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.  

NEW VISIONS 

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.  

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.

 


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 

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.

 

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)

 

 

Kate Perotti

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

Director/Producer/Writer/Cinematographer/Photographer/Editor/Idealist,
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.


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.

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. 

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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