Celebrating 36 years in 2016, the Atlantic Film Festival began as a tiny, grassroots operation in St. John’s, Newfoundland in 1981, relocating to Halifax the following year. Just three decades later, the Atlantic Film Festival has blossomed into one of Canada’s premier film festivals. An immersive escape and celebration for movie lovers, filmmakers and industry professionals worldwide. Today’s Atlantic Film Festival is now a year-round celebration, growing beyond our eight-day cornerstone event in September to include:


The Atlantic Film Festival - 150+ films from Atlantic Canada and around the world, Industry Events, Script Development Program, Retrospectives, Parties & Receptions


ViewFinders: Atlantic Film Festival for Youth - Curriculum based film & workshop events, Hands-on workshops and discussions with top industry professionals, ViewFinders Youth Film Competition, the ViewFinders Tour


AFF Outdoor Film Experience - Public screenings throughout Halifax - July through August, Variety of community screenings throughout the year


Strategic Partners - Co-production market, 100+ top industry players, 1-2-1 meetings, keynotes, panels, Trans Atlantic Partners - TAP (international co-production mentoring program), Cannes Producers Network Reception