Biff kicks off
The 22nd edition of the Bermuda International Film Festival kicks off Sunday and Monday with a focus on emerging Bermudian film talent, including the world premieres of two documentary films.
The festival opens at 4pm on Sunday with the world premiere of the documentary film The Isles of the Queen: Bermuda, followed at 6pm by the sold-out special event, An Evening with Lana Young, and then the Opening Party.
On Monday, the always-popular BerMovies Day set of short films begins at 6pm, while at 8pm the Sharon-Stone produced documentary, The Cure, has its world premiere.
The emerging section screenings on Sunday and Monday, as well as the opening party take place in the Tradewinds Auditorium of the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute. BIFF 2019 moves to Earl Cameron Theatre, City Hall, Hamilton, from Tuesday March 12 through Sunday March 17.
Bermudian Dawn Zuill is also among the producers of The Cure, directed by Emmanuel Itier, who has been attending the festival for more than a decade.
The film is a worldwide journey into healing the mind, the body, and healing the planet. The transformative and inspirational documentary has been made to help encourage a healthier life.
It features Ms Stone, as well as Deepak Chopra, Mark Wahlberg, Vandana Shiva, Sandra Ingerman, Michael Beckwith, Dr Sue Morter, Master Sha, Niurka, Amit Goswami, Barbara De Angelis, Ervin Laszlo, and many more.
Director, Mr Itier has travelled to Bermuda, and will take part in an audience Q and A session following the film.
The Isles of the Queen: Bermuda, also a world premiere at BIFF, was made by a German film production house with the assistance of Bermudian filmmakers Lara Smith and Milton Raposo.
‘BerMovies Day', on Monday at BUEI will feature Bermudian and Bermuda-based short filmmakers – as well as filmmakers who shot some part of their film on the island or otherwise have a connection to the island.
Films featured are by Bermudian animator Tashel Bean (The Adventures of Raz: Milk Roaches), UK-based Bermudian director Rory Wilson (Prince Jodie, Cicatrix), Bermuda resident director Alex Godfrey (Requiem: The Story of Bermuda's Disappearing Sharks), director Christopher Annino (Silent Times, partially shot in Bermuda), and director Nora Jacobson (Raghead, written by former Bermuda resident Tom Coash). A reception will follow the screenings.
Also, on Monday March 11, filmmaker Mr Itier will conduct a documentary master class from 10-11:30 am, while Bermudian actress Ms Young will host an acting master class from 2-4 pm to help directors get the most out of their cast members. The master classes will be held at Speciality Cinema II.
“BIFF 2019 is focused on supporting emerging Bermudian actors, directors and producers”, said festival chair, Patrice Horner. “I'd like to thank everyone for all the effort to pull together this fabulous Film Festival for Bermuda and guests.”
Festival tickets for BIFF films, master classes and parties are on sale now at Biff.ptix.bm.
• Press release from the Bermuda International Film Festival