Rich and elite of Palm Springs get to hang with Saoirse Ronan for a night

Those who can afford a $2,500 VIP Platinum ticket to the Palm Springs Film Festival Gala will be joined this year by actress Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn, Grand Budapest Hotel, Hanna) – who will be given the International Star Award.

The festival, which is given $350,000 in taxpayer dollars by the City of Palm Springs annually, begins on January 2nd.  For those who lacked the sufficient funds to get into the gala (minimum ticket to the sold out event was $350) to see celebrities like Cate Blanchett and Ronan, the city is usually kind enough to set some bleachers up, behind a fence and across the street, where you might be lucky enough to see them get out of the car.