The films are still the thing in Provincetown

The Provincetown International Film Festival will celebrate its 20th year in much the same way it does every year: with a solid program of movies that challenge the way we think. Yes, there will be big-name guests and lively parties punctuating the June 13-17 event. But at PIFF, launched in 1999 by then-Brattle Theatre partners Connie White and Marianne Lampke with Provincetown’s PJ Layng, the movies have always been the message.

The lineup of 45 features and 29 shorts — about the same number of films as in previous years — reflects the festival’s strong commitment to women-directed films. “Between our short films and features, we have 27 films directed by women this year,” says Lisa Viola, PIFF artistic director. “All of our Spotlight films including opening and closing night are directed by women, and all of our panelists for our daily PIFFtalks are women filmmakers.” READ MORE ON BOSTON GLOBE