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Monthly Archives: December 2012

Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007

The Bermuda International Film Festival presents Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007 January 18th at the Earl Cameron Theatre City Hall. This is a fundraising event with an opening reception at 7pm followed by the documentary screening at 7:30pm. Tickets are $50 which is inclusive of one specialty James Bond Cocktail.

Everything Or Nothing focuses on three men with a shared dream Bond producers Albert R. Broccoli, Harry Saltzman and author Ian Fleming. Its the thrilling and inspiring narrative behind the longest running film franchise in cinema history which began in 1962. With unprecedented access both to the key players involved and to Eon Productions extensive archive, this is the first time the inside story of the franchise has ever been told on screen in this way. Director Stevan Riley follows a story that begins with a ground-breaking spy thriller and continues six Bonds and five decades later. While Bond was saving the world from chaos and catastrophe on screen, this compelling documentary draws back the curtain to reveal the battles, threats and real stakes unfolding behind the camera.

We are delighted to have with us Hilary Saltzman, daughter of Harry Saltzman who will participate in a Q&A discussion after the screening with our very own Bruce Barritt.

Cash bar is available before and after the screening. There will be door prizes and a raffle.

Proceeds will benefit The Bermuda International Film Festival’s programming initiatives. PURCHASE TICKETS HERE!


Film Foreign Language Oscar Shortlist

Nine new foreign language films are vying for the top prize in international cinema at the 85th Oscars. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences narrowed the list after receving 71 entries from various countries around the world.

The five nominees for the Foreign Language Film Award will be chosen by a committee and the nominations will be announced on January 10, 2013. The Oscars will be presented on Sunday, February 24, 2013.

Check out the shortlist below.

Austria, Amour, Michael Haneke, director
Canada, War Witch, Kim Nguyen, director
Chile, No, Pablo Larraín, director
Denmark, A Royal Affair, Nikolaj Arcel, director
France, The Intouchables, Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, directors
Iceland, The Deep, Baltasar Kormákur, director
Norway, Kon-Tiki, Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, directors
Romania, Beyond the Hills, Cristian Mungiu, director
Switzerland, Sister, Ursula Meier, director

Earth Day Student Video Competition

Greenrock! are now accepting registrations for the Earth Day Student Video Competition.

Earth Day April 22nd, 2013 broadens the base of support for environmental programs, rekindles public commitment and builds community activism around the world through a broad range of events and activities. Earth Day started as grass-roots action by students, and we are returning to those roots by hosting our second annual Earth Day student video competition in 2013.

The Bermuda National Trust and Greenrock invite all students to participate in the 2013 Earth Day video competition to showcase your creativity, innovation, and commitment to our natural and cultural heritage as well as to the future of the planet. Gather your classmates or members of your club and make your voice heard! Use your creativity to present ideas for how you and your community can live in better harmony with each other and our planet.

Participants are invited to create a 2-4 minute video that demonstrates what you think needs changing and how you think we might achieve it.

For details, visit

Swords and sorcery at Speciality Cinema on Friday

The Bermuda International Film Festival is hosting three screening parties of ‘The Hobbit’ at Speciality Cinema on Friday. The festivities will start an hour before each of the screenings at 2.30pm, 6.30pm and 10pm. At all screenings you can expect special guests from Middle Earth and a prize for the best costume.

Each attendee will be given a goodie bag at the first showing; patrons of the evening screenings will be given one raffle ticket, with Hobbit ale/wizard elixir (beer/wine) and nibbles on offer. Additional raffle tickets will be available for sale at a cost of $5 each. Tickets, $25 for kids, $40 for adults, are available from For more details, see

Gandalf brings news of great festivities ahead of The Hobbit screenings

This article was original printed in 12/12/2012 edition of the Bermuda Sun written by Sarah Lagan

A wizened old wizard greeted morning commuters alongside Johnny Barnes today.

But this was no ordinary wizard, this was Gandalf the Great and he brought a magical message to the villagers of Bermuda  — news of great festivities ahead of the highly-anticipated movie The Hobbit — An Unexpected Journey.

This much-loved fable hits the big screen three times this Friday at Speciality Cinema and the 2:30pm screening will be aimed primarily at the younger children who break up for the holidays on the sameday.

Tickets are $25 and the screening will be preceded by a party starting at 1:30pm. Youngsters are encouraged to dress up as their favourite character from the film series and there will be special prizes for best dressed as well as goodie bags for all and a very special guest from Middle Earth.

Those public school students who do not break up until the following week will sadly have to wait a little longer.

There will be two further screenings on the same day at 6:30pm and 10pm each with a one-hour party before hand.

Tickets for the adults are $40 and include one drink (beer, wine or possibly a secret Hobbit recipe – “Gandalf’s Wizard elixir”), some Hobbit nibbles and a ticket to a raffle which will be held before each screening. Additional raffle tickets are available for $5 each. Tickets for children going to the later shows will still be $25.

Tickets are expected to sell out quickly, they are available from or via and at the cinema box office.

Money raised from the screenings will go towards the Bermuda International Film Festival.

And for those struggling financially this Christmas there will be ten complimentary tickets made available through The Coalition for the Protection of Children courtesy of BIFF.

It is hoped that more complimentary tickets can be made available through corporate donations for those less fortunate members of our community.

The Coalition for the Protection of Children will distribute the tickets on behalf of the donating businesses.

BIFF organizers are looking for volunteers to help out during the three first day screenings in various roles. They include volunteers to check tickets, serve drinks, clean 3D glasses betweenscreenings, sell raffle ticket, dress up as characters and hand out gifts.

Potential volunteers or donors should contact Tim Stewart at the Film Festival at, or call 300-7103. Donors can also book tickets directly at Specialty and specify that they are for the Coalition for the Protection of Children.

The Island President Honored at IDA Documentary Awards

The International Documentary Association announced its 2012 IDA Documentary Awards Friday evening at a ceremony at the Director’s Guild. The Island President which screened at BIFF 2012 and took home the Audience Choice Award was honored with the IDA Pare Lorentz Award. See the full list of award winners.

The Pare Lorentz Award recognizes films that demonstrate exemplary filmmaking while focusing on the appropriate use of the natural environment, justice for all and the illumination of pressing social problems.



Film Fundraiser The Hobbit

A fundraiser for the Bermuda International Film Festival is taking place on the opening day of The Hobbit on 14 December.

Feeling tricksy?? Welcome ye to Bermuda’s very own acre o’Middle Earth! Calling all wizards, hobbits and Orc’s (even though they are the foulest of creatures)! Screenings of magical entertainment will take place at the Prancing ‘Speciality’ Pony on the 14th day of December at the six and a halfy and 9 and a halfy hours o’ the clock. Ye olde traditional Hobbit fare will be available to the merriment o’ all from 5.30 and 8.30. Hobbit ale or Wizard’s elixir as well as your favourite nibblies will slake your thirst and leave your stomach’s contented (as long as Hamfast ‘Gaffer’ Gamgee doesn’t get their first!) Gandalf’s BIFF raffle will leave some of you delighted with your new treasures! Awards for finest middle earth Costumes o’ the eve. (Ye olde judges decision final ☺)

Show times are 2:30pm, 6:30pm and 10:00pm. Afternoon screening includes a costume contest and goodie bag for kids. Evening screenings include costume contest, a drink and canapes. There’s a raffle too! Tickets: $40 adults (includes one raffle ticket), $25 children

For tickets : Visit ye olde Prancing ‘Speciality’ Pony or go online ta!

Award winning Family Portrait in Black and White coming to VOD / DVD

A Family Portrait in Black and White which screened at BIFF 2011 in the Special Presentation section can now be streamed worldwide or purchased directly through their website.

In North America DVDs are also available in usual outlets such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Netflix and many more. If you missed this riveting documentary at BIFF be sure to check it out now.

Academy Narrows Live Action Short Film Race To 11

The Oscar race for best live action short film has narrowed to 11 finalists down from the 125 films that originally qualified. One of the shortlisted films is Henry which screened at BIFF 2012. Congratulations to BIFF alumni Yan England.

Full press release below.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 11 live action short films will advance in the voting process for the 85th Academy Awards®. A tie in the nominations balloting resulted in 11 films being shortlisted. One hundred twenty-five pictures had originally qualified in the category.

The 11 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies:

“A Fábrica (The Factory),” Aly Muritiba, director (Grafo Audiovisual)
“Asad,” Bryan Buckley, director, and Mino Jarjoura, producer (Hungry Man)
“Buzkashi Boys,” Sam French, director, and Ariel Nasr, producer (Afghan Film Project)
“Curfew,” Shawn Christensen, director (Fuzzy Logic Pictures)
“Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw),” Tom Van Avermaet, director, and Ellen De Waele, producer
(Serendipity Films)
“Henry,” Yan England, director (Yan England)
“Kiruna-Kigali,” Goran Kapetanovic, director (Hepp Film AB)
“The Night Shift Belongs to the Stars,” Silvia Bizio and Paola Porrini Bisson, producers (Oh! Pen LLC)
“9meter,” Anders Walther, director, and Tivi Magnusson, producer (M & M Productions A/S)
“Salar,” Nicholas Greene, director, and Julie Buck, producer (Nicholas Greene)
“when you find me,” Ron Howard, executive producer, and Bryce Dallas Howard, director
(Freestyle Picture Company)

The Short Films and Feature Animation Branch Reviewing Committee viewed all the eligible entries for the preliminary round of voting at screenings held in Los Angeles.

Short Films and Feature Animation Branch members will now select three to five nominees from among the 11 titles on the shortlist. Branch screenings will be held in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco in December.

The 85th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 10, 2013, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Sunday, February 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.

BIFF 2013 Save the Date

The 16th edition of the Bermuda International Film Festival will take place from March 15th-21st, 2013.

Our film programme is split into five distinct streams: Opening & Closing Night, World Cinema, Bermuda Shorts, From the Onion Patch and BIFF Kids.

The major and mini-major studios kindly provide our Opening and Closing Night films, the World Cinema showcase includes films that have won awards on the festival circuit, or are otherwise highly regarded.

We screen all short films in competition and our esteemed jury selects the winner of the Bermuda Shorts Award. The public also have their say with an Audience Choice Award for this section too. Not to mention our popular FREE panel discussion series.

So save the date today!