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 Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF)

The Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF), celebrating its 10th anniversary, announced the members of the jury that will preside over the competition categories at the Festival, which takes place December 5th to13th, 2013.  The four competition categories at BIFF are Spirit of Freedom: Narrative; Spirit of Freedom: Documentary; New Visions; and Short Film. 

Jury members are:

New Visions: First Look

Dr. Nathaniel Kohn – Professor at the University of Georgia/ Associate Director of the George Foster Peabody Awards/ Producer (“Zulu Dawn,” “Rain,” “Somebodies”)

Attila Feszt – Visual Artist and Designer

Toni Silveri – Actress/Voice Actor/Singer

Spirit of Freedom: Narrative & Documentary

Kelly Amber Moore – Writer and former Creative Executive at Nicholas Cage’s Saturn Films (“National Treasure: Book of Secrets,” “Ghost Rider,” “Knowing”)

Patty Roker – Writer and Broadcaster

Dan Shannon – Director/Producer (“Haiti Untold,” “Sweet 16”)

Short Film

Tatiana Siegal – Journalist/Film Reporter at The Hollywood Reporter

Theodore Elyett – Fashion Designer

Leslie Tynes – Actress/Voice Actor/Radio and TV personality (“Crazy Love,” “James Catalyn & Friends”)

Non-competition categories at BIFF include Panorama Narrative; Panorama Documentary and Short Films out of competition. Special sections include the signature Youth Film Workshop films made by five local Bahamian schools, as well as a World Cinema showcase spotlighting Chinese films provided by the Chinese Embassy in The Bahamas.

The Festival will be hosting a variety of panels covering a number of topics including Acting, Films, Festivals and Fundraising and Filmmaking in The Bahamas, sponsored by RBC Royal Bank. Among the participating panelists are: 

Acting

Rob Adler – Director/Writer/Producer (“iVOTE”)

Films, Festivals and Fundraising

Ivan Clements – Producer (“Little Deaths,” “January 2nd”)

Lisa Cortes – Producer (“Precious,” “The Woodsman,” “Shadowboxer”)

Dr. Nathaniel Kohn – Professor at the University of Georgia/ Associate Director of the George Foster Peabody Awards/ Producer (“Zulu Dawn,” “Rain,” “Somebodies”)

Filmmaking in The Bahamas

Lance Knowles – Cinematographer/Owner of Sky High Media

Travon Patton – Producer

Vijay Subramanian – Doctor/Photographer/Independent Filmmaker

The 10th anniversary of BIFF will kick off on December 5th with a gala screening of Andrew Melby and Reggie Henderson’s drama “Bahamian Son,” at the Atlantis Theater.

The following night, Festival guests will be treated to a Career Achievement Tribute ceremony at the Atlantis honoring Danny Glover, who will be in attendance.

The festival will close with Travolta Cooper’s documentary “THE BLACK MOSES,” on December 8th in Nassau at the Atlantis Theater.

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