The 12th Annual Palm Beach International Film Festival (PBIFF) and its Executive Director, Randi Emerman announced that it will honour film producer, Anant Singh with their prestigious Career Achievement Award on 23 April. Previous recipients of the Award include producers, Robert Evans (Chinatown, The Cotton Club, Urban Cowboy, The Saint), Richard Zanuck (Jaws, The Sound Of Music, Planet Of The Apes, Road To Perdition) and directors, William Friedkan (The Exorcist, Cruising, Rules Of Engagement) and Robert Wise (West Side Story, The Sound Of Music, Star Trek). Singh leaves for the United States today (17 April) to attend the Festival.
Emerman also announced that the Festival will also pay special tribute to South Africa with the screening of films produced by Singh, among which are the Oscar Nominated, Yesterday; the multi award-winning Red Dust which is based on a Truth And Reconciliation story; the hit comedy, Mr. Bones and the stylish Cape Flats gangster film, Dollars And White Pipes. Emerman said that these films were chosen because of the cultural impact these films have had on the world.
Anant Singh commented, “I am delighted to be a recipient of the Palm Beach International Film Festival’s Career Achievement Award and to be in the company of past recipients Robert Evans, Richard Zanuck, William Friedkan and Robert Wise who I consider to be legends. I am also honoured that the Festival has acknowledged my work and that of the many South Africans who have contributed to these films which have made an impact on audiences around the world.”
The Palm Beach International Film Festival runs from Thursday, 19 April to Thursday, 26 April.