Bahamas International Film Festival returns in person this May

Poster: Shakina aka ShaQueen & Kam Cheng

Usually held in December, the Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) is scheduled in Nassau from May 3 to 7 and on Cat Island on May 8, 2023. The announcement was made on March 7 by BIFF’s Founder & Executive Director, Leslie Vanderpool.

Sir Sidney Poitier (right)

This 18th edition will feature five days of films to be screened in Nassau and Cat Island. Over 50 films from over 20 countries, including all Bahamian premieres and 30 Caribbean premieres. The film selection is divided into four (4) categories: Spirit of Freedom Documentary, Spirit of Freedom Narrative, New Visions and Short Films.

The festival will end in Nassau, the capital, on Sunday, May 7, with a special event on the legacy of Sir Sidney Poitier, who passed away on January 6, 2022. In addition, for the first time, BIFF will travel to Cat Island on May 8 for the screening of the documentary “Sidney” with the producers and daughters of the famous actor in attendance.

Besides film screenings, the Bahamas International Film Festival also provides Bahamian audiences with the opportunity to learn about production and other aspects of the film industry through panel discussions, master classes on acting and directing ; a screenwriters’ residency is also held.

“Since its inception 19 years ago, BIFF has created a legacy of excellence by showcasing The Bahamas to the international film community as a premier film destination. In addition to showcasing more than 1,000 local and international films, we have introduced our culture to more than one million film professionals and enthusiasts from around the world (…)”, said Leslie Vanderpool.

Many celebrities, especially from Hollywood, have participated in BIFF such as Sir Sean Connery, Johnny Depp, Nicolas Cage, Laurence Fishburne, Danny Glover, Sydney Tamiia Poitier, Grace Jones, Lee Daniels etc.

BIFF is one of the most respected and exciting film festivals in the Caribbean. It has been ranked by MovieMaker magazine in the “Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World”.

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Poster: Shakina aka ShaQueen & Kam Cheng