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Get Ready For Sun, Sand and Cinema Again

Destination & Tourism | Bahamas Ministry of Tourism | Kristina Rundquist | November 10, 2015

Get Ready For Sun, Sand and Cinema Again

PHOTO: Everybody's in front of a camera at the Bahamas International Film Festival. (Courtesy BIFF)

When the cold weather and snow sets in and clients are ready to jet out, those who are torn between seeking out a cultural experience or something more laid-back, involving sun, sand and lots of down time, need look no further.

The Bahamas International Film Festival, which will be taking place Dec. 1-12 in Nassau and Eleuthera, affords visitors the perfect combination of relaxation and sophistication with the chance to enjoy the beaches the Bahamas are famous for, while simultaneously educating themselves on the finer points of film development and production or simply enjoying a screening of the numerous top-rated international films being featured over the course of the event.

Now in its 12th year, the Bahamas International Film Festival brings screenings, events and awards not only to residents of the Bahamas, but attracts a wide international audience and some of the film industry's heaviest hitters, including Johnny Depp, Sir Sean Connery, Sophie Okonedo, Roger Guenveur Smith, Lee Daniels, Nicolas Cage, Laurence Fishburne, Debra Messing, Danny Glover, Heather Graham, Alan Arkin, Daryl Hannah, Anna Faris, Naomie Harris, Zoe Kravitz, Sydney Tamiia Poitier and many more.

Festival-goers can enjoy independent and mainstream films from across the globe. Movies from countries such as Japan, Martinique, Bahrain, the United States, France China, Trinidad & Tobago, Poland, Myanmar, the Bahamas, Spain, Australia and Canada are just a small representation of the diversity that will be showcased over the course of the event. In addition to attending screening and related events, festival-goers may want to add a special touch of glamor to their stay and attend the opening or closing night gala receptions and the Sir Sidney Poitier Tribute award event.

Anyone interested in learning more about the film industry and its inner workings may wish to sit in on some of the panels on offer: Development & Production, which provides an overview of the ideation process though pre-production; Pitch & Writing Career, offering best practices for pitching ideas to various industry audiences, including producers, backers, studios, networks and representation; and the Music & Film panel, where audients members can hear from Richard Glasser and Francis Shaw, along with other composers from the event, about their experiences and lessons learned.

Two Master classes are also being offered: Master Class in Music & Film, taught by Richard Glasser, and the Screenwriters Residency Program, which connects up-and-coming writers with top Hollywood mentors. There will also be special screenings from the Youth Film Workshop RBS, which offers Bahamian students the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of movie-making and in the process debut their finished product to an audience.

Special discounts and promotions are being offered by select properties across the Bahamas, including 50 percent off qualifying rooms at the Romora Bay on Harbour Island and 25 percent off the Pink Sands Hotel. The Melia in Cable Beach (Nassau) is offering festival-goers a special rate of $149/night (excluding taxes).

For more information, visit BIFF 2015.

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