The Spirit Of Freedom: Documentary prize went to Chai Vasarhelyi's Youssou Ndour: I Bring What I Love and Darier Hentsch's Gone Fishing earned the short film prize.
BIFF's Filmmaker Residency Programme will award a total of $10,000 to local Bahamian film-makers Claire Ince, Ian Poitier and Travolta Cooper for their projects, Scandal, Getting In and Man Made Isle, respectively.
The programme was established to award a significant cash prize to 'a deserving independent Bahamian and Caribbean film-maker vying for funding on his or her project.'
'As the festival grows with each passing year, the Residency Programme continues to provide us with outstanding artistic work from both the Bahamian and international communities,' festival founder and executive director Leslie Vanderpool said. 'We are extremely happy for Ian, Travolta and Claire.'
The festival showed 80 films from 22 countries, including 50 features of which several were world or international premieres and nearly all Bahamian premieres. The event runs from December 4-11.