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Nicolas Cage To Receive Career Achievement Award At 3rd Annual BAHAMAS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Oscar® Winner, and Bahamian resident, actor Nicolas Cage will be the recipient of the

Career Achievement Award when he is honored by the Third Annual Bahamas

International Film Festival (BIFF), December 7-10, 2006, announced today by Leslie

Vanderpool, the Festival’s Founder & Executive Director. The BIFF Chopard Award will

be presented to Cage at a gala event during the festival at the Atlantis Theatre at the

Atlantis Paradise Island Resort and Casino.

Over the four day Festival, BIFF will screen a selection of Nicolas Cage’s films including:

Face/Off, Adaptation and Wild at Heart. There will also be a conversation with the

actor, moderated by a well known personality, during which additional highlights of Mr.

Cage’s career will be presented.

"To have the pleasure of presenting a Tribute to Mr. Cage, a respected actor and

respected person throughout the world is an honor,” noted Leslie Vanderpool. "We are

thrilled to welcome him to ‘Cinema In Paradise’ in the Nations Capital, Nassau, Bahamas

and celebrate his Career Achievements. He is a gentleman who marches to the beat of

his own drum and continues to challenge himself and the industry. I am proud that he

has also chosen The Bahamas to call his home as he encourages the local community

by example with his experience, class and filmmaking talents throughout The Bahamas

and the world at large. A special thank you for having Mr. Cage embrace the 3rd

annual Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) in his local community in The


Nicolas Cage first came to the public’s attention with his role as a punk from the wrong

side of the hills in Valley Girl, although his first brief film role was (as Nicolas Coppola) in

Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Now after winning an Academy Award for Leaving Las

Vegas, receiving an Oscar® nomination for Adaptation, appearing in over 55 films, as

well as receiving numerous accolades, Nicolas Cage has shown that he can do it all.

With his unique ability, Cage is as adept in action-adventure (The Rock, Con Air,

National Treasure) as he is in romantic screwball comedies (Moonstruck, Raising

Arizona, Honeymoon in Vegas) and sophisticated intelligent dramas (Matchstick Men,

Birdy, City of Angels, The Weather Man). In 2002, Cage expanded his artistic talents to

include producing (Shadow of the Vampire, The Life of David Gale, Lord of War) as well

as directing (Sonny).

BIFF gets underway December 7th at the Atlantis Paradise Island Resort and Casino

located on Paradise Island and Galleria 6 JFK in Nassau, Bahamas and will screen more

than 50 films over the 4-day event. The Festival has four juried competition categories,

the "Spirit of Freedom” both Narrative and Documentary sections presented by

Chopard, and the "New Visions” award going to the filmmaker in the Narrative section

presented by Hard Rock Café. Other film programs include "World Cinema,” "Special

Screenings,” "Family Films,” "Caribbean Focus,” and a new sidebar added this year "East

Meets West,” which will present films from Eastern Europe, India, East Asia and the

Pacific Islands.

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