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Writers Retreat 2019



Writers Residency  Call for Entries

Deadline October 7

Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) connects emerging TV & Film writers with the best industry professionals. Writers receive first hand knowledge and build lasting relationships with field experts.

The program consists of 4 days of intense workshops. Three (3) writers will be selected for features film scripts and Three (3) for TV scripts. Six (6) fortunate applicants will be extended the invitation to attend the mentorship in Nassau, Bahamas and eligible for a Cash Prize to be awarded to both the 1st Place winners of the film and TV scripts.

Screenplay Submission Fees 
Regular Deadline April 4 / Fee: $50
Late Deadline June 6 / Fee: $100

Extended Deadline September 5 / Fee: $125  

TV Pilot Submission Fees 
Regular Deadline April 4 / Fee: $50
Late Deadline June 6 / Fee: $75

Extended Deadline September 5 / Fee: $100

“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.” said Susan Batten, Mentor

"To say that attending the BIFF Screenwriters Residency Program in The Bahamas is an incredible opportunity is like saying Jaws is a movie about a big fish. The Program delivers! Up close and personal - you instantly form a connection with the talented and multi-award winning industry professionals who care deeply about taking your script to the next level. And that connection lasts long after you leave the beautiful Bahamas."
said writer Yvonne Paulin

"At the BIFF 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

"Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) since 2005, invites iconic professors such as Roger Corman, Ted Hope, Dan Guando and more to provide guidance to writers from around the globe. We are proud to have a forum to nurture scriptwriters, said Leslie Vanderpool, Founder & Executive Director (BIFF)

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)
The 2019 panel of judges and mentors will be announced at a later date.

Writers have four full days of mentorship, receiving feedback and a read-through of the script, with mentors, fellow writers, and local actors filling out the cast.  On the final day of the program, each writer will have one specific scene workshopped with the cast, to get their creative juices flowing.

After Six (6) winners are announced in October, BIFF will accept applications for Four (4) additional screenwriters to join us for the full price of tuition: $1,500. If you are selected, a non-refundable deposit of $500 will be required to reserve your spot.

 Up to Four (4) will be selected for Tuition (2 TV and 2 Film)

Tuition Opportunity 
$1500 (flight not included) 



Please put your name and title of the script as reference.

BIFF has acquired a highly esteemed partner: The Department of Entertainment and Media Studies at the University of Georgia. Ranked as having one of the top mass communication schools in the United States, the University of Georgia has produced very successful alumni, including Ryan Seacrest (television personality and producer) and Kyle Chandler (television and film actor). 

“I have been working with BIFF since the festival’s beginning,” said Dr, Kohn.  “It’s a vibrant festival with a strong educational mission – and that includes mentoring some exceptional screenwriters.” said Dr. Nathaniel Kohn professor at the University of Georgia and Associate Director of the George Foster Peabody Awards, the most prestigious award in electronic media and he is the director of Roger Ebert’s Film Festival.


Cash Prize

Contributed by Source Management and Production

In Kind Prize

InkTip: Where producers go for scripts and writers.
Winners of the Writers Residency Program will receive an InkTip Script Listing to promote themselves and their scripts to InkTip’s entire network of producers, managers, and agents. 

Companies who are InkTip members include: ABC, Anonymous Content, APA, CBS Films, HBO Films, ICM, Paradigm, Paramount Pictures, Hallmark Channel, FX, Universal, WME, Echo Lake, Zero Gravity, Bad Robot, 20th Century Fox, and many more. 

Producers have made more than 375 films from scripts and writers found through InkTip.

Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) is a nonprofit organization committed to providing the local community as well as international festival attendees with a diverse presentation of films from not only The Bahamas but also around the world. In addition to showcasing films that might not be available for conventional release, BIFF provides unique cultural experiences, educational programs, and forums for exploring the past, present & future of cinema.

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