promising new Toronto-based directors Yonah Lewis and Calvin Thomas.

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DFS members will be e-mailed a 24 hour link to watch this film at home. Founded by Dr. Nof Atamna-Ismaeel—the first Muslim Arab to win Israel’s MasterChef—the A-sham Arabic Food Festival is creating social change through food. At the Festival, Arab and Jewish Israeli chefs collaborate on delectable dishes, working together to transform traditional recipes. Celebrating their unique cultural heritages and their common love of food, the chefs prove that there is no space for religion and politics in the kitchen.

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