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Bahamas International Film Festival reveals 2015 competition Jury and Session Panelists
By BIFF
Nov 27, 2015 - 9:57:26 AM

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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

Stephen Bereaux – Director of Policy & Regulation of Bahamas’ Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority.

Tivi Magnusson – Director/Producer

Kate Perotti – Director/Producer/Writer/Cinematographer/Photographer/Editor

New Visions: First Look

Rickard Gramfors – Project Manager/Film Historian/DVD Company CEO/Journalist/Musician

Dorian Missick – TV, Film and Theater Actor

Matthew Shreder – Co-founder and Managing Partner of Concourse Media

Short Film

Martina Carroll – Locations Scout and Manager

Bentley Kyle Evans – Writer/Producer/Director/Actor

Kate Perotti – Director/Producer/Writer/Cinematographer/Photographer/Editor

Additional categories out of competition are World Cinema Narrative and World Cinema Documentary; Caribbean Spotlight Narrative and Caribbean Spotlight Documentary; Comedy; and non-Jury Short Films.

The Festival will be hosting a Screenwriters’ Residency Program and a variety of panels covering a number of topics including Development & Production, Pitch & Writing Career, Music & Film, Film & Finance, Woman in Film, Editing and Art of Collaboration. A Master Class in Music session will also take place.

Among the participating mentors and panelists are:

Screenwriters Residency / Development & Production / Pitch & Writing

Vince Gerardis – Producer (including HBO’s “Game Of Thrones”)/Writer

Dan Guando – SVP Acquisitions and Development at The Weinstein Company

Matthew Helderman – Co-CEO of Buffalo 8 Productions

John Rhodes – Producer/Co-Founder of ScreenCraft

Cameron Cubbison – Co-Founder of ScreenCraft

Sean Covel – Producer

Music & Film

Jonathan McHugh – Film Producer/Music Supervisor

Steven Beer – Film, TV and Music Lawyer

Rickard Gramfors – Project Manager/Film Historian/DVD Company CEO/Journalist/Musician

Women In Film

Kate Perotti – 2015 BIFF Juror

Isabella Astengo – Director, “New Cambodian”

Susan Batten – Producer/Writer, “Showing Roots”

Maria Hengge – Actress/Writer/Director, “Sin and Illy Still Alive”

Lynn Kressel – Casting Director, “A Beautiful Now”

Jessica Ballard – Producer, “Golden Kingdom”

Art of Collaboration

Bentley Kyle Evans – 2015 BIFF JUROR

Leslie Vanderpool – Founder & Executive Director, Bahamas International Film Festival

Michael David Lynch – Director, “Dependent’s Day”

Jessica Ballard – Producer, “Golden Kingdom”

Sean Hodgkinson – Director, “Trafficked”

Michael Wilson – Director, “Showing Roots”

Susan Batten – Producer/Writer, “Showing Roots”

Maria Hengge – Director, “Sin and Illy Still Alive”

Neto DePaula Pimenta – Writer/Producer, “Singapore Sling”

Athama Bowe – Chairman Bahamas Film and Players Rating Board


Celebrating its 12th year, the Bahamas International Film Festival has established itself as a marquee international Festival in the Caribbean region, discovering and promoting independent voices and talent from around the world and showcasing a diverse array of international films.

For additional information, including screening listings, events and ticket pricing, please visit www.bintlfilmfest.com.

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