Morgan Freeman to receive the Sidney Poitier Tribute Award at the Bahamas International Film Festival

Sidney Poitier & Morgan Freeman - Photo: BIFF website

On the same day, May 7, the award ceremony (Sidney Poitier Tribute Award), presented by Sidney Poitier’s daughters, will be followed by the film “Sidney”, at the closing of the BIFF.

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Moviegoers are eagerly awaiting the 18th edition of the Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF), which runs from May 3 to 7. More than 50 films (feature films, documentaries, short films) will be screened in three venues: Atlantis Theater, Atlantis Paradise Island and Eccho Art Gallery. In addition, master classes will be held at the Harry C. Moore Library at the University of the Bahamas.

On May 3, at 6 pm at the Atlantis Theater, there will be a special screening of the film “Last Resort” (Bahamas, Canada) by director Kevin Taylor and then, at 8 pm, the film “Rock N Roll is not Dead” (Spain, Bahamas, 2022) – by directors Charlie Boy, Mauricio Angulo and Ana Martinez Porro and producer Edgar Seligman – will open the festival.

It is known, during the BIFF it is Hollywood that comes to Nassau. This year, audiences will be able to meet more than 25 directors, actors, writers, producers and celebrities in person.

On May 7 at 7pm at the Atlantis Theater, Paradise Island, for the closing night of the festival, Leslie Vanderpool (the founder and executive director of this event) and her team promise an incredible night of cinema to attendees. On this occasion, the Sir Sidney Poitier Tribute Award will be presented to the famous American actor Morgan Freeman. In addition, the film “Sidney” directed by Reginald Hudlin and produced by Derik Murray and Anika Poitier with the late Sidney Poitier, Halle Berry, Denzel Washington and Morgan Freeman will be screened.

After this long silence due to the Covid-19 pandemic, BIFF is back on the calendar of cultural events not to be missed in the Caribbean.“We are overjoyed to be back with an in-person film festival we look forward to bringing Hollywood and the who’s who of cinema for everyone to meet. Film is a tapestry into the life lived and the Bahamas International Film Festival will continue to showcase first-rate films from The Bahamas and around the globe from all genres and all voices”, said Leslie Vanderpool.