World Premiere of V.C. Andrews RAIN to Launch 11th Annual Festival
(Delray Beach, FL) - February 27, 2006 — The Palm Beach International Film Festival (PBIFF) announced today at a press conference at the Delray Beach Marriott a strategic partnership with the City of Delray Beach. This partnership will bring the "hub" of the festival to the city for the 2006 festival. Mayor Jeff Perlman made the announcement stating that he is proud to partner with the premier festival in the county and is excited about the potential of keeping the festival in Delray for years to come.
The "hub" will consist of hosting all of the filmmakers, celebrities and visiting industry professionals at the new host hotel The Delray Beach Marriott. The operational command center and press room will also be stationed at the Marriott. Commissioner Burt Aaronson, the festivals chairman emeritus and Yvonne Boice, festival chair were on hand to welcome Mayor Perlman and thanked the City, the Marriott and the entire community for their hospitality and generous support.
"Without the partnership of the city, moving to Delray Beach would not have been possible, we look forward to what looks to be a healthy long term relationship, "said Commissioner Aaronson, who was instrumental in the negotiations.
"The economic impact as well as the nationwide attention that the festival will bring to the City of Delray Beach were the two primary reasons the City worked so hard in negotiating the move to Delray," said Randi Emerman, festival executive director.
Emerman also announced the first film selected for the 2006 festival, the world premiere of V.C. Andrews' RAIN. RAIN will launch the 11th annual festival on Thursday, April 21 at Muvico Parisian 20 at CityPlace at 7 pm. RAIN stars Faye Dunaway, Robert Loggia, Khandi Alexander of CSI Miami, Giancarlo Esposito (Usual Suspects) and introduces Brooklyn Sudano, daughter of Donna Summer and a regular on the series, My Wife and Kids, as RAIN.
This feature film adaptation of RAIN is directed by Craig Di Bona off of a script written by Andrew Neiderman (author of The Devil's Advocate), the film was produced by Merv Griffin Entertainment in association with Big Headz Entertainment and Lexi Dog Media Group.
Additional announcements at the conference include the moving of its closing night film, awards ceremony and wrap party to Old School Square. The Crest Theatre will serve as the venue for the movie and the prestigious awards ceremony which honors the best films of the festival. Closing night is scheduled for Thursday, April 27 at 7 pm. Tickets are only $25 and include the film, awards ceremony and wrap party.
The festival will also partner with Old School Square to present a free "Best of the Fest" outdoor screening for the community on Friday, April 28 at the entertainment pavilion. This film will feature an encore presentation of the audience's favorite film screened during the previous 7 days. The closing night film and free community screening will be announced by mid-March.
The Palm Beach International Film Festival will be April 20 - 28, 2006. Screenings will take place at the Muvico Parisian 20 at CityPlace and at Sunrise Cinemas at Mizner Park. Additional events, seminars and special screenings will take place at additional venues throughout the county. The complete schedule of films will be announced by the end of March. Honorees and celebrity guests will be announced in early April.