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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ViewFinders Film Challenges!

At ViewFinders, we’re really just trying to bring young people and film together. One of our favourite ways to do that is through our FILM COMPETITIONS We like to think of the Film Competition as a launch pad for young talent, and a bridge to connect you with the film industry.

So, are you up for a challenge?
Make a movie. Under 5 minutes.
Enter it to win. Thousands of $$ in Prizes.
Then watch it. On the big screen at ViewFinders!

DOWNLOAD - New Episodes Coming February 28th!

We're proud to join forces with the CBC in Atlantic Canada to present the 5th season of DOWNLOAD

DOWNLOAD is devoted solely to content made by Atlantic Canadians, featuring comedy, drama, music and information programming.

Watch it now.

Winners of the 33rd Atlantic Film Festival announced!

See the winners of the Industry Awards & the Closing Gala Awards here:

From Screen to Score: Wednesday, Sept 18

The evening's program will include performance and dialogue about what it means to create one of the deepest collaborations that happens in film - pictures and sound coming together.