Maria Govan's drama Rain, one of the first indigenously produced films to come out of the Bahamas, will open the Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF), set to run from December 4-11 in Nassau.

Rain received its world premiere in the Discovery section of the Toronto International Film Festival last weekend and centres on a Bahamian adolescent who sets sail to Nassau to find her estranged mother. Renel Brown, Nicki Micheaux, CCH Pounder, Irma P Hall, Calvin Lockhart, Shavante Nixon and Ron Butler star.

Govan developed Rain through BIFF's Residency Programme and Caribbean Development Lab, where she met the film's co-producers Nate and Pamela Kohn. Francis Kuzler and Molly Mayeux also produced.

'Four years ago at an art gallery I heard the reading of Rain and urged Maria to submit the work in progress to the BIFF residency programme,' BIFF founder and executive director Leslie Vanderpool said. 'The BIFF mandate is to encourage and assist in the development of film-making, therefore I am proud to know that BIFF is there to nurture our emerging film-makers.'

'BIFF offers Bahamians two very important things through the residency programme - the opportunity to get feedback on one's work so that Bahamians may become better screen writers and also the opportunity to connect with industry people who have the capacity to help realise that which is given to them on the page,' Govan said.