2014 ViewFinders Festival - April 6-12, 2014
Welcome to the 2014 ViewFinders: Atlantic Film Festival for Youth!
Great films introduce audiences to new ideas, places and ways of life. And because of this, films are inherently educational. They teach us about different cultures and different people, but also inform the way we see our community and ourselves. Not only a nod to the optical lens of a camera, our festival is called ViewFinders because we truly believe cinema can teach young people how to find themselves and their identity.
Welcome to the 13th ViewFinders: Atlantic Film Festival for Youth. This festival would not be possible without the support of our government partners, sponsors and private donors. A special thank you also goes out to our friends within the education sector and especially our Teachers Advisory Committee (TAC). This body of educators watches every film that plays at ViewFinders, creating lesson plans that ensure the experience doesn’t end when students leave the theatre, but continues into the classroom.
In addition to a great daytime program of films from around the world, ViewFinders also celebrates the young Atlantic Canadians that have entered our filmmaking competitions. Congratulations on your achievement, directors. I truly hope this is just your first step in a long career with film. These youth-made films screen on April 11th and 12th, and I would encourage everyone to come and see this amazing display of talent.
ViewFinders is a proud member of the Atlantic Film Festival family. It is a daily inspiration to work alongside such passionate colleagues and collaborators. Without this team of people, ViewFinders would not be possible; we work year round to share film with the people of Atlantic Canada. If you enjoy your experience at ViewFinders, please look for our other events for young people, families and film lovers.
See you at ViewFinders!
Manager, ViewFinders: Atlantic Film Festival for Youth