“FLIFF On Location” Returns to Grand Bahama Island
After a six-year hiatus, (Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival) “FLIFF On Location” returned to Grand Bahama Island and the Pelican Bay Hotel where 15 independent movies were screened over a period of two days.
Greg Von Hausch, President, CEO, FLIFF, said, “FLIFF has a wonderful history with Grand Bahama and it feels good to be back. We first came to the island in 2009, to screen a movie at the Regency Theatre. That event was a tremendous success, and the catalyst for our agreement with the Ministry of Tourism to come to Freeport to host FLIFF at Pelican Bay from 2011 to 2013. During that time, we showcased a minimum twenty films a year, met aspiring Bahamian filmmakers and showcased some of their movies at the festivals. We also brought many filmmakers to Grand Bahama.” He added that “We know that Grand Bahama has experienced economic challenges since our last festival, and we are thrilled to be back and to contribute to the economy.”
Pelican Bay Operations Manager, Della Bridgewater, said, “The team was excited to welcome “FLIFF On Location” back home to Pelican Bay and Grand Bahama. It’s been six years since the festival has been to Freeport, and we wanted to give the filmmakers and the persons attending the festival a warm greeting and an unforgettable experience.”
Referencing the lineup of independent films that included comedy, action, drama, thrillers, and documentaries, Karen Seymour, Director, Ministry of Tourism and Aviation, Grand Bahama, said, “There was a wonderful selection of films this weekend, including a Bahamian documentary! We appreciate Greg and his team sharing this opportunity with us once again, and thanks to Pelican Bay Hotel, we hope this is the re-start of more things to come."
“FLIFF On Location: Grand Bahama 2019” was sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation, Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, Barefoot Marketing, The Bahamas Weekly.com and Pelican Bay Hotel. All proceeds from the event were donated to the Grand Bahama Children’s Home.