January 7, 2018

Barbados Independent Film Festival 2018

I can't believe the second annual BIFF is kicking off next week from January 9th -14th!

I've been involved with this incredible event since inception in 2017 and the festival has grown in leaps and bounds in just one year. The team has been working tirelessly to execute a really diverse, multi sensory experience, with something for everyone at a number of beautiful venues across the island.

There are award winning actors, directors, screen writers and creatives flying in from all over the world to be a part of BIFF to host workshops, attend screenings and of course, to have a great time in Barbados. 

This festival isn't just about the films, it's about the intimate, personalised experiences curated by a passionate team who really put their heart and soul into this event. Since it's such a small festival, BIFF features a little bit of everything, but the goal is really to feature novel storytelling that ignites passion in the audience and evokes aspirations to a better future. 

The packed schedule of events may seem a bit overwhelming, but it's worth it to read through the description of each event to see what's in store. There are a number of free events as well!

You can download the schedule PDF here, though there are few films missing from that version. I would suggest checking the Facebook page as well for the list of events and descriptions. All tickets can be purchased online via Ticketpal Caribbean or at any Ticketpal retail outlet, which are listed on their website.

I'm personally looking forward to the following:

Ladies' Night at Olympus Theatres

A unique after work experience served with wine and delectables. Special programming includes thought-provoking films by women who highlight issues of cultural identity, beauty, self-worth and more. One of my superstar team members at Island Sitters has a short film being featured! Should be a fun evening with the ladies!

Tickets are BDS$40 and include the screening, followed by a discussion and dinner featuring local fish cooked up by some of our islands' top chefs. This new Sundance award-winning film follows a team of divers, photographers and scientists on a thrilling adventure to find out why warming ocean water is causing coral reefs to vanish at an unprecedented rate. After the film, there will be an exciting discussion about the opportunity we have in 2018 to create a cleaner, healthier future for Barbados.

This is a Children's Film Screening event and includes films promoting public awareness and education on climate change issues in the Caribbean and throughout the world. After the screening, there will be an engaging discussion specifically designed for children, on ocean conservation in Barbados. 

The new documentary SEED: The Untold Story will be screened at the new Daphne Joseph Hackett Theatre in Queen's Park, Bridgetown. Tickets are BDS$30 and include the screening, a Q&A with filmmaker Jon Betz, a discussion with local agri-entrepreneurs and a locally sourced catered reception.

BIFF Awards Ceremony followed by a sunset screening of short films that celebrate our oceans. No ticket necessary but bring a chair or blanket. This was the highlight of the festival last year!

Are you planning on attending any BIFF 2018 events? 

Be sure to tag #BimLovesFilm in any photos or videos on Facebook and Insta!


January 5, 2018

A few favourites

I love discovering new profiles/websites/blogs/books so I'm starting a fun little bi weekly (or randomly, you know how I roll) feature where I share a little shot of inspiration of a few things that I love.
Some are beautiful, some are inspiring, some are silly, some are thought provoking and they all inspire or excite me in one way or another. 

January 2, 2018

12 Book Reading Challenge

The amazing Adventurous Kate just shared this fantastic 12-Book Reading Challenge for the New Year.

The Challenge: 12 Books in 2018 📚

One per month. 12 books is fairly achievable for most busy people!

Now, here’s the twist: they all need to be themed! 

Because reading twelve books is great, but reading twelve books with the same theme is fun and gives you continuity for 2018.

Kate is choosing 12 books from countries whose authors she's never read before. I recommended the following Caribbean works for her to check out:

- In the Castle of my Skin by Barbadian George Lamming
- Wide Sargasso Sea by Dominica-born British author Jean Rhys
- White Woman on the Green Bicycle by Trinidadian-born British writer Monique Roffey (which I've written about before)
- Anything by Saint Lucian poet and playwright Derek Walcott

I'm going to read books written by women I admire, as this in line with some of my personal resolutions for 2018. 

I'm starting off with Shonda Rhimes' "Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person." Shonda’s sister laid down a challenge: just for one year, try to say YES to the unexpected invitations that come your way. Shonda reluctantly agreed―and the result was nothing short of transformative. In Year of Yes, Shonda Rhimes chronicles the powerful impact saying yes had on every aspect of her life―and how we can all change our lives with one little word. Yes.

After a really shitty end to 2017, I needed something to kick off my year on a positive note. I'm also looking to 'A Year of Reading the World' list compiled by Ann Morgan, who spent a year reading a book from every country in the world, as well as this list of 60 Great Business and Leadership Books, All Written by Women.

Do you have any books you would recommend that are written by badass, female role models?

I'd love to update this blog as I go along and to share updates on the challenge, so please feel free to share any recommendations with me throughout the year.
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