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Sydney Tamiia Poitier to receive the 2012 Shining Star Tribute at Bahamas International Film Festival                              

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                          The 9th annual BIFF 2012 founded and spearheaded by lovely Leslie Vanderpool is a  superb ten day film festival in the exquisite Bahamas.                         Surrounded by the most beautiful ocean waters and tropical backdrop on earth, BIFF offers the best elements for seasoned and first time producers, ...

BIFF Best Of Fest Eleuthera to hold celebration tribute for Arthur Rolle

On December 12th, Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) will be saluting Arthur C Rolle of Governor's Harbour in Eleuthera who had the foresight to establish the original Parade Theatre in 1965 located across from the ball park in Governor's Harbour. "Rarely do I meet a gentleman like Mr. Rolle, charming, regal, with such a kind soul, resembling Hollywood's best, such as Harry Belafonte or Sidney Poitier. Mr. Rolle single-handedly operates the only movie theater in Eleuth...

Nine Bahamian Films Entered in BIFF Caribbean Spotlight

The 9th edition of the Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) taking place from December 6-9, 2012 in Nassau will once again be featuring Bahamian filmmakers in their Caribbean Spotlight which will also showcase films from Haiti, Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica, and Guyana. "I am so proud and love presenting quality Bahamian films and filmmakers, who continue to push the envelope year after year," said Leslie Vanderpool, Executive Director and Founder of BIFF. "We have consis...

Sydney Tamiia Poitier to receive the 2012 Shining Star Tribute at Bahamas International Film Festival

                                The Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) announced today that actress Sydney Tamiia Poitier (“Death Proof”, “The List”), daughter of legendary Oscar winning actor American/Bahamian actor Sidney Poitier and actress Joanna Shimkus, will be honored with BIFF’s signature Shining Star Tribute. The announcement was made by BIFF Founder &...

Film Festival Tourism: Bahamas, December 2012

Johnny Depp and Leslie Vanderpool, Executive Director,Bahamas International Film Festival For upper income groups, cultural tourism has developed over the last decade into a significant part of their leisure activities over the last decades. The consumption of soft cultural products such as visual representations and film has become an integral part of their life. Film festival tourism, a relatively recent phenomenon has emerged as a significant niche market. If film festivals meet s...

Heather Graham honored with the Bahamas Career Achievement Award

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The Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) announced today that actress Heather Graham (Boogie Nights, Drugstore Cowboy, Austin Powers) will be honored with the prestigious Career Achievement Award at this year's Film Festival, taking place December 1-4 in Nassau.   The Career Achievement Tribute ceremony featuring Graham will take place at the Atlantis Theater on the evening of Friday, December 2nd. Jeffrey Lyons, host of the TV show "Lyons Den", will be mo...

The Rum Diary to open Bahamas festival

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Johnny Depp Starrer “The Rum Diary” and Sports Dramedy “Breakaway” To Bookend Festival as Opening And Closing Night Films, Respectively Festival Founder and Executive Director Leslie Vanderpool today announced the final program details for the 8th edition of the Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF), which takes place December 1-4, 2011 in Nassau. GK Films’ “The Rum Diary” starring Johnny Depp (BIFF’s 2009 Career Achievement tributee and Bahamian home owner) will open the fe...

Bahamas International Film Festival Jury announced

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The Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) announced today the members of the jury that will preside over the 8th edition of the Festival, which takes place December 1st – 4th in Nassau. The jury was revealed today by BIFF Founder and Executive Director Leslie Vanderpool. The four competition categories at BIFF are Spirit of Freedom: Narrative; Documentary; New Visions: First Look; and Short Film. Special sections include Caribbean and Environmental sidebars as well as a World Cinema showc...

The Bahamas International Film Festival to honor Zoe Isabella Kravitz

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  The Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) announced today that actress/singer Zoe Isabella Kravitz ("X-Men: First Class," "It's Kind of a Funny Story," "Yelling to the Sky"), daughter of legendary American/Bahamian musician Lenny Kravitz and actress Lisa Bonet, will be honored with BIFF's signature Rising Star Tribute. The announcement was made by BIFF Founder & Executive Director Leslie Vanderpool. The Festival's prestigious Rising Star A...

Alan Arkin (Little Miss Sunshine) to be honored in Bahamas

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The Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) announced today that Academy Award® winner Alan Arkin (Little Miss Sunshine,) will be honored with the prestigious Career Achievement Award at this year’s Film Festival, taking place December 1-5 in Nassau. Arkin will be on hand for the tribute, with the special award presentation coming from actress Abigail Breslin, who received an Oscar® nomination for Best Supporting Actress starring alongside Arkin in Little Miss Sunshine.The Career Achievem...

Bahamas jury members

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Festival Attracts High Profile Industry Players For Jury and PanelsThe Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) announced today the members of the jury that will preside over the 7th edition of the Festival, which takes place December 1-5, 2010. The jury was revealed today by BIFF Founder and Executive Director Leslie Vanderpool. This year, the Festival will showcase 56 films from 17 different countries, including 27 features of which several are world or international premieres and all Bahami...

Bahamas Film Fest program

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Festival Founder and Executive Director Leslie Vanderpool today announced the final program details for the 7th edition of the Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF), which takes place December 1-5, 2010 in Nassau. The Weinstein Company’s highly acclaimed period drama “The King’s Speech” has been selected as this year’s closing night film.Based on the true story of the Queen of England's father and his remarkable friendship with maverick Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue “...

Bahamas Film Festival brings back Youth Film Workshops

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The Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) will continue its efforts to educate and inspire a new generation of filmmakers. The Festival announced today that it will be expanding its popular Youth Film Workshop during the seventh annual BIFF by partnering with schools throughout Nassau and integrating the workshops directly into classrooms. The announcement was made by BIFF Founder and Executive Director, Leslie Vanderpool. The Youth Film Workshops serve as an innovative children's mobile fi...

"La Soga" "Morenita" "Traces of the Trade" and "Gaining Ground" Take Home Bahamas Top Prizes

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BAHAMAS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL NAMES 2009 FESTIVAL AWARD WINNERS Competition winners were announced this evening at the awards ceremony for the 6th Bahamas International Film Festival, held at the Balmoral Club in Nassau. The announcements were made by Festival Founder and Executive Director Leslie Vanderpool and BIFF jurors following a special career achievement event honoring Johnny Depp.   The Festival showcased 86 films from 26 different countries, including 38 fea...

Johnny Depp will be honored at Bahaas for career achievement

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The Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) announced today that three-time Academy Award® nominee Johnny Depp will be honored with the prestigious Career Achievement Award at this year's Film Festival, taking place December 10-17 in Nassau. The announcement was made by BIFF Founder and Executive Director Leslie Vanderpool. Depp will be on hand for the special tribute and presentation at the Balmoral Club in Nassau. Legendary leading man Sir Sean Connery will again be lending his ful...

Bahamas International Film Festival Program

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Festival Founder and Executive Director Leslie Vanderpool today announced the final program details for the 6th edition of the Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF), which takes place December 10-17, 2009. This year, the Festival will showcase 68 films from 26 countries, including 38 features of which several are world or international premieres and nearly all Bahamian premieres. The four competition categories at BIFF are Spirit of Freedom: Narrative; Spirit of Freedom: Documentary; New Vi...

“Precious” and “Children of God” will bookend the Bahamas Int’l Film Festival as opening and closing night films

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The Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF), announced today the two features that will bookend the Festival as the Opening and Closing Night films. Bahamian filmmaker Kareem Mortimer's acclaimed indie drama CHILDREN OF GOD will raise the curtain at this year's festival as the official Opening Night Film while Lee Daniels' critically lauded drama PRECIOUS starring Gabourey Sidibe, Mariah Carey, Lenny Kravitz, Sherri Shepherd and Paula Patton will bring the week's festivities to an end as the ...

Sophie Okonedo (“Hotel Rwanda,” “Skin,”) will be honored with the Bahamas Int’l Film Festival’s 2009 Rising Star

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The Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) announced today that Academy Award® nominee Sophie Okonedo ("Hotel Rwanda," "Skin,") will be honored with BIFF's 2009 Rising Star Tribute. The announcement was made by BIFF Founder & Executive Director Leslie Vanderpool.   The Festival's prestigious Rising Star Award is given to an actor or actress whose noteworthy performances have put them on the path for elite and lasting stardom in the industry. Sophie Okon...

CHILDREN OF GOD to Open 2009 Bahamas Fest

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The Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) announced today that Kareem Mortimer’s acclaimed indie drama “CHILDREN OF GOD” will be the opening film at this year’s festival, which takes place December 10-17 in Nassau. The intimate drama is slated to screen in Nassau on Friday, December 11. The announcement was made today by BIFF Founder and Executive Director Leslie Vanderpool.“We are thrilled to once again have a Bahamian Film Open this years festival. This is Kareem Mortimer’s de...

“Lions Den” “Cold Lunch” “Youssou Ndour” and “Gone Fishing” win at the Bahamas fest

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“Lions Den” “Cold Lunch” “Youssou Ndour” and “Gone Fishing” Take Home Top PrizesThree Local Bahamian Filmmakers Win $10,000 From Festival Filmmaker Residency ProgramNassau, Bahamas – December 8, 2008 – Competition winners were announced today at the awards ceremony, sponsored by Chopard, for the 5th Bahamas International Film Festival, held at the Atlantis Hotel & Resort on Paradise Island in Nassau. The announcements were made by Festival Founder and Executive Director Lesli...

Bahamas Festival Youth Film Workshops

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The Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) will continue its efforts to educate and inspire a new generation of filmmakers. The Festival announced today that it will be expanding its popular Youth Film Workshop during the fifth annual BIFF by partnering with schools throughout Nassau and integrating the workshops directly into classrooms. The announcement was made by BIFF Founder and Executive Director, Leslie Vanderpool. The Nassau Paradise Island Promotion Board and the British Colonial Hi...

Bahamas International Film Festival Jury members

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The Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) announced today the members of the jury that will preside over the 5th edition of the Festival, which takes place December 4-11, 2008. The jury was revealed today by BIFF Founder and Executive Director Leslie Vanderpool. This year, the Festival will showcase 80 films from 22 different countries, including 50 features of which several are world or international premieres and nearly all Bahamian premieres. The four competition categories at BIFF are S...

Spike Lee's Miracle at St. Anna will close Bahamas

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Festival Founder and Executive Director Leslie Vanderpool today announced the final program details for the 5th edition of the Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF), which takes place December 4-11, 2008. This year, the Festival will showcase 80 films from 22 different countries, including 50 features of which several are world or international premieres and nearly all Bahamian premieres. The four competition categories at BIFF are Spirit of Freedom: Dramatic; Spirit of Freedom: Documentary...

Bahamas International Film Festival line up

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Festival Founder and Executive Director Leslie Vanderpool today announced the final program details for the 5th edition of the Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF), which takes place December 4-11, 2008. This year, the Festival will showcase 80 films from 22 different countries, including 50 features of which several are world or international premieres and nearly all Bahamian premieres. The four competition categories at BIFF are Spirit of Freedom: Dramatic; Spirit of Freedom: Documentary...
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