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Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) is a unique and intimate Film Festival taking place in Nassau, the Bahamas showcasing films from around the globe.
Prospective submitters can be comfortable in submitting their films to the Festival, as it employs a fair and non-biased system of adjudication. Jurors are selected among the most professional in the international film industry as they bring a wealth of knowledge and experience. Additionally, it is an excellent opportunity for networking with some of the greatest minds in the industry.
BIFF presents world premieres and all films shown at BIFF are Bahamian premieres. There are four competition categories; Spirit of Freedom: Narrative & Documentary; New Visions; and Short Film. Special sections include World Cinema as well as Gala Screenings.
BIFF offers much to the filmmaker by way of networking in a relaxed, island atmosphere while simultaneously providing all the amenities of an excellent festival.
BIFF films are ones that Bahamians would otherwise not have the opportunity to see. Filmmakers are available for discussion and questions from the audience after select films allowing the audience the opportunity to enter another world.
Other events throughout the week include Opening Night Gala and Closing Night Films and Receptions, tribute ceremonies to a Shining Star and a Career Achievement Tribute Awards, Grand Jury awards, Panel discussions, Master Classes and an intense Screenwriters Residency Program to mentor scriptwriters. The educational programs discuss topics such as How to Find Representation, Film Financing and The Art of Collaboration. BIFF offers an exciting Youth Film Workshop, visiting schools throughout The Bahamas to teach the knowledge and provide the tools necessary to make a film.
Jeffrey Lyons, one of Hollywood’s best-known film critics and author of “The Stories My Father Told Me” has high praise for BIFF. He says, "The Bahamas International Film Festival is a shining light among a large field of film festivals; it has an astonishing intimacy about it. Young filmmakers, many of them talented Bahamians, get to rub shoulders with movie stars and established filmmakers; contacts they might otherwise not have. It is a celebration of international artistic achievement in one of the most beautiful places on earth, and a vital part of The Bahamas' standing as a creative Mecca for all."
Michael Graf: The BIFF Screenwriter's Residency Program is a game-changer. 5 aspiring writers, 5 A-List Producers & Writers on an island with the sole focus of taking the screenwriter's work to the next level. Rarely do writers get to experience such an in-depth program. A must for any serious and aspiring screenwriter.
The Bahamas International Film Festival is a non – profit organization dedicated to providing the local community and international visitors with a diverse presentation of films from around the world. In addition to offering films that might not otherwise be released theatrically in the Bahamas, BIFF will provide a unique cultural experience, educational programs, and forums for exploring the future of cinema.