Dylan McDermott to Be Honoured at BIFF
- Dec 2, 2016 - 2:26:51 PM
The Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) announced today that
Dylan McDermott will receive the Festival’s prestigious Celebrity
Tribute Award, moderated by Jib Polhemus.
BIFF is proud to have
Mr. McDermott on hand to receive the tribute presentation on Tuesday,
December 6 at the Romora Bay Marina and Resort on Harbour Island, at
8:30pm for the Annual Celebrity Tribute in honour of his outstanding
contributions to the film industry.
Dylan McDermott’s career
spans over a 30-year period with appearances in over 35 feature films.
From his early start as a teenager in Connecticut ...
BIFF expands educational program with help from Sandyport Beach Resort
- Dec 1, 2016 - 12:01:00 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - The Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) is
expanding its public film workshop this year with a little help from
award-winning Sandyport Beach Resort. The Resort is hosting
international film-maker and instructor Jillian Hall of the New Orleans
Video Access Center as she works with BIFF for three weeks of workshops
on film-making and editing for the Bahamian public.
“I am so glad
to be here, 3 weeks in the Bahamas is pretty dreamy,” said Ms. Hall.
“The Bahamas has such beautiful people and it’s a beautiful country. I
love staying at Sandyport Beach Resort. This is a wonderful location and
is perfect for my needs...
BIFF 2016 to open in Nassau Dec 5-8; and Eleuthera Dec 8-11
- Nov 18, 2016 - 1:24:53 PM
The 13th edition of the
Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF)
is just around the corner and takes place December 5–8 in Harbour Island, Eleuthera and December 8–11 in Nassau.
Mailer of “Blind” starring Alec Baldwin, Demi Moore and Dylan McDermott
will open the festival with a red carpet screening at Rawson Square,
Downtown Nassau on Thursday, December 8th followed by the documentary
“Before the Trees was Strange” directed by Derek Burrows. The Closing
film “Bazodee” starring Machel Montano will close the festival with an
evening screening on Sunday, December 11th at Fort Stanley, Fort
RBC sponsors $10,000 to 2016 BIFF Youth Film Workshop
- Aug 10, 2016 - 9:39:31 AM
“RBC Royal Bank is pleased to co-sponsor the 2016 Youth Film
Workshop, (YFW) a program designed to introduce local students to the
world of filmmaking," said Deborah Zonicle, Market Manager, Products,
Marketing & Channels, RBC Royal Bank. “We are proud 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
expert knowledge on film making and cinematography from industry
professionals from around the world"
Leslie Vanderpool, Founder, YFW, and Executive Director, The Bahamas
International Film Festival, explained that this year’s workshop will
feature a three-week-long series of the pre, production and post film
BIFF Announces Co-Executive Director
- Jun 25, 2016 - 11:44:37 AM
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,”
American actress, Cicely Tyson, awarded in The Bahamas
- Mar 24, 2016 - 9:37:46 PM
NASSAU, The Bahamas – Deputy Prime Minister the Hon. Philip Davis and Mrs. Davis with Award-Winning Actress and Sir Sidney Poitier Tribute Award Honouree Cicely Tyson, centre, during the Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) first ever Sir Sidney Poitier Tribute Award ceremony on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at Graycliff/Humidor.
(BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna)
Cicely Tyson to receive 1st Sir Sidney Poitier Tribute Award in The Bahamas
- Feb 12, 2016 - 5:00:03 PM
The Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) announced today that an award-winning film, television and stage actress Cicely Tyson
Fried Green Tomatoes
Sounder, Showing Roots
) will be honoured with the 1st
ever-prestigious Sir Sidney Poitier Tribute Award at this year’s
Bahamas International Film Festival Oscar Party taking place on Saturday, March 19th.
Academy Award® winner and renowned global icon Sir Sidney Poitier has
agreed to the naming of the prestigious Career Achievement Award at the
Bahamas International Film Festival the “Sir Sidney Poitier Tribute Award.”
BIFF to screen documentary, "India's Daughter"
- Feb 10, 2016 - 5:38:38 PM
The Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) will
be showcasing a film spotlight of INDIA’S DAUGHTER, directed by Leslee
An amazing documentary supported by
Meryl Streep and Sean Penn, won the Spirit Of Freedom Award at the 2015
Bahamas International Film Festival.
documentary film pays tribute to the remarkable and inspiring short
life of Jyoti Singh and documents the brutality of her gang-rape and
murder in Delhi in December 2012...
Bahamas International Film Festival Unveils Official Program Lineup For 12th Anniversary Edition
- Oct 27, 2015 - 11:14:50 AM
Nassau, Bahamas – The Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF),
celebrating its 12th anniversary and taking place December 1-12, today
revealed the lineup of films screening in the festival’s competition and
sidebar sections. The program was announced by BIFF Founder and
Executive Director Leslie Vanderpool.
This year, the Festival will showcase more than 130 films from 40
different countries including nine international premieres, 28 Caribbean
premieres, and all are Bahamian premieres.
BIFF 2015 winners announcement
- Dec 14, 2015 - 1:25:06 PM
Nassau, Bahamas – Competition winners at the 12th
Film Festival (BIFF) were revealed at a packed awards ceremony held
poolside at the Graycliff Colonial mansion and hotel in Nassau.
The competition categories at BIFF were
Spirit of Freedom: Narrative;
Spirit of Freedom: Documentary; New Visions;
Competition winners were announced by their respective juries...
BIFF Welcomes Filmmakers From Around The World
- Dec 1, 2015 - 10:07:13 PM
Nassau, Bahamas – The 12th Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF),
kicks off today, welcoming over 35 international filmmakers to present
their movies, participate in panels, and immerse themselves in Bahamian
community and culture.
BIFF Founder and Executive Director Leslie Vanderpool said, “This year’s
range of directors coming to the Festival is extraordinary. Film lovers
attending BIFF will have the chance to mix with these great creatives,
discuss their films and ask them questions, and mingle with them at BIFF
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...