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RBC Royal Bank sponsors Bahamas International Film Festival for 11th consecutive year with focus on Filmmaking for Students
By RBC Royal Bank
Nov 20, 2014 - 12:04:54 PM

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A recent press conference of BIFF sponsors. (L-R) Leslie Vanderpool, Founder & Executive Director Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF): Deborah Zonicle, Market Manager, Products, Marketing & Channels, Bahamas, Cayman and Turks & Caicos Islands.

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 14.

“RBC 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.”

RBC’s involvement in the 2014 Festival includes sponsoring the 2014 Youth Film Workshop. Through this program – also known as “Filmmaking in a Day” – BIFF took professionals into the schools and introduced our students to the art of filmmaking. The program included:

· Lectures on the history and art of filmmaking

· Considerations when selecting a theme for a movie

· Script writing

· Casting and character selection

· Shooting a film and elements of cinematography

· Film editing and presentation

Schools involved in the programme included: H.O. Nash Junior High School and C.R. Walker Secondary School, New Providence; William’s Town Primary School, Exuma; Harbour Island All Age School, Eleuthera; and Emma Cooper Primary School, Governor’s Harbour, Eleuthera.

“This programme was truly a one-of-a-kind experience for students at these schools, said Mr. Beneby.  “At RBC, we have a keen interest in developing the skills and talents of our youth. By inspiring students to get engaged with the arts, we are building the vitality of our communities for future generations.”

“I want to thank RBC for its generous and ongoing sponsorship of BIFF,” said Ms. Leslie Vanderpool, founder and executive director of BIFF. “Since its founding, Bahamas International Film Festival has developed into a prestigious and well-respected event throughout The Bahamas and around the world. Without support of sponsors like RBC, this Film Festival would not be possible.”

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About RBC in the Caribbean

With more than 100 years of heritage serving the region, RBC operates under the banner of RBC and RBTT with a presence in 18 countries, nearly 100 combined branches and close to 5,000 employees serving more than one million clients. As one of the Caribbean’s leading diversified financial services companies, RBC provides personal and commercial banking, wealth management, corporate and investment banking, insurance and trust and asset management services to a wide range of clients, including individuals, small businesses, general commercial entities, regional and multi-national corporations and governments. For more information, please visit rbc.com/caribbean

About RBC

Royal Bank of Canada (RY on TSX and NYSE) and its subsidiaries operate under the master brand name RBC. We are Canada’s largest bank as measured by assets and market capitalization, and are among the largest banks in the world, based on market capitalization. We are one of North America’s leading diversified financial services companies, and provide personal and commercial banking, wealth management services, insurance, corporate and investment banking and investor services on a global basis. We employ approximately 79,000 full- and part-time employees who serve more than 16 million personal, business, public sector and institutional clients through offices in Canada, the U.S. and 42 other countries. For more information, please visit rbc.com

About the Bahamas International Film Festival

The Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) is a nonprofit organization committed to providing the local community and International festival goers with a diverse presentation of films from The Bahamas and around the world. 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 & future of cinema. BIFF aims to raise the level of filmmaking, participation and education throughout The Bahamas and the world. For more information please visit http://www.bintlfilmfest.com/.


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