Barbados Independent Film Festival (BIFF) set to bring the magic of cinema to everyone with 5 day showcase of Top local, regional & global cinema

Cinema lovers, acclaimed filmmakers and rising stars will be in Barbados for the inaugural Barbados Independent Film Festival (BIFF) January 11 to 15, 2017.

For five days, Barbados will come alive with the magic of the silver screen with an eclectic selection of work from internationally acclaimed directors and actors, renowned regional filmmakers and budding local talent at venues across the island.

BIFF Co-Director and Founder, Sir Trevor Carmichael has said: “Central to the Festival is the valuable contribution BIFF hopes to make to supporting budding local filmmakers, actors and directors, through networking with other industry representatives or having the opportunity to meet some of the most acclaimed international talents who have helped shape the film industry. We hope to witness a new generation of filmmakers inspired by those attending the Festival this year.”

The Festival opens on Wednesday 11th January with the Screening of Beyond Glory followed by an opening night gala/reception. Actor, writer, and producer Stephen Lang (AVATAR, DON’T BREATHE) will premiere his award winning film Beyond Glory, a gripping portrayal of eight war heroes, at the official grant opening of the Walled Garden Theatre adjacent to the Barbados Museum and Historical Society in the World Heritage District of Barbados. First Citizens Investment Services is a Marquis Sponsor for the event.

Throughout the week, festival films from enthralling dramas to post-apocalyptic science fiction will be shown at the Errol Barrow Centre at the UWI Cave Hill Campus, Limegrove Cinemas, Walled Garden Theatre, and at a special pop up theatre event on picturesque Dover Beach. The festival organisers are very excited to host a full day of award winning Caribbean and locally-produced films on Saturday 14th January culminating with a special preview screening of A Caribbean Dream at the Walled Garden Theatre, followed by starlight reception with the filmmakers.

In another special event, the highly acclaimed and award winning film, A Plastic Ocean, will hold its Caribbean premiere on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. at EBCCI. Sponsored by DEAN & DELUCA, the film will be introduced by filmmaker Craig Leeson.

In addition to documentary blockbusters: Landfill Harmonic and Catching the Sun, many films will be making their Caribbean premiere at BIFF and will be followed by an opportunity for a Q & A discussion with the filmmakers. Several well-known actors and directors will be in attendance to serve as judges and panelists.

The Festival will conclude on Sunday, January 15 at the Southern Palms Hotel on Dover Beach with the BIFF Award presentations followed by the ‘BIFF Shorts on the Beach’ pop-up film screening of shorts and films, followed by a beach party. This is a FREE event is open to the public.

For a complete schedule and more information about BIFF films, judges and events, please visit www.barbadosfilmfest.org

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