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Inaugural International Film Festival for Grand Bahama set for October 27th - 30th
By The Bahamas Weekly News Team
Aug 9, 2011 - 5:59:53 AM

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Press conference held at Pelican Bay Hotel to announce details on the upcoming "FLIFF on Location: Grand Bahama" film festival which will be held October 27th to 30th. Left to right: Donna Mackey, Bahamas Film Commission; Greg Von Hausch, FLIFF; Betty Bethel, Ministry of Tourism; Craig Woods, Bahamas Film Commission; and Jackie Dack, Grand Bahama Youth Film Competition Committee Photo: The Bahamas Weekly

Freeport, Bahamas - The Ministry of Tourism & Aviation, in conjunction with the Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF) recently announced ‘FLIFF On-Location: Grand Bahama Island’ an offshore component of FLIFF to be held on Grand Bahama Island, October 27th – 30th, 2011.

Craig Woods, Film Commissioner for The Bahamas and Gregory Von Hausch,  President/CEO, FLIFF made a special trip to the island on Monday, July 18th, to look at the proposed layout of the festival, attend planning meetings, and announce festival particulars and information to the local media at a press conference.

Gregory Von Hausch (President/CEO, Fort Lauderdale Int Film Festival, FLIFF) made a visit to the island on Monday, July 18th, to attend planning m meetings and a press conference. He's excited about this joint initiative to expand FLIFF and promote Grand Bahama Island. Photo: The Bahamas Weekly

The main location for the festival will be at the state-of-the-art Canal House conference facility of the Pelican Bay Hotel, with a few outdoor screenings planned. One screening is confirmed for Taino Beach / Smith's Point, which is often a favourite shooting location for many films.  Screenings and parties will be at reasonable cost to encourage participation from locals and visitors alike. Guests of Pelican Bay Hotel will receive a Fast Pass to festival events and screenings.

The festival will offer familiarization trips for visiting producers and directors to showcase Grand Bahama Island as a future filming location.There will be workshops in film, including one on underwater cinematography with world renown Paul Mockler.
The festival promises to showcase films from Bahamian filmmakers as well, and well-known award-winning Bahamian director, Kareem Mortimer will also be leading a workshop. 

Organizers have sent out a call for films and are eager to receive Bahamian films, according to Ministry of Tourism officials. Information on FLIFF and film submissions can be obtained at www.fliff.com.
Film submissions are still being accepted through August 30th, 2011. Submit films via megaupload.com, rapidshare.com, sendspace.com, and wetransfer.com to address FLIFF@Bahamas.com.  More information can be obtained through email at Dmackey@bahamas.com or via the Bahamas Film Commission: Grand Bahama's Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/GBIFilm

Bahamas Film Commissioner Craig Woods discusses how the Film Festival will bring promotional attention for film making in the beautiful Bahamas, in particular Grand Bahama Island. Photo: The Bahamas Weekly

Mr. Von Hausch expressed his excitement for the upcoming expansion of FLIFF and thanked those that have been working diligently to make it happen. The idea was sparked after he reached out to Grand Bahama Ministry of Tourism last year when they jointly screened Into the Blue, a film shot in Grand Bahama, at the Regency Theatre in Freeport.

Members of the Ministry of Tourism on the conference panel shared similar sentiments and agreed that the festival would most certainly bring further exposure to filming in Grand Bahama Island. It should be noted that the island received an injection of $43,000,000 into the local economy during the shooting of Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean II and III. A film festival will no doubt bring further exposure to the island, and should entice more filmmakers to shoot at the destination.

Jackie Dack, a representative from the Grand Bahama Youth Film Competition Committee gave details on a contest already underway for youth ages 12 to 18 years who will have a chance to have their short film screened not only at FLIFF on Location, but the winner will be flown to Fort Lauderdale to attend, and have their short screened there as well. Details are on their Facebook page "Grand Bahama Youth Film Competition" or information can be found on The Bahamas Weekly. Deadline for youth entries is August 1st, 2011 and the film must be 5 minutes or less. The theme is "A Conversation in Grand Bahama".

Betty Bethel of the Ministry of Tourism & Aviation discusses the exciting lineup of events during the festival from October 27-30. Special incentives for those staying at Pelican Bay Hotel. Familiarization tours of Grand Bahama and workshops. The Film Festival will be based at Pelican Bay Hotel in the state of the art Canal House conference center. Photo: The Bahamas Weekly

The festival will culminate with a gala party on the evening of Saturday, October 29th and a Filmmakers Brunch and Awards Ceremony on Sunday, October the 30th.

Opening night gala, a wrap up party, 13 films, a Bahamian film segment, and visiting celebrity details will be announced at a later date.

Sponsors for
FLIFF On-Location: Grand Bahama Island are the Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board, Pelican Bay Hotel, Bahamas Celebration, and The Bahamas Weekly

Donna Mackey of the Bahamas Film Commission and Ministry of Tourism discusses out door screening events, and special film related workshops, one in particular featuring work renown underwater cinematographer, and local resident of Grand Bahama, Paul Mockler (Zeus and Roxanne, Whales: an Unforgettable Journey, Beneath the Blue, IMAX films etc). Mockler will lead a hands-on underwater workshop. It is to be noted that such films as Pirates of the Caribbean 2 and 3 were partially shot on Grand Bahama Island. Photo: The Bahamas Weekly

Committee member/organizer of the GB Youth Film Competition, Jackie Dack announces details of the youth competition for Grand Bahama youth ages 12 - 18. Deadline for entries, August 1st. See their Facebook page: "GB Youth Film Competition" Photo: The Bahamas Weekly


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