BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – In its continued support to local filmmakers, the Barbados Independent Film Festival (BIFF) is granting free submission to the Third Edition of the festival, which will have an extended run from 11- 20 January 2019.

“Over the past year, we have seen very thought-provoking, entertaining and educational local productions like Hall by Rommel Hall and more recently Panama Dreams: A Caribbean Journey by Alison Saunders,” said Festival Co-Founder & Co-Director, Sir Trevor Carmichael. “The Festival’s mission is to celebrate powerful storytelling such as these and provide a platform for showcasing and learning about excellent filmmaking. We want to encourage all local filmmakers to participate in the Festival whether by submitting a film or attending the screenings and filmmaker workshops.”

Local filmmakers must be over 18 years, Barbadian by birth or descent and resident in Barbados. Submissions to BIFF 2019 can be made through its film freeway site: or website by 19 August 2018 under fee waiver code: Bajanmade2019. Filmmakers will compete for a series of Jury, Festival Honours and Audience Awards.

BIFF is seeking gripping NARRATIVE, DOCUMENTARY and SHORT films that celebrate resilience and the capacity to overcome adversity. In addition, special submission categories also include: Best Local Filmmaker Award, thought-provoking and impactful ENVIRONMENTAL films and OCEAN-THEMED environmental and adventure shorts under 10 minutes for its SHORTS ON THE BEACH competition.

Running a full 10 days, BIFF 2019 will extend over two weekends to accommodate the growing number of films and workshops it has attracted and to make it easier for audiences to see every film.

Sir Trevor added “We know quite a few filmgoers had to choose one film or workshop over the other during this year’s festival because of the packed schedule. We hope the extended dates will alleviate this.”