Most Diverse BIFF Yet Opens and Closes With Strong Female-driven Academy Award® Contenders
- Nov 30, 2015 - 3:56:36 PM
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
and Rooney Mara will raise the curtain at this year’s festival as the
official Opening Night Film in Nassau on
while Amy Berg’s critically acclaimed Janis Joplin documentary, “Janis:
Little Girl Blue”, will bring the week’s festivities to an end
in celebratory fashion as the official Closing Night film. The
announcement was made today by BIFF Founder and Executive Director
Bahamas International Film Festival reveals 2015 competition Jury and Session Panelists
- Nov 27, 2015 - 9:57:26 AM
Nassau, Bahamas – The Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF), this
year celebrating its 12th anniversary, today announced the members of
the jury that will preside over the competition categories at the
Festival, which takes place December 1st – 12th. The jury was revealed
today by BIFF Founder and Executive Director Leslie Vanderpool.
The four competition categories at BIFF are Spirit of Freedom:
Narrative; Spirit of Freedom: Documentary; New Visions; and Short Film.
Jury members are:
Spirit of Freedom: Narrative & Documentary..
JetBlue sponsors BIFF's New Vision Film Section
- Nov 23, 2015 - 2:00:28 PM
Nassau, Bahamas – It was announced today that JetBlue has come on
board once again to partner with the 12th Annual Bahamas International
Film Festival (BIFF), and will lend its name to the New Vision Film
Category of the Festival. The announcement was made by BIFF Founder and
Executive Director Leslie Vanderpool, and Alan Sweeting, General Manager
of JetBlue Airways in The Bahamas. The festival will take place Dec.
Under terms of the deal, JetBlue has become the
official airline sponsor of BIFF and the exclusive airline partner for
festival travel between the United States and The Bahamas...
Bahamas International Film Festival Continues Popular Screenwriters’ Residency Program
- Oct 13, 2015 - 5:11:48 PM
Nassau, Bahamas – 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 unrivaled opportunity to
spend a full day with accomplished professionals who make a living
working in the industry from Los Angeles and New York...
BIFF re-teams with global PR powerhouse Rogers & Cowan for 2015 campaign
- Sep 24, 2015 - 9:07:06 AM
Nassau, Bahamas – The Bahamas has once again re-teamed with Rogers &
Cowan, the world’s leading entertainment public relations and marketing
firm, as its agency of record to handle all publicity surrounding the
upcoming 12th edition of the festival, taking place December 1-12, 2015.
The announcement was made today by BIFF Founder and Executive Director
Rogers & Cowan’s global media reach and specialized expertise in
film festival campaign management will once again be utilized by the
Bahamas International Film Festival to broaden the Festival’s visibility
and profile, locally and internationally.
Poster revealed for 12th annual Bahamas International Film Festival
- Mar 11, 2015 - 3:03:43 PM
home to Nassau in 2008 she began working in the Doctors Hospital's
Marketing Department, where she was introduced and eventually, joined
the Rotary Club of East Nassau...
born 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 United States 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. In 2004 KellyAnne launched her own graphic design
& branding company, CREATIVE SPOT.
Call For Entries: BIFF Screenwriters Residency Program Unveils Panel of Hollywood Mentors
- Mar 4, 2015 - 10:22:03 AM
Los Angeles – The 2015 Screenwriters
Residency Program at the Bahamas International Film Festival opens for
entries today! This program connects talented emerging writers with top
Hollywood mentors at a world-class film festival. The program will
select 4 winning screenwriters for an all-expenses paid trip to The
Bahamas in December. The program consists of 4 days of screenplay
development, mentorship and networking with some of Hollywood’s top
professionals, set against the backdrop of The Bahamas’ breathtaking
natural beauty and rich culture...
Hollywood Actor Makes History at Sapodilla Bahamas
- Dec 12, 2014 - 1:19:59 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - Hollywood actor, Roger Guenveur Smith, made history on December 9th by becoming the first artist to perform live theatre at Sapodilla of West Bay.
The Obie Award-winning actor shared two one-man productions he wrote and directed, at the Sapodilla Restaurant multi-purpose
venue, renowned for fine dining, weddings and events.
The groundbreaking shows were official events of #BIFF2014, courtesy of
the Embassy of The United States, the 11th Bahamas International Film Festival and Sapodilla fine dining.
an American actor of Caribbean heritage, performed his acclaimed
Frederick Douglass Now, an historical, crossed contemporary look at...
Debra Messing Wins BIFF Shining Star Tribute
- Dec 12, 2014 - 8:01:51 AM
NASSAU, The Bahamas –
In keeping with 2014 being observed as the Year of Culture, the Ministry
of Tourism has continued its support of the 2014 Bahamas International
The 11th Annual BIFF officially opened Friday,
December 3 at the Atlantis Theatre on Paradise Island, with the Shining
Star Tribute to American actress Debra Messing, known for the Will &
Commissioner of Film at the Ministry of Tourism,
Craig Woods said he was especially pleased to welcome visitors, visiting
filmmakers and actors to these beautiful islands of The Bahamas...
Bahamas International Film Festival slashes ticket prices for 2014 edition
- Dec 6, 2014 - 11:41:48 AM
All JFK Galleria and Melia Hotel Screenings Will Be Free to
Students & Seniors with ID. Tickets
for general public are $3 Thursday & Friday, $5 Saturday & Sunday
Nassau, Bahamas –
Looking to cast some good news and
extend good will toward the local Bahamian community and film-going public, the
Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) today announced that tickets for the
highly anticipated 2014 edition will be slashed and FREE! to students and
Senior Citizens with ID. The exciting announcement was made today by BIFF
Founder and Executive Director, Leslie Vanderpool...
Bahamas International Film Festival 2014 program
- Dec 5, 2014 - 2:59:14 PM
Nassau, Bahamas – Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF),
which takes place December 4-9, 2014 in Nassau and December 10-14, in Harbour
This year, the Festival will showcase 95 films from 30 different
countries, including 48 features and 47 short films of which several are
international premieres and all are Bahamian premieres...
Bahamas International Film Festival names Debra Messing its 2014 Shining Star Honoree
- Dec 5, 2014 - 9:35:29 AM
Nassau, Bahamas – The
Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) announced today that Debra Messing
(“Like Sunday Like Rain, Will and Grace, The Women, Open Season, The Wedding
Date, The Starter Wife, Seinfeld”) will be honored with BIFF’s special Shining
Star Tribute, presented by Atlantis Resort. The announcement was made by BIFF
Founder & Executive Director Leslie Vanderpool.
The Festival’s Shining 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. Debra Messing will be on hand for the special BIFF Award
tribute presentation on Friday, December 5th at Atlantis Theater at
the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island. The Shining Star Tribute will be
moderated by Dennis Dembia, Senior Vice President of Rogers & Cowan.
‘When Pigs Swim’ to make debut at BIFF
- Dec 1, 2014 - 10:58:44 PM
director Charlie Smith to attend screenings in Nassau and Harbour Island for
Bahamas International Film Festival
Canada – An authentically Bahamian film is set to make it
debut at the Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) next month before
hitting the worldwide circuit.
Pigs Swim”, an entertaining documentary produced by GIV Bahamas Inc. and
directed by Charlie Smith, tells the story of Exuma’s famous swimming swine. For
the last several years, these animals have grown from a cult favourite to
indeed a global phenomenon, sparking thousands of videos, photos and stories
from people all around the world.
Bahamas International Film Festival Announces Events for 2014 Edition
- Nov 28, 2014 - 4:35:20 AM
Nassau, Bahamas – The
International Film Festival (BIFF) today unveiled its highly anticipated
line-up of special events that will occur throughout
Nassau and Harbour Island
during this year’s festival, now in its 11th edition. BIFF welcomes
and encourages all Bahamians as well as island visitors to come out and
experience these one-of-a-kind events taking place
something new and exciting to take part in every day! BIFF’s 2014
BIFF – Around the World in One Radio Show
- Nov 26, 2014 - 5:22:52 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - The first day for the 11th Annual
Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF), December 4th 2014, is
just around the corner and the international filmmakers cannot wait to get to The
Bahamas for the festivities and the gorgeous weather. Founder & Executive
Director Leslie Vanderpool and Technical Director Karim Duran advised listeners
that the countdown is on during a live broadcast of popular radio show “Reality
Check” with host Chrissy Love, live from the BIFF Lounge downtown next to the
Hilton across from the US Embassy.
Vanderpool stated that BIFF’s aim is to bring Hollywood and the world to The
Bahamas in an 11 day celebration of cinema. She invited all Bahamians to enjoy
a ‘moviecation’ from December 4th through 14th, highlighting the many
affordable options to see BIFFs 96 films...
Bahamas International Film Festival names Chaz Ebert its 2014 Tribute Award honoree in Harbour Island, Bahamas
- Nov 24, 2014 - 12:12:22 PM
Nassau, Bahamas – November 23, 2014 – The Bahamas
International Film Festival (BIFF) announced today that Chaz Hammelsmith Ebert,
the widow of film review specialist Roger Ebert, will be on hand to receive 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," the documentary about the life
of Roger Ebert...
RBC Royal Bank sponsors Bahamas International Film Festival for 11th consecutive year with focus on Filmmaking for Students
- Nov 20, 2014 - 12:04:54 PM
NASSAU, Bahamas – RBC Royal Bank is sponsoring the 2014 Bahamas
International Film Festival (BIFF) for the 11th consecutive year,
with an emphasis on BIFF’s educational initiatives. The 2014 Festival is scheduled
to take place in Nassau from December 4 to 9, 2014, followed by events in Harbour Island from December 9 to
has been a sponsor of BIFF since its inception,” said Mr. Nathaniel Beneby,
Jr., Managing Director of RBC Royal Bank in The Bahamas, Cayman and Turks &
Caicos. “We are pleased to support BIFF’s mission in raising awareness of the
film industry, which is very important to our local economy. It also gives young Bahamians access to a
wide range of independent cinema from
around the world...”
JetBlue Becomes Official Airline Sponsor of Bahamas International Film Festival
- Nov 11, 2014 - 10:41:01 AM
Nassau, Bahamas – It
was announced today that JetBlue Airways has come on board to sponsor
the Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) and will lend its name to
support the New Vision Film section of the Festival. The announcement
was made by BIFF Founder and Executive Director Leslie Vanderpool, and
Alan Sweeting, General Manager of JetBlue Airways in The Bahamas.
terms of the deal, JetBlue has become the official airline sponsor of
BIFF and the exclusive airline partner for festival travel between the
United States and The Bahamas...
BIFF unveils 2014 official poster
- Oct 30, 2014 - 5:40:21 PM
International Film Festival recently unveiled its 2014 promotional
poster designed by artist Ryan “Duser” Stubbs. The festival is set for
December 4th through 14th and will take place first in Nassau and then
in Harbour Island.
“Street Art or Graffiti Art is part of global culture, publicly
displaying expressions of humanity. Similarly, through films, BIFF
entertains, provides intrigue and titillates audiences from all walks of
life. Like street art, the films at the 2014 BIFF will stop you in your
tracks and touch your soul,” says Leslie Vanderpool, Founder &
Executive Director of Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF).
"Visual art has been a long standing passion for Stubbs..."
Bahamas Intl Film Festival Call For Films and Scripts
- Mar 7, 2014 - 8:17:47 AM
Nassau, Bahamas - The Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) is
dedicated to providing the local community and international visitors
with a diverse presentation of films from around the world.
The 11th edition of the Film Festival will be held on December 4 - 14, 20
once again we expect to generate excellent local and international
media coverage throughout the world and will be attracting leading film
professionals and distributors.