For nearly 400 years travelers to the shores of Barbados have shared their stories of home and abroad, of adventure and hardship. In sum these tales reflect the history of Barbados and our increasingly interconnected world. The Barbados Film Festival welcomes submissions from those who share our passion and belief in the power of storytelling to its inaugural festival January 11-15, 2017. The Festival is committed to exhibiting independent films – long, short, fiction or documentary – from around the world that use smart storytelling to express fresh ideas that will enlighten, inspire and entertain audiences.
The BFF encourages the submission of feature-length, narrative films, celebrating the power of resilience and humanity’s ability to overcome adversity, documentaries and short films. Special categories include:
– Environmental documentaries;
– Ocean-related adventure or environmental-themed short films (running time 5 to 20 minutes).
Visiting filmmakers enjoy discounted accommodations and access to the Festival’s gala and special events. Curated, filmmaker excursions will also showcase the island’s extraordinary history, beauty and lively culture.
The festival will launch its first edition in the newly constructed theatre situated in the Walled Garden of what is at present the Barbados National Museum & Historical Society. Formerly a British military prison, the Museum, the adjoining Garrison and Bridgetown are designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Part of the Barbados Film Festival Trust’s mission is to conserve these historical sites and invigorate them through the arts.
Please join us in making our inaugural festival an exhilarating week for filmmakers and audiences alike in a setting sure to capture the imagination and inspire creative and important outcomes in the future.
For more information about the Barbados Independent Film Festival, please visit their website here