Competition Categories:

Spirit of Freedom: Narrative & documentary

BIFF has held Spirit of Freedom as one of its themed categories since it's very first festival.  Each film in this program explores the potential of the human spirit and how freedom affects - or is absent from - our lives.  


Our New Visions competition is a showcase for emerging artists, providing festival audiences with the opportunity to discover the next generation of visionary filmmakers. A Grand Jury Prize will be presented to the New Vision film category.  

Short Films

A short film is 31 minutes or less and often the only place where young filmmakers have the chance to explore story telling through cinema. Film Festivals are one of the few venues where multiple short films can experienced. BIFF is pleased to present one of the most interesting and diverse lineups of short films. A Grand Jury Prize will be presented to the Short film category.

Screenwriters Residency Program

The Bahamas International Film Festival will collaborate with Buffalo 8 and ScreenCraft, in presenting the Screenwriters Residency Program, December 1 – 4 in Harbour Island, Bahamas. The program will select 4 winning screenwriters for an all-expenses paid trip to The Bahamas in December.  Four (4) days of screenplay development, mentorship and networking with some of Hollywood’s top professionals, set against the backdrop of The Bahamas’ breathtaking natural beauty and rich culture. 


Taylor Benzie

Literary Manager Kaplan/Perrone | Mentor for Screenwriters Program

Sean Covel

Producer (Napolean Dynamite, Beneath, Cafe) | Mentor for Screenwriters Program

Cameron Cubbison

Co Founder Screencraft, Development Executive | Mentor for Screenwriters Program

Vince Gerardis

Producer (HBO Games Of Thrones) | Mentor for Screenwriters Program

Dan Guando

Executive Vice President Weinstein, Acquisitions, Distribution & Development | Mentor for Screenwriters Program

Matthew Helderman

co-CEO Buffalo 8 Productions and Bondit | Mentor for Screenwriters Program

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