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The curtain opens on the Palm Beach International Film Festival

The season is in full swing in South Florida and with it comes events that only testify to the cultural diversity of such a desirable area.

It is the time of year when culture is at its peak in Palm Beach County as the 19th Annual Palm Beach International Film Festival brings us an all-star film lineup.
Palm Beach International Film Festival

On April 3, 2014, the Palm Beach International Film Festival will captivate an enthusiastic local, national and international crowd. This will mark its 19th successful year as the festival continues to put Palm Beach County on the list for world-renowned art and culture and this festival is one of the best in the entire world. There promises to be plenty in store as 14 World, 8 North American and 8 U.S. Premiere Feature films are presented over eight days.

The outstanding talent that is presented at this festival hails from all over the world including Japan, Croatia, Canada, Venezuela, New Zealand, South Korea and more.

"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 from every corner of the world."

Opening night is only the beginning to eight days of exceptional films. It all starts with the debut of Belle, directed by Amma Asante. The film is a touching and emotional true story about Dido Elizabeth Belle as seen through the eyes of Asante. Belle is the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral. The film and after-party will take place at Cinemark Palace 20 in Boca Raton. To make it even more special, some of the talented individuals from the film promise to be present, which is always a real thrill.

This year will be even larger than years past with a number of new activities to thrill attendees. A Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Broadway star of stage, film and television, Robert Morse. Presented with the Visionary Award will be Rick McKay, who continues to keep Broadway alive with his exceptional abilities as a director. A screening of his newest film, 'Broadway: Beyond The Golden Age', starring Morse, will also be part of the event along with a Q&A session, so get your questions ready for the award-winning director.

Highlights of some of the other festivities to delight fans are the 'Toast of the Town-A Tribute to Classic Hollywood', set to take place at the Eau Palm Beach on Saturday, April 5th. It will be a fundraising event all about film. The Music and Merriment Film Showcase will take place on Sunday, April 6th, at South Shores Tavern in Lake Worth, giving guests some pleasure for their senses with videos, docs and shorts. Making its World Premiere during the festival, California-based alternative rock band, Above Seclusion, will perform in concert at the Dubliner in Mizner Park on Wednesday, April 9th. You can hear the band's music in one of the films featured during PBIFF, Mary Loss of Soul, and then listen to them live.

It doesn't end there. There will be a program presented called The Jewish Experience and the Toronto International Film Festival will present Spotlight on Canada, giving us a taste of real culture and class.

Although Palm Beach International Film Festival takes pride in presenting films from all over the world, we must not forget the magical talent that lies in the heart of Palm Beach County. That will be evident in 'Voices of Local Films & Student Showcase of Films' set to take place at Downtown at the Gardens Cobb Theatre on Sunday, April 6th.

After all this entertainment and so much more, the festival comes to a stimulating end with the screening of director Jason Priestley's 'Cas & Dylan' starring Richard Dreyfuss about a dying doctor and his intriguing story. Priestley will be on hand to give some background on the film. This is followed by a closing night party and award ceremony. You, as the audience, will decide on the winners.

Palm Beach International Film Festival is set to take place from April 3, 2014 through April 10, 2014. Screenings for this year's films will be held at Muvico Parisian 20 and IMAX at CityPlace in downtown West Palm Beach, Cobb Downtown at the Gardens, Lake Worth Playhouse Stonzek Theatre in Lake Worth and Cinemark Palace 20 in Boca Raton. For a full schedule and ticket information, go to www.pbifilmfest.org. This is one event that you will not want to miss. Attend one, a few or all. I can promise that it will be one of the best experiences of your life.

The organization known as the Palm Beach International Film Festival is a not for profit organization which supports film programs locally in schools and assists in making a difference in the lives of our future filmmakers. The organization and its founders continue to dedicate themselves to helping these filmmakers fulfill their lifelong dreams to work in the world of film.