Donate to The Palm Beach International Film Festival (PBIFF) and your generous contribution will help economic improvement for the state of Florida and its students. Your money will help establish endowments for student film programs from high school through university levels, sponsor film equipment grants, and support a long established Student Film Festival seeking out and awarding the best of emerging talent.
Founded in 1996, PBIFF was the brainchild of local business and civic leaders who felt a film festival would offer an exciting cultural venue for the community, be a tremendous fundraiser for film and television education, and provide an excellent opportunity to introduce filmmakers to the area's resources.
Today the Palm Beach International Film Festival is renowned industry-wide as a destination for exhibitors to screen films and meet filmmakers, as we've formed a unique partnership with independent theater owners, film bookers, and distribution outlets from around the country. PBIFF is looking forward to fostering these relationships and helping our independent filmmakers get their projects seen by larger audiences.
PBIFF celebrates both the history and the future of the film industry with eight days of films from around the globe, including post-screening discussions with filmmakers and cast, special events, parties, networking opportunities, industry panels, and student filmmaking programs. The lineup includes narrative features, documentaries, and short films, many of which are World and U.S. Premieres.
In 2003 PBIFF became a "Competitive" Festival, joining the ranks of other great film events such as Sundance, Cannes, Toronto, and Venice. In 2014 PBIFF, in a first-ever collaboration of its kind, joined forces with the world-renowned Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) to present a spotlight on Canadian films. For its 20th Annual Festival in 2015, PBIFF has spread its wings with a satellite location in Naples, Florida. Now the Festival spans from Palm Beach County on the shores of the Atlantic to the beautiful Gulf Coast.
PBIFF has enjoyed a remarkable level of success to date. Unlike many festivals around the country, PBIFF has dedicated itself to making a difference in the lives of young people by helping to fulfill their dreams in the world of film. Proceeds generated each year go to the Palm Beach County Schools to provide new technologies for optimal learning in the form of grants and scholarships. Over $1.5 million has been donated to date.
Throughout its history filmmakers and industry professionals from around the world have supported PBIFF by donating their services to the festival, including Adrien Brody, Anthony Hopkins, Edward Norton, Richard Jenkins, Malcolm McDowell, Anant Singh, James Whitmore, Tommy Lee Jones, Faye Dunaway, Jacqueline Bisset, Richard Zanuck, Dennis Hopper, Woody Harrelson, Louise Fletcher, Leslie Nielsen, Peter Boyle, John Daly, Lesley Ann Warren, Roger Moore, Ann-Margret, Sylvester Stallone, Esther Williams, Burt Reynolds, Michael Caine, Anouk Aimee, Salma Hayek, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Evans, Michael Clarke Duncan, Ben Gazzara, Fay Wray, and Robert Morse, to name a few.
Last year’s film highlights included critically acclaimed films and festival favorites BELLE, LOCKE, DOM HEMINGWAY, and OBVIOUS CHILD. In addition to the aforementioned TIFF Spotlight on Canada, our sidebar “The Jewish Experience” featured 26 Jewish and Israeli-centric films, including 15 from Israel.
Filmmakers partied under the stars, got tips at our informative seminars “Trials and Tribulations of Healthcare and Benefits for the Independent Filmmaker” and “Making Movies - How Do They Do It?” and networked with industry professionals and fellow filmmakers during “Toast of the Town – A Tribute to Classic Hollywood” at the EAU Palm Beach Resort & Spa.
The 2014 jury-selected winners including Jill D’Agnenica’s LIFE INSIDE OUT (Best Feature Film), Patrick Mark’s FABERGÉ: A LIFE OF ITS OWN (Best Documentary Feature), and Pierre Stefanos’ BRIGHTON (Best Short Film). A Special Mention went to Joel Novoa’s GOD’S SLAVE (ESCLAVO DE DIOS). The Audience Choice Awards went to Paul Davis’ CATHEDRAL CANYON (Best Feature Film), Tim Phillips’ LION ARK (Best Documentary Feature), and Justin Liberman’s TOBACCO BURN (Best Short Film).
Last year 164 films were screened, of which more than half were foreign. Over 80 features were presented, including 30 World, International, North American, and US Premieres. Nearly 100 filmmakers, along with cast and crew, chose to attend. Close to 50 filmmakers made the trip here at their own expense from countries such as Argentina, Australia, Hong Kong, India, Israel, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Turkey, and the United Kingdom, to name just a few.