The 22nd Annual Palm Beach International Film Festival Announces Winners!

April 5, 2017

A fun-filled five days of meeting filmmakers, media, sponsors and most of all YOU - the movie going public, the 22nd Annual Palm Beach International Film Festival has truly captured a little bit of everything! From a commercial theater to a university theater surrounded by students; from musicians to fashion icons; filmmakers to media; with all genres of film: comedy to drama; romance to adventure; new filmmakers to seasoned professionals…we’ve had just about everyone come to our films and special events.

Opening Night, Music Icon, Connie Francis was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award, The Flossy Award by Yaacov Heller.
The festival attracts many celebrities including TV host, Dr. Oz.; Michael Lohan; Mrs. Ali – former wife of Mohammed Ali.

(Photos by Michael Razler and many more available and furnished upon request.)

At the awards, LaTonya Flournoy, Sr. Specialist - Diversity & Inclusion and Recognition for American Airlines, our Travel Partner, welcomed singer Mackenzie Tammara that sang, “Let’s Go To The Movies.”  Later, Aretha Johnson - Virtual EBRG (Employee Business and Relations Group) for American Airlines presented 50,000 air   miles for the winning Contest Winner.  A Round Trip to Las Vegas compliments of American Airlines, Wyndam Grand Desert Resort and First Financial Guarantee was randomly picked and that winner is Marlene Kessler of Delray Beach.

Petrina Easton, Easton Art Gallery, assisted in giving out the upcoming, first time ever, Licky Awards, sponsored by San Bernardo Ice Cream, who has also donated scholarships to aspiring Palm Beach County student filmmakers for 2017 and thus created these fun awards that have filmmakers eagerly awaiting to hear who has the most delicious films this year:

The San Bernardo Ice Cream Licky Award for Most Delicious Action/Adventure
"Tales By Light"

The San Bernardo Ice Cream Licky Award for Most Delicious Comedy
"Swing State"

The San Bernardo Ice Cream Licky Award for Most Delicious Comedy
"Brave New Jersey"

The San Bernardo Ice Cream Licky Award for Most Delicious Drama

The Palm Beach International Film Festival Awards







Singer Miss Mackenzie Tammara dedicated a song to end the evening, “Somewhere Over The Rainbow.”

PBIFF applauds the Palm Beach County Film and Television Commission; Palm Beach County, Florida;  Discover the The Palm Beaches Florida; Keiser University, G Star School of the Arts, American Airlines, San Bernardo Ice Cream, First Financial Guarantee and Ann Fishman who headed the film select committee.

Please support all our sponsors. Thank you to our filmmakers, volunteers and members of the media that made this years festival a success. We couldn’t do it without YOU. Check for upcoming festival information this August.


The Palm Beach International Film Festival is unlike any other film festival in America. It’s renowned for showing filmmakers and film-goers a good time with parties and glittering special events. In 2015, over 120 films were screened, including 50 outstanding foreign films, representing 24 countries. In 2016, nearly 80 features of the 192 films presented, including 30 World, International, North American, and US Premieres. Over 115 filmmakers and actors attended, many made the trip here to Palm Beach County at their own expense, from countries such as Canada, Israel, Spain, the United Kingdom, and Venezuela, to meet our Florida patrons.

Unlike other Festivals, PBIFF has unique partnerships with Keiser University (, G-Star School of the Arts ( and The Palm Beach Film and Television Commission ( All partners provide PBIFF with additional space, technical facilities for screenings and production, as well as helping to accomplish our mission statement. The Palm Beach International Film Festival (PBIFF), a not-for-profit 501(c)(3), is one of the most renowned celebrations of cinematic achievement.

Filmmakers, Film-goers and Actors from all corners of the globe come annually to Palm Beach County, Florida to showcase their moving works of art. Funds raised by PBIFF provide grants, scholarships with new technology to regional film students aspiring to one day create and feature their own motion pictures. The presence of International film and filmmakers, with South Florida patrons, press and attendees throughout the region, help ensure PBIFF’s place as one of the top film festivals.

The PBIFF applauds all their sponsors:

Palm Beach County Film and Television Commission,, Keiser University, G Star School of Arts, American Airlines, Wyndham Hotels, First Financial Guarantee, Brian D. Guralnick Injury Lawyers, Alpha Media, iHeart Radio, South Florida Insider, El Especial, VIP Television, The WEI Network, Plumbtalk Productions, The Boca Raton Tribune, Ft. Lauderdale News, City Biz List, MAUXA, Haywire Magazine, Vicki Soble Couture, Shy Figaro, BianaPinchuk,, Minuteman Press, Duch Designs, Vanessa Simpson, The Gardens Mall, Ms. Latina International, Minuteman Press, Designer Liners, Henoa Glass, Laurence Gartel, Gallery 22, Easton Art Galleries, Inventors Society of South Florida,, Monkey Vodka, Verselet Wine, Pravda Vodka, Sweet Revenge Whiskey, Total Wine & More, Roosters, Sign Partners, Chef Z, Allstar Gourmet Cupcakery, San Bernardo Ice Cream, Deborah Bottorff, Vision Forward Marketing, Florida511, GC Pawn, Transmedia Group, Fury Road Riders Club, Exotic Car Society, Fast Town,, Tilted Kilt Boca Raton and Bowery Palm Beach.

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Photos: Courtsey of Michael Razler

Media Contact: Adrienne Mazzone, 561-750-9800

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