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About BIFF

The Barbados Independent Film Festival is an international, independent film festival committed to highlighting the work of emerging and accomplished filmmakers and performing artists while identifying champions and solutions for a better world.

   BIFF programs feature length narrative (drama, comedy, sci-fi), documentary and short films that celebrate resilience and humankind’s capacity to overcome adversity. We give special recognition to thought-provoking films that inspire viewers to take action for a better tomorrow. The Festival also screens ocean-themed environmental and adventure shorts at our “Shorts on the Beach” screening, which is followed by the Final Festival Feature and beach party on the closing night.

   BIFF was created in 2016 to celebrate the opening of the newly built The Walled Garden Theatre at the Barbados Museum and Historical Society. Since then it has expanded to venues across the island and introduced a annual Collaboration Grant that supports the making of a short film about Barbados by a local and international filmmaker.

The 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.

Festival Co-Founder/Co-Director

Sir Trevor Carmichael

Festival Co-Founder/Co-Director

Jennifer Smith

Festival Director

De Carla Applewhaite

Board Member

Lady Sharen Carmichael

Board Member

Ian Mcneel

Board Member

Roger Moore

Board Member

Julie Hooper Mcneel

Board Member

Sanna Allsopp

Festival Co-Founder/Co-Director

Sir Trevor Carmichael

Festival Co-Founder/Co-Director

Jennifer Smith

Festival Director

De Carla Applewhaite

Board Member

Lady Sharen Carmichael

Board Member

Ian Mcneel

Board Member

Roger Moore

Director Julie Hooper Mcneel

Board Member

Julie Hooper Mcneel

Board Member

Sanna Allsopp