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Screenwriters Residency Program

Deadline for Screenwriting Residency Program August 25, 2016

Submission Fee - $80.00 

Submit Payment

Submit Script 

Screenplay submission has been extended until September 15th

Don’t miss an incredible opportunity in Harbour Island, Bahamas December 5 – 8


Back by popular demand!  The Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) is proud to announce the return of its popular Screenwriters Residency Program with University Of Georgia and Jib Polhemus of Source Management and Production.


The Screenwriters Residency Program provides screenplay writers from around the world the opportunity to receive invaluable mentoring from industry professionals and compete for a cash prize presented to the first, second and third place winners sponsored by Jib Polhemus of Source Management and Production.


Our impressive lineup of industry Mentors will provide a creative residency for the 2016 participants. We are honored to have an esteemed group Mentors presiding over this year’s Screenwriters’ Residency Industry, which includes:


Kurt Wimmer: Total Recall, Point Break, Equilibrium, Salt, Law Abiding Citizen

Jib Polhemus: The Expendables 2, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, The Mechanic, Wild Card

Christine Swanson: Award Winning filmmaker: For The Love Of Ruth; To Hell and Back

Nate Kohn: professor at University of Georgia; Associate Director of George Foster Peabody Awards, Academy Award nominated Producer Zulu Dawn, Somebodies, Rain, Bottleworld

More names to follow Mentors to follow


There will be 4 Screenwriters selected to attend and an additional 4 spots will be available for screenwriters to submit their scripts to pay and participate.


The 2016 BIFF Screenwriters’ Residency Program seeks to nurture new filmmakers and screenwriters by providing them with four full days with accomplished professionals who make a living working in the industry. Screenwriters and Mentors will come together with one-on-one meetings throughout the four days. In addition to the Residency there will be Roundtables and Workshops for participants and festival guests to learn from an impressive cross-section of experts.


BIFF Founder and Executive Director Leslie Vanderpool said, “The Screenwriters Residency Program is an intimate environment to host one of my favorite programs, screenwriters are nurtured in one of the most beautiful backdrops in the world in Harbour Island.”


Bahamas International Film Festival, University Of Georgia and Jib Polhemus Source Management and Productions presents the 2016 Screenwriters’ Residency Program December 5 – 8 in Harbour Island, Bahamas


BIFF 2016 begins, December 5– 8 in Harbour Island and in Nassau December 8 – 11

More details and submission requirements can be found at www.bintlfilmfest.com

For additional information please visit www.bintlfilmfest.com.

Film Submissions Now CLOSED

Many thanks for your submissions to the Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF).   We know that you have a choice to apply to over 6,000 film festivals around the world and we appreciate your interest.   Good luck to the filmmakers

BIFF Film Programmers

Leslie Vanderpool, Founder & Co-Executive Director

Francis Litzinger

Donovan Lynch

Hope Nevins


  • Films must be submitted via FilmFreeway's online or Withoutabox screener method only. Please DO NOT mail DVDs. 
  • Films must have been completed after January 2014 to be eligible
  • Films must never have been screened anywhere in the Bahamas prior to the Festival
  • Non- English-language films must be subtitled in English
  • Only online screenings will be accepted for preview.  DO NOT send master tapes for preview screenings.
  • All Submissions will be added to the BIFF archives and made available to buyers and distributors upon request.
  • Films Submitted will not receive screening fees for showcasing films
  • Films selected will be placed in the appropriate category by BIFF
  • All submissions must be received by MAY, 2016.  
  • Participants will be notified via email of the selection results approximately six weeks before the Festival. 
  • Shipping instructions for films selected for the Festival should be included.
  • Exhibition prints/tapes must arrive at the Festival by OCTOBER, 2016
  • The festival accepts limited responsibility for technical damage to prints or tapes and for loss or theft for the period of time that the prints are in the Festival’s possession, up to a maximum of $100.
  • Delivery cost of the exhibition print will be borne by the applicant. 
  • BIFF will cover return or forward cost of the exhibition print but not any additional charges, which may be incurred at the consignee’s end.
  • Programmed works may be excerpted (up to 2 minutes) for television and other promotional purposes

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