Now in it’s 17th year, this year’s Festival was held Mar 21-27. Besides showing films, the Festival included several other events: Dinner and Movie, Live talks with filmmakers and After Dark – an opportunity for filmmakers in a social setting.
Caribbean Films at this year’s Festival:
The Caribbean/Local films screened this year, were part of “From the Onion Patch” screenings and were all Bermudan films.
An Ancient Window
by Robert Zuill
Bermuda, 2013 | 25 mins
Greed, violence and ambition…an new look at early Bermuda. Almost 400 years ago a handful of Bermuda settlors watched their only link with civilization wrecked by a hurricane. That link was the Warwick, a small, fast sailing ship with mysterious purpose…a purpose laced with greed and violence. Four hundred years later the true story of the Warwick has finally been revealed. Here is the story of how a team of underwater archaeologists, in a National Museum of Bermuda project led by Dr. Piotr Bojakowski, have cast a new light on the early Bermudians and their ambitions.
Bullied Breeds is based on the controversial euthanization of family pets in Bermuda for no other reason but because they are Pit Bulls. This film provides a voice to a breed that has been pushed underground and silenced through decades of neglect, organized fighting, illegal breeding and now a death sentence. Hearing from local Veterinarians, Dog Trainers and Owners of the breed we try to determine where it all went wrong.
This film by LookBermuda reviews the period of colonial expansion and the events of 1609 that led to the settlement of Bermuda before turning its attention to more recent times and the account of the Sea Venture’s rediscovery in 1959, her identification and the study of her surviving timbers. The study of the Sea Venture straddles a fascinating period in maritime archaeology, from its inception to the present day use of computer modeling techniques, each step shedding new light on Bermuda’s most celebrated ship wreck.
The 17th Annual Bermuda International Film Festival (BIFF), an Academy-qualifying gala that unfolds amidst an island paradise. With a mission of advancing a love of independent film throughout the Bermudian community, and with a dedication to the belief that each of us should be responsible for capturing and celebrating our own narrative on film, BIFF offers an invigorating immersion into an artistic arena that has helped launch great filmmakers to widespread visibility — and even to Oscar gold.
With a programming slate packed with great stories and robust discussions with industry insiders, BIFF welcomes submissions from local and international filmmakers who share a love for poignant and personal storytelling. The festival’s intimate and alluring location offers networking opportunities and hospitality perks that won’t soon be forgotten. Participants in the festival enjoy discounted rates at BIFF’s host hotel, complimentary ground transportation to all festival events, and entry into all screenings and social engagements.
The festival’s coveted Bermuda Shorts Award, bestowed upon the festival’s best narrative live-action short film, qualifies its winner for consideration at the Academy Awards. In previous years, BIFF juries have included such industry luminaries as Academy Award-winners Michael Douglas and Richard Dreyfuss, Academy Award-nominees Willem Dafoe and Michael Clarke Duncan, and beloved writer and actress Carrie Fisher.
Source: BIFF website
See you next year!