One of the biggest nights for dressing-up in the desert, this star-studded affair attracts not just big players in the entertainment industry, but also some 136,000 enthusiastic film-goers. Sure, they may want to get a glimpse of George Clooney, but they are mostly here for the films—an outstanding line-up of more than 180 independent films and documentaries, many making their U.S. premieres. There are also a hefty number of international films—the largest number of foreign film contenders vying for that year’s Oscars. Beyond film screenings, there are special talks and presentations, tributes, and nightly parties. Insider tip: Cannot be there in January? Summer’s ShortFest shows off the cream of the short-film crop.