Palm Beach Film Festival Award Winners

Celebrating its 17th anniversary and thriving despite local economic malaise, the Palm Beach International Film Festival presented an eclectic program of indie and international films during its 9 day run last month. At the Festival’s closing night bash, award winners in various competition categories were announced. The Award for Best Feature Film went to TIGER EYES, the first of iconic author Judy Blume’s novels to be brought to the big screen. The film tells the story of 17-year-old Davey Wexler (portrayed by Willa Holland), coping with the sudden, violent death of her father, and the emotional collapse of her mother. Director Lawrence Blume was on hand to accept the award. The Award for Best Documentary Feature went to FOLLOW ME: THE YONI NETANYAHU STORY, directed by Ari Pinchot and Jonathan Gruber, about an intimate journey into a young hero’s mind as he struggles between his devotion to his country and the people he loves. A Special Jury Award for Documentary Feature went to LUNCH HOUR, director James Costa’s study of childhood obesity. The Award for Best Short Film was given to ROUNDABOUT, directed by Rohit Bartra, about two strangers learn the communality of their existence, motivated by a random act of kindness. Audience favorite awards were given to BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN ROCHDALE (Best Feature), LOVE FREE OR DIE (Best Documentary) and HOLLYWOOD STRUGGLES STARRING THE BRENTWOOD Girls (Best Short). For information on all of the excitement of this year’s PBIFF, visit: www.pbifilmfest.org

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