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Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) is a unique and intimate Film Festival taking in the Bahamas.

Prospective submitters can be comfortable in submitting their films to the Festival, as it employs a fair and non-biased system of adjudication. Jurors are selected among the most professional in the international film industry as they bring a wealth of knowledge and experience. Additionally, it is an excellent opportunity for networking with some of the greatest minds in the industry.

BIFF presents world premieres and all films shown at BIFF are Bahamian premieres. There are four competition categories; Spirit of Freedom: Narrative & Documentary; New Visions; and Short Film. Special sections include World Cinema as well as Gala Screenings.

BIFF offers much to the filmmaker by way of networking in a relaxed, island atmosphere while simultaneously providing all the amenities of an excellent festival. Movies are screened multiple times in several islands throughout The Bahamas such as Nassau and Eleuthera, giving the filmmaker excellent exposure and hospitality, each filmmaker being treated with personal and professional service.

Other events throughout the week include Opening Night Gala and Closing Night Gala, tribute ceremonies to Filmmaker Awards, Panel discussions, Master Classes and Screenwriters Program. The educational programs discuss topics such as Filmmaking in the Caribbean, How to Find Representation, Film Financing and The Art of Collaboration. BIFF offers an exciting Youth Film Workshop, visiting schools throughout The Bahamas to teach the knowledge and provide the tools necessary to make a film.

The Bahamas International Film Festival is a non – profit organization dedicated to providing the local community and International visitors with 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 will provide a unique cultural experience, educational programs, and forums for exploring the future of cinema.

Awards & Prizes

BIFF offers Competitive Categories such as Spirit of Freedom (Narrative & Documentary), New Visions for first and second time filmmakers and Short Films. You will meet filmmakers, industry professionals and the enthusiastic Bahamian audience. Access to films, events and programs throughout the film festival is very accessible and provides settings that are very intimate for networking.

Filmmakers are the celebrities at BIFF. Films in competition are treated to a grand time where lodging or transportation are provided. They are able to enjoy various places of interest, as the Festival showcases several locations around Hope Town, Abaco and New Providence for its many activities. Opportunities to connect with various celebrities and industry professionals abound through arranged Filmmaker Retreats, panel discussions, a Filmmaker lounge, which offers a comfortable meeting area, happy hours throughout the week and special screenings. Gala events too are planned with the filmmaker in mind.

At present, BIFF has several gala events that include:

1. Opening Night Gala and Film 
2. Closing Night Gala and Film 
3. BIFF Awards Ceremony

Additional Prizes:
Cash Prize presented by Source Management Production
InkTip: Where producers go for scripts and writers.
Winners of the Writers Residency Program will receive an InkTip Script Listing to promote themselves and their scripts to InkTip’s entire network of producers, managers, and agents.

Companies who are InkTip members include: ABC, Anonymous Content, APA, CBS Films, HBO Films, ICM, Paradigm, Paramount Pictures, Hallmark Channel, FX, Universal, WME, Echo Lake, Zero Gravity, Bad Robot, 20th Century Fox, and many more.

Producers have made more than 375 films from scripts and writers found through InkTip.

Rules & Terms

Films must be submitted via Withoutabox or FilmFreeway's online screener method only. Please DO NOT mail DVDs. 
Films must have been completed after January 2017 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 
Participants who are selected will be notified via email of the selection results approximately six weeks before the Festival. Shipping instructions for films selected for the Festival will be included. 
Exhibition prints/tapes must arrive at the Festival by October 20, 2019
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 forwarding 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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