December 6-9, 2012
The Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) is a non-profit organisation and focuses on providing the local Bahamian community and international visitors a diverse presentation of films from around the world. In addition to offering films that might not otherwise be released theatrically in the Bahamas, BIFF provides a unique cultural experience and set of educational programmes and forums for exploring the past, present and future of cinema.
The festival was launched in 2004 and was dedicated to creating a cine-literate arts community, bridging cultures, gaining knowledge and attracting a targeted tourism sector through the film industry. It has showcased more than 600 films from countries exposing The Bahamas to an international audience of filmmakers.
In addition, the festival has succeeded in promoting The Bahamas as a potential cinema production venue through its annual events. The forms and genres presented are shorts, features, documentaries and animation. BIFF hosts screenings in several different programmes including World Cinema and Caribbean Spotlight and welcomes filmmakers who are either based in the Caribbean or are Caribbean-born. Submissions to this genre are eligible to win the Grand Jury prize.
Watch Out For!
Opening Night Film
Directed by Dustin Hoffman, the film is about a home for retired opera singers. The annual concert to celebrate Verdi’s birthday is disrupted by the arrival of Jean, an eternal diva and former wife of one of the residents.
This year, BIFF will feature a host of panel discussions and master classes and some of these events include:
• Film and Financing Panel Discussion
• Art Of Collaboration Panel Discussion
• Master Class on Acting
• Master Class on Directing
• Shining Star Tribute
• Career Achievement Tribute
BIFF will celebrate actors continuing to play leading roles in advancing the world of cinema. Tributes will entail an appearance and a dialogue from the invited actor.
Over the last few years, BIFF has attracted a list of esteemed celebrities such as Heather Graham, Johnny Depp, Alan Arkin, Sir Sean Connery, Nicholas Cage, Laurence Fishburne, Roger Corman, Daryl Hannah, Sophie Okonedo, Anna Faris, Naomie Harris and Zoe Kravitz, who have graced the occasion with their presence.
The World Cinema segment of the festival includes films like:
• Beware Of Mr Baker
• Bittersweet Monday
• Can’t Stand Losing You
• City Monkey
• Go Lala Go
• Reign Of Assassins
Closing Night Film
Directed by Wayne Blair, the film is about four young and talented Australian aboriginal girls who learn about love, friendship and war when their all-girl group The Sapphires entertains the US troops in Vietnam.