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Palm Beach International Film Festival announces its 2014 lineup

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The Palm Beach International Film Festival (PBIFF) announced its highly anticipated film line-up for the 19th edition, April 3 – 10, 2014, featuring 14 World Premieres, 8 North American and 8 U.S. Premieres. PBIFF will present features, documentaries and short films from the U.S. and around the world, including Brazil, Venezuela, France, England, Israel, Hong Kong, Japan, India, New Zealand, Austria, the Philippines, Croatia, Australia, Canada, Germany and South Korea, to name just a few, and will play host to filmmakers, producers and actors to represent and discuss their films.

“This year’s festival promises an outstanding and diverse program of features, documentaries, shorts and music videos, including many World, US and Florida premieres,” comments Randi Emerman, President and CEO of PBIFF. “The Palm Beach International Film Festival is a true celebration of the art of film with fun events and the opportunity to meet filmmakers from every corner of the world."

Opening Night kicks off with Belle, directed by Amma Asante. The film, which stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Emily Watson, Tom Felton, Sam Reid and Tom Wilkinson, is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Mbatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield and his wife, Belle’s lineage affords her certain privileges, yet the color of her skin prevents her from fully participating in the traditions of her social standing. Left to wonder if she will ever find love, Belle falls for an idealistic young vicar’s son bent on change who, with her help, shapes Lord Mansfield’s role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England. Talent from the film expected to attend. Opening Night festivities will take place Thursday, April 3 at Cinemark Palace 20, followed by a party at Bogart’s Bar & Grille on the Premier Level of Cinemark Palace.

The fest will close with Cas & Dylan, directed by Jason Priestley, starring Richard Dreyfuss, Tatiana Maslany and Jayne Eastwood. A Canadian comedy/drama, Cas & Dylan is about what happens when a dying doctor, who plans to check out on his own terms, takes a reluctant detour when he inadvertently winds up on the lam with an ‘anything-but-normal’ 22-year old girl. Director Jason Priestley will attend. The screening will take place on Thursday, April 10 at Cinemark Palace 20, followed by the “It’s a Wrap” party at Bogart’s Bar & Grille.

Sure to be one of the most anticipated evenings of the festival, PBIFF is proud to present the Lifetime Achievement Award to star of film, television and stage, Emmy and Tony-award winning actor Robert Morse. Morse is a man of the stage, having won two Tony Awards, one for How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying and one for American Playhouse: Tru. He also starred in the film version of How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, as well as 60s cult favorite The Loved One and A Guide for the Married Man opposite Walter Matthau, among many others. He is most recently know for his role as Bertram Cooper in AMC’s Mad Men.

The festival will also honor director Rick McKay with the Visionary Award, celebrating his on-going achievement of documenting and preserving the history of the Broadway stage with stories told directly from the legends who were there, while illustrating their tales not only with amazing, rare archival performance footage but also through their home movies and photos as well. McKay returns to Palm Beach after premiering his award-winning documentary Broadway: The Golden Age ten years ago with a continuation of his work in his new film Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age, in which fellow honoree Robert Morse also appears, followed by an audience Q&A and Award presentation. The evening, which takes place on Monday April 7 at 7:00 pm at the Cinemark Palace 20 Theatres, will be capped with a Sardi’s-influenced party at Bogart’s on the Premier Level of Cinemark Palace 20.

PBIFF will present some exciting activities this year, including these highlights:

 Toast of the Town – A Tribute to Classic Hollywood, on Saturday, April 5, at 9 pm at the Eau Palm Beach. Meet the filmmakers, special celebrity guests and VIPs at this exclusive celebration and main fundraising event, while sipping on the Champagne featured in A Year in Champagne and enjoying special Tito’s Vodka Martinis that will be served at the party. For ticket information, go to www.pbifilmfest.org.

 The Jewish Experience – a new Jewish/Israeli-centric program presenting the most current and cutting-edge films of this genre. The Jewish Experience hits it out of the park with a line-up of films that include: four World Premieres, three US Premieres, 15 Florida Premieres and five Palm Beach Premieres. Three of the features are OPHIR best film nominees (Israel’s equivalent to the Academy Awards)

 Spotlight on Canada, presented by the Toronto International Film Festival, featuring some of the 2013 Festival’s most popular Canadian films.

 Music and Merriment Film Showcase at South Shores Tavern in Lake Worth on Sunday, April 6 from 8 pm to 10 pm. An evening of videos, docs, and shorts that will bring music and merriment to your eyes and ears.

 On Wednesday, April 9, at the Dubliner in Mizner Park at 9:15 pm, PBIFF will host a concert featuring rising stars So. California-based alternative rock band ABOVE SECLUSION, whose music is featured in the thriller, Mary Loss of Soul, making its World Premiere at the festival. See website for ticket information.

 The ever-popular Weekend of Shorts at the Lake Worth Playhouse Stonzek
Theatre (April 4, 5 & 6)

 Voices of Local Films & Student Showcase of Films will screen at Downtown at the Gardens Cobb Theatre on Sunday, April 6 at 7pm.

 On Saturday, April 5, at 10 and 11 am respectively, PBIFF will present two seminars at the host hotel, Hyatt Place Delray:
• Trials and Tribulations of Healthcare and Benefits for the Independent Filmmaker
• Making Movies – How Do They Do It?

 Special Screening: The Great Chicken Wing Hunt on Friday, April 4 at 8:00 p.m. at Downtown at the Gardens Cobb Theater. Enjoy a special screening of award-winning documentary, “The Great Chicken Wing Hunt,” a comedy about Buffalo wings and the band of misfits who set out to find the world’s best one. An after-party at Cabo Flats, sponsored by Tito’s Vodka, will allow guests to taste what was revealed in the documentary to be the “best” chicken wings. This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the ‘chicken wing’ as we know it.

Screenings of this year’s films will be held at Muvico Parisian 20 and IMAX at CityPlace in West Palm Beach, Cobb Downtown at the Gardens, Lake Worth Playhouse Stonzek Theatre in Lake Worth, and Cinemark Palace 20 in Boca Raton.

Passes and Tickets are on sale now! Platinum passes are available for $450, which include priority admission for 1 for the Opening Night Film and Party, all regular festival screenings, Closing Night, the Toast of the Town – A Tribute to Classic Hollywood party at the Eau Palm Beach and the Special Presentation Spotlight Screening of Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age; Premiere passes are available for $325, which provide admission to the Opening and Closing night film and party, as well as all regular festival screenings and the Special Presentation Spotlight Screening of Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age; Gold passes are available for $225, which provide admission to all films and seminars. Individual tickets for special events are also available. Individual screening tickets, which are $10.50 general admission and $8 for seniors and students will be available in advance at www.pbifilmfest.org or can be purchased at the respective theaters’ box office during the festival.

The Palm Beach International Film Festival is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization supporting film programs in local schools and dedicated to making a difference in the lives of future filmmakers by helping them fulfill their dreams to one-day work in the world of film.

For more information, please call (561) 362-0003 or visit the festival web site at www.pbifilmfest.org.

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