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biff 2012: submissions

Recently we’ve been receiving a large amount of quires in regards to the submission process for BIFF 2012.

If you’re an independent filmmaker who is interested in submitting your short or feature to BIFF 2012 we urge you to please check back in mid-September for further deatails. Currently our programming committee is working diligently on confirming our 2012 festival dates and putting together the official call for entries. The official call for entries will be post here on our website, and will provide filmmakers with all the necessary entry information and details along with the newly reformated 2012 submission form. We thank you for your interest in submitting to our festival as well as your paitence as we deal with this important matter.

If you still have further questions or quiries please contact us at



A Word from Liana Hall

BIFF has always been dedicated to supporting our home grown talent. We are happy to share this note from Liana Hall a young Bermudian actress based out of L.A., who has a upcoming film project and there looking to launch a fundraising event here in Bermuda. See details below.

Hi All,

I’m Associate Producing a new film called “Genesis: New American Superheroes” and we’re launching the film in Bermuda! We’re fundraising, so if I invited you and you’re not in Bermuda, you can still donate at Even $1 will move a pebble of the mountain that is Genesis. The writer/director Teresa Dowell-Vest will be coming down to the island from… LA for this event. She will also be signing copies of her book “The Box 69” which sold well in Bermuda, so if you bought a copy, bring it along!

We’re trying to raise $2m dollars for the film, and filming is due to start in October. The event is free, but we’d appreciate any donations. Genesis’ facebook page is found at

The event is at O Bar (formerly Opus). It’s a couple of hours out of your Sunday, and your support would really mean a lot to me. We’re also screening the Director’s short film “Stuck”. So come along for a fun afternoon and learn more about the film. We want to be able to say that Genesis was born in Bermuda.

Synopsis: Set in present day Los Angeles, “Genesis” follows the lives and adventures of five siblings who were given extraordinary powers by their parents when they were children. Scientists Alegra and Donovan Tolson were children of the Civil Rights Movement. They saw their families’ lives scarred by the Tuskegee Experiments and vow they would use science to save the world, not destroy it. They, …with fellow scientist and long time friend, Eli Jensen, begin experiments on their five children in 1989. These experiments are designed to give the four elder children special gifts, powers that will connect them to the Earth’s natural elements: earth (Taige, age 6), fire (Xander, 5), water (Xavier, 5), and air (Jordan,4). The fifth children, Quincey (age 2), is given his power against Alegra’s consent. Donovan secretly connects young Quincey to an elaborate computer system, uploading all the world’s knowledge and technology into Quincey’s small frame. Alegra finds out about Donovan’s plan, but not in time to stop the upload. The outcome, the resulting powers…for Quincey or his four siblings…far exceeds the parents’ expectations. The children are separated, for their own protection, for 20 years. In 2009, the siblings are reunited, having long forgotten their parents, their powers and each other, to save the world. “Genesis” is the story of when five strangers must become family…and then heroes.

-Liana Hall

the help yay or nay?

The Help a film adaption of the best selling novel of the same name which boasts a number of extremely talented actress working today such as; Emma Stone, Bryce Dallas Howard, Viola Davis, Allison Janney, Jessica Chastain, and Sissy Spacek is now playing at Liberty Theatre.

If you aren’t yet aware The Help has drawn a lot of criticism from critics since it’s release. Some hail it for it’s portrayal of three dimensional female characters which is a rarity in main-stream cinema. Others criticize the film for its conventional trappings which does nothing to further the growth of black cinema. While others are calling it Oscar bait already. Either way what one can not deny is that The Help has proven to do extremely well at the box office.

Here we take a moment and check in with some of our critic friends to see what all the fuss is about. Ryan Wells over at Cinespect gave it a less then glowing review . BIFF regular attendee Peter Rainer assigned the film a grade of B-. While David Poland a member of our international advisory board shares his thoughts on the film. He even goes so far to address the current critic controversy.

As always we encourage viewers to simply see the movie for themselves and make up their own minds.


If you like this film, you might like that film

A quick fun fact for all you film fans out there. If you enjoyed our Bifflix January selection of the raunchy romantic-comedy I Love You Philip Morris then you might like Crazy, Stupid, Love. which is currently playing at Speciality Cinema. Crazy, Stupid, Love. which from my understanding is a more traditional rom-com is directed by the same dynamic duo behind Philip Morris. If your on the fence allow me to be of some help. Here are what our critic friends have to say. Mike Wilmington of Movie City News gives a delightful account, and Peter Rainer of The Christian Science Monitor not-so-much it seems.

Personally the film seems like a refreshing take on the standard Hollywood Rom-com fair. I plan on seeing it myself tonight. Check it out and let us know your thoughts.


interview: Rashaad Ernesto Green

Filmmaker Magazine sits down with Rashaad Ernesto Green director of the critically acclaimed drama Gun Hill Road. Rashaad was named one of the top 25 new faces of independent film talent in 2010 by Filmmaker Magazine. Check out the interview here.

Gun hill road Review

Check out Filmmaker Magazine’s review of Septembers Bifflix selection Gun Hill Road.

Interview: Richard Ayoade

Director Richard Ayoade’s quirky British coming-of-age comedy Submarine took home this year’s Best Narrative Feature Award at BIFF 2011. It was clear after viewing the film that Ayoade would be a filmmaker to keep our eye on. He has already landed on various top 25 filmmakers lists throughout the year. Word on the street is that he is already working away on his second feature. If your interested in learning more about the brilliance behind Ayoade we recommend you check out these two insightful interviews here and here, enjoy.

BIfflix Returns with Gun Hill Road

As you all are aware Bifflix has been on summer hiatus for a few months now. But as we enter the last month of summer I am please to announce that our monthly screening series will return on September 15, 2011. For the month of September we will be showcasing the independent drama Gun Hill Road.

In Gun Hill Road, an ex-con (played by Esai Morales) returns home to the Bronx after three years in prison to discover his wife (Judy Reyes) estranged, and his teenage son (Harmony Santana) exploring a sexual transformation that challenges the already fragile familial bonds.

The film made its debut at this year’s Sundance Film Festival where it was a finalist for the esteemed Grand Jury Prize. It was at Sundance that the film was quickly acquired for distribution. Since then, it’s been played globally, screening for diverse engaged audiences, and building buzz along the way.

BIFF has always been at the forefront of showcasing independent cinema in Bermuda, we pride ourselves on programming a diverse slate of films to feed our Bermudian audience. We are extremely excited to present this thought-provoking film, which highlights the trails, tribulations, and struggles of sexual identity among today’s youth. Gun Hill Road is a film that will be sure to bring about discussion. We invite attendees to remain after the screening for a discussion panel in regards to the themes and topics presented within the film. Details on the post-screening discussion will be announced soon.

You can find all the screening details here.

Hope to see you there film fans.


A Word from Gabi

BIFF has always been dedicated to supporting the independent filmmakers of today. We are happy to share this note and news from Sophia Takal producer and star of the wonderful ensemble comedy-drama by the name of Gabi on the Roof in July which played at our festival this year in the Fresh Vision: narrative feature competition section.

Hey guys,

This is so exciting! Gabi on the Roof in July is available through Warner Brothers on Video on Demand and on iTunes and and lots of other platforms starting TODAY! This means you can rent / buy the movie on your TV or computer. You can even buy our movie on!

Gabi on the Roof in July stars Sophia Takal, Lawrence Michael Levine, Brooke Bloom, Louis Cancelmi, Amy Seimetz, Kate Lyn Sheil and Robert White! It features Lena Dunham, Jay DiPietro, Kevin Barker and a whole lot more tremendously talented people! Here are some things people have said about the film:

“Expertly orchestrated….Gabi may rack up converts to bare-bones, improv-style cinema.” – Ronnie Scheib, VARIETY

“Levine deploys a poised eye and witty dialogue that sticks like a needle left sitting on a cushion…Wisely observant of human nature as it bounces between the leads, “Gabi” evokes Woody Allen with a more generous heart (and a lot more casual nudity).” – Steve Dollar, WALL STREET JOURNAL

“Gabi evokes a New York sentimentalist tradition that mixes the edge of golden era Cassavettes with the nostalgia of Woody Allen…The world of Gabi is deeply realized, surprising and full of energy” – Sara Schieron, BOX OFFICE MAGAZINE

We’re a tiny movie and so the more people who know about this the more likely they are to check it out! So please, check out the film and pass this information along to whoever you know who watches movies. It would mean the world to us!!!!!