The Palm Beach International Film Festival would like to thank everyone for a wonderful festival and we look forward to seeing you next year or before!!
Palm Beach International Film Festival
Announces Winning Films:
Best Feature Film
"X+Y," directed by Morgan Matthews and starring Asa Butterfield and Sally Hawkins. PBIFF says: "A warm and inspirational drama featuring Butterfield as a socially awkward teenage math prodigy who finds new confidence and new friendships when he lands a spot on the British squad at the International Mathematics Olympiad."
Best Documentary Feature (tie)
"Walking Man," directed by Joshua Salzberg, about a teenage suicide, and "Omo Child: The River and the Bush," directed by John Rowe, about a deadly practice in Ethiopia."
Best Short Film
"I Thought I Told You to Shut Up!!," directed by Charlie Tyrell. PBIFF says: "In the late '70s David Boswell created Reid Fleming, the World's Toughest Milkman, a comic book anti-hero and counter culture icon. He sold the rights to Warner Brothers for a feature film. Now, over 30 years later, the character is still mired in contractual limbo. Narrated by Oscar winner Jonathan Demme.
Audience Choice Award for Best Feature Film
"The Challenger," directed by Kent Moran. PBIFF says: "Struggling Bronx auto mechanic Jaden Miller and his mother, lovingly portrayed by S. Epatha Merkerson (Law & Order), are evicted from their home. With the help of legendary trainer Duane Taylor (Oscar nominee Michael Clarke Duncan), Miller soon finds that boxing may be their ticket to a better life. Earning the title 'Bronx Boy,' Miller becomes a local hero. An inspiring tale highlighted by Michael Clarke Duncan's final role."
Audience Choice Award for Best Documentary Feature
"Swank Farm," directed by Judith Olney. PBIFF says: "After losing jobs in the post-9/11 recession, Jodi and Darrin Swank started new lives as passionate, pioneering, hydroponic farmers in Palm Beach County. Through hurricanes, near-bankruptcy, the challenges of Florida farming, and life in a trailer home with three growing children, they have emerged as major suppliers of fresh produce to area restaurants and hosts of legendary fundraising affairs - the legendary "Swank Table" events. A lesson in the rewards of giving back to the community."
Audience Choice Award for Best Short Film
"A Song for Manzanar," directed by Kazuko Golden and Matt Ohlson. PBIFF says: "Based on a true story which took place in 1944, where a young Japanese American mother in a US internment camp is driven to inspire hope in her infant son while trying to communicate with her sister in Hiroshima. She is one of over 100,000 Japanese Americans who were forced to relocate during WWII to internment camps."
Voices of Local Films
"Mama Needs A Ride," Directed by Matt Florio.
Franky and Elmo are the Don's go-to guys. So it is only fitting that he would trust them with a very important job: pick up his mother and take her out to run errands. Unfortunately for them, she is not nearly as nice as the Don says she is.
Happy 20th to the Palm Beach International Film Festival
from Filmmakers Around the Globe
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