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BIFF & Over The Hill Development Partnership Initative


Bahamas International Film Festival Brings Youthful Energy to Over-the-Hill Community Development Partnership Initiative .

Over the 15 years of its existence, the Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF), has served as a doorway to careers in the film industry for Bahamians, while earning a place for The Bahamas on the industry’s calendar of events.

During the past year, with the sponsorship support of telecommunications company Aliv, URCA, Sandyport Beach Resort and AETOS Holdings. BIFF has reached further in its outreach to young Bahamians by conducting film development workshops in four schools on New Providence: Columbus Primary, A.F. Adderley, R.M.Bailey and D.W. Davis. The project also embraced the Senior Citizens Charity, the Bahamas Correctional Facility and a Private Film Workshop inviting the community.

Now, in the second phase of its Youth And Film project, BIFF is putting its support behind the Over-the-Hill Community Development Partnership Initiative and, with the sponsors support, responding to young Bahamians’ extensive interest in social media.

“For 15 years, we have worked with over 1000 young Bahamians of varying ages to develop an interest in film making and to impart the skills involved,” says Leslie Vanderpool, BIFF’s founder and executive director.

“This year students were directed in the technical skills, but given a free hand in writing the scripts, directing and shooting the films that were produced. We now have six wonderful short films that demonstrate the extent to which their imaginations were fired by the experience.

“When the Prime Minister announced the Over-the-Hill Community Development Partnership Initiative, we recognised the opportunity to direct the second phase of our Youth And Film project in an even more socially relevant way.,” she explained.

“We approached the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) and received a very positive response. The result being that the second phase of Youth And Film will focus on Over-The-Hill along thematic lines of: The Environment, Social Development and Tourism,” said Ms. Vanderpool.

The films produced in the second phase of the Youth And Film project will be premiered during the Bahamas International Film Festival, November 28 to December 6. They will then be given wide distribution through cable television and social media.

“We see this as a way to embrace the youth’s energy and direct their energies in a positive, socially constructive way, while opening their minds to new, non-traditional career opportunities,” said Vanderpool.

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