Palm Beach International Film Festival
Founded in 1996, The Palm Beach International Film Festival (PBIFF) was the brainchild of local business and civic leaders who felt a film festival would offer an exciting cultural venue for the community, be a tremendous fundraiser for film and television education, and provide an excellent opportunity to introduce filmmakers to the area's resources. PBIFF is unwavering in its commitment to supporting emerging filmmakers of today and tomorrow. We strive to recognize new and original voices throughout the world and channel the excitement of cinema into our local schools. For two decades the festival has showcased thousands of award-winning films while playing host to filmmakers, actors, industry professionals, and press from around the globe. Unlike many festivals around the country, PBIFF has dedicated itself to making a difference in the lives of young people by helping to fulfill their dreams in the world of film. Over $1.5 million has been donated over the years to provide new technologies for optimal learning in the form of grants and scholarships. Past activities have included seminars, workshops, and "hands-on" experience with filmmakers and professionals from all areas of the industry. The climax of student activities is the Student Showcase of Films, held during the annual film festival. Here, these young artists are the focus. Student filmmakers from high school, community college, and university levels enter their work in competition for scholarship money and the chance to have their film shown on the "big screen" during the festival.