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BIFF Competition Winners Announced

Nassau, Bahamas – December 4, 2011 – Competition winners at the 8th Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) were revealed tonight at a packed awards ceremony held at the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island.


The competition categories at BIFF were Spirit of Freedom: Narrative; Documentary; New Visions: First Look; and Short Film. Special sections included Caribbean and Environmental sidebars as well as a World Cinema showcase.


Competition winners were announced by their respective juries. Complete details on all films can be found at BIFF 2011 winners are:


New Visions

RESTLESS CITY (USA) / Director: Andrew Dosunmu


First Look

Best Feature: AMOS (The Bahamas)  / Director: Karen Arthur, Thomas Neuwirth


Best Short: FIVE BONES (The Bahamas) / Director: Tyler Johnston


*Honorable mention to TALL TALE OF AN ACCIDENTAL TOURIST (The Bahamas) / Director: Jason Evans


Spirit of Freedom: Narrative

VIPS (Brazil) / Director: Toniko Melo


*Honorable mention to BETTER MUS’ COME (Jamaica) / Director: Storm Saulter


Spirit of Freedom: Documentary

MARATHON BOY (USA/UK/India) / Director: Gemma Atwal


*Honorable mention to ZERO PERCENT (USA) / Director: Tim Skousen


Short Film

HOMECOMING (USA) / Director: Gursimran Sandhu


2011 BIFF Audience Awards

Best Narrative Feature: BETTER MUS’ COME (Jamaica) / Director: Storm Saulter


Best Documentary: ON THE WINGS OF MEN (USA/The Bahamas) / Director: Calvin Dwight Harris


The winning screenplay in BIFF’s Filmmakers’ Residency Program is Danea Cash’s screenplay MARCH ON. The Filmmakers’ Residency Program nurtures screenwriters by providing them with the opportunity to spend a full day with accomplished professionals who make a living working in the industry from Los Angeles and New York.


About the Bahamas International Film Festival


The Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) is a nonprofit organization committed to providing the local community and international festival-goers with a diverse presentation of films from the Bahamas and around the world. In addition to showcasing films that might not otherwise be released theatrically, BIFF provides unique cultural experiences, educational programs, and forums for exploring the past, present and future of cinema. BIFF aims to raise the level of filmmaking, participation and education throughout the Bahamas and the world.


Major Sponsors of the 2011 BIFF are; Ministry of Tourism, Atlantis, RBC Royal Bank,, The Nature Conservancy, Dolphin Encounters, Galleria Cinemas, The Tribune, Bahamas Weekly and


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