Competition Categories:


BIFF has held Spirit of Freedom as one of its themed categories since it's a 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.   


A short film is 31 minutes or less and often the only place where young filmmakers have the chance to explore storytelling through cinema. Film Festivals are one of the few venues where multiple short films can experience. 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

Screenwriters will be mentored by industry professionals and judged for a Grand Jury Cash Prize


Valeria Blanca

Actress | Short Film

Valeria Blanc is an argentinean actress who currently lives in Mexico City. In cinema she played the lead in the short films “The medal” winner of many international film festivals, including FICG 2020, “In the clouds” winner of more tan 35 international film festivals and other awards, among other shorts and she played the lead in the feature film “Camino de Campaña.

Bruno Chatelin

Film Consultant | New Visions

Bruno Chatelin, HEC french Business School alumni, began his marketing career with the largest international Advertising Agencies: Publicis, DMM Masius and JWT then became a distributor running majors in France (Sony, then 20thCentury Fox which he merged with UGC a french major) He has launched over 200 films and has worked closely with the most amazing A list creative talents.


In the late 90’s he became an online pioneer co founding in 2000:  portal and social network for the film fest circuit, partner of the key festivals and leading film markets. Running a database of  200 000 film professional subscribers.

He also runs a boutique marketing consultancy Major Buz Factory. He serves as Festival Agent, curating a line up of BEST FOR FESTS which he helps with marketing guidance navigating the festival circuit.

Bruno is a voting member of Cesar, European Film Awards, he regularly serves as jury to many festivals and also sits on the advisory board of a few festivals around the world. Reputed festival expert he relentlessly travel the circuit.


Luke Flynn

Actor, Director | Spirit Of Freedom Narr.& Doc

After completing his first feature film (In Like Flynn) based on the life of his grandfather Hollywood swashbuckler Errol Flynn as a screenplay writer and executive producer. Luke is now in preproduction with 2 films slated to shoot in his home island of Jamaica. One of the projects he is working on with his wife Sky Nicole Grey who is an actress in films (Better Mus Come, Restless City and Cargo). A formal announcement to be made regarding the films in preproduction coming later this year. Luke also acted in several films (The Brook Ellison Story, Window Theory, Loaded) before realizing his true passion was for working behind the camera writing and producing. “I’ve always loved film and would like to direct one day, growing up I would watch both my Grandfather and Grandmothers films (Errol Flynn and Patrice Wymore) it’s by far my favorite form of storytelling, the culture and history here in Jamaica is so rich and there is endless material, as well as great talent within the small industry here”. Before Luke started acting in LA he was an international Model working with the likes of Armani, Versace, Tommy Hillfiger, Nautica and many others he still works as a model most recently with Polo Ralph Lauren with his 5 year old daughter Zyah. Luke now lives with his wife and two daughters between NYC and Jamaica.

Kim Magnusson

Producer | Spirit Of Freedom Narr.& Doc

In 1995, Kim Magnusson founded M&M Productions with his father, Tivi Magnusson. He was later headhunted to manage Nordisk Film's film department as CEO from 2003-2009. In the years from 1995-2014, he has produced, or been executive producer, on over 100 films, including Adam's Apples, Headhunter, Terkel in Trouble, Two Worlds, R, PUSHER II, and PUSHER III. Kim has been nominated for an Oscar® in the “Live Action Short Film” category 6 times and has won the coveted award twice; in 1999 for ELECTION EVENING and in 2014 for HELIUM. Kim Magnusson has been chairman of the producers' association for 9 years, as well as chairman of the Danish Film Academy - a position he has held since 1999. Kim is a voting member of AMPAS® and both the Danish and European Film Academy. Kim has launched "Dansk Film Kompagni" to develop and produce high-quality, commercially driven films. Kim divides his time between Copenhagen and LA, where he has several projects in development, including LAST WITNESS by 20th Century Fox. His latest project is Anders Walter's first feature film I KILL GIANTS, which is produced with 1492, XYZ, and Umedia.

Juan McCartney

Radio Host | Short Film

The Revolution with Guardian Broadcast News Editor Juan McCartney discusses the current state of affairs of the country, inclusive of but not limited to the “state” of our educational and criminal justice systems, immigration, tourism, labor and other relevant sectors. We also have meaningful discussions on the “state” of our families, churches, businesses, and our society at large. This engaging and informative platform seeks to enlighten the audience about national and political issues but also seeks to provide ideas for sustainable solutions.

Jib Polhemus

Producer | New Visions

Jib Polhemus started his career in the contemporary art business working from New York and Los Angeles. He then transitioned into the entertainment business where he has worked since the 90's. In 2015 Jib founded the literary management company, Source Management + Production where he represents cutting-edge screenwriters and directors.

In addition, Jib is President of Simon West Productions where he produces Film and TV with British director,  Simon West  ( Con Air  (1997),  Lara Croft: Tomb Raider  (2001),  The Expendables 2  (2012)). As President of Simon West Productions, Jib has developed and sold numerous high profile projects to Warner Brothers, Universal, Fox, Paramount, Sony and others including  Black Hawk Down  (2001) directed by  Ridley Scott .

In 2020 Jib's producing credits include  The Last Son , The Blacklist script by  Greg Johnson  starring  Sam Worthington  ( Avatar  (2009))  Machine Gun Kelly  and  Heather Graham  and  Zone 414  (2021) directed by  Andrew Baird  and starring  Guy Pearce Travis Fimmel  and  Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz  for Saban, Highland and Universal.

Other notable projects Jib has Produced include  The Legend Hunters  (2020) for Wanda Studios. In 2018 he Produced  Skyfire  (2019) for Meridian and BaseMedia. In 2017, he Produced  Gun Shy  (2017) starring  Antonio Banderas  and  Olga Kurylenko  and Executive Produced  Stratton  (2017) starring  Dominic Cooper  and  Connie Nielsen . He has Executive Produced  Wild Card  (2015) starring  Jason Statham  and  Stanley Tucci  for Lionsgate. He Co-Produced blockbuster  The Expendables 2  (2012), starring  Sylvester Stallone Arnold Schwarzenegger Bruce Willis , and Executive Produced  Stolen  (2012) starring  Nicolas Cage . In 2011, Jib co-produced  The Mechanic  (2011), starring  Jason Statham  and  Ben Foster , and also Associate Produced Paramount's mega-blockbuster  Lara Croft: Tomb Raider  (2001), starring  Angelina Jolie .

In television, Jib has developed and sold shows to most of the top networks including CBS, NBC, FOX, ABC, FX, TNT, WB, e1, Lionsgate, and Fox 21.

In his free time, Jib Polhemus is on the advisory board of The Bahamas International Film Festival and judges UCLA's Masters Screenplay Writing Program. He resides in Los Angeles, CA.

Tarek Shoukri

Sales Agent | Short Film

Tarek handles festival and non-theatrical relationships for Visit Films and Monument Releasing, working with hundreds of venues annually on titles that have won top prizes at major festivals including Sundance, Berlin, and Locarno. He first developed his passion for film in college, heading the Ivy Film Festival, the world's largest student film festival, and founding the Brown University Film Forum, a weekly screening series. Since moving to New York, Tarek has worked at the Tribeca Film Festival and Indiewire, and recently served as a programmer for the inaugural edition of TIDE Film Festival, celebrating the work of filmmakers of color.

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