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Palm Beach Women’s International Film Festival PBWIFF


Four women entrepreneurs with over 35 combined years of film festival experience have united to present the Palm Beach Women’s International Film Festival set for April 7 through April 10, 2011. The inaugural event will present an entertaining and educational platform to see and appreciate independent, American and international film seldom seen in commercial theatres. Although these full-length features, documentaries, and shorts are made by women directors and producers, they reflect universal, gender-free themes in addition to women’s issues and concerns.

The mission of the festival is to produce a world class film festival that will inspire, promote and support women filmmakers, is equally devoted to supporting and enriching local women filmmakers and to serve our community by contributing to the economy and its diverse cultural population.


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Four local women entrepreneurs with over 35 combined years
of film festival experience have united to present the Palm Beach Women’s
International Film Festival set for April 7 through April 10, 2011.

The inaugural event will present an entertaining and educational platform to
see and appreciate independent, American and international film seldom seen in
commercial theatres. Although these full-length features, documentaries, and
shorts are made by women directors and producers, they reflect universal,
gender-free themes in addition to women’s issues and concerns.

 

The mission of the festival is to produce a world class film
festival that will inspire, promote and support women filmmakers, is equally
devoted to supporting and enriching local women filmmakers and to serve our
community by contributing to the economy and its diverse cultural population.

 

The co-directors of the festival are PJ Layng, a Lake Worth-based special event and development executive
and founder and former executive director of the Provincetown International Film
Festival in Massachusetts.
Terri Neil, a Jupiter-based marketing and public relations professional who has
worked for the Palm Beach International Film Festival, the Fort Lauderdale
International Film Festival, SunFest and Planet Hollywood. The artistic
director responsible for programming the four days is Karen Davis, a West Palm Beach resident
and longtime executive director of the Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival and
Barbara Magovsky, local campaign manager and longtime assistant to Ms.
Davis at the Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival.

 

“We conceived the idea of presenting a women’s film festival
as a chance to present a niche festival not readily produced throughout the
United States and because there are a tremendous amount of films made by women
that should be seen by everyone, men included,” said PJ Layng, co-director. “An
additional goal is to empower, promote and nurture young women filmmakers by enriching
these women with educational platforms through seminars, networking and through
scholarship opportunities in the Young Women’s Film Competition.”

 

The festival kicks-off on Thursday, April 7 and runs through
Sunday, April 10 with an expected 30-40 films screened from around the world at
various venues from Palm Beach to Boca Raton including Muvico Parisian 20 at Cityplace, Lake
Worth Playhouse Stonzak Theatre and the Living Room Theatres in Boca Raton. Special
celebrity events, a young women’s film competition and screening, educational
seminars and exciting parties will round out the weekend’s activities.

 

“Our ultimate goal is to present a film festival in downtown
West Palm Beach where attendees and filmmakers stay and play within a few mile
radius’ impacting the city by filling downtown hotel rooms, visiting eating and
drinking establishments and seeing world class films throughout the week,”
Layng added. “We will always embrace the cultural diversity of our county and present
side bar events in near-by cities but most successful film festivals take place
in a thriving cultural location within walking distance to everything.”

 

Funding for the inaugural event will consist of two major
fundraisers prior to the festival, a Red Carpet Premiere Party at the Brazilian Court in Palm Beach on November 19 and an Oscar Night Pajama Party
in downtown West Palm Beach.
However, a majority of the funds will be raised through individual and
corporate sponsorships and through ticket sales and ticket packages. “We have
planned a reasonably fiscal budget for the first year of under $200,000; with
the quality of films that Ms. Davis will acquire for the festival we are
confident our surplus will allow us to aggressively plan for the future,” Layng
stated.

 

All films screened at the festival will be eligible for
competition in the categories of Best Short, Best Documentary, Best Feature and
Audience Favorite. The festival also hopes to present a local film award to one
outstanding local women filmmaker and award cash and/or prizes to all award
winners.

 

Women interested in submitting their films can do so by
visiting the festival web site www.pbwiff.com.
Entries are open to women all over the world who have produced, directed or
written shorts, documentaries or feature films. The young women’s film
competition is open to young women in two age categories: college and high school
or younger in three categories animation, short form (PSA, television ads,
music videos and shorts) or long form (music video, documentary or feature
longer than 3 minutes and less than 60). Awards will be presented to the
winning entries in each category at a special event on Saturday, April 9.

 

The Palm Beach Women’s International Film Festival is an
independent nonprofit organization dedicated to producing a world class film
festival that will inspire, promote and support women filmmakers. The inaugural
event is April 7 – April 10 at various venues from Palm
Beach to Boca Raton.
For
more information visit www.pbwiff.com or
call (561) 712-1113.

 

PBWIFF Schedule of
Events:


Friday, November 19 -
5:30 pm – Palm Beach Women’s International Film
Festival Red Carpet Premiere Fundraiser at the Brazilian Court
Hotel and Beach Club. $75
per person, includes food and beverages from Café Boulud, live music and more.
RSVP at 561-712-1113.

 

Sunday, February 27,
2011
– 7 pm – Oscar Night Pajama Party to benefit PBWIFF. Watch the 82nd
Annual Academy Awards in a fun relaxing environment. Enjoy food, drinks, a
silent auction, best PJ contest and much more!


Thursday, April 7, 2011

7 pm - Opening Night Film and Party at Muvico Parisian 20
CityPlace. Party immediately following in downtown West Palm Beach.

 

Friday, April 8, 2011

3 pm – 10 pm – Film Screenings at Muvico Parisian 20
CityPlace, Lake Worth Playhouse Stonzak Theatre.

 

7 pm – Boca Raton Premiere Film Screening and cocktail
reception at The Living Room Theatres

 

Saturday, April 9,
2011

10 am – Education Seminars

 

2 pm – 4 pm – Young Women’s Film Competition Awards and
Screening

 

1 pm – 10 pm -  Film
Screenings at Muvico Parisian 20 CityPlace, Lake Worth Playhouse Stonzak
Theatre and Living Room Theatres, Boca Raton

 

7 pm – Premiere PBWIFF Celebrity Honoree Film Screening at
Meyer Hall, Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts; reception at Brazilian
Court Hotel and Café Boulud.

 

Sunday, April 10,
2011

1 pm – 5 pm - Film Screenings at Muvico Parisian 20
CityPlace, Lake Worth Playhouse Stonzak Theatre and Living Room Theatres, Boca
Raton


7 pm – Closing Night Film, Party and Awards Presentation

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