The 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World, 2018

Bahamas International Film Festival

November 28-December 6, 2018 / Nassau, Bahamas / bintlfilmfest.com

“Who doesn’t want to be in the Bahamas in December?,” a panelist rhetorically asks. This is especially true of such “an amazingly staged island festival with so much heart and spirit” as Bahamas International Film Festival, where “incredible films and networking with top industry players” go hand in hand. A hefty press presence covers such A-listers as Johnny Depp and Nicolas Cage as they join the likes of past guest U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (who delivered an address on Nassau, Bahamas’ relationship with the U.S. Embassy in 2012) amidst a showcase of 1,000-plus local and international films. BIFF is leveraging its locale’s innate tourism appeal without ever feeling touristy, as flown-in moviemakers rub elbows with breakout Bahamian talent during retreats on the Blue Lagoon Island.

Fest-goers kick off happy hour at Bahamas International Film Festival 2017. Photograph courtesy of Bahamas International Film Festival

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3 Comments

  1. Sam

    August 18, 2018 at 10:16 am

    CiNEWORX is proud to Sponsor and Partner with SFF for 5 years running providing Digital Content (DCPS) for the Fest! Congrats SFF for making it 3 years running as one of the top 25 COOLEST FILM FESTIVALS to attend.

  2. ron

    July 10, 2018 at 5:10 pm

    How about calling it “Our reviewers 25 favorite festivals” — for these are festivals that your jury has presumably been to and likes — and that’s fine. To call it the world’s 25 coolest is a wee bit presumptuous, no?

  3. Duncan Putney

    July 9, 2018 at 2:52 pm

    Have you heard about the Flickers – Children’s Hospitals International Film Festival (CHIFF)? This new and growing festival provides a free program of new and amazing short films to the patients of children’s hospitals in the US and Canada (and soon Europe) and its the kids who vote on the award winners at each two week hospital event. CHIFF is part of the Rhode Island International Film Festival. CHIFF was recently endorsed by the US Surgeon General who said that great films are great medicine. How cool is that? You can find CHIFF on Facebook and Twitter using @FlickersCHIFF.

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