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HOPE TOWN, ABACO ISLAND HOPPING

Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF)

Goes Island Hopping to Hope Town, Abaco in The Bahamas
December 2 - 6, 2018



Hope Town, The Abacos, Bahamas, 21 August, 2018 Immediately following it's fifteenth annual festival scheduled for November 28 to December 6, 2018 the Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) will travel to a lovely island in the Abaco Islands for a continuation of this year's celebration. The Screenwriters Residency Program and the Best of the Fest aspect of the festival will take place in Hope Town.

 

During its visit to Hope Town a full program of films and festivities will be offered for the enjoyment of visiting filmmakers, guests and local residents. Hope Town, Abaco is the third of the Family Islands to be included as a part of the Bahamas International Film Festival’s annual event.
 
The schedule of events to be held December 2 – 6, in Hope Town includes:

  • Welcome Reception and a star studded film at Hope Town Harbour Lodge
  • Screenwriters Workshops, Panel discussions and Master Classes with visiting filmmakers
  • Evening movies at Hope Town Inn and Marina; Sea Spray Resort
  • Closing Night Film and Party 

BIFF provides international exposure to The Bahamas not only through film showcases but has hosted a broad number of celebrities who participate and engage with festivalgoers. Its list of renown celebrities include Johnny Depp, Grace Jones, Debra Messing, Nicholas Cage, Daryl Hannah, Laurence Fishburne, Sir Sean Connery, Danny Glover, Alan Arkin, Zoe Saldana, Michael K. Williams, Rae Dawn Chong, Heather Graham, Zoe Kravitz, Sydney T. Poitier, Roger Corman and more.

 
“We are proud to partner with Hope Town Harbour Lodge; Hope Town Inn & Marina; Sea Spray Resort, Hope Town Coffee House and Abaco Buzz. BIFF invites all filmmakers and movie buffs, visitors and residents to join in the fun-filled five days of the scheduled events coming to Hope Town, Abaco December 2 - 6, 2018. About the Screenwriters Residency Program,” said Leslie Vanderpool, festival founder and executive director.

Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) aims to connect emerging writers with industry professionals in an intimate setting in Hope Town, a picturesque Bahamian town in the Abaco Islands allowing writers to receive first-hand knowledge as well as establish lasting relationships with field experts.

BIFF OFFERS ALL FILMMAKERS RECOGNITION, PRIZES AND OPPORTUNITY.


The Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) will offer four fortunate pre-selected applicants the valuable opportunity of attending a complimentary intense mentorship this December 2-6, 2018.

Celebrating its fifteenth anniversary this year, the internationally established festival will continue its outreach to filmmakers and screenwriters who aspire to make a career in cinema. The mentoring facet of the festival will take place in picturesque Hope Town, in the Abacos.

Additional Sponsors of the program is Aliv and University Of Georgia. A cash prize will be awarded to the winners of the best feature and TV script. This has been generously contributed by Jib Polhemus of Source |Management & Production. Entrance There will be a nominal participation fee of $110.00 and the deadline for entering is September 30. Submit to www.withoutabox.com

 

Two writers will be selected for features and two for TV scripts.

Up to 10 participants will be selected for tuition (five TV and five feature). Tuition $1500 (flight not included) Mentors:

  • Suzanne Warren|Producer (Last King of Scotland, Hacksaw Ridge)
  • Dan Guando | Partner – Bloom
  • Alessandro Camon |Writer (The Messenger) 
  • Kurt Wimmer |Writer-Director (Total Recall, Salt, Law Abiding Citizen)
  • Susan Batten|Writer-Producer-Actor (Showing Roots, Love Once and Always)
  • Jib Polhemus |Producer-Manager (Tomb Raider, The Mechanic, Expendables 2)
  • Nate Kohn |Producer-Writer (Bayou Maharajah, Rain, Zulu Dawn)

After the announcement of four winners in September, BIFF will accept applications for ten additional screenwriters to join us for the full price of tuition: $1,500. A non-refundable deposit of $500 will be required to reserve a spot, for selected participants.


December 2 - 6, 2018

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Filmmaker & Sponsors Welcome Reception

Hope Town Harbour Lodge, Hope Town, Abaco

6:30pm  - 7:30pm

 

OPENING NIGHT FILM
Hope Town Harbour Lodge, Hope Town, Abaco

THE LIGHTKEEPER (16 mins) SPRINTER (112 mins)

7:30pm

 

Monday, December 3, 2018

 

Screenwriters Residency Mentorship Program 10am to 3pm

CAMPESINO (90 mins)

Hope Town Harbour Lodge
3:00pm

Student Film Workshop Showcase (30 mins) & SADIE (96 mins)

Hope Town Harbour Lodge
5:30pm

 

CAROUSEL (29 mins) STRAY (104 mins)
Hope Town Harbour Lodge, Hope Town, Abaco

7:30pm

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Screenwriters Residency Mentorship Program 10am to 3pm

 

Master Class Open To Public
“Development, Production & International Sales” presented by Dan Guando, Bloom
Hope Town Inn & Marina, Hope Town, Abaco

4:00pm – 5:00pm

Filmmaker Happy Hour & BBQ
Hope Town Inn & Marina, Hope Town, Abaco
5:30pm – 6:30pm

 

TOCSIN (11 mins) JAMAICA MAN (65 mins)

Hope Town Inn & Marina, Hope Town, Abaco

6:00pm

OVUM (20 mins) ISABELLE (80 mins)
Hope Town Inn & Marina, Hope Town, Abaco

8:00pm

 

Tuesday Night Karaoke
Hope Town Harbour Lodge, Hope Town, Abaco
10:00pm until

December 2 - 6, 2018

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Hope Town Coffee House Roast Cocktail Hour (Invite Only)

10:00am – 11:00am


“Your Pitch Workshop”  - Open To Public
Screenwriters & more (open to all who have an idea) Pitch your story to all industry professions at Hope Town BIFF
Hope Town Coffee House, Hope Town, Abaco

11:00am – 1:00pm


Screenwriters Residency Mentorship Program

Sea Spray Resort, Hope Town, Abaco

1:00pm to 3:00pm

LADDIE (83 mins) with Q&A

Sea Spray Resort, Hope Town, Abaco

3:30pm

Filmmaker Happy Hour & BBQ
Sea Spray Resort, Hope Town, Abaco
5:30pm – 6:30pm

THE DELIVERER (14 mins)

LALO’S HOUSE (25 mins)

WE FORGOT TO BREAK UP (16 mins)

WEEKEND TIDE (25 mins)

EXCUSE ME I AM LOOKING FOR THE PING PONG ROOM AND MY GIRL FRIEND (24 mins)

Sea Spray Resort, Hope Town, Abaco

6:30pm

COSPLAY UNIVERSE (84 mins)
Dress up as your favorite Comic character if you dare!

Sea Spray Resort, Hope Town, Abaco

8:00pm

 

Junkanoo Rush & After Party - Sea Spray Resort

 


Thursday, December 6, 2018

 

"Recognition and Distribution" Panel Discussion - Open To Public
10:00am – 12:00pm


Screenwriters Residency Mentorship Program 1:00pm to 3:00pm


TWO BALLONS (10 mins) BETHANY HAMILTON: UNSTOPPABLE (90 mins)

Hope Town Harbour Lodge
3:00pm

 

KODIAK QUEEN (17 mins) SHARKWATER EXTINCTION (87 mins)
Hope Town Harbour Lodge
5:00pm


 

SURPRISE CLOSING NIGHT FILM & AFTER PARTY

Hope Town Harbour Lodge
8:00pm

Times and films subject to change please review the website for updates website www.bintlfilmfest.com  


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