BIFF Plans ‘Special Year’ For 20th Anniversary

November 16, 2016

The Bermuda International Film Festival [BIFF] said they are planning a special year for its 20th anniversary in 2017.

“BIFF is undertaking a strategic initiative to update its alignment with the community interests, as well to ensure expansion of its international relevance. In 2016, BIFF moved to consolidate all screenings at the Earl Cameron Theatre at City Hall,” BIFF said.

“Attendance was strong, especially for the screening of the local production on the History of the Berkeley Institute and for the BIFF Kids school screenings. It was a record attendance for the school program tracks. The BIFF Film Academy was held earlier in the season as well, with a short film of participants shown to the delight of BIFF attendees.

“Last year, a Film Forum was organized for the first time, to provide a platform for film producers and financiers, to discuss the business of film and video creation as well as distribution.

“Many local and visiting film makers attended the 2 hour talks over four days. Of interest were the panels of Bermuda professionals discussing the benefits of incorporating films in Bermuda and the digital distribution capacity of the Bermuda IT firms.

“Talks continue about finding financing for local film producers and encouraging the development of a local film industry sector under the umbrella of the Bermuda Chamber of Commerce, with involvement of the BTA, the Bermuda Economic Development Corporation, the Bermuda College and the Department of Culture and Community Affairs, in support of the emerging Bermuda Film Commission at the BTA.

“Charitable dollars are shrinking while so many important community needs are growing. While many charities in Bermuda are vying for the same limited funds, events such as BIFF need to remain efficient and targeted to sustain the artistic spirit of Bermuda, which makes it so unique, Stay-tuned for the date of the 20th anniversary, to be announced in December, along with some exciting kick-off events. See you at the movies in 2017.”

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