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Netflix’s acclaimed Drama “Mudbound” to close 2017 Bahamas International Film Festival - Dec 9, 2017 - 6:15:57 AM

The Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF), announced today that Netflix’s highly acclaimed drama “Mudbound”, directed by Dee Rees, will be the official closing night film at this year’s festival, which takes place December 10-17. The announcement was made by BIFF Founder and Executive Director Leslie Vanderpool.
 
Carey Mulligan, Mary J. Blige, Jason Clarke, Garrett Hedlund, Jonathan Banks and Jason Mitchell lead the ensemble cast of “Mudbound.”...
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Grace Jones to receive Bahamas International Film Festival Career Achievement Award - Dec 5, 2017 - 1:40:03 PM


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The Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) announced today that iconic actress, singer, songwriter, supermodel, and record producer Grace Jones will be honored with the prestigious Career Achievement Award at this year’s Film Festival, taking place December 10-17.

Serving as the Festival’s most prestigious symbol of recognition, awarded in appreciation of the lifetime achievements of an actor, BIFF’s Career Achievement Award will be bestowed to Jones on the evening of Friday, December 15th...
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Bahamas International Film Festival announces official host venue for 2017 Nassau events - Dec 4, 2017 - 3:45:51 PM

The prestigious Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF), now entering its 14th edition, will be held at Grand Hyatt Baha Mar and SLS Baha Mar hotels, the hottest new resort properties in The Bahamas. The announcement was made today by BIFF Founder and Executive Director, Leslie Vanderpool.

“Grand Hyatt Baha Mar and SLS Baha Mar are exceptional locations that have everything a major film festival needs - beautifully designed spaces, a wide variety of dining options and a dynamic ambiance...
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Michael K Williams to Receive Bahamas International Film Festival Shining Star Tribute - Nov 18, 2017 - 3:26:58 PM

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The Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) announced today that multiple Emmy® Award nominee Michael K Williams (12 Years a Slave, The Wire, Gone Baby Gone, Robocop) will be honored with the prestigious Shining Star Tribute at this year’s Film Festival, taking place December 10-17. Williams will be on hand for the special tribute and presentation at the Baha Mar Resort in Nassau on the evening of Sunday, December 17, The announcement was made by BIFF Founder and Executive Director Leslie Vanderpool.

Said Vanderpool, “Michael is true ‘actor’s actor’ who possesses an uncanny screen presence and charisma that have fueled so many memorable performances. In watching his amazing body of work...
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Bahamas International Film Festival unveils Official Film Selections and Program For 2017 Edition - Nov 14, 2017 - 7:46:50 PM

The Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF), celebrating its 14th edition this year, and taking place December 10-17, 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...
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Sunshine Insurance Sponsors BIFF's Youth Film Workshop - Mar 29, 2017 - 11:13:31 PM

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Sunshine Insurance (Agents & Brokers) Ltd. has partnered with the Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) for its 2017 Youth Film Workshop.

The insurance company recently donated $5,000 to sponsor several student films.

Sunshine Insurance Marketing Coordinator, Rogan Smith said her company continues to demonstrate its commitment to the country's youths...
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Dylan McDermott to Be Honoured at BIFF - Dec 2, 2016 - 2:26:51 PM

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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 ...
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BIFF expands educational program with help from Sandyport Beach Resort - Dec 1, 2016 - 12:01:00 PM

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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...
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BIFF 2016 to open in Nassau Dec 5-8; and Eleuthera Dec 8-11 - Nov 18, 2016 - 1:24:53 PM


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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.

Michael 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 Charlotte...

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RBC sponsors $10,000 to 2016 BIFF Youth Film Workshop - Aug 10, 2016 - 9:39:31 AM

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“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 making tutorials...
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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,” Vanderpool said...
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American actress, Cicely Tyson, awarded in The Bahamas - Mar 24, 2016 - 9:37:46 PM

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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.  

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Cicely Tyson to receive 1st Sir Sidney Poitier Tribute Award in The Bahamas - Feb 12, 2016 - 5:00:03 PM

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The Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) announced today that an award-winning film, television and stage actress Cicely Tyson, ( The Help, Fried Green Tomatoes, Roots, 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.”
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BIFF to screen documentary, "India's Daughter" - Feb 10, 2016 - 5:38:38 PM

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The Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) will be showcasing a film spotlight of INDIA’S DAUGHTER, directed by Leslee Udwin.

An amazing documentary supported by Meryl Streep and Sean Penn, won the Spirit Of Freedom Award at the 2015 Bahamas International Film Festival.

This 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...
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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.
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BIFF 2015 winners announcement - Dec 14, 2015 - 1:25:06 PM

Nassau, Bahamas  – Competition winners at the 12th Bahamas International 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; and Short Film.

Competition winners were announced by their respective juries...
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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 events.”
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Most Diverse BIFF Yet Opens and Closes With Strong Female-driven Academy Award® Contenders - Nov 30, 2015 - 3:56:36 PM

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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 Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara will raise the curtain at this year’s festival as the official Opening Night Film in Nassau on December 9 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 Leslie Vanderpool...
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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..

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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. 1-12, 2015.

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...
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