Competition Categories:

Spirit of Freedom: Narrative & documentary

BIFF has held Spirit of Freedom as one of its themed categories since it's very first festival.  Each film in this program explores the potential of the human spirit and how freedom affects - or is absent from - our lives.  


Our New Visions competition is a showcase for emerging artists, providing festival audiences with the opportunity to discover the next generation of visionary filmmakers. A Grand Jury Prize will be presented to the New Vision film category.  

Prize for New Vision Award: Sponsored by Concourse Film Trade

I&Co’s "Festival Package” serves to bolster your film’s reach by providing it with market ready sales materials and a consumer driven approach. Having fully realized marketing materials increases the potential for exposure and for attracting attention from distributors all over the world. 

The Festival Package

- Teaser Trailer (45-75 seconds)

- Theatrical Lead Poster 

- Digital Banner (For email and social)

- Postcard Handout key art 

Short Films

A short film is 31 minutes or less and often the only place where young filmmakers have the chance to explore story telling through cinema. Film Festivals are one of the few venues where multiple short films can experienced. BIFF is pleased to present one of the most interesting and diverse lineups of short films. A Grand Jury Prize will be presented to the Short film category.

Screenwriters Residency Program

The Bahamas International Film Festival will collaborate with Buffalo 8 and ScreenCraft, in presenting the Screenwriters Residency Program, December 1 – 4 in Harbour Island, Bahamas. The program will select 4 winning screenwriters for an all-expenses paid trip to The Bahamas in December.  Four (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. 


Stephen Bereaux

Spirit Of Freedom Juror

 Stephen Bereaux is the Director of Policy & Regulation of Bahamas’ Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA). He leads a team of professionals responsible for telecommunications and broadcasting regulation in The Bahamas.

An attorney by profession, Mr Bereaux practiced telecommunications, IT, and media law in the United Kingdom and Hong Kong, before becoming a telecommunications and broadcasting regulator in Trinidad and Tobago in 2006, and returning to The Bahamas and joining URCA in 2010. URCA is responsible for the regulation of all telecommunications operators (mobile and fixed voice, data and messaging) as well as all radio and television broadcasters, and audiovisual media content providers in The Bahamas. As a regulator, Mr Bereaux has been instrumental in the design, implementation and enforcement of the codes of practice for broadcasting in Trinidad and Tobago and The Bahamas, which determine the rules of the game for what can and cannot be broadcast.

Socially, Mr Bereaux is a movie fan and avid reader, and enjoys spending time with friends and family. 

Martina Carroll

Locations Scout, Manager & Coordinator | Short Film Juror

Martina has worked in production since 1989 as a Production Assistant and helped out in various departments. She has assisted in craft services, as an office PA, camera assistant and art depart where she became a set dressing buyer and then moved to Props department. She has worked in locations as a scout and assistant and moved onto running the set until becoming a Locations scout, manager and coordinator. Martina is a Bahamian has been around productions the majority of her life growing up with parents in the business, her father was a marine coordinator and her mother was a locations Manager.

- Feature Films: Tomorrow Land, The Other Woman, Blacksails, WHY Too, Blue, Duplicity, Fools Gold, Rain, Pirates II & III, Three, After The Sunset, Dolphins, Flipper, My Father The Hero.

- Television & Commercials: Rich Kids of Beverly Hills, Tia & Tamara, Ushuaia Nature, High Society Lion, Wheel of Fortune, Carnival, BAHA MAR, Peru Lottery, Bilboa Barter, FA Mark Gray, Royal Navy, Atlantis Transformed, Caprice Des Dieux “Les Naufrages”, L’oreal, Dior Jude Law, VISA, RCCL, Disney Cruise 

- Music Videos: Lionel Ritchie & Weapons of Mass, Shania Twian, Shaggy 

Sean Covel

Producer (Napolean Dynamite, Beneath, Cafe) | Mentor for Screenwriters Program

Sean Covel attended college at the University Of Nebraska, Kearney, majoring in Broadcast Management with a minor in acting. Covel then took a position as a headhunter in San Francisco, and eventually opened his own firm before ultimately turning his attention back to film making. He graduated from the University Of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts in 2002.

After graduating from college, Covel began work on the film "Think Tank." In 2003 he joined the team writing and producing "Napolean Dynamite,"  which won critical acclaim. Covel's other producing credits include "12 Dogs of Christmas," "Beneath" and "Cafe." Covel has authored three books, he teaches Independent Film Business as an adjunct professor at USC and is currently also working on his next film.

Cameron Cubbison

Co Founder Screencraft, Development Executive | Mentor for Screenwriters Program

Cameron Cubbison has worked as a freelance reader and story analyst for five years, providing development notes and continued consultation for private clients while managing a team of skilled readers as ScreenCraft's contests administrator and consulting point man. 

He has personally assessed over 4,000 screenplays for myriad contests, including ScreenCraft's suite of genre-specific contests, Fresh Voices, and more. Cameron has written full coverage and notes on well over a thousand scripts and manuscripts for companies like Lionsgate Films, Open Road Films, Resolution, Paradigm, UTA, Story Authority, The Sundance Institute, ReelFX, Icon Films, The Dan Jinks Company, and others.

Bentley Evans

Producer, TV & Film Writer, Director, Author | Short Film Juror & Panelist

An American television writer, producer, director, and actor. He is a native of Oakland, California.

Evans is most notable as the show runner on several sitcoms, among them Martin (1992–1997) on FOX, The Jamie Foxx Show (1996–2001) on The WB, and Love That Girl! (2010–present) on TV One. Evans is also the creator of Love That Girl! and the co-creator of The Jamie Foxx Show. Outside of television, Evans is the co-screenwriter, with his Martin star Martin Lawrence, of Lawrence's 1996 feature film, A Thin Line Between Love and Hate.

Vince Gerardis

Producer (HBO Games Of Thrones) | Mentor for Screenwriters Program

Vince Gerardis began his entertainment career as a literary agent specializing in the representation of Intellectual Property rights at The Agency, working under legendary agent Jerry Zeitman.


He formed Created By in 1998 in conjunction with publishing super-agent Ralph Vicinanza, who repped such literary giants as Stephen King, Terry Pratchett, Augusten Burroughs, George RR Martin and dignitaries including His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The aim of the Created By was to represent the film, television, game and other ancillary rights for these and other authors and package them properties toward film, TV and ancillary or derivative exploitation. Since it’s inception, the client list has grown to encompass more than 300 authors, over 8000 titles. Ralph Vicinanza died in 2010, leaving the entirety of Created By in his control.


As representative, Vince has concluded over 700 deals and pioneered new forms of copyright portioning. He was the first to get internet royalties (from Sony) and by successfully defining new rights usage, he carved out Virtual World Rights on RED MARS (from AMC Network). Vince has remained at the forefront of knowledge and contacts even as the media world has evolved in areas of digital and tech-based entertainment strategies. Vince has established a reputation among both literary communities and Hollywood as someone who can perform many tasks with a specific focus on the initial stages of development and packaging.


As producer, Vince has established relationships with dozens of A-list talent, writers, directors and other producers. He was instrumental in the packaging and development JUMPER for New Regency and Fox Studios. Released in February of 2008, Jumper has grossed more than $200 Million Dollars worldwide. In 2004, Vince signed a 2 year first look producing deal with Dreamworks. Vince packaged and sold FLASH FORWARD, written and directed by David Goyer (The Dark Knight; Batman Begins; Blade) and co-written by Brannon Braga (Star Trek: The Next Generation; 24). Flash Forward was touted as ABC’s next “Lost” at the time of its inaugural release. Vince then packaged and sold the now renown GAME OF THRONES, HBO’s flagship series, their most successful of all time, based on the New York Times Bestselling series by George R.R. Martin. Many other high-end series projects are set up at key networks including FORGE OF GOD, being developed as a high profile 10 part limited series at FX and RED MARS, being adapted by J. Michael Strazcinski (WORLD WAR Z) at Spike. PLAY, an original concept of Vince’s is now being written by superstar comedy screenwriter Michael Bacall (21 JUMP STREET, PROJECT X), and an eight year portion of Vince’s life is being developed as a series for Direct TV under the title ICE, about the diamond trade in Los Angeles.


As writer, Vince has sold DEMON PRINCES based on the series by legendary science fiction writer Jack Vance to Paul Allen’s Vulcan, CLEAN, a pilot for NBC which he co-wrote with Ron Bass and THE RIVIERA, an original idea of Vince’s which he co-wrote with Jeff Vintar, to be directed by Louis Leterrier (CLASH OF THE TITANS, NOW YOU SEE ME) now slated for straight to series production through Canada’s eOne for an unidentifiable high-end cable network. Vince has founded the world’s first global benefit corporation called changetheworld, inc.


Rickard Gramfors

New Visions Juror

Rickard Gramfors Project manager, film historian, DVD company CEO, journalist, musician


Background: film studies at Stockholm University. 16 years at the Swedish Film Institute; film archive, program officer at the Cinematheque, project manager for the Centenary of Cinema, head of the international department, CEO of the SFI publishing company, manager of the EU MEDIA programme in Sweden.


I have been editor-in-chief of two Swedish film magazines – Chaplin and Total Film. I was also the CEO of Sweden’s first video-on-demand-company.


Since ten years, in charge of the event cinema scheme ”Live på bio” at the Swedish organization Folkets Hus och Parker (FHP), distributing live broadcasts in HD quality and 5.1 surround sound to 180 Swedish cinemas, now expanding into Norway, Finland and Denmark. Live broadcasts in cinemas of opera, concerts, theatre, ballet, art, and more (co-operations include the Metropolitan Opera, New York, the Bolshoi Ballet, Moscow, National Theatre, London and the Berlin Philharmonics). Responsible for the event cinema content, rights negotiations, programming and presentation of the content. FHP is the market leader for event cinema in Scandinavia.


I am also the CEO of Swedish DVD distribution company/film club/film archive/research outfit Klubb Super 8. We have released 70 vintage Swedish exploitation/cult movies on DVD – from early Ingmar Bergman films to Swedish sex education films from the 60’s to Terror in the Midnight Sun…

Klubb Super 8 has a vast collection of international exploitation films (some 300 titles on 35mm and 16mm) in genres like horror, sci-fi, martial arts, spaghetti westerns, blaxploitation, sexploitation and mondo movies. We also hold a collection of approximately 5,000 vintage film posters.


As part of my Klubb Super 8 work, I’m also acting as manager for Swedish exploitation film star Christina Lindberg, famous for her role in Thriller – a Cruel Picture, one of the chief inspirations to Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill films. I have travelled with Ms. Lindberg to some twenty international film conventions and festivals during the last 10 years.


I also play the bass and write songs for the Swedish heavy metal band Father & Son. The band recently released a new album - Unholy Ghost - and one of the songs is featured in Adrián García Bogliano’s latest Mecixan film, the black comedy/thriller Scherzo Diabolico.


Dan Guando

Executive Vice President Weinstein, Acquisitions, Distribution & Development | Mentor for Screenwriters Program

Dan Guando is Senior Vice President of Acquisitions and Development at The Weinstein Company, where he has worked for over ten years. During his time at TWC, Dan has overseen the acquisition of THE ARTIST, BLUE VALENTINE, THE TILLMAN STORY, SARAH'S KEY, SUBMARINE, CORIOLANUS, UNDEFEATED, BULLY, QUARTET, THE SAPPHIRES,  CAROL, WOMAN IN GOLD and many more titles.

Matthew Helderman

co-CEO Buffalo 8 Productions and Bondit | Mentor for Screenwriters Program

Matthew Helderman is a media entrepreneur and film producer based in Los Angeles. Overseeing projects ranging from micro-budgets to multi-million dollar productions, Helderman has produced 100+ hours of feature, television, commercial & music video productions.

Educated at Lake Forest College in film, philosophy, & economics - Helderman brings a wealth of academic, practical and business knowledge to each project. In 2010, Helderman formed Buffalo 8 Productions to produce his feature film "The Alumni Chapter" which sold it's international rights to a boutique distributor and can be found on sale at Walmart, Target, Amazon and Best Buy.

From there Helderman & Buffalo 8 oversaw feature productions while developing unique distribution strategies directly with sales agents. During this time Helderman joined Suzanne DeLaurentiis Productions at Paramount Studios as a co-producer while continuing producing a slate of independent films under Buffalo 8. With a background in finance, technologies and entertainment - Helderman fosters development and perfected productions on a regular basis.

Buffalo 8 Productions oversees features, commercials and television productions  from development, financing & distribution.

Tivi Magnusson

Academy Award Winning Producer | Spirit Of Freedom Juror

He started working with film in 1962, taking a film education at Laterna Studios in Denmark. He graduated in 1965, and after 10 years in the fashion industry, Tivi Magnusson returned to film as President of HTM Film (1975-1984). In 1984 he became President for Metronome Production, and was names Head of DR Television International in 1988. From 1990-1994 he was Executive Vice President in Egmont Audio Visual Group. In 1994 Tivi founded M&M Productions, where he is still President. Tivi has produced more than 50 films and TV-series, and has won numerous prizes and awards. Among others – 2 Oscars, 5 Emmys, 2 Silver Bears and numerous Danish Academy Awards “Robert”. He is a voting member of both The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, USA and The European Film Academy, and is a member of several film boards, ranging from funds to festivals.

Men & Chicken (2015), Helium (2014), The New Tenants (2010), Adam's Apples (2007), The Green Butchers (2005)



Dorian Missick

Actor | New Visions Juror

Bahamian American actor, Dorian Missick who plays the male lead in the BET series "Zoe Ever After" gained recognition when he starred in two seasons of the critically acclaimed, TNT series, "Southland" as Detective Ruben Robinson.

Other series regular roles includes NBC's drama, "The Cape" and JJ Abrams' "Six Degrees" for ABC.

Missick's film work includes "Annie",  "Deliver Us From Evil", "Big Words", "MooZ-lum", " Two Weeks'  Notice", "Lucky Number Slevin". "The Manchurian Candidate" and a starring role opposite Zoe Saldana in Premium.

In theatre, he starred off-Broadway in the Pulitzer-prize winning drama A Soldier's Play opposite Anthony Mackie and Taye Diggs in 2005 at the Second Stage Theater.

Dorian lives in both in New York and Los Angeles where he is a popular DJ under his alias Tailwind Turner.

Kate Perotti

Director,Producer, Writer | Spirit Of Freedom Juror & Short Film Juror

CEO of Edendale Pictures LLC. Kate Perotti works in both NY and LA, continues to be integrally involved in cutting edge films, photography, mixed media, art and commerce. Called a “creative powerhouse” by UK FastMedia Magazine she is first and foremost a vision-oriented innovator who is willing to take risks, work with dogged perseverance, determination and generosity of spirit at each level. In production, she has worked in nearly every position behind the camera.

MOMz Hot ROCKs was Kate's first documentary feature which previewed at the Jacob Burns Film Center in NY as part of the Celebrating Women Filmmakers Series, won the Audience Award at the Rhode Island International Film Festival, won "Most Entertaining Documentary" at Doc'Miami, was invited as one of five Americans to ZagrebDox and was LA Weekly’s “Pick of the Week” when it screened as part of Jerry Fialka’s Documental Series. The film is partly responsible for adding “momrock” to the Urban Dictionary. MHR was also one of five films on the first slate of K-5 International’s short- lived label K-5 Independent at the Berlinale and Cannes. Praised by Gloria Steinem, it is receiving a Go-Go ReBoot for digital distribution.

Kate is a Los Angeles Emmy award winning documentarian as Cinematographer on Community of Caring, produced by the DGA Women’s Steering Committee and Santa MonicaTV for local and national non-profit organizations such as Habitat for Humanity.

Kate was an NEA recipient for an early digital public TV show called All About Madonna. She has given DIY workshops at Art Center, Pasadena and the LA Women’s Music Festival.

Billboard Magazine wrote about “community activist,” Kate Perotti when she produced a benefit music compilation, Schooloaf: Everything but the Crust Vol. 1, with original tracks by Flea, Ann Magnuson and eighteen local bands for Hilltop Nursery School in Silver Lake. It was voted one of the top ten albums of the year by Yeah Yeah magazine. As Executive Producer of track “Something to Brag About,” by Exene Cervenka and Stone Fox, it won Best Video at SXSW. The song was also second in Billboard’s New Song list, the video debuted and was featured on MTV News.

Kate has a BA cum laude in philosophy / art history / romance language and literature from Boston College. Kate attended Ecole Superiére des Beaux Arts in Paris, France for sculpture and later earned an MFA in Live Action/Experimental Film/Video from CalArts, where she produced their first ever digital graduate thesis project, Kardia Ton Cosmos which won acclaim at Taos Talking Pictures.

Ode was one of the first Pixelvision shorts made and was featured in PXL 10. In the nascence of digital video, Kate was a beta tester for Radius VideoVision and Apple digital video platforms. At Criterion Collection and its related Voyager Company, she collaborated with archivist Rick Prelinger on Call it Home: History of Suburbia amongst other classic film titles including the 50th Anniversary release of Citizen Kane. Kate was live action coordinator at Rhythm & Hues, LA and did special effects for SFX, NY. While living in Iceland, she received acclaim for a large multi media installation with local artists (and borrowed an amp from Bjork herself) for the national Digital Media Symposium.

In the late eighties, when the Living Theater returned to NYC after years of exile, Kate’s first job was both Stage Manager and Photographer. Legendary Judith Malina and Hannon Reznikov were company directors at the time. Their community-oriented philosophy continues to influence her work.

As entrepreneur, Kate created and sold original products and websites to finance her filmmaking. One product LoveHoney has its own Wikipedia page.

Kate is assembling a slate of films to seek financing at the 2015 Cannes Film Market including an untitled George Clinton project and another by longtime Indie darling Tom DICillo. Kate is honored to be working with critically acclaimed filmmakers Nina Menkes, Mike S. Ryan and Gus Van Sant on packaging both HEATSTROKE and MINOTAUR for international co-production and theatrical release. 

John Rhodes

Mentor for Screenwriters Program

John is an independent film producer and co-founder of ScreenCraft, one of Hollywood's most popular screenwriting talent discovery platforms.  John has experience on many sides of the entertainment industry. He worked for Open Road Films’ acquisition team, acquiring and releasing such films as ‘The Grey’ starring Liam Neeson and ‘End of Watch’ starring Jake Gyllenhaal.  He worked as a creative executive at Media Talent Group for clients including Angelina Jolie and Nicole Kidman.  John got his start in entertainment as a development assistant and story editor at OddLot Entertainment, helping to develop such films as Academy Award-nominee ‘Rabbit Hole,’ the Cannes award-winning ‘Drive,’ and the sci-fi epic ‘Ender’s Game.’ John graduated with a Master’s in Media Business Management from the Universidad de Navarra in Spain and a BA in English Literature from the University of Dallas in Texas.

Matthew Shreder

CEO of Concourse Media | New Visions Juror

Matthew Shreder is the co-founder and managing partner of worldwide film sales company Concourse Media and marketing and audience engagement firm The Industry & Co. Shreder began his career at The Walt Disney Company in their Buena Vista Productions division in New York City.  He then joined talent agency ICM Partners in their Motion Picture Literary department, where he supported such deals as No Country for Old Men, The Road, and Lee Daniel’s The Butler. Later, he worked for Preferred Content during its launch phase with a focus on domestic film sales and production finance. Prior to Launching Concourse Media and I&Co, Shreder worked for IM Global where he managed global film sales across their entire slate.

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