THE ATLANTIC FILM FESTIVAL

The Atlantic Film Festival 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 Atlantic Film Festival 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 Atlantic Film Festival depends heavily upon its strong ties to the surrounding and thriving arts community.

Celebrating 35 years in 2015, 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. Whether for industry folk, unabashed film lovers or curious onlookers, the Festival 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 events, Hands-on workshops and discussions with top industry professionals, ViewFinders Youth Film Competition, Viewfinders School Tours

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

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Latest Buzz

Script Development Program: Feature Film Outlines Selected

Outlines for feature films from Jesse Harley, Glen Matthews, Tamara Segura and the team of Adam Deviller & Bob Mann have made this year’s cut. These writers will complete three workshops, led by story editor Michael Melski, in preparation for the 2015 Script Pitch Event at the 35th Atlantic Film Festival. Films will be pitched to a room of industry professionals, with the aim of attracting a producer and/or director and a chance to win a $10,000 development prize from The Harold Greenberg Fund.

Atlantic Filmmaker Focus: Allan Hawco

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 actor/producer/writer Allan Hawco.

Winners of the 14th annual ViewFinders: Atlantic Film Festival for Youth Film Competition announced!

Finalists screenings and the awards ceremony took place at the Scotiabank Theatre Halifax (formerly Cineplex Bayer's Lake), June 6th. Prizes were awarded for live-action, documentary and animated film categories. All finalists were also eligible for prizing in the Grand Prize and People’s Choice Award category, sponsored by Bell Aliant Community One.

It's the Summer of SuperHeroes!

Produced by the Atlantic Film Festival (AFF), the 15th annual AFF Outdoor Film Experience presents “Summer of SuperHeroes”. The free outdoor film series is presenting a theme this year rather than a specific star in eleven fan favourites throughout HRM, this June, July and August. WATCH THE TRAILER HERE. #SOSH15 #AFFOFE2015