BIFF Staff

BIFF Staff

Leslie Vanderpool, // Founder & Executive Director
Tatiana Donaldson // Co-Executive Director
Simone Cambridge // Intern
Samia McClain // Intern
Crystal Bleasdell // Volunteer Coordinator
Dennis Dembia // Rogers & Cowan BIFF Publicity
Donavan Lynch - Screening Committee
Francis Litzinger - Screening Committee
Hope Nevis - Screening Committee


BIFF Board Members

Leslie Vanderpool, // Founder & Co-Executive Director
Tatiana Donaldson // Co-Executive Director
Colin Lightbourn, // Co-Chairman of The Board
Monika Badillo Mortimer // Treasurer
Tatiana Donaldson
Adrian Flambard
Meyucah Knowles, Secretary, Legal Assistant Alexiou, Knowles & Company
Ron Springle, Accountant, Ex Officio



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Mission & History

The Bahamas International Film Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing the local Bahamian 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 and set of educational programs and forums for exploring the past, present and future of cinema.   

The Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) was launched in 2004 with its mission as a non-profit organization dedicated to create a cine-literate arts community, bridging cultures, gaining knowledge, and attracting a targeted tourism sector through the film industry. Each successive year, BIFF grows significantly, with public relations dollar value over $20 million, according to the renowned publicity firm Rogers and Cowan. BIFF has attracted A-List celebrities such as Johnny Depp, Nicolas Cage, , Laurence Fishburne, Chaz Ebert, Debra Messing, Danny Glover, Heather Graham, Alan Arkin, Sir Sean Connery, Roger Corman, Daryl Hannah, Sophie Okonedo, Anna Faris, Naomie Harris, Zoe Kravitz, Lenny Kravitz, Sydney Tamiia Poitier, Roger Guenveur Smith, Lee Daniels and many more

BIFF has showcased more than 800 films from countries around the world exposing The Bahamas to an international audience of filmmakers. In June 18, 2012, U.S. Secretary Hillary Clinton delivered a video message addressing the example of Nassau, Bahamas civil society joining together with the US Embassy to advocate and break barriers to raise awareness by showcasing films that combat discrimination. US Secretary Hillary Clinton Speech  

Additionally, BIFF has succeeded in promoting The Bahamas as a tourist destination and potential cinema production venue through its annual events. Prestigious publications featuring the Festival include The Hollywood News Reporter, Variety Magazine, Hollywood Report and Moving Pictures Magazine, Premier Magazine, all published in Los Angeles. Publications that featured the Festival are: New York Times, Financial Times, Travel & Leisure, Screen International, Entertainment Tonight, Hello Magazine and London Times.

A quote from one of Hollywood's Best known Film Critic & Author of "The Stories My Father Told Me". Jeffrey Lyons . "The Bahamas International Film Festival is a shining light among a large field of film festivals. I know. I've been attending festivals in Cannes, New York, in Breckenridge,Colorado, and elsewhere. I hosted the Breckenridge festival for 28 years. Bahamas 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 also brings the world to the Bahamas. It helps put Bahamas on the map among international film festivals; movie stars, directors, writers and other filmmakers have come to the festival and have spread the word. Just ask Sir Sean Connery, Johnny Depp, Nicolas Cage, Laurence Fishburne and other stars who've been honored or attended. 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."

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