The 27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Gala has kicked off at the Palm Springs Convention Centre in California. The festival, which marks the beginning of the 2016 film season, is one of the most prestigious events thanks to its ability to help promote the art and science of film. Honourees of the night, which was hosted by Kate Winslet and Amber Heard, included Cate Blanchett, Johnny Depp, Matt Damon and Christian Bale, who were all in attendance.

The Palm Springs Film festival is expected to show more than 170 films from 60 countries. Take a look at some of the red carpet highlights from the opening night with Buro 24/7 Middle East...

Kate Winslet

The Palm Springs International Film Festival Gala

The Palm Springs International Film Festival Gala

The Palm Springs International Film Festival Gala

The Palm Springs International Film Festival Gala

The Palm Springs International Film Festival Gala

The Palm Springs International Film Festival Gala

The Palm Springs International Film Festival Gala

The 27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival will run from January 1-11, 2016.