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.
Jeffrey Lyons, one of Hollywood’s best-known film critics and author of “The Stories My Father Told Me” has high praise for BIFF. He says, "The Bahamas International Film Festival is a shining light among a large field of film festivals; it has an astonishing intimacy about it. Young filmmakers, many of them talented Bahamians, get to rub shoulders with movie stars and established filmmakers; contacts they might otherwise not have. It is a celebration of international artistic achievement in one of the most beautiful places on earth, and a vital part of The Bahamas' standing as a creative Mecca for all."
Michael Graf: The BIFF Screenwriter's Residency Program is a game-changer. 5 aspiring writers, and 5 A-List Producers & Writers on an island with the sole focus of taking the screenwriter's work to the next level. Rarely do writers get to experience such an in-depth program. A must for any serious and aspiring screenwriter.
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.
BIFF offers Competitive Categories such as Best Screenplay, Spirit of Freedom (Narrative & Documentary), New Visions for first and second-time filmmakers, and Short Films.
Films must never have been screened anywhere in the Bahamas prior to the Festival
Films must be submitted via FilmFreeway online.
Films must have been completed after January 2023 to be eligible
Non- English-language films must be subtitled in English
Only online screenings will be accepted for preview.
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. 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. The delivery cost of the exhibition print will be borne by the applicant. BIFF will cover the 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
Response from festival:
Hi Nick Thank you so much for an amazing review. To anyone reviewing Sapelo, this is one of my favorite films, and can not recommend it enough. I LOVED IT and the audience did too. Thank you thank you. I can not wait to see more of your films and continue to see your career blossom to great heights
Response from festival:
Susan it truly takes an amazing writer like you to understand the vision of the program. We will continue to support you and writers that are a part of BIFF. Once again thank you so much for your generosity, talent and being one of the best mouth piece for the Writers Residency Program.