Spike Lee's second world war saga Miracle At St Anna will close the fifth Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF), which runs from December 4-11.

'I am so pleased to be welcoming Spike Lee's wonderful film back to Nassau, Bahamas, as Miracle Of St Anna was shot on Rose Island,' festival founder and executive director Leslie Vanderpool said.

As previously announced Bahamian film-maker Maria Govan's Rain will open the event, which will showcase 80 films from 22 different countries including 50 features.

The line-up includes Ryan Fleck's US drama Sugar about Dominican baseball star Miguel 'Sugar' Santos, Aaron Woodley's US road movie Tennessee starring Mariah Carey, Ballie Walsh UK drama Flashbacks Of A Fool starring Daniel Craig and Austin Chick's US drama August starring Josh Hartnett.

Also screening are Mark Forstmann's Australian drama Monkey Puzzle, Til Schweiger's German romantic comedy Rabbit Without Ears, Jeffrey Goodman's mystery The Last Lullaby and Philippe Diaz's documentary The End of Poverty. Caribbean Spotlight entries include Brooke Burnside's Mr Blue Sky from the Bahamas, Javier Colon Rios' De Pura Cepa from the US and Sugar.

Festival patron Sir Sean Connery will be in attendance to presentLaurence Fishburne with the Career Achievement Award on December 7.Anna Faris will receive the Rising Star Tribute a day later. The fourcompetition categories are Spirit Of Freedom: Dramatic, Spirit OfFreedom: Documentary; New Vision; and Short Film.

The full programme is available at www.bintlfilmfest.com