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BIFF and Abaco Band Together



ENDORSEMENT: Leslie Vanderpool, Founder & Executive Director of Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) met with James Albury, Parliamentary Secretary Office Of the Prime Minister and Member of Parliament representing Central and South Abaco, to discuss the organization’s plans to raise funds for Abaco students and supplies through a benefit concert at BIFF in December. Proceeds from ticket sales will assist students effected by Hurricane Dorian. Minister Albury is eager to support BIFF in whatever way he can.

Save the dates December 9-15!!
Dear Friends,

The Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) is a community event that brings Hollywood to The Bahamas, surrounding audiences with a complete film experience, rubbing shoulders with film professionals and the opportunity to network with the who’s who of cinema. BIFF makes the film industry accessible and is open to everyone, while bringing the world to The Bahamas.

BIFF’s 16th anniversary dates are scheduled for December 9 to December 15 with all activities taking place at Baha Mar and venues around Nassau. BIFF will contribute all revenue after expenses towards Hurricane Dorian Relief for Hope Town, Abaco.

Over the years BIFF has expanded the film festival with the BIFF Writers Residency Program, which has been hosted in the Family Islands, as it did last year at Hope Town, Abaco. This year, BIFF films will help to provide moral and material support for Hope Town, Abaco.

In addition, proceeds from BIFF ticket sales will go directly to assisting students affected by Hurricane Dorian with school uniforms, supplies and assistance with school tuition.


BIFF Hurricane Relief Donation Options
Option 1. “Friends Of BIFF” EIN 47-2255914 

Domestic Wiring / within the United States “Friends Of BIFF”
Wells Fargo  / Routing Number: 121000248  / Account Number: 5237512891

International Wiring / Outside of the United States “Friends Of BIFF” 
Wells Fargo / Account Number: 5237512891  / Swift Code: WFBIUS6S

Option 2. Via 

“We could not have created the leading film festival in the Caribbean without the support of our loyal sponsors and the Bahamian public”, says Leslie Vanderpool, BIFF’s founder and executive director.
Our mission throughout the years has been to place The Bahamas on the map through cinema and introduce the public to great films, entertain and provide the nuts and bolts of the film industry such as writing, directing, editing, acting, producing and distribution.

“Telling our stories within the region is vital”, she says. “The films at BIFF entertain, bridge cultures and highlight a social purpose.  The social purpose this year is the efforts to assist the hurricane relief drive”

Vivian Norris, Susan Batten and many filmmakers and private individuals who have contributed to the cause without hesitation.

What BIFF Offers:

Film Series — A catalogue of films showcased at pervious film festivals and films that are newly released an on going bi-weekly film showcase at the Current Art Gallery, Baha Mar.

Film Workshop Outreach — Allows participants to imagine a career in film. BIFF has taught film to 1,000 private and public students, providing training and new skill set in film, enhancing creativity and helping Bahamians dream big.  Program to begin in October / November.

Writers Residency Program  — BIFF’s film professionals have nurtured writers to realize the potential of making a film from script to screen. Program to take place December 9 to 11 in Nassau in honor of Hope Town, Abaco.

The Main Event BIFF — BIFF is open to the entire community, residents and visitors are invited to attend, December 9 to December 15. Film communities within The Bahamas are growing with a diverse cosmopolitan community now more than ever communities are demanding exciting events to enjoy films and culture.

Each year BIFF is a platform for films to receive press and go on to receive recognition around the world, become nominees and winners of Golden Globe and Academy Awards at the same time providing tremendous exposure to The Bahamas.
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BIFF office (242) 698- 1800

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