QUESTION: What do you do when half your patrons are in Boca Raton and the other half are in Palm Beach? ANSWER: You have two opening night parties!
This year’s opening night will be at two locations celebrating the 22nd Annual PBIFF Opening night, March 29th, 2017.
One will be at Cinemark, 3200 Airport Rd, Boca Raton, FL 33431 and then on to an after-party at Tilted Kilt, 3320 Airport Road, Boca Raton, 33431, next door.
At the same time, PBIFF will be at Keiser University (http://www.keiseruniversity.edu/residential) Flagship Campus, 2600 North Military Trail, West Palm Beach, Florida 33409 along with G-Star School of the Arts (www.gstarschool.org) CELL-PHONE Contest, then to the Bowery Palm Beach 550 S. Rosemary Avenue, 2nd Floor, City Place, West Palm Beach, FL 33401 (www.BoweryPB.com) for an after party and Gala ceremony.
“We are thrilled to Produce this year’s event in two locations simultaneously, a new adventure for the Palm Beach International Film Festival (www.PBIFilmFest.org), that could not be accomplished without Fantastic Sponsors, most importantly without the help of so many residents and Companies located in Palm Beach County,” says Jeff Davis President of PBIFF.
Opening Night Red Carpet Event at Cinemark, Boca Raton, 5:30pm, “DESPITE THE FALLING SNOW,” directed by Shamim Sarif and starring Rebecca Ferguson best known for her roles as supporting actress in THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN and MISSION IMPOSSIBLE – Rogue Nation who recently stared in the Closing Night’s Film at South By Southwest Film Festival. This film has a seasoned cast that includes Oliver Jackson-Cohen and Charles Dance. Afterwards, an award presentation for Lifetime Achievement Flossy Award thanks to Yaacov Heller, in Music Excellence Word-Wide to Singer Connie Francis with an after party at the Tilted Kilt for attendees.
Opening Day at Cinemark 12:30pm, NANA, directed by Serena Dykman, the filmmaker retraces her grandmother’s Auschwitz survival story, and investigates how her life-long fight against intolerance can be taught to the new generations. Sirena will be on hand for Q&A and personal conversations afterwards. 3:30pm, My Brother Hero, directed by Yonatan Nir, a group of remarkable young people with Down Syndrome embark on a demanding trek through the India Himalayas, accompanied by their brothers and sisters. The Directors will be in town from Israel and other locations for Q&A immediately following the film with a private reception exclusive for those that attending the film – TBD.
Opening Day at Keiser University 1:00pm, After Circus, directed by Viveka Melkj, a life under the big top is hard on the body, tough on relationships and not particularly lucrative. A must seen film considering Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is closed after 146 years of Circus entertainment. 3:30pm, Wrestling Alligators, directed by Andrew Shea, the greatest change to happen to Native Americans in the last 50 years is the creation of legalized gaming on Indian reservations, a revolution that has made self-reliance a reality for many tribes.
Palm Beach International Film Festival runs from March 29-April 2nd 2017, announcements about the films cast, crew, talent and special guests joining the festival will be available soon on-line at www.pbifilmfest.org.