They said it wasn’t going to happen! The whispering could be heard when Burt Reynolds was accepting his lifetime achievement award at the 15th Annual Palm Beach International Film Festival. “You know, this is going to be the festival’s final year,” they were saying. Co-founder and chairman of the festival, Burt Aaronson said, with defiance in his voice, “We’re not going away! We’re going to have many more film festivals.” It just goes to prove that you can’t believe everything you hear or read because the 16th Annual Palm Beach International Film Festival kicks off on Wednesday night, March 23rd!
Everything begins at 7:00pm at the Muvico Parisian at CityPlace (545 Hibiscus Street) where the new Paul Giamatti movie, “Win Win” will be the opening night movie. Burt Young, best known as Paulie from the “Rocky” movies also stars in the movie and will be in attendance as well. PBIFF had always known how to throw an amazing party and that hasn’t changed either as the opening night party will be at West Palm Beach’s newest hot spot, Pura Vida at CityPlace (700 S Rosemary Avenue)! Tickets are $50, an amazing price for a night out with filmmakers and film lovers.
Let’s not forget what PBIFF is all about: movies movies movies! Independent, documentary foreign, PBIFF has got them all this year. Some movies of note are “Voices United: The Documentary”. Voices United, (VU) a Miami-based non-profit organization designed to promote cross-cultural understanding through the arts, the film is made by VU alum Arlyn Richardson. One of the driving forces behind the film festival has been education and this movie is a great way to support that. The movie is playing on Sunday, March 27that 2:15pm at the Muvico Parisian, you can find about buying tickets for this and other movies throughout the festival here. “The First Grader” will be the closing night film this year and is looking like another must see at the festival.
Friday night, March 25th, is a special night for the festival as the Silver Screen Splash will be taking place. Richard Jenkins, star of such movies as “Eat, Pray, Love” and more recently, “Hall Pass” will be this year’s recipient of the Golden Palm Award. Soap Opera legend and long time friend to PBIFF, Tristan Rogers, will be hosting the night and 11-time Grammy-nominated songwriter and producer Dennis Lambert will be performing. This all happens at the Boca Raton Resort and Club (501 East Camino Real). Besides the awards ceremony there will be some terrific food and dancing under the stars. Click here for more information on the party and ticket prices.
In addition to the movies and parties the Palm Beach International Film Festival will once again be holding film seminars that will take place at the Delray Beach Marriot (10 North Ocean Blvd).A great opportunity for those who are interested in learning something about the art of filmmaking.
Everything concludes on the 28th with the Closing Night Party where the festival awards will be presented. The party will be taking place at Deck 84 (84- E. Atlantic Avenue). So come on out to the film festival that wasn’t suppose to be. There will be something for everyone at PBIFF; features, shorts, student films and documentaries. You can check out the PBIFF website here to get the full schedule of events and prices. For those who thought there was no way The Palm Beach International Film Festival would return this year, here is a big fat raspberry for you, because year 16 is ready to rock!