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Bahamas International Film Festival Dailies


Bahamas International Film Festival 

The Bahamas International Film Festival is dedicated to providing the local community and International visitors with a diverse presentation of films from around the world. educational programs, and forums for exploring the future of cinema.

14th annual festival is scheduled for Dec 10-17, 2017   December 10 - 13 Harbour Island; December 14 - 17 Nassau

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BIFF 2016 Film Workshop will be open to Public

This year BIFF with the University of Georgia’s esteemed Department of Entertainment and Media Studies and The Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) partners to expand the Film Workshop to young adults from the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI).   BIFF will also host a three-week-long series of pre, production and post filmmaking tutorials open to the public!   ...

The Bahamas International Film Festival: Tatiana Donaldson Joins Leslie Vanderpoole as Co Executive Director

The Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) is proud to announce today that Tatiana Donaldson has joined Founder Leslie Vanderpool as the Co-Executive Director.  Donaldson and Vanderpool will share roles in Sponsorship, Programming, Marketing & Event Planning. “There is no better person to join BIFF, together we will work effectively to advance the Bahamas International Film Festival,” Vanderpool said.    About Tatiana Donaldson Tatiana B. Donaldson is very...

BIFF 2016 Screenwriters Residency Program

Call for Entries Now Open   We are proud to once again announce the annual Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) Screenwriters Residency Program Call for Entries!    Since 2005, BIFF has aimed to connect auspicious writers with industry professionals in an intimate setting, allowing writers to receive first hand knowledge as well as establish lasting relationships wit...

BIFF winners in Bahamas

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2015 WINNERS !!! Spirit Of Freedom Narrative  SHOWING ROOTS Director Michael Wilson   Spirit Of Freedom Documentary INDIA'S DAUGHTER Director Leslee Udwin   New Visions SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE Director Lanre Olabisi New Visions Special Mention  A Beautiful Now   Short Film MORE THAN GOD Director Kev Cahill   Short Film S...

launching the 2015 Bahamas International Film Festival Mobile App

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Cornèr Bank (Overseas) Limited and the Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) will team up for the first time this year in an exciting new sponsorship deal. Cornèr Bank is launching the 2015 Bahamas International Film Festival Mobile App, as well as putting its support behind the festival’s World Cinema and Latin America Film sidebars and receptions. This exclusive partnership with the festival was announced today by BIFF Founder and Executive Director Leslie Vanderpool. ...

Farewell BIFF diner for filmmakers in paradise at Harbour Island

Farewell Dinner in Harbour Island, thank you to all of the screenwriters and mentors fantastic all around, moving on to Governors Harbour ...

The Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) Line Up

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The Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF), celebrating its 12th anniversary and taking place December 1-12, today revealed the lineup of films screening in the festival’s competition and sidebar sections. The program was announced by BIFF Founder and Executive Director Leslie Vanderpool.   This year, the Festival will showcase more than 130 films from 40 different countries including nine international premieres, 28 Caribbean premieres, and all are Bahamian premieres.   ...

Panel Discussion at Romora Bay - Bahamas BIFF

Matthew Helderman, Sean Covel and Vince Gerardis at Remora Bay Marina. Sean Covel (NAPOLEAN DYNAMITE) and Vince Geraradis (GAMES OF THRONES)   ...

Master Class in Music (Governor's Harbour)

Jonathan McHugh is an independent film producer & music supervisor who has held high-level corporate film & music creative and marketing corporate positions at New Line Cinema (Warner Brothers) (VP Soundtracks,) Sony Records (Sr. VP Film & TV), Universal Records (Sr. VP Visual Media) over the past few decades.McHugh has produced over 20 films & TV shows including most recently he co-produced and music supervised the upcoming film’s “Janis: Little Girl Blue” wi...

Bahamas BIFF15/ Todd Haynes' "Carol" and Amy Berg's "Janis: Little Girl Blue" To Bookend as Opening and Closing Night

Most Diverse BIFF Yet Opens and Closes With Strong Female-driven Academy Award® Contenders   The Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) announced today the two features that will bookend the Festival as the Opening and Closing Night films. Director Todd Haynes’ beautiful feature film, “Carol”, starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara will raise the curtain at this year’s festival as the official Opening Night Film in Nassau on December 9 while Amy Ber...

BIFF 2015 will serve the Sir Sidney Poitier Tribute Award

Leslie Vanderpool, founder & executive director BIFF and Sir Sidney Poitier SIR SIDNEY POITIER TO BESTOW HIS NAME TO THE BAHAMAS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (BIFF) CAREER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD   The Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) announced today that Academy Award® winner and renowned global icon Sir Sidney Poitier has agreed to the naming of the prestigious Career Achievement Award at the Bahamas International Film Festival the “Sir Sidney Poitier Tribut...

New Screenwriters Residency Program for BIFF 2015 : 6 Finalists Announced

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Back by popular demand! The Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) is proud to announce the return of its popular Screenwriters Residency Program (formerly known as the Filmmakers Residency Program), which provides screenplay writers from around the world to tell their stories with the opportunity to receive invaluable mentoring from industry professionals.   BIFF’s Screenwriters’ Residency Program seeks to nurture new filmmakers and screenwriters by providing them with an...

BIFF has open the Call for entries

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https://filmfreeway.com/festival/BIFFbahamas - this is for FILM SUBMISSIONS  (No waivers on fees are allowed with any filmmaker)   https://screencraft.org/bahamas/ - this is for SCREENPLAY SUBMISSIONS (No waivers on fees are allowed with any screenwriters are to be granted) Many thanks for your submissions to the Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF).  We prefer online entries submitted via Film Freeway, which provides cost-saving, paperless...

Sir Sydney Poitier gives his name to The Bahamas International Film Festival Career Achievement Award

BIFF founder and executive director Leslie Vanderpool and Sir Sydney Poitier  Filmfestivals.com Bruno Chatelin (BIFF Advisory Board Member) is particularly happy to announce that The Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) announced today that Academy Award® winner and renowned global icon Sir Sidney Poitier has agreed to the naming of the prestigious Career Achievement Award at the Bahamas International Film Festival the “Sir Sidney Poitier Tribute Award.” BIFF f...

BIFF 2015 Poster revealed

KellyAnne Huber won the poster competition for the 12th Annual Bahamas International Film Festival.  Graphic Designer KellyAnne Huber attended Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah GA in 2000. She spent 5 years working in various Publication and Advertising Houses in the US after graduating with a degree in Graphic Design and Communication Arts. She also spent time working in the South of France working with a Historic Restoration company.     ...

Coffee on the Harbour Island

Do not miss this one Passion for Film Festivals is My Passion for Lights - Camera - Coffee! Surprise!!!! Now that's where the ACTION is @ BAHAMAS COFFEE ROASTERS on Dunmore Street, Harbour Island Bahamas. No matter what film, panel or party the number #1 items any festival participant will tell you " we need  Coffee !"  I found one of the finest coffees I've had in a very long time on Harbour Island. just a few sandy blocks to pink sand beaches and pristin...

The pitch by Oliver Ottley 3 on his Script Last Ones Left

Oliver W. Ottley III Last Ones Left oliver@ottleyink.com Oliver was one of the 3 selected filmmakers selected for the Bahamas International Film Festival Residency Program. His script was mentored daily by 5 experienced mentors comining from filmmaking, creative, marketing and financial background. The program was held in beautiful Harbour Island, close to paradise in many ways. VIEW PHOTO ALBUM....enjoy some of their best moments. Mentors Bruno Chatelin - bruno...

The Pitch by Louis C. Lio, M.D. The author of Bioterror Conspiracy

Louis C. Lio, M.D. Bioterror Conspiracy Screenplay superwiz@optonline.net louis was one of the 3 selected filmmakers selected for the Bahamas International Film Festival Residency Program. His script was mentored daily by 5 experienced mentors comining from filmmaking, creative, marketing and financial background. The program was held in beautiful Harbour Island, close to paradise in many ways. VIEW PHOTO ALBUM....enjoy some of their best moments. Mentors Bruno C...

The pitch by Christopher Andre on his Science Fiction Screenplay "Explorers"

Christopher Andre working with two of his mentors: Matthew Helderman and Luke Taylor (right) Explorers Christopherandre25@gmail.com Chris was one of the 3 selected (lucky) filmmakers selected for the Bahamas International Film Festival Residency Program. His script was mentored daily by 5 experienced mentors comining from filmmaking, creative, marketing and financial background. The program was held in beautiful Harbour Island, close to paradise in many ways. VIEW PHOTO ALB...

Andy Siege introduces Beti and Amare at BIFF

Andy Siege with Festival Founder Leslie Vanderpoole during the lively Q&A. "Beti and Amare is set in 1930s Ethiopia where a young woman escapes Mussolini’s army and is almost attacked by bandits, were it not for the arrival of an otherworldly presence whom she befriends..." Andy surprises everyone mentionning his films was written in 2 and a half weeks and shot in three weeks, with a small crew and cast (including his production partner playing one of the parts)...

BIFF 2014 Filmmakers Residency Program

2014 FILMMAKER RESIDENCY Mentors: Bruno Chatelin Laurie Gordon Matthew Helderman Joe Aliberti Nathaniel Kohn, Ph.D .......................... Participants: Oliver W. Ottley III Last Ones Left Christopher Andre Explorers Louis C. Lio, M.D. Bioterror Conspiracy ...

Interview with Chaz Ebert on the occasion of her tribute at BIFF 2014

Chaz Hammelsmith Ebert, the widow of Roger Ebert has received the Tribute Award in Harbour island, Eleuthera.   Mrs. Ebert is the Chairman and CEO of the Ebert Companies, including publisher of Rogerebert.com, and manages print publishing, television production, public speaking engagements, and organizes the annual Ebertfest film festival. She is also a producer, known for Ebert Presents At The Movies and Cannes Retrospectives. She is currently a subject of "Life Itself,&q...

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Come to Nassau and Paradise Island from December 6- 13 and join filmmakers and celebrites from around the world at the 4th edition of The Bahamas International Film Festival. The festival will entertain visitors with a diverse presentation of international films, unusual cultural experiences and fantanstic social events. Come and be a part of the fun!

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