THE ATLANTIC FILM FESTIVAL

The Atlantic Film Festival (AFF) is an eight-day celebration of film, media and music from around the world. It’s a festival that turns Halifax – a charming and historic coastal city – into an international Mecca for the arts, abuzz with filmmakers, industry types and film lovers. 

Offering a first-look at the best international films of the festival season, the AFF is a champion of local filmmakers, committed to bridging the gap. We attract some of the biggest players in film, media and music from around the world. All of our film selections are chosen with our community in mind and our special events are designed to bring us all together. A not-for-profit organization, the AFF depends heavily upon its strong ties to the surrounding and thriving arts community.

The AFF began as a tiny, grassroots operation in St. John’s, Newfoundland in 1981, relocating to Halifax the following year. Just three decades later, the AFF has blossomed into one of Canada’s premier film festivals. Whether for industry folk, unabashed film lovers or curious onlookers, the AFF offers a slew of opportunities to engage through film. Today’s Atlantic Film Festival is now a year-round celebration, growing beyond our eight-day cornerstone event in September to include:

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

Strategic Partners - Co-production market, 200 top industry players, 1-2-1 meetings, keynotes, panels, Trans Atlantic Partners - TAP (international co-production mentoring program), Cannes Producers Network Reception

ViewFinders Atlantic Film Festival for Youth - Curriculum based film & workshop program, Hands-on workshops, Masterclass and discussions with top industry professionals, ViewFinders Productions, Festival in a Van

AFF Outdoor Film Experience - 6 public screenings on the Halifax Waterfront July-August 2013, Variety of community screenings throughout the year.

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Latest Buzz

ViewFinders Workshop Series - Weekly, April 1 - 22
Each week in April, leading up to the ViewFinders Film Competition deadline (May 1st, 2015), ViewFinders will be offering a filmmaking workshop for youth at the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative (AFCOOP).

Workshops are FREE to attend, but pre-registration is required.
Register: vfcoordinator@atlanticfilm.com or 902.422.3456
Atlantic Filmmaker Focus: Deanne Foley

The Atlantic Film Festival is a champion of Atlantic Canadian filmmakers. In keeping with this promise, every month we profile some of the most incredibly talented people in the filmmaking industry today. This month, we look at Newfoundland director Deanne Foley.

Calling all Educators! Register your class for the 2015 ViewFinders Atlantic Film Festival for Youth, NOW.

Since its inception, ViewFinders has brought over 50,000 young people to the movies. Through daytime screenings and workshops that have become popular as an annual class-trip destination for local teachers and their students, ViewFinders offers the best of international and local film while celebrating the original works of Atlantic Canadian young people with a passion for film and video.
 
New this year, ViewFinders is a free event. Although pre-registration is required, schools attending ViewFinders will only be responsible for the cost of transportation to and from the event.

ViewFinders Film Competition - CALL FOR ENTRIES

ViewFinders announces the 2015 Youth Film Competition presented by DHX Media! Youth, 18 and under, from the Atlantic Provinces, are invited to submit their short films by Friday, May 1 at 5 p.m. All films must be under five minutes long. The top entries are eligible for prizes that will be awarded at a special red carpet screening on Saturday, June 6.  Prizes will be awraded in three categories (animation, live action and documentary), as well as a grand prize.