“The King’s Speech” continues to be a darling of this year’s festival circuit. The film, directed by Tom Hooper will close the Bahamas International Film Festival, taking place in Nassau from December 1 – 5. The annual festival, now in its 7th edition, will feature 56 films from 17 different countries. “Tamara Drewe,” from Sony Pictures Classics, will serve as the opening night film.
The Bahamas International Film Festival is divided into four different competitions: Spirit of Freedom: Narrative, Spirit of Freedom: Documentary, New Visions and Short Film. It also features a number of films outside of competition through a World Cinema showcase and a couple of sidebars for Caribbean and Environmental films respectively.
The quintet of films competing for the Spirit of Freedom: Narrative prize include Judith Colell’s “Elisa K,” Jan Kidawa’s “Little Rose,” Davey Frankel and Rasselas Lakew’s “Atletu,” Nicolas Steil’s “Refractaire” and Lonny Price’s “Master Harold.”
The festival is also dedicated to extending film education in the Bahamas. Their continuing support of programs such as the Youth Film Workshop and Filmmakers’ Residency Program are designed to give young and local filmmakers exposure to the film industry.
The complete line up for the festival is available through the BIFF website.