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Bahamas International Film Festival

December 5-13, 2013

What’s It All About?

The Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) is a non-profit organisation and focuses on providing the local Bahamian community and international visitors 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 provides a set of educational programmes and forums for exploring the past, present and future of cinema.

The festival was launched in 2004 and was dedicated to creating a cine-literate arts community, bridging cultures, gaining knowledge and attracting a targeted tourism sector through the film industry. It has showcased more than 600 films from countries exposing the Bahamas to an international audience of filmmakers.

In addition, the festival has succeeded in promoting the Bahamas as a potential cinema production venue through its annual events. The forms and genres presented are shorts, features, documentaries and animation. BIFF hosts screenings in several different programmes including World Cinema and Caribbean Spotlight and welcomes filmmakers who are either based in the Caribbean or are Caribbean-born. Submissions to this genre are eligible to win the Grand Jury prize.

This year, the festival will showcase 108 films from 32 countries. The four competition categories at BIFF are Spirit of Freedom: Narrative, Documentary, New Visions and Short Film. Other categories are Panorama Narrative, Documentary and Short Films out of competition. Special sections include Youth Film Workshop films made by five schools as well as a World Cinema showcase spotlighting Chinese films provided by the Chinese Embassy in The Bahamas.

Watch Out For!

Opening Film

Bahamian Son

Andrew Melby and Reggie Henderson’s drama Bahamian Son will kickstart the festival. The film features Constance Anderson, Fatima Cocci and Leah Eneas in the lead. It is based on true events, from the life of the film’s writer Reggie Henderson.

Spirit Of Freedom (Narrative) Segment

• 9 Full Moons

• A Place On Earth

• Brahmin Bulls

• Home

• Siddharth

• Viva Belarus

• When I Saw You

New Visions Section

• Calloused Hands

• One Small Hitch

• Sal

• Siberia, Monamour

• Tarif Na Spasenie

• The Long Drive Home

• Trust, Greed, Bullets & Bourbon

• Tutti Giu

Panorama Narrative

• Some Velvet Morning

• I’ll Follow You Down

• Nearlyweds

• Hank And Asha

• Vino Veritas

• Karaoke Girl

• Last Look

• Murder In The Dark

• Nai River

• Side By Side

• Golden Mesh

Closing Film

Travolta Cooper’s documentary The Black Moses will close the fest this year. The film features Golden Globe nominee Dennis Haysbert as Black Moses and commentary from the 18th Prime Minister of Canada Brian Mulroney and civil rights activist Jesse Jackson.

 

 

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