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Writers Residency Program

Writers’ Residency Program  /  DECEMBER 9 - 11

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.

Writers for the Program have been selected for 2019.

Click to see the 2019 Finalist and more


Attention Screenwriters! 

Should your screenplay not be selected as a Finalist and you wish to have the same experience, BIFF is inviting a few select writers to join in on the invaluable mentorship for a $1,500.00 tuition (not including airfare).

During the program we will have panels that are open to the public.

Development & Production Panel

Monday, Dec. 9 /  6:00pm - 7:00pm

Open To The Public

Rosewood, Baha Mar

$15.00 (Open To The Public)

The Tools, Process and Practices from the who's who

Sponsored by Rosewood, Source, Borgo Ferri, University Of Georgia.

Pitch Your Way To Success Panel

Tuesday, Dec. 10 / 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Rosewood, Baha Mar

$15.00 (Open To The Public)

Pitch your best Script (for the writers residency and the public)

Sponsored by Rosewood, Source, Borgo Ferri, University Of Georgia.



“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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