Tuesday, December 07, 2010

"Little Miss Sunshine", Abigail Breslin, Presents Alan Arkin Career Achievement Award

The 7th Annual Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) honored Academy Award winner, Alan Arkin, with its highest honor, the Career Achievement Award, December 4th. Presenting the award to the veteran actor, director, and children's book author, was "Little Miss Sunshine" co-star, Abigail Breslin. Though nominated three times for his remarkable work in film, it was "Sunshine" that finally earned Arkin the coveted golden statue.

The event was part of the festival's five day schedule of film screenings and industry workshops and sponsored by Paradise Island's Atlantis Resort and Casino. Sixty five films from 20 countries including the Bahamas, Israel, Taiwan, Spain, Japan, and the US were screened during the festival at either the Atlantis Theater or the Galleria Cinema JFK. Says Founder & Executive Director, Leslie Vanderpool:

"The films we showcase are an assortment of narratives and short films that are entertaining, inspiring, and informative. They represent the best of entries from countries around the globe."

While attending this year's festival, Hollywood As I Live & Work and Black Talent News, turned our attention to the filmmakers, many of which were first-timers to the Bahamas Islands. We also talked to festival coordinators and attendees about the climate of filmmaking in the Bahamas and their festival experience. Hear what they had to say in our video coverage below of BIFF 2010.

Overall, we had a wonderful time at the 7th Annual Bahamas International Film Festival--great food, great service everywhere including the Riu Hotel on Paradise Island, and really great people. Special thanks to our hosts, Anita Johnson-Petty, General Manager-Communications, Bahamas Tourist Office, Lee Hayes, Vice President/Managing Director of Lagrant Communications, and our gracious driver, Mr. Romeo, Owner, Romeo's Executive Limousine & Taxi Service.

To see more "personal" videos and blogs of my Bahamas experience see my previous post and visit the Hollywood As I Live & Work Facebook fan page and be sure to "like" what you see.

Photo Credit: IMDB.com

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