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2017 Napa Valley Film Festival Award Winners

  2017 NAPA VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL FESTIVAL AWARD WINNERS   Winners include “Quest,” “Stuck” and Mackenzie Davis for “Izzy Gets the Fuck Across Town”   Napa Valley, CA - The 7th Annual Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) announced this year’s juried and audience award winners at the Uptown Theatre in Napa on Saturday, November 11, 2017. The Festival, held from November 8-12, screened 124 films, including the 18 in ...

Are you ready for the GLAMOUR? Submit to Palm Beach International Film Festival

Don’t miss your opportunity to be part of the fun, festivities, and Florida sun at the 19th Annual Palm Beach International Film Festival, April 3-10, 2014!   We’re counting down the last few days until our submissions deadline. Films are pouring in from all over the world@ Do we have yours yet?   To submit your film for consideration, visit our website at Questions? Contact us at or +01-561-36...

Palm Beach Film Festival Perseveres

  Despite intense economic challenges and a precipitous cut in cultural funding, the Palm Beach International Film Festival, one of the best regional festivals on the circuit, is persevering with an exciting program planned for later this month. Longtime Festival honcho Randi Emerman continues to push on for quality and diversity for local audiences in Palm Beach County, an area on Florida's southeast coast that perhaps has the greatest disparity between wealth and poverty in the nation...

"The Impossible Fact" at the Palm Beach International Film Festival

Glad to announce that "The Impossible Fact- El Hecho Imposible" was selected into the festival program of the Palm Beach International Film Festival.;jsessionid=39734162833D784C8DF201DB442B959A ...

Film Festivals On The Brink And Over The Edge

  I had to do a double-take when I saw the headline yesterday: GEN ART TO CLOSE ITS DOORS AFTER SIXTEEN YEARS. The Gen Art organization, which organizes networking and exhibition events for film, music and fashion in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago and several other cities, is closing its doors? After what was an amazingly successful New York festival just two weeks ago? Well, the news apparently is true and joins a wave of bad news for specialized events around the USA (and p...

Palm Beach FF Award Winners

  Despite being faced with serious financial adversity and some torrential downpours, the 15th edition of the Palm Beach International Film Festival ended on Monday in an optimistic spirit of independent film camaraderie as over 70 filmmakers from around the world enjoyed welcoming audiences, shared their experiences and attended fabulous parties. After a week of screenings, the jury votes were tallied to determine the winners for Best Feature Film, Best Documentary and Best Short Fil...

Life Lessons At Palm Beach FF

  TEN STORIES TALL (David Garrett, USA) It was perhaps an unconscious choice, but several of the films I caught at this year’s Palm Beach International Film Festival dealt with the sense of fragility and vulnerability that is at the core of human experience. In these films, characters face the realities of mortality and unfulfilled dreams with the kind of courage and grace that made a deep impression on audiences. If films teach life lessons, and I wholeheartedly t...

Palm Beach FF Goes Global

  This year’s Palm Beach International Film Festival is expanding its audience on a global level via a strategic partnership with independent film distributor With IndieFlix’s Online Festivals Initiative, film lovers around the globe who register are now able to screen eight featured short films from this year’s PBIFF and vote for their favorite. Registration is easy......just visit the Festival website and click on the Ind...

Palm Beach FF Film Debuts

With nearly 2000 film festivals around the world, the competition to snag World and International The The competition in the world of film festivals for World and International Premieres is fierce. This is especially true fo regional film festivals that cannot claim a strong industry component (they are cultural events, mainly for the local community). This weekend alone, there are 4 film festivals in the United States, stretching from California (San Francisco...

Burt Reynolds To Be Honored Tonight At Palm Beach Film Festival

  For its distinguished honorees this year, the 15th edition of the Palm Beach International Film Festival pays tribute to a local legend and a star on the rise. This evening at the recently-opened swanky The Omphoy Ocean Resort (, the Festival will present its Lifetime Achievement Award to  local Florida legend, actor/director/producer Burt Reynolds.  The Festival's Horizon Award will be given to actor Quinton Aaron, who recently starred opposite Oscar winner Sandra ...

Sun And Celluloid: A Weekend In Palm Beach

  Do not pity (nor envy) this pale New Yorker as I leave the cool and rainy climes of my native Manhattan for the sunny paradise of Palm Beach, Florida. Late April brings with it the beginnings of steamy Florida weather, with its peekaboo of sun and clouds, where a torrential rainshower can happen one minute and the sun shining the next is not out of the ordinary. In this dramatic clime, the Palm Beach International Film Festival beckons with its film premieres, snazzy special eve...

Palm Beach FF Winners

  It was a true celebration of film as the Palm Beach International Film Festival celebrated announced its winners in the categories of Best Feature Film, Best Documentary, Best Short Film and Best Director. The jury for the 14th PBIFF consisted of:  Academy Award-nominated actress Shohreh Aghdashloo (House of Sand & Fog, and the upcoming Stoning of Soraya M.) and Debbie Frank, COO of the Frank Theatres, who judged the Feature Films; Director Aaron Wells (whose film Rock and...

Michael Keaton's Directorial Debut

  Actor Michael Keaton, whose 30-year career has included the outrageous ghost in BEETLEJUICE and Batman in BATMAN RETURNS, is the star and director of THE MERRY GENTLEMAN, which had its East Coast premiere last evening at the Palm Beach International Film Festival. The film, a psychological thriller set around the Christmas Holidays in a gray and unforgiving Chicago, casts Keaton as a hit man with a conscience, whose world is crumbling and whose resolve is beginning to waver. Th...

Documentaries Lift Palm Beach FF

SEVERE  SEVERE CLEAR   No matter the size of the Festival, and I am including the biggest ones of the bunch in this statement, the quality of the fiction features is generally a mixed bag, but the documentaries never disappoint. The same can be said for the Palm Beach International Film Festival, where this year's documentary lineup is of consistent quality, appealing to audiences of all stripes and  tastes. Social issues mix with personal concerns in the best of these films. I...

Honoring An Actor's Actor At Palm Beach FF

When your career resume ranges from playing English royalty to an American patriarchal President, with a corrupt police captain and a Scottish pig farmer thrown in for good measure, you know you are talking about someone with a great range. That quality to perfectly personify a host of different types is the hallmark of great character actors. Among the best applying their craft to numerous film and television projects is the actor James Cromwell, who will be honored this evening with a Career...

A Conversation With Director Joel Zwick

  The Palm Beach International Film Festival, which opens tomorrow evening with the US/Scottish film STONE OF DESTINY, will give local film buffs and visiting film professionals a rare look inside the workings of the film industry courteosy of Festival honoree Joel Zwick. Zwick, who was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1942, cut his early teeth as a writer/director/producer for television, directing episodes of such popular television series as Laverne & Shirley, Mork & Mindy,...


  STONE OF DESTINY, the latest film from actor-turned-director Charles Martin Smith, will open the 2009 edition of the Palm Beach International Film Festival on Thursday, 23 April. The film, a US/Scottish co-production, retells the fascinating and true story of four young Glaswegian students who, in 1951, outwitted the British authorities in their successful attempt to take back the Stone of Scone - a beloved symbol of Scottish pride. The adventure comedy stars Robert Carlyle (TRAINSPOTT...

The Link Between Politics And Pageants

  The link between politics and beauty pagaents is tantalizingly explored in the documentary film AND THE WINNER IS......, which will premiere at this week's Palm Beach International Film Festival. While contemporary politics (not only in America) is often more a popularity contest than one of substance (our current President to the contrary), the premise of the film is an audacious and delicious one. AND THE WINNER IS....documents the small town of Centerville’s bold decision t...

A Setting Known As Paradise

    Palm Beach, April 18------Palm Beach, Florida is more than a place, it is a destination. Synonymous with Florida's exotic beauty as well as a chic resort for the uber-wealthy for more than a century, Palm Beach, the island, and the surrounding county that also bears its name, is a place of wonderment that attracts tourists from all over the U.S. and points beyond. The attraction of being close to (if not a part of) the playground of the super-rich, the area has grown in th...

Palm Beach International Film Festival

THE PALM BEACH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL April 23-27, 2009   Call for Entries Late submission deadline is January 21, 2009 Download the entry form Contact Info Palm Beach International Film Festival 289 Via Naranjas Royal Palm Plaza, Suite #48 Boca Raton, Florida 33432 USA Phone: +1 561-362-0003 Fax: +1 561-362-0035 Executive Director: Randi Emerman Festival Coordinator: Laurie Wein Public Relations: Kelley-Grace Communicat...

Palm Beach FF Winners

 Friday, April 18------The Palm Beach International Film Festival, which ended its week-long marathon of film screenings, film tributes, seminar events and nightly parties, came to a glittering close yesterday with the announcement of its Grand Jury and Audience Awards.The big winner this year was the inspirational Italian film ROSSO COME IL CIELO (Red Like The Sky) by Cristiano Bartone. The film recounts the incredible true story of early life of blind sound editor Micro Mencacci, the victim ...

Palm Beach Film Festival Closes Tonight

 Thursday, April 17-----The 13th edition of the Palm Beach International Film Festival ends tonight with its Gala Closing Night Film and its Awards Ceremonies. After presenting over 100 films from around the world, as well as in-depth seminars, gala tributes and some of the most fun parties on the festival circuit, the Festival calls it a wrap tonight.The Festival ends on a musical high note, with the presentation of UK director Stephen Walker's audience-pleasing hit, YOUNG @ HEART. The docume...

A Jazzman's Journey

 Wednesday, April 15------Tonight, audiences at the Palm Beach International Film Festival were treated to a memorable film tribute to a jazzman's unique life and musical journey. TRYING TO GET GOOD: THE JAZZ ODYSSEY OF JACK SHELDON is an intimate portrait of a jazz giant whose personal story is one of triumph and tragedy.National audiences know him as Merv Griffin’s trumpet-playing sidekick or as the indelible voice of “Conjunction Junction” and “I’m Just a Bill” from “School Hou...


 Tuesday, April 15------The Palm Beach International Film Festival will host the World Premiere screening this evening of MAGIC FLUTE DIAIRES. The film screens as part of the Reel Rhythms section of the Festival, devoted to music films (more on this tomorrow).The Magic Flute's all pervading themes of love and betrayal, reward and retribution, coupled with the encompassing power of Mozart's brilliant score have given rise to a unique motion picture in the hands of filmmaker Kevin Sullivan, set d...

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...


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