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Writers Residency Program

Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) Screenwriters’ Residency Program

Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) connects emerging TV & Film writers with the best industry professionals in an intimate setting in Nassau, Bahamas, December 9 to December 11. Writers will receive first hand knowledge and build lasting relationships with field experts at the intense Writers Residency Program.

Three (3) writers will be selected for features film scripts and Three (3) for TV scripts. A total of Six (6) fortunate applicants will be extended the invitation to attend the mentorship in Nassau. Following the announcement of Six (6) selected writers in October; BIFF will open the residency to other writers to participate. Four (4) applications will be invited to pay to participate, Cost: $1,500 Tuition



  • Cash Prize award.
  • Retreat at Borgo Ferri, Italy (, which includes the Art House in Baronial Palace Ferri-Lenarciak during the month June 2020 for one person. Organized visits will be arranged to Magna Grecia (Antique Great Greece) region, which today is located in Calabria, Basilicata, Puglia and Sicily. Magna Grecia is the most original land where story writing began with Homer's Iliad and Odyssey. Formal introductions will be made to editors, producers, famous writers, philosophers and to both festival organizers from Magna Grecia and Taormina Film Festival. (Travel not included) 


2019 Mentors

Previous residency advisors and mentors included:

Roger Corman | Producer (Death Race 2000,Scream 3, The Fantastic Four)
Suzanne Warren | Producer (Last King of Scotland, Hacksaw Ridge)
Susan Batten | Writer-Producer-Actor (Showing Roots, Love Once and Always)
Alessandro Camon | Writer (The Messenger)
Scott Budnick | Producer (The Hangover)
Sean Covel | Film Producer (NapoleonDynamite, Beneath, Cafe)
Jib Polhemus | Producer-Manager (Tomb Raider, The Mechanic, Expendables 2)
Vince Gerardis | Producer (HBO Games Of Thrones)
Nate Kohn: Professor (The University of Georgia), Associate Director (The George Foster Peabody Awards)


“BIFF Nurtures not only the creative process but the human spirit. The Mentors invest in each writer with their time, energy and focus. It’s a daring thing that people do called writing. The mentors understand and welcome that with a generosity toward every writer. They spark a supportive dialogue that can help the story sing.” Susan Batten

" Since the launch of the BIFF Screenwriters Residency Program in 2005, it is an important component to BIFF and the flourishing filmmaking industry around the world. BIFF has invited leading industry professors such as Ted Hope, Roger Corman and Malcolm Lee to provide guidance to over 90 screenwriters from around the globe. We are proud to have a forum to nurture the next generation of scriptwriters,” said Leslie Vanderpool, Founder & Executive Director (BIFF).


"At the Bahamas Screenwriting Residency, the writers are the VIPs. Five days of sun and sand in an intimate, welcoming environment, hanging out with industry insiders dedicated to improving your script and advancing your career. It's one of the best things I've ever done as a writer." Winner of 2018 Screenwriters Residency Program, Mr. Kerry Douglas Dye

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