7th Edition of BIFF - 2023
BIFF has a focus to cater to a broad and diverse audience. We celebrate resilience and our capacity to overcome adversity.
Seeking narrative, documentary and short films
Our festival DNA: We hold space for the pressing issues of our time: sociocultural and environmental issues by listening to the most affected ones, and building community, inclusivity and regeneration
Subaltern narratives from the cinematic and artistic peripheries brought to the physical and cultural landscape of Barbados. Through stories on a micro level, we question the global currents of our time.
Themes of particular interest this year: The human condition. Street art. Environment. Regeneration
Filmmakers will compete for a series of jury, festival Honours and audience Awards. Each night films are paired with events like our cine-cuisine night, a very special night which brings together farmers, chefs and film.
The Walled Garden-Barbados Film Festival Trust (WGBFFT) was formed in tandem with the Walled Garden Theatre Trust –whose mission is to support the conservation and restoration of the Barbados Museum and Garrison District (UNESCO world heritage sites) and invigorate them through the arts.
Best Feature Film
Best Documentary Film
Best Short Film (films of up to 50 mins)
Carmichael Award for Exceptional Storytelling- $5000.00 award for stories of any length in line with this year’s theme of the human condition.
McNeel Impact Award – $5000.00 award for films of any length on environmental regeneration.
BIFF + Parachute Film Studios collaboration grant for Barbadian filmmakers to a value $10,000.00 award (applicants must be age 18+ and resident of Barbados) for short films 10 minutes and under.
** all films that meet the thematic criteria for the McNeel and Carmichael awards will be considered by our selection committee**
All films must comply with the Submissions Guidelines including deadlines, exhibition format, entry material, etc. NO LATE SUBMISSIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Final deadline for 2023 Festival submissions is January 15, 2023. Films should be no more than one year old and have a release date of November 2021.
Your film will be viewed, in its entirety, by our selection committee. We therefore suggest that you submit your film as early as possible. Films submitted must be available in English or in the original language with English subtitles.
Entrants are responsible for obtaining any necessary licenses, royalties, release forms, clearances, permits which are necessary to present their work. Neither the Walled Garden Barbados Film Festival Trust nor any of BIFF's venues are responsible for any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, or royalty infringement related to the work.
Notification will be emailed on February 1, 2023. All correspondence will be conducted through EMAIL ONLY to the original submitter.
The Barbados Independent Film Festival accepts entries via FilmFreeway.com, an online submissions platform.