The 2019 Barbados Independent Film Festival (BIFF), supported by Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc (BTMI), promises to be bigger and better than ever with an exciting line-up of local and international celebrities and world-renowned film industry personalities including – Howard Shore, Lone Scherfig, Nia DaCosta, Nilja Mu’min, Vashti Anderson and other industry leaders.

Cheryl Carter, Director, BTMI UK, said: “January is the perfect time to visit Barbados and, we are thrilled that the Barbados Independent Film Festival is back for another year. This event  highlights the work of filmmakers, producers and actors from around the world, whilst perfectly encapsulating the island’s culture and heritage and, it feeds into the rich social calendar enjoyed by visitors and local alike at this time of the year .”

The ten-day festival, January 11-20, 2019, will showcase over 40 thought-provoking films from around the world, many of them making their Caribbean premiere.

From the bespoke created walled garden theatre hub and beyond, the festival takes advantage of Barbados’ rich cultural heritage and tropical climate to host locally-inspired receptions that combine live entertainment, local cuisine and films geared to appeal to a broad range of tastes. Compelling stories about extraordinary musicians will be a featured strand of the 2019 Festival.

Seaside Stables: A Gallop to the Ocean explores the cultural relationship between racehorses and the beautiful, tranquil Caribbean Ocean along the shorelines of Pebbles Beach, Barbados. The second, Liquid Gold: The Story of Rum in Barbados, produced by Bajan filmmaker Rommel Hall and American Dan Mirvish, will premiere at the opening night of BIFF 2019.

BIFF’s signature Cine Cuisine Night backed by Slow Food Barbados returns to its popular Copacabana Beach Club location. This year’s Cine Cuisine Night will present Wasted: The Story of Food Waste, which was executive produced by the late Anthony Bourdain and features celebrity chefs. Filmmakers Nari Kye and Anna Chai will hold a post screening discussion on delicious yet sustainable food.

The festival’s musical theme continues throughout the week, featuring:

  • Hugo  – featuring a talk with master film composer Howard Shore who worked on 98 Blockbuster films and nearly all of Martin Scorsese’s, including this family-friendly film classic.
  • Rumble: Indian’s who rocked the world – chronicles the fascinating revelation that some of rock ‘n roll’s greatest talents were Native Americans. The film will be introduced by well-known rock guitarist Stevie Salas.
  • Sing Your Song – a tribute to legendary musician and civil rights champion Harry Belafonte, followed by live music from the master calypsonian’s repertoire


Other festival highlights include Barbadian films Panama Dreams (Alison Saunders) and The Land We Call Home (Stockton Miller); Into the Okavango Dealta by National Geographic filmmaker Neil Gelinas; the modern Western Little Woods from filmmaker Nia DaCosta and starring Lily James and Tessa Thompson; the Bahamian film Cargo, and a “Behind the Lens” double presentation featuring the dramas Jinn (Nijla Mu’min) and Moko Jumbie (Vashti Anderson) with a panel discussion on storytelling led by award winning female filmmakers including Lone Scherfig, Nia DaCosta, Nijla Mu’min and Vashti Anderson.

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