Submit Your Film

“We are looking for novel
storytelling that ignites passion
in the audience and evokes
aspirations for a better future.”


Sir Trevor Carmichael

Festival Founder & Co-Director

The Barbados Independent Film Festival (BIFF) is in its second edition, highlighting the work of filmmakers, producers and actors from around the world. The Festival provides a platform for independent films that embrace the power of storytelling to inform, inspire and entertain.

During its six-day run, the Festival will program feature films and shorts that celebrate the power of resilience and humankind’s ability to overcome adversity.

The 2018 Barbados Independent Film Festival
Submissions are now open!

Welcome to the 2nd Edition of the Festival taking place on Jan 9-14, 2018.

Jury-selected filmmakers enjoy complimentary accommodations and access to the Festival’s gala and special events. Special filmmaker excursions will also showcase the island’s incredible history, beauty, culture and leisure activities.

Deadline: Sept. 15, 2017

We accept submissions via FilmFreeway for the best online quality delivery of your film.


2017 Opening Night reel by Kirk Brown

An entire week of film and fun, including special events that highlight elements of each screening and incorporates a unique networking opportunity for filmmakers, industry professionals, funders and filmgoers.

Film Screenings

Extraordinary films from rising stars and seasoned filmmakers will be paired with locally inspired events.

Filmmaker Workshops

Compelling Q&A’s and workshops will support professional and artistic development, and open the dialogue on current issues in the film industry.

Island Excursions

Local and guest filmmakers, producers, actors and professionals can explore Barbados and enjoy the best the island has to offer.

Special Events

The Festival will host an array of special events, all set within tropical and lush settings across the island.

I haven't been to a first year festival with this much going for it - hospitality towards filmmakers, quality programming & venues, good attendance, and gracious staff & organizers. Looking forward to future editions and hopefully seeing the festival continue to grow.

Noah LangFilmmaker


For those looking to make an impact through independent film, there are plenty of opportunities to support this initiative.

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We invite you to join our team of hard-working, fun-loving, problem-solving movie lovers.


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