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.
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.