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Palm Beach Intl Film Festival

The Palm Beach International Film Festival is committed to supporting emerging filmmakers of today and tomorrow. We strive to recognize new and original voices throughout the world and channel the excitement of film into our local schools.

Now in its 19th year, the festival has showcased thousands of award-winning films, hosted filmmakers, actors, industry professionals and press from around the globe.

Get ready for the 19th Annual Palm Beach International Film Festival, April 3-10, 2014


8-days of films from around the globe, industry panels, seminars, student filmmaking programs, networking opportunities and gala events all set against the background of our tropical South Florida beaches, waterways and venues.


The PBIFF is committed to supporting emerging filmmakers of today and tomorrow. We strive to recognize new and original voices throughout the world and channel the excitement of film to our local community.


Visit us today at or contact us at +01-561-362.0003. See you at the MOVIES!!



Screen Time Images To Present 3D Demonstration

 Tuesday, April 15--------Today at the Palm Beach International Film Festival, filmmakers and industry representatives will be among the first in the world to preview an amazing new technology: 3D TV and displays that do not require any special glasses. CEO/Visionary/inventor Fernando Delmau of XES (Xtreme Electronics Systems) along with Sean McKee, CEO of distributor Screen Time Images will be on hand at the Delray Beach Marriot to introduce what's next after the HD revolution.To be shown w...

Palm Beach FF Honoree: Jason Reitman

Monday, April 14-----Jason Reitman, the 30-year-old film director who scored an Academy Award nomination for his second feature film, will be honored this evening at the Palm Beach International Film Festival with the PBIFF Visionary Award. The honor will be given following a special screening of his hit comedy JUNO, which will be released on DVD tomorrow by Fox Home Video. Following the screening, Reitman will participate in an on-stage Conversation with National Public Radio host and film crit...

Looking For God In Boca Raton

 Sunday, April 13-------There is nothing in producer/director Emmanuel Itier's resume that would make you suspect that he is currently on his own spiritual quest. Emmanuel is a French-born, Hollywood-based producer whose oeuvre has been in the genre field of crime thrillers, soft-core erotica and horror films. But he is indeed on a quest to find God, or at least define Him/Her/It with his latest project, THE INVOCATION. Itier screened a seven-minute trailer of the film, which includes contribu...

Visions of Morocco In Palm Beach

 Sunday, April 13------When Palm Beach International Film Festival Executive Director Randi Emerman visited the Marrakech International Film Festival last year, she was not prepared for what she would find. "Not only was the Festival very grand, in terms of its presentation, dinners and receptions", Emerman shared with me over breakfast in the Filmmaker Lounge at the Mariott Delray Beach, "but I went to see a number of the local films and was astonished at their quality and scope...

Palm Beach Tribute: Mickey Rooney

 Saturday, April 12--------Tonight, the Palm Beach International Film Festival holds its most glamourous event, the annual Grand Gala at the Boca Raton Country Club. This year, the Festival is honoring the likes of acting legend Mickey Rooney, Oscar winner Louis Gosset Jr., hot director Jason Reitman, actress Cheryl Hines and up-and-coming actor Josh Hutcherson. In a series of articles over the next few days, I will offer a bio and filmography of the honorees and why their careers have been dub...

World Premieres Get First Look At Palm Beach

 Saturday, April 12-------One of the rarest things to find at a medium-sized film festival are films that have never been seen at another festival venue. World Premieres are a highly prized status that most festivals attempt to attract, but with the exception of the largest, rarely succeed in attracting.So, it was with a mix of curiosity and excitement that I noticed that at this year's Palm Beach International Film Festival, there are a number of films making their world debuts at the event. ...


 Friday, April 11------The debate over immigration is the issue that never seems to go away. While it may flare hot, especially during this Presidential election year, the solutions to the problems of "illegals" is not a simple one. America has always been a refuge for those seeking economic, political and religious freedom. On the other hand, are "illegals" offering themselves as cheap alternatives to American workers, whose job security has become all the more tentative in...

Life's A Beach: Palm Beach FF Blogging

Friday, April 11------While I guess I am just one of the lucky ones. For my trip from New York to Fort Lauderdale to attend the Palm Beach International Film Festival, which opened last evening, I was fatefully booked on Airtran Airlines, instead of American Airlines, the mechanically challenged carrier that has been forced to cancel thousands of flights this week due to maintenance problems. Apparently, many U.S. and international guests were slated to fly in to Florida via American Airlines, w...

YOUNG@HEART To Close Palm Beach FF

 Thursday, April 10----The Palm Beach International Film Festival, which opens this evening, has announced that its Closing Night Film on April 17 will be the inspirational comedy “Young@Heart,” directed by Stephen Walker.  The film captures seven unforgettable weeks in the lives of the members of the Young@Heart Chorus, a group of spirited seniors based in Northampton , Massachusetts , who specialize in reinterpreting rock, punk and R&B classics from a unique perspective with their c...

Palm Beach FF Opens With All-Star Poker Comedy

 Wednesday, April 9-----The Palm Beach International Film Festival (PBIFF) opens its thirteenth edition tomorrow evening with the Southeast Premiere of THE GRAND, an all-star poker comedy, directed by Zak Penn. The film stars Oscar nominee Woody Harrelson, Hank Azaria, Chris Parnell, Michael McKean, Werner Herzog, David Cross, Richard Kind, Dennis Farina and Cheryl Hines (who is being honored at the Festival's Saturday night Tribute Gala). The ensemble film is in the tradition of such improvi...

Palm Beach Fest Lifetime Achievement Award to veteran actor and Academy, Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winner Louis Gossett, Jr.

The 13th Annual Palm Beach International Film Festival (PBIFF) is pleased to present the Lifetime Achievement Award to veteran actor and Academy, Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winner Louis Gossett, Jr., in celebration of his multi-faceted career.  Gossett will join some of the great talents in the industry, as well as community leaders on Saturday, April 12, at the Black Tie Awards Gala at the Boca Raton Resort and Club.  Back by popular demand, Tristan Rogers (“General Hospital”) will ser...

Winners Of The 12th Palm Beach International Film Festival

  Thursday, April 26-------The Palm Beach International Film Festival reached its climax this evening with the announcement of its jury and audience awards for Best Film, Best Documentary, Best Short Film, Best Director, Screenplay and Performances. Jury winners and Audience Choice Awards were announced at the Closing Night Awards Ceremony held at the Delray Beach Marriott, the official Festival hotel.   The Award for Best Feature Film went to TIED HANDS, a family drama from Israel, directed ...

Davi Doo-Wop Film To Close Palm Beach Film Festival

        Thursday, April 26-----The 12th Annual Palm Beach International Film Festival closes this evening with the Florida Premiere of  THE DUKES, the feature film directorial debut of actor Robert Davi. The special event film screening will also feature a live performance by The Emeralds, a Philadelphia doo-wop group featuring Robert Davi, the film’s director, writer and star. The film, which also stars Chazz Palminteri, Peter Bogdanovich, Frank D'...

Student Showcase Winners Announced

       Wednesday, April 25-----The Palm Beach International Film Festival in collaboration with the Palm Beach County Film & Television Commission annually produces the highly acclaimed Student Showcase of Films (SSOF). This student only event has become known as the most prestigious competition for Florida student filmmakers. The juried statewide competition recognizes outstanding high school and college students by presenting over $25,000 in cash awards, prizes a...

Palm Beach Film Festival Gala Honorees

         Wednesday, April 25----Veteran Producer Anant Singh, Newcomer Actress Q'Orianka Kilcher, Film Legend Margaret O’Brien and Acting Giant  Malcolm McDowell were honored on Saturday evening at the Palm Beach International Film Festival Gala, held at the swanky Boca Raton Club and Resort.Sandy Mandelberger, Festival Online Dailies Editor...

A Showcase of Israeli Cinema

Tuesday, April 24----In honor of Israeli Independence Day, the Palm Beach International Film Festival (PBIFF) is featuring Israel in the inaugural World Showcase of Films on Tuesday, April 24. The daylong event presented in partnership with the Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival and the Jewish Community Center of the Greater Palm Beaches will feature premieres of independent films from Israel at Sunrise Cinemas in Mizner Park.  Participating films include: OUT OF SIGHT, a gripping, psychological m...

Thematic Programs At Palm Beach FF

Monday, April 23----The Palm Beach International Film Festival is presenting a number of thematic programs to bring a sharper focus to its diverse programming for attending audiences. This past weekend, the Festival inaugurated its Weekend of Shorts, an eclectic program of American and international short films screening at the main Festival venues of the Sunrise Cinemas at Mizner Park and the Muvico Parisian 20 at Cityplace. The program featured an exciting group of short fiction and documentar...

Palm Beach FF Honors Film Greats

Sunday, April 22-------The cultural, business and political elite of Palm Beach County were in black tie and evening gowns last evening, as the Palm Beach International Film Festival held its annual Awards Gala, honoring an intriguing cross-section of filmmakers, actors and a true film legend. Held at the swanky Boca Raton Resort and Club, the evening was a celebration of the Festival, the celebrity honorees, and a fundraiser for the Festival's commitment to supporting student and local fil...


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Christopher Plummer In An Oscar-Worthy Performance

       Saturday, April 21-------On the (regrettably) long list of top-flight performers who (quite astonishingly) have never even been nominated for an Oscar, despite a career full of acting highlights, Christopher Plummer is certainly among the most neglected in this respect. Awards aside (and he has won his share), the veteran actor has a long list of film credits going back to the 1950s, which includes such classics as THE SOUND OF MUSIC (1965), INSIDE DAISY...

Palm Beach Opens With Pizazz

Friday, April 20----The 12th edition of the Palm Beach International Film Festival opened last evening with pizazz......with the US Premiere of THE GOLDEN DOOR by Italian director Emanuelle Crialese, with the film's lead actor Vincenzo Amato in attendance. The film, a moving chronicle of the journey of one family from Sicily to America in the early years of the 20th Century, won the Silver Lion Award at the Venice Film Festival. Amato, who plays the patriarch of the family, was especiall...

Silent Film Classics Receive Rare Screening

Thursday, April 19-----The Palm Beach International Film Festival, which launches its week-long celebration of film this evening, will present two silent film classics at the historic Maltz Jupiter Theater on Friday afternoon. THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY (1903), by cinema pioneer Edwin S. Porter, was the first film to highlight complex editing and the building of tension through montage. The film is considered one of the seminal films of the early silent era, and has been frequently listed as one of...

Child Star Margaret O'Brien To Be Honored

 Tuesday, April 17-----The 12th Annual Palm Beach International Film Festival (PBIFF), which begins this Thursday evening, will honor former child star Margaret O’Brien with the Legend In Film Award at its black-tie Awards Gala at the Boca Raton Resort & Club on Saturday evening, April 21st. Earlier on Saturday,  Ms. O’Brien will appear at a special mid-day screening of MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS (1943), her best known film, at the Sunrise Theatres, Mizner Park in Boca Raton. Following the s...

Palm Beach Opens With Italian THE GOLDEN DOOR

            Monday, April 17-----The 12th Annual Palm Beach International Film Festival (PBIFF) kicks off on Thursday evening with the US Premiere of Italian director Emanuele Crialese’s NUOVOMONDO (THE GOLDEN DOOR).  Starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, Vincenzo Amato, Aurora Quattrocchi and the late Vincent Schiavelli, THE GOLDEN DOOR is a modern fable that captures the spirit of the immigrant experience as one family sheds the comfo...

Palm Beach International Film Festival Unveils Its Poster

Saturday, April 14-----The Palm Beach International Film Festival, which begins its 12th edition on Thursday evening, has unveiled its official Film Poster for this year. The Film Poster is designed by local artist Deborah Bottoroff and was unveiled at a gala fundraising ceremony in late February. The poster combines the sun-drenched glamour and love of film that is synonymous with Florida's Gold Coast....

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