About BIFF

The Walled Garden-Barbados Film Festival Trust (WGBFFT) was formed in tandem with the creation of the Walled Garden Theatre Trust – whose mission is to support the conservation and restoration of the Barbados Museum and Garrison District (UNESCO world heritage sites) and invigorate them through the arts. The WGBFFT mission is to manage the Festival and initiatives that support arts, education and the link between environmental degradation and human health. We are looking for novel storytelling that ignites passion in the audience and evokes aspirations to a better future. Both the Walled Garden Film Festival Trust and the Walled Garden Theatre Trust are tax-exempt, charitable trusts.

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Thanks to the incredible enthusiasm and support for our Second Edition, BIFF 2019 will expand its venues, screening times and programs. From the historic and lush Walled Garden Theatre to the island’s world-class cinemas and sparkling beaches, great films will be on offer for all tastes.

Sir Trevor Carmichael

Festival Co-Founder & Co-Director

Dr. Trevor Carmichael’s civic involvement encompasses his past role as President of the Barbados National Trust and his presidency of the Barbados Museum and Historical Society since 1989. He is the Chairman of the Duke of Edinburgh Trust in Barbados and the Founder Chairman of the Barbados Youth Business Trust. For over twenty years, he has been the Chairman of the United World Colleges Selection Committee for Barbados. Dr. Carmichael sits on the Legal Affairs and Properties Committee of the International Council of Museums in Paris, France, is a recently retired Chairman of the Duke of Edinburgh International Award World Fellowship. He has been the Honorary Consul of Mexico accredited to Barbados for over twenty-five years.

The Accolade of Knight of St. Andrew, Barbados’ highest national honour, was conferred on Sir Trevor during the National Independence Honours 2013, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the financial services sector, international business law practice and his several exceptional, philanthropic and voluntary activities.

Jennifer Smith-Bent

Festival Co-Founder & Co-Director

Jennifer Smith is the Festival’s Co-Founder and Director. Jennifer also serves as an Executive Trustee of the Walled Garden Barbados Film Festival Trust and the Walled Garden Theatre Trust.

Prior to her move to Barbados, she worked as Vice President for the National Geographic Society in Washington DC, responsible for the global expansion of the Society’s Science and Exploration programs. Additionally, she has 12 years experience forging media and program partnerships for Discovery Communications. A former print journalist in Alaska and Mexico, Jennifer has a love for film, photography and for communicating current events and stories that impact the world and our daily lives.