The 18th Palm Beach International Film Festival started this evening at the Muvico Parisian at CityPlace and runs from April 4-11.  The festival will be featuring 26 World Premieres, 8 U.S. Premieres and 3 North American Premieres and will present features, documentaries and short films from the U.S. and around the world, including Russia, Spain, Argentina, Italy, France, England, Israel, Thailand, Palestine, Ethiopia, Nepal, Haiti, Croatia, Australia, Canada, Romania and Singapore, to name just a few, and will play host to filmmakers, producers, and actors to represent and discuss their films.

The fest will close with the U.S. Premiere of “Chez Upshaw” a comedy directed by Bruce Masonand starring Illeana Douglas and Kevin Pollak. Synopsis: An endlessly bickering but truly devoted and quirky couple run a B&B that’s about to sink when along comes the opportunity of a lifetime…they turn it into a ‘check in, don’t check out’ last resort for assisted suicides. Director Bruce Mason and Illeana Douglas will be attending. Closing night festivities will take place at Frank Theatres CineBowl & Grille/IMAX on Thursday, April 11, followed by the “It’s a Wrap” party.

Additional highlights of this year’s PBIFF include:

– The ever-popular Weekend of Shorts at the Lake Worth Playhouse Stonzek Theatre
(Fri-Sun), as well as the Voices of Local Films which will screen at The Cobb
Downtown at the Gardens on Saturday, April 6.
– Sunday night, April 7, the festival will present an evening of music videos along with
a reception at the famed DeBilzan Gallery in Delray Beach.
– Eastern European Sidebar – the festival will present a selection of films from the Eastern bloc. Russian Film Commissioner Eugene Zykov will attend the festival and make an appearance at the screening of The Flying Elephant for a Q&A after the film.

Screenings of this year’s films will be held at Muvico Parisian 20 and IMAX at CityPlace in WestPalm Beach, Cobb Downtown at the Gardens, Lake Worth Playhouse Stonzek Theatre in Lake Worth, and Frank Theatres CineBowl & Grille/IMAX.

Individual screening tickets, which are $10 general admission and $7 for seniors and students will be available in advance at or can be purchased at the respective theaters’ box office during the festival.

For more information about the schedule of films and ticketing, go to