6th annual Bahamas International Film Festival

Today is the much anticipated official start of the 6th edition of the Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF). Taking place from December 10-17, the festival will showcase 68 films from 26 countries, including 38 features of which several are world or international premieres, and nearly all Bahamian premieres. The four competition categories at BIFF are Spirit of Freedom: Narrative; Spirit of Freedom: Documentary; New Visions; and Short Film. Special sections include a Caribbean Sidebar, World Cinema showcase, Hispanic Cinema Spotlight and special screenings.

Among the films screening at BIFF this year are the drama Skin, starring Sophie Okonedo, BIFF’s Rising Star; Steven Soderbergh’s The Girlfriend Experience, Joshua Goldin’s dark comedy Wonderful World, starring Matthew Broderick, and acclaimed documentaries Sweet Crude and House of Numbers, to name just a few.

Bahamian filmmaker Kareem Mortimer’s acclaimed indie drama Children of Go‘ will raise the curtain at this year’s festival as the official opening night film, while Lee Daniels’ critically lauded drama Precious, starring Gabourey Sidibe, Mariah Carey, Lenny Kravitz, Mo’Nique, Sherri Shepherd and Paula Patton, will bring the week’s festivities to an end as the official closing night film.

Festival patron Sir Sean Connery will again be lending his full support throughout the week. On Sunday, December 13, internationally acclaimed actor Johnny Depp will be honored with the Career Achievement Tribute. On Tuesday, December 15, Bahamian Director of Photography Gavin McKinney will be awarded the First Bahamian Tribute Award. On Wednesday, December 16, Academy Award nominee Sophie Okonedo (Hotel Rwanda, Skin) will be feted with the festival’s special Rising Star Tribute. Festival-goers will also want to keep an eye out for rock icon Lenny Kravitz, celebrated filmmaker Lee Daniels and a host of Hollywood talent in town to celebrate cinema in paradise

The full BIFF programme is available in print or online at www.bintlfilmfest.com.

Tickets can be purchased at the BIFF Office, 4th Terrace East, Collins Avenue.

For more go to the original report at http://www.tribune242.com/12092009_BIFF_features_pg10

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