Palm Beach International Film Festival

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Palm Beach International Film Festival
LocationPalm Beach, Florida, United States
No. of films120
Festival dateApril 6–14, 2016

The Palm Beach International Film Festival is a film festival in the United States held in Palm Beach, Florida which showcases over 120 films annually in April for over 20,000 attendees. It was recently ranked by the international movie publication MovieMaker Magazine as one of the top 10 destination film festivals in the world as well as one of the Top 25 Independent Festivals in the world. The festival has also hosted more than 150 World Premieres and more than 1,100 films from 55 countries.

The Palm Beach International Film Festival (PBIFF) is a not for profit 501 (c) 3 organization.


Maggie Baird and Finneas O'Connell receiving the Best Feature award in 2014

Palm Beach International Film Festival was founded in 1996 by Commissioner Burt Aaronson and local philanthropist George Elmore, along with Charlotte Pelton and J.K. Waters. They envisioned it as offering an exciting cultural venue for the community and be a tremendous fundraiser for educational film and television programs throughout Palm Beach County schools.

Executive Director: Jeff Davis


It became a competitive forum in 2003. The festival jury presents awards in such categories as:

  • Best Picture
  • Best Documentary
  • Best Director
  • Best Actor/Actress
  • Best Short Film
  • Audience Favorite