CinemaDave (cinemadave) wrote,

The 15th Annual Palm Beach International Film Festival Begins!

While proof reading the galleys for my book **The Adventures of Cinema Dave,** it was a revelation to me how much the **Palm Beach International Film Festival** impacted my growth as a film columnist. It is with a touch of sadness that I write about the 15 Annual Palm Beach International Film Festival, rumored to be the last PBiFF. There may be no funding for the 16th Annual PBiFF. The budget is so constricted this year, there will be no screenings or events south of Delray Beach this year.

Doing more with less, the PBiFF core team has rolled up their sleeves to produce a 5 day weekend full of movies, parties and seminars about film financing. Relying on local a local Buddy, PBiFF, will honor Burt Reynolds for his contributions to the Florida Film making community.

A recent quintuple bypass surgery survivor, Reynolds will receive the
Lifetime Achievement Award. Since becoming a box office champion in the 1970s, Reynolds made it a point to bring business to South Florida with films like **Smokey and the Bandit** and the television show, **B.L. Stryker.** Reynolds also established an **Institute for Film & Theatre** at the **Burt Reynolds and Friends Museum.**

While Sandra Bullock won the Best Actress Oscar for **The Blind Side,** the focus of her character’s attention was on Quinton Aaron. Following in the footsteps of Adrien Brody, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Josh Hutcherson and AnnaSophia Robb, Aaron will be receiving the Horizon Award for career expectations. Besides his star making role in **The Blind Side,** Aaron has appeared on NBC’s **Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.**

Being an International event, PBiFF will open the festival with a screening of **Princess Ka’iulani,** a biography about the last Princess in Hawaii before statehood. This film stars Q'orianka Kilcher, another Horizon Award recipient for her work as Pocahontas in **The New World.**

From England, **Forget Me Not** makes it’s American Premier at PBiFF. A romantic caper, **Forget Me Not** takes place within a 24 hour time period and features character actress Gemma Jones.

Last, but not least, is **Immigration Tango,** a picturesque romantic comedy shot in Miami starring Carlos Leon and Elika Portnoy, who also wrote and produced the film. The emphasis is on humor, a little skinny dipping and upbeat musical score by Play for Rain.

Tickets for all movies are regular theatre admission (may differ by theatre) and can be purchased at each theater’s box office, or in advance at or

A complete list of films and special events is available on the festival web site at call 561-362-0003 to purchase tickets for all special events.

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