Fort Lauderdale Film Festival (FLIFF) Returns To Grand Bahama Island

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A group of filmmakers will travel with the FLIFF team to Freeport onboard Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line to screen 15 films before audiences in multiple settings at the Canal House at Pelican Bay Hotel. The filmmakers will reside at the resort March 16th and March 17th, where they will experience a taste of Bahamian culture. Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Pelican Bay Hotel are once again sponsors of FLIFF On Location: GBI. Pictured are FLIFF organisers, visiting filmmakers and Bahamas Ministry of Tourism executives who attended the event in November 2013. (Photo courtesy of TheBahamasWeekly.com for Barefoot Marketing)

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.

Filmmakers are expected to arrive in Freeport for FLIFF On Location: GBI on March 16th and March 17th. Audiences and budding filmmakers will have an opportunity to interact with creators like award-winning Trinidad and Tobago native Darisha Beresford. Darisha is a writer and producer who is making her directorial debut at FLIFF On Location: GBI with her film ‘The Cutlass’. Tickets are available at Pelican Bay Hotel. (Photos courtesy of FLIFF for Barefoot Marketing)

One of the highlights of FLIFF On Location: GBI is the screening of the film ‘Pigs of Paradise’ on Saturday March 16th. The film is based on the book about the famous swimming pigs of Exuma written by Jeff Todd, Directed by Charlie Smith of Earthbeat Films and narrated by NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly. ‘Pigs of Paradise’ premiered last year at the Bahamas Film Festival last year. Tickets are $20 for both days and are available at Pelican Bay Hotel. 
(Photo courtesy of FLIFF for Barefoot Marketing)

President of The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF) is excited about the return of ‘FLIFF On Location’ to Grand Bahama on Saturday March 16th and Sunday 17th at the Pelican Bay Hotel. Tickets are $20 for the two days and are available at Pelican Bay. 100% of the event proceeds will be donated to the Grand Bahama Children’s Home. The festival returns to Grand Bahama after a six year hiatus, FIFF was hosted on the island for three years from 2011 until 2013. 

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