The Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) is proud to
announce today that Tatiana Donaldson has joined Founder Leslie
Vanderpool as the Co-Executive Director. Donaldson and Vanderpool will
share roles in Sponsorship, Programming, Marketing & Event Planning.
“There is no better person to join BIFF, together we will work
effectively to advance the Bahamas International Film Festival,”
About Tatiana Donaldson
Tatiana B. Donaldson is very excited to have been
named Co-Executive Director of The Bahamas InternationalFilm Festival.
Ms. Donaldson is currently entering her fourth and final year at
Columbia University in New York City, where she is studying Political
Science and Theatre. Throughout her college career, she has held
numerous leadership roles such as a Resident Assistant, as well as
Captain and President of the Columbia Women's Ice Hockey Team. She is
also a proud, and extremely active member of the Delta Gamma sorority.
Outside of the classroom she has bridged her love for the arts through
her extracurricular activities, by participating in the Columbia
University Glee Club, as well numerous acting appearances in both plays
and small films. Tatiana has been acting, performing, and playing the
violin as well as the guitar since her early childhood. Her commitment
to the arts and film stems from her passion for civics and inclusivity,
as well as the belief that film is a powerful medium that can create
conversation and change around prevalent socio-political issues. Ms.
Donaldson hopes that BIFF will be an amazing avenue to continue learning
and growing not only as an actor, but also as a director and producer.
Ms. Donaldson is actively involved with, and has held the position of
Marketing and Development Intern at The Eric Trump Foundation, a
nonprofit that raises money for children at St. Jude Children’s
hospital. This summer, in addition to her responsibilities with BIFF,
Ms. Donaldson will be interning at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in
Washington, D.C., where she will be learning and gaining experience with
U.S. Public Policy. Tatiana Donaldson is the daughter of the late Mr.
Timothy Baswell Donaldson, and Mrs. Yolande P. Donaldson.
About Leslie Vanderpool
Leslie Vanderpool is the Founder and Executive
Director of Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF). For over a
decade, she has had extensive knowledge in the planning and development
of film festivals. Vanderpool received a Bachelor's Degree in
International Relations before going on to pursue her passion for
theater & filmmaking. She studied at LeeStrasberg Acting Institute
& Shakespeare at Balliol College, Oxford University, Oxford,
England, where Alan Rickman, Fiona Shaw and many more honed her skills.
2004, Vanderpool created BIFF, which has showcased more than 1000 films
from 150 countries. Many of the films subsequently have won Academy
Awards. She has paid tribute to A-List Celebrities such as Johnny Depp,
Debra Messing, Danny Glover, Nicholas Cage, Laurence Fishburne, Heather
Graham, Alan Arkin, Sean Connery, Roger Corman, Daryl Hannah, Sophie
Okonedo, Anna Faris, Naomie Harris, Zoe Kravitz, Sydney T. Poitier, Chaz
Ebert, Cicely Tyson and many more. She has been innovative in taking
filmmaking into schools where she has taught all aspects of filmmaking.
Vanderpool has created unique cultural experiences such as ‘Summer Films
In The Square’ and ‘Theater In The Park.’
is an entrepreneur with a strong background in marketing, branding,
film production and sponsorship. She has raised millions of dollars
& has a wide range of networks around the world. She spends her time
between California and The Bahamas to advance the film industry while
partnering with startups and established film production companies.
About the Bahamas International Film Festival:
Entering in its thirteenth year, the Bahamas
International Film Festival established itself as a marquee
international film festival in the Caribbean region, discovering and
promoting independent voices and talent from The Bahamas and around the
world, showcasing diverse international films. In addition to showcasing
films that might not otherwise be released theatrically, BIFF provides
unique cultural experiences, educational programs and forums for
exploring the past, present and future of cinema. BIFF aims to raise the
level of filmmaking, participation and education throughout The Bahamas
and the world. www.bintlfilmfest.com.