The 21st Palm Beach International Film Festival (www.pbifilmfest.org) ended dramtically last night by presenting its coveted Jury Award for Best Feature Film to “PO” directed by John Asher.
Winner of the festival’s first ever horror film competition was “The House at the End of Time” directed by Alejandro Hidalgo from Venezuela and best documentary went to “When Elephants Were Young” directed by Patricia Sims from Canada.
The winner of the Jury Award for Best Short Film was “Randy” directed by Shawn Ryan.
PBIFF President and CEO Jeff Davis and Director of Programming Larry Richman said this year the festival welcomed a record number of more than 150 filmmakers and actors from around the world to present their outstanding works and for the first time winners in the various categories received not only a trophy but a cash prize of $2,000, a sign the Festival is spreading its silver screen wings.
The festival awards included presentation of the first Flossy Award for Lifetime Achievement to Yvonne S. Boice, PBIFF Chair Emeritus, for her years of dedication to making PBIFF one of the world’s most respected film festivals. The award created by celebrated artist Yaacov Heller was presented to Boice on opening night.