21 July 2019

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Bahamas International Film Festival

15th Edition

Bahamas International Film Festival

when:November 29th - December 5th, 2019
address:P.O. Box CB 11421
Nassau, Bahamas
tel:+ 1 242-698-1800
deadline:July 4th, 2019
entry form:Online Submission

Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) is a unique and intimate Film Festival taking place in Nassau and Hope Town Abaco 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. Movies are screened multiple times in several islands throughout The Bahamas such as Nassau and Eleuthera, giving the filmmaker excellent exposure and hospitality, each filmmaker being treated with personal and professional service.
The majority of films are ones that Bahamians would otherwise not have the opportunity to see. After each film the filmmaker is available for discussion and questions from the audience, and gives each viewer the opportunity to enter another world.
Other events throughout the week include Opening Night Gala and Closing Night Gala, tribute ceremonies to a Shining Star and a Career Achievement Tribute Award, Filmmaker Awards, Panel discussions, Master Classes and Filmmaker Residency Program to mentor scriptwriters. The educational programs discuss topics such as Filmmaking in the Caribbean, How to Find Representation, Film Financing, Music and Film 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.
Awards & Prizes:
BIFF offers Competitive Categories such as Best Screenplay, Spirit of Freedom (Narrative & Documentary), New Visions for first and second time filmmakers and Short Films. You will meet filmmakers, industry professionals and the enthusiastic Bahamian audience. Access to films, events and programs throughout the film festival is very accessible and provides settings that are very intimate for networking.
Filmmakers are the celebrities at BIFF. Films in competition are treated to a grand time where lodging or transportation are provided. They are able to enjoy various places of interest, as the Festival showcases several locations around Hope Town and New Providence for its many activities. Opportunities to connect with various celebrities and industry professionals abound through arranged Filmmaker Retreats, panel discussions, a Filmmaker lounge, which offers a comfortable meeting area, happy hours throughout the week and special screenings. Gala events too are planned with the filmmaker in mind. At present, BIFF has several gala events that include:
1.Opening Night Gala and Film
2.Closing Night Gala and Film
3.BIFF Awards Ceremony
Additional Prizes:
Cash Prize presented by Source Management Production
InkTip: Where producers go for scripts and writers.
Winners of the Writers Residency Program will receive an InkTip Script Listing to promote themselves and their scripts to InkTip’s entire network of producers, managers, and agents.