Back in 2011, The Fort Lauderdale Film Festival (FLIFF), in conjunction with Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, began a three- year run hosting “FLIFF On Location: in Grand Bahama”, the first-ever film festival brought to the island. The three-day festival brought filmmakers to Freeport onboard the Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, introduced the creatives to a taste of Bahamian culture at an opening night party in Smith’s Point, and screened a series of independent films at Pelican Bay Hotel.
After a six-year hiatus, “FLIFF On Location” returns to Grand Bahama on March 16th and 17 th. Once again, filmmakers will arrive onboard the Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line for a two-day film festival. FLIFF CEO Gregory von Hausch is excited to have the festival back on Grand Bahama at the Pelican Bay Hotel. “The entire FLIFF Team is thrilled to be able to return to Grand Bahama, with our 4th edition of FLIFF On-Location: GBI,” said von Hausch. “We made so many friends on the island, it will be great to catch up. Pelican Bay is the perfect location. The versatile Canal House, where all the films will be shown in multiple settings, and the beautiful hotel for our filmmakers to stay and soak up the essence of the paradise. We will have approximately 15 films plus filmmakers on island, and opportunities for the audience and budding directors and producers to interact and share their thoughts on movies and film.”
Screenings will begin on Saturday, March 16th at 3 pm and Sunday, March 17th at 2 pm, a full schedule of show times will be on the Pelican Bay’s social media pages. One highlight is ‘Pigs of Paradise documentary, based on the Jeff Todd book ‘Pigs of Paradise’ on the famous swimming pigs of Exuma. Directed by Charlie Smith of Earthbeat Films, the movie is narrated by NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly, and premiered at the Bahamas Film Festival late last year.
Admission to all 15 films, is only $20, with 100% of the ticket proceeds benefiting the Grand Bahama Children’s Home. Pelican Bay Hotel General Manager Magnus Albeck is looking forward to FLIFF’s return. “Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF), has always been a great partner for Grand Bahama Island, and Pelican Bay”, said Alnebeck, “It is great to have them back for another “FLIFF On Location” event. We invite everybody who enjoys good movies, to come for the 2 days and watch these films, and be a part of this exciting event at our hotel and to help the Home too.
Several filmmakers will be on Grand Bahama to present their work, including Frosty Myers, “The Art & Times of Frosty Myers”; Darisha Beresford, “The Cultlass”; Samuel Collardey, “A Polar Year” and Charles Smith with Pigs of Paradise.”. FLIFF will celebrate its 34 th anniversary this year, and von Hausch is gratified by the festival’s growth and the numerous accolades received over the years. FLIFF has been named “Highest Rated Film Festival” in the state of Florida, “Top Hot Festivals in the Nation” by Variety, “Top Destination Festival” by MovieMaker Magazine, winner of The Moretti Award for Excellence and the “Longest Film Festival in the World” by Guinness World Records.