The 17th Palm Beach International Film Festival (PBIFF) will take place from April 1219 and will feature 25 World Premieres, 14 U.S. Premieres and 2 North American Premieres. PBIFF will present features, documentaries and short films from the U.S. and around the world, including Netherlands, Spain, Argentina, Tanzania, Italy, France, England, Israel, Thailand, Guinea, Bissau, Portugal, Australia, Canada, Romania and Sweden, and will play host to filmmakers, producers, and actors to represent and discuss their films.  Films will be shown throughout Palm Beach County, but mostly at Muvico CityPlace and the Cobb Theaters at downtown at the Gardens. 

On April 12th, opening night kicks off with Robot & Frank, directed by Jake Schreier and features and award winning cast including Academy Award nominee Frank Langella, James Marsden, Liv Tyler and Academy Award winner Susan Sarandon. Opening Night festivities will take place at Muvico Parisian at CityPlace, followed by a party on the luxurious rooftop of Two City Plaza

Additional highlights of this year’s PBIFF include:

1. The ever popular Weekend of Shorts at the Lakeworth Playhouse (Fri/Sun), as well as the Voices of Local Films which will screen at Mizner Park Cultural Arts Centre on Sunday, April 15.

2. Sunday night, April 15, the festival will present an evening of music videos along with a reception at the famed DeBilzan Gallery inDelray Beach.

3. On Sunday, April 15, at 5pm at the Mizner Park Cultural Arts Centre, there will be a Special Presentation of Violins in Wartime, featuring a performance by legendary violinist, Ida Haendel.

4. On Monday, April 16, PBIFF will present the World Premiere of Tiger Eyes, the first of iconic author Judy Blume’s novels to be brought to the big screen, directed by none other than her son, Lawrence Blume. Both director and the renowned author are attending.

The festival will also present the Lifetime Achievement Award to acress June Lockhart at the Silver Schreen Splash, a Sunday brunch event that will take place at The Lake Pavillion on the West Palm Beach Waterfront on April 15th.  June Lockhart has appeared in many famous films such as the classic A Christmas Carol (at age 12), All This and Heaven Too with Bette Davis, Sergeant York with Gary Cooper and Adam Had Four Sons with Ingrid Bergman.  Lockhart is best known for her starring roles in the iconic television series Lassie, for which she receive an Emmy, Lost in Space and Petticoat Junction.

A “pre-festival” event is already taking place tonight when Ethel Kennedy will be present for a special screening of “ETHEL”, an HBO Documentary Film by Rory Kennedy about her mother. The screening will take place at Muvico CityPlace at 7:30. Tickets can be purchased at Muvico.

For a complete schedule of events, films and ticket information, go to www.pbifilmfest.org.