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09,10,11,12,13,14 January 2018
Barbados Independent Film Festival

The Barbados Independent Film Festival (BIFF), now in its 2nd year, is an exhilarating week for filmmakers and audiences alike.

During its six-day run, the Barbados Independent Film Festival will feature an array of nightly special events, including a gala celebration, filmmaker receptions and compelling Q&As and workshops.

The Festival will offer opportunities to connect with enthusiastic new audiences, fellow filmmakers, non-profit organizations and the media on the beautiful island of Barbados.
Here's the Schedule:

Tue Jan 9, 2018
The Walled Garden Theatre, Barbados Museum & Historical Society
6:00 pm - Opening Night Gala & Film
A Red Carpet VIP Reception
- Screening of the BIFF Collaboration short film Seaside Stables: A Gallop to the Ocean by Clish Gittens and Noah Lang
- Caribbean Premiere of the new thriller Torch by director Christopher Coppola and guest stars Deborah Kara Unger, Vincent Spano, Lacey Dorn and Horacio Guerrero.
Synopsis: Clara grew up in the jungles of Belize but was sent to live in San Francisco after a mysterious childhood trauma.  Her charming, older boyfriend, Gabriel, wanting to help her heal from the past, encourages a joint trip back to her jungle home. Once arriving, the familiar faces and beautiful tropic environment fills Clara with hope for a brighter future. But, she is soon reminded that the jungle has a dark side and begins to realize that Gabriel may have an even darker one himself.

- After Party
Guest appearance by Machel Montano. Cultural Ambassador to Barbados and the Soca Queen, Alison Hinds will receive the Award for Artistic Excellence and honored for her vast achievements in the Arts and her positive impact on Caribbean culture.

Tickets: Bds $150

Wed Jan 10, 2018
Copacabana Beach Club, Bay Street, Bridgetown
6:30 pm - Yochi (Narrative short)  
Synopsis: A 9-year-old selectively mute Mayan boy in Belize guards a nest of endangered Yellow-Headed Parrots in the pine savannah of Belize.
Water Warriors (Documentary short)
Synopsis: A Canadian community's successful fight to protect their water from the oil and natural gas industry.
Lunar Tribute (Feature length documentary)
Synopsis: The film documents the amazing story of Apollo 16 Astronaut Charlie Duke and his walk on the moon.
Q&A with Barbadian/Swiss filmmaker Rob Lewis
Admission: FREE
Food and drink available for purchase.

The Walled Garden Theatre, Barbados Museum & Historical Society
6:30 pm - High Calorie (Comedy, Short)
Synopsis: This short film from Turkey tells the story of a boy looking for love and acceptance through an online dating site.
7:00 pm - Six Dynamic Laws For Success In Life, Love & Money (Comedy/Drama)
Synopsis: Upon discovering a coded message in a self help book which purportedly reveals the location of $2.4 million missing from a bank robbery gone bad, a demoralized ex-used car salesman sets out on a quest to find the money and remake himself in the process.
Q&A with American filmmaker Gregory Bayne
Tickets: Bds $25

Olympus Theatre VIP Section, Sheraton Mall
5:30 pm - Women's Night Out!
Wine and Chocolate experience, featuring four short films by women filmmakers followed by a discussion about women and identity; served with wine and chocolate.   
- Ori Inu: In Search of Self
Synopsis: This is a coming of age story about a young immigrant woman who must choose between conforming her identity and spirituality to the cultural norms of America or revisiting her roots in the Afro-Brazilian religion called Candomble. The film is the brainchild of sibling duo Emann and Chelsea Odufu. They are both creatives and art activists hailing from Newark, NJ who aim to create media that interrogate the idea of identity and the complexities of what it means to be a Black American or immigrant within the modern context of our society. The film stars Tony Award winner Tonya Pinkins and feature the grammy nominated Afro-Pean duo Les Nubiens among others.
- Sorf Hair
Synopsis: This movie explores the natural hair experience in Trinidad and Tobago as several people from different walks of life with different hair textures unearth their stories, challenges and give their point of view on how and why naturals are treated the way they are in this country.
- Wildflower
- A Capstone Thesis Production by Kerry-Lyn Coppin
- White Picket Fence
Synopsis: Miriam believes there's a place for everything and everything in it's place. Successful, happily married with 2 great kids...Miriam's life is the epitome of perfection. When an unexpected tragedy befalls her, Miriam must decide what price is she willing to pay for perfection. 
Tickets: Bds $25

8:00 pm - Machel Montano: Journey Of A Soca King (feature-length documentary followed by reception)
Synopsis: With a lifelong mission to put soca music on the international map, Machel Montano has pioneered the evolution of the genre throughout his 34-year career. The film utilizes never before seen vintage footage along with insight from band members, peers and family to tell the phenomenal story of his life and career.
Tickets: Bds $25

Thu Jan 11, 2018
Limegrove Cinemas, Limegrove Lifestyle Centre
BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT! Wear your school ties to see which school represents the strongest!
5:30 pm - Abiola (Comedy)
Synopsis: Abiola tells the story of Barbadian 15 year old Abiola Adams, who is transferred from a private secondary school to a public secondary school after her step-father is laid off.
Q&A with Barbadian filmmaker Rommel Hall
Tickets: Bds $20

7:30 pm - Barbadian premiere - Green Days By The River
VIP Reception with Book Signing by acclaimed author Michael Anthony.
Synopsis: Based on the classic novel of the same name, the film is a coming of age story of a fifteen-year-old boy set in 1954 Trinidad.
Q&A with filmmaker Michael Mooleedhar
Films Only Bds $25
Films and reception Bds $40

Copacabana Beach Club, Bay Street, Bridgetown
Cine Cuisine: Ocean to Plate Experience Sponsored by USAID
6:00 pm - An Ocean to Plate experience by SlowFish Barbados, featuring small plates of delectables from the sea and land prepared fresh by three of Barbados’ top chefs, Eddie Classic, Chef “Moo” and Rhea Gilkes.
8:00 pm - Chasing Coral (Feature length documentary)
Synopsis: 2017 Sundance winner and 2018 Oscar contender, the film depicts in gripping detail how coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. A team of divers, photographers and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why.
Film and reception Bds $40

Fri Jan 12, 2018
Limegrove Cinemas, Limegrove Lifestyle Centre
6:00 pm - Concealed (Crime drama from Australia)
Synopsis: Max, a struggling actor living in South Africa, has flown into Sydney, Australia for the audition of his life. As soon as he lands things start to go horribly wrong when his girlfriend Sallie disappears. Frustrated with the police’s lack of progress in finding her, Max embarks on a desperate search with the help of childhood friend Richard.
Discussion with filmmaker Lyall Sumner
Cocktail Reception with Australian wines
Tickets: Bds $25

8:30 pm - A Bad Idea Gone Wrong (Comedy from USA)
Synopsis: Two would-be thieves forge a surprising relationship with an unexpected house sitter when they accidentally trap themselves in a house they just broke into.
Discussion with filmmaker Jason Headley
After Party downstairs at Lime Bar
Tickets: Bds $25

Sat Jan 13, 2018
Daphne Joseph-Hackett Theatre, Queen's Park, Bridgetown
Caribbean Legends
10:00 am - Poetry Is An Island: Derek Walcott (Documentary)
Synopsis: The story of St. Lucian poet, playwright and Nobel laureate, followed by a discussion on his work and its role in cultural preservation.
Noon Brunch
1:00 pm - Jill Walker: An Artistic Life (Documentary)
Synopsis: The renowned Jill Walker has made a unique contribution to her adopted island of Barbados through a magnificent outpouring of artistic work over 7 decades - oil paintings, water colours, prints, graphic designs and illustrated books.
Q&A with filmmaker Penny Hynam, featuring special guest Jill Walker
Ticket price for each film is Bds $30 or Bds $50 for both and includes brunch.

3:00 pm - Seed: The Untold Story (Documentary)
Synopsis: Few things on earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds. Worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind, Seed follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy.
Q&A with filmmaker Jon Betz and a discussion with local agri-entrepreneurs.
Local Farm to Fork Reception - tasting of locally sourced food
Tickets: Bds $30 (includes locally sourced food tasting reception)

Olympus Theatre, Sheraton Mall
Filmmaker Workshop
3:00 pm Robocop (1997) Screening of film classic Robocop followed by conversation with Robocop writer/creator Ed Neumeier.
Tickets: Bds $25

The Walled Garden Theatre, Barbados Museum & Historical Society
Cinema Under The Stars – Sponsored by JetBlue
Champagne and Dessert Reception
8:00 pm - Their Finest (Dramatic comedy with special guest filmmaker Lone Scherfig)
Synopsis: British WWII Comedy. A former secretary, newly appointed as a scriptwriter for propaganda films, joins the cast and crew of a major production while the Blitz rages around them.
Tickets: Bds $75

Sun Jan 14, 2018
Filmmaker Workshops
Limegrove Cinemas, Limegrove Lifestyle Centre
10:30 am - Bernard & Huey (Drama) Independent film workshop by Dan Mirvish (filmmaker and founder of Slamdance Film Festival)
2:00 pm - Virtual Reality and 360 Photography Workshop with National Geographic filmmaker/photographer Martin Edstrom
Each workshop is Bds $15

***Codrington College, St. John
10:00 am - Children's Environmental Screening
A free event showing the films of the festival promoting public awareness and education on climate change issues in the Caribbean and throughout the world.
- #BeTheVoiceOfChange by Clish A Gittens (Short film - Barbados)
Synopsis: A 3-min short that seeks to ask questions in relation to the future of environmental decisions in the Caribbean and Latin America. Highlighting the decisions made today will impact on the future life of the next generation of persons living in the Caribbean and Latin American regions. The short was created via the theme “Our Environment our Voices”.
- Swimming in Desert (USA)
Synopsis: In the drought-stricken town of Agua Dulce, in the California High Desert, a ten year old girl challenges her grandfather, a cranky retired firefighter, to follow a crazy plan and bring the water back to the dry river.
- Chasing Coral (Feature length documentary)

Southern Palms Hotel/Dover Beach
Award Ceremony - sponsored by Diamonds International
5:00 pm - BIFF Awards
6:00 pmShorts On The Beach - Sunset screening of short films that celebrate our oceans, featuring:
- Mermaid by Vonley Smith (Barbados)
Synopsis: A fisherman finds a mermaid washed up onshore and goes on a journey through a dystopian island in search of her again.
- Oceanic Aliens (USA)
Synopsis: Oceanic Aliens is an internationally award winning short documentary that explores one aspect of how little we truly know about planet earth. More is known about outer space than our very own oceans. This short documentary illustrates just one example of a little known class of marine species and their amazing attributes.
- Swimming in Desert (USA)
Synopsis: In the drought-stricken town of Agua Dulce, in the California High Desert, a ten year old girl challenges her grandfather, a cranky retired firefighter, to follow a crazy plan and bring the water back to the dry river.
- Home (USA)
Synopsis: A Cinematic Short Film celebrating the life of a man called Bob. Throughout his entire life he's always put the ocean first, which has lead to him being homeless and living in a van. But he loves the ocean and his life as much as ever, and of course, still surfs every day.
- Climate Countdown (04:55) (USA)
Synopsis: Climate Countdown is a web-series that maps out the ecology of climate solutions.  The solutions are varied and vast but as we talked to scientists, policy makers, activists, and economists, one concept kept being brought up as something that would elevate all solutions and actually get to the cause, not just the effects, of climate change: Carbon Pricing.
- Breathe (USA)
Synopsis: Freediving tests the limits of human potential. For Rebecca Illing, this breathless "meditation with consequences" released her from addiction. Her journey to self-acceptance takes her to unspeakable depths, where she finds absolute peace of mind at the bottom of the sea. Her story challenges us to question our own addictions, big and small, and inspires us to find our own path to self-love.
- #BeTheVoiceOfChange (Barbados)
Admission: FREE
Bring a chair or blanket.
Food and Drink for purchase.

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