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Screenwriters Residency Program

Deadline for Screenwriting Residency Program August 9, 2016

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Submission Fee - $80.00

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BIFF aims to connect auspicious writers with industry professionals in an intimate setting, allowing writers to receive first hand knowledge as well as establish lasting relationships with field experts. Four (4) fortunate applicants will be extended the incredible opportunity of attending a complimentary mentorship in The Bahamas this December 5- 8, 2016 in Harbour Island. 


BIFF has acquired a highly esteemed partner: The Department of Entertainment and Media Studies at the University of Georgia. Ranked as having one of the top mass communication schools in the United States, the University of Georgia has produced very successful alumni, including Ryan Seacrest (television personality and producer) and Kyle Chandler (television and film actor). The university’s Dr. Nathaniel Kohn will be working with BIFF’s selected screenwriters during the 2016 Residency Program.


Dr. Nathaniel Kohn is professor at the University of Georgia and Associate Director of the George Foster Peabody Awards, the most prestigious award in electronic media.  He directs the University of Georgia Cannes Festival Study Abroad Program and co-directs the University of Georgia Cannes Lions Advertising Festival Study Abroad Program.  And he is the director of Roger Ebert’s Film Festival.


Dr. Nathaniel Kohn is professor at the University of Georgia and Associate Director of the George Foster Peabody Awards, the most prestigious award in electronic media.  He directs the University of Georgia Cannes Festival Study Abroad Program and co-directs the University of Georgia Cannes Lions Advertising Festival Study Abroad Program.  And he is the director of Roger Ebert’s Film Festival.

Dr. Nathaniel Kohn is professor at the University of Georgia and Associate Director of the George Foster Peabody Awards, the most prestigious award in electronic media.  He directs the University of Georgia Cannes Festival Study Abroad Program and co-directs the University of Georgia Cannes Lions Advertising Festival Study Abroad Program.  And he is the director of Roger Ebert’s Film Festival.


“I have been working with BIFF since the festival’s beginning,” said Dr, Kohn.  “It’s a vibrant festival with a strong educational mission – and that includes mentoring some exceptional screenwriters.”

“Education is one of the most important things to us here at BIFF. Being a part of teaching and mentoring writers who could end up being the next Quentin Tarantino is a rewarding experience, and a large part of the reason that we at BIFF do what we do.” said Tatiana Donaldson, Co-Executive Director (BIFF).

"The Screenwriters Residency Program is not only an important component to BIFF but to the Caribbean and its flourishing filmmaking industry. Since its launch in 2005, BIFF has invited leading industry professors such as Ted Hope, Ben Barenholtz and Malcolm Lee to provide guidance to over 80 screenwriters from around the globe. We are proud to have a forum to nurture the next generation of screenwriters." said Leslie Vanderpool, Founder &Co-Executive Director (BIFF).  



Film Submissions Now CLOSED

Many thanks for your submissions to the Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF).   We know that you have a choice to apply to over 6,000 film festivals around the world and we appreciate your interest.   Good luck to the filmmakers

BIFF Film Programmers

Leslie Vanderpool, Founder & Co-Executive Director

Francis Litzinger

Donovan Lynch

Hope Nevins


ELIGIBILITY FOR FILM ENTRIES 

  • Films must be submitted via FilmFreeway's online or Withoutabox screener method only. Please DO NOT mail DVDs. 
  • Films must have been completed after January 2014 to be eligible
  • Films must never have been screened anywhere in the Bahamas prior to the Festival
  • Non- English-language films must be subtitled in English
  • Only online screenings will be accepted for preview.  DO NOT send master tapes for preview screenings.
  • All Submissions will be added to the BIFF archives and made available to buyers and distributors upon request.
  • Films Submitted will not receive screening fees for showcasing films
  • Films selected will be placed in the appropriate category by BIFF
  • All submissions must be received by MAY, 2016.  
  • Participants will be notified via email of the selection results approximately six weeks before the Festival. 
  • Shipping instructions for films selected for the Festival should be included.
  • Exhibition prints/tapes must arrive at the Festival by OCTOBER, 2016
  • The festival accepts limited responsibility for technical damage to prints or tapes and for loss or theft for the period of time that the prints are in the Festival’s possession, up to a maximum of $100.
  • Delivery cost of the exhibition print will be borne by the applicant. 
  • BIFF will cover return or forward cost of the exhibition print but not any additional charges, which may be incurred at the consignee’s end.
  • Programmed works may be excerpted (up to 2 minutes) for television and other promotional purposes

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