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BIFF Partnes with Royal Bank Of Canada


NASSAU, BAHAMAS, JULY 6, 2011. When the Bahamas International Film Festival begins its 8th annual film festival December 1 - 4, it will be doing so with the assistance of RBC ROYAL BANK. RBC and BIFF come together this year to promote a new program called ‘FIRST LOOK’ Specifically for Bahamian Emerging Filmmakers.


BIFF and RBC have officially launched ‘First Look’ with the Bahamas Video Cooperative members.  The programme will assist first time filmmakers in creating original films, which will be considered for the 2011 BIFF. Both short and feature film entries are eligible to win a $5,000.00 cash prize award.


“RBC believes in the power of the arts to enrich lives and enhance communities,” says Jan Knowles, Regional Manager of Public Relations and Communications. “Investing in the arts is a longstanding priority for RBC in The Bahamas and globally.  Through this Emerging Bahamian Filmmakers Programme we seek to continue a global RBC tradition of empowering emerging local artists. By helping young, up and coming Bahamian film-makers achieve their goals, RBC commits to the development of our nation’s culture as well as the advancement of our most precious resource, our youth.”


Expressing her excitement about the partnership, BIFF’s Founder & Executive Director, Leslie Vanderpool noted, “We are very pleased with RBC Royal Bank’s decision to support and promote film and the visual arts in The Bahamas. BIFF plays a pivotal role in the development of the film industry within The Bahamas and around the world.  RBC’s support will, by extension, contribute to our growth and development in The Bahamas.”  


The Bahamas International Film Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing the local Bahamian community and international visitors with a diverse presentation of films from around the world. It also spearheads education programmes and provides a forum for discussing and exploring the past, present and future of cinema.  


About RBC Royal Bank, The Bahamas

Royal Bank of Canada has a longstanding presence in the Bahamas, with operations first established on November 2, 1908.  Today, it boasts a retail network of 26 ranches throughout New Providence and the Family Islands, a Commercial Banking business centre, and 49 automated banking machines.  


RBC FINCO, established in 1953, is a leading provider of single- and multi-family home mortgages to Bahamians and attractive interest rates for its depositors.  It has 5 branches and 6 automated banking machines located in New Providence and Freeport. RBC FINCO is owned 25 percent by the general Bahamian public, representing approximately 4,000 shareholders, and 75 percent by its majority shareholder Royal Bank of Canada.

About RBC in the Caribbean

With more than 100 years of heritage serving the region, RBC operates under the banner of RBC and RBTT with a presence in 19 countries, 125 combined branches and close to 7,000 employees serving more than 1.6 million clients. As one of the Caribbean’s leading diversified financial services companies, RBC provides personal and commercial banking, wealth management, corporate and investment banking, insurance and trust and asset management services to a wide range of clients, including individuals, small businesses, general commercial entities, regional and multi-national corporations and governments. For more information, please visit

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