Provincetown Film Fest 2008: Highlights of the Program

May 12, 2008–The Provincetown International Film Festival (PIFF), scheduled for June 18-22, enters into its 10th year of showcasing independent American and international films, nurturing aspiring independent filmmakers, honoring industry luminaries, and preserving and sustaining cinema as an art form through educational forums. The complete programming line-up will be announced late-May. Festival Passes and Special Event tickets available now, and public tickets go on sale May 24th. For more information about the Festival, programming, tickets or travel, visit www.ptownfilmfest.org

As part of the Festivals celebration of independent careers in film, the following awards will be given: GAEL GARCIA BERNAL will receive The Excellence In Acting Award, and JANE LYNCH will receive the Faith Hubley Memorial Award, sponsored by the Ritchie-Davis Foundation (bios and headshots are attached).

As previously announced, QUENTIN TARANTINO will be awarded the Filmmaker on The Edge Award sponsored by The Boston Phoenix. A highlight of the week will be a program honoring all ten of the previous Filmmaker on the Edge Award recipients; JOHN WATERS, CHRISTINE VACHON, TED HOPE, JAMES SCHAMUS, GUS VAN SANT, TODD HAYNES, JIM JARMUSCH, MARY HARRON, GREGG ARAKI, and TODD SOLONDZ have all been invited to participate in the 10th Anniversary celebration.

Additionally, we are also pleased to announce the following film highlights at the festival:

Opening Night (North American Premiere) – FILTH AND WISDOM, directed by Madonna. Closing Night – CHOKE, directed by Clark Gregg. Centerpiece Selections – TOWELHEAD, directed by Alan Ball & MAN ON WIRE, directed by James Marsh.

Presenting Sponsors of the film festival are Art House, Bacardi Limon, Crown & Anchor, HBO, The Phoenix, Provincetown Banner. PIFF is also supported by grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Provincetown Tourism Fund.

ABOUT PIFF – First produced in 1999 (the same year Provincetown celebrated its 100th anniversary as Americas oldest art colony) the PIFF is on the edge – artistically and geographically. Provincetown takes pride in embracing creativity and diversity in a thriving and increasingly year round tourist, business and art economy. For decades, Provincetown has attracted legendary artists, writers and filmmakers to this furthest tip of Cape Cod. Eugene ONeill, Norman Mailer, Lily Tomlin, John Waters, Connie Francis, Helen Hayes, Billie Holiday, Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Richard Gere, and Eartha Kitt have all worked and performed here to the delight the towns cosmopolitan visitors and residents.