WEDNESDAY, FEB. 8: The Bermuda International Film Festival has set up a weekend of film-related entertainment as a warm up to the main event in March.
It is hoped that the events will help to raise money for the 2012 festival that takes place from March 16 to 22.
Callee Frith, BIFF’s Special events director, said: “With just over a month to go to the Bermuda International Film Festival, we want to get movie fans in the mood for some serious cinema-going pleasure with this warm-up weekender. At each event there will be a chance to meet the BIFF team and hear more about the exciting plans for this year’s festival.”
Here are the details of the events supplied by BIFF:
- The Preview Party — Friday, February 24:
The weekend will kick-off with an exclusive BIFF 2012 Preview Party for BIFF’s members and patrons, where guests will get a sneak preview of a number of the short films that will be included in the line-up for BIFF 2012.
This is the category for which BIFF is a qualifying festival for the Academy Awards, so attendees have a chance of seeing a future 2013 Oscar winner.
- BIFFlix February Special Edition — February 25 from 6pm:
For the final edition of the BIFFlix monthly film series before this year’s festival, BIFF has secured The Woman in the Fifth to screen in Bermuda ahead of its US release.
It will be shown at 6pm on February 25 at BUEI on Crow Lane in Hamilton. The film was part of the 2011 official selection at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Starring past Oscar nominees, Ethan Hawke and Kristin Scott Thomas, this thriller follows American writer, Tom Ricks, to Paris where he is desperate to put his life together again and win back the love of his estranged wife and daughter. When things don’t go according to plan, he ends up in a shady hotel in the suburbs, having to work as a night guard to make ends meet. Then Margit, a beautiful, mysterious stranger, walks into his life and their passionate and intense relationship triggers a string of inexplicable events.
Tickets are available on the door from 4pm or in advance, by emailing email@example.com or from www.tickets.biff.bm from February 6.
Tickets are $10 for BIFF members or $15 for non-members. Running time is 83 minutes and the language is French (with English subtitles). Rated R.
- Argus Walk The Walk — February 26 at 8:30am:
The BIFF team is urging fans of the Bermuda International Film Festival to support its fundraising efforts by taking part in the Argus Walks the Walk 5K event on February 26.
For the equivalent cost of a cinema ticket, a bag of popcorn and a soft drink, you can support the film festival.
Money raised will go straight into putting on BIFF 2012, a week-long film extravaganza of features never seen before in Bermuda. Argus Walks the Walk is a one-of-a-kind event in that you can choose the charity you want your $25 entry fees to benefit. For everyone who walks for BIFF, there is a free BIFF t-shirt. Register online at: www.racedayworld.com.
- 2012 Live from the Red Carpet:
For the finale, BIFF has teamed up with MEF to bring a night of glitz, glamour and film talk at the 2012 Live From the Red Carpet affair. The event is being held at The Deep in the Elbow Beach Complex on the night of the 84th Academy Awards. The awards will be broadcast live from L.A. in The Deep and guests can attempt to predict the winners and play games to win prizes.
The event starts at 7:30pm to allow guests to catch footage of the celebrities themselves arriving at the Oscars at 8pm local time. There will be happy hour priced beer and wine all night, special Oscar-themed cocktails, trivia, a best dressed competition, red carpet photos and more.
Tickets are priced at $25 and are strictly limited, with reserved seating available for the first 100. Buy online: www.diningbermuda.com.