Strategic Partners Overview

Strategic Partners (September 17th - 20th, 2015) is the place to discover and develop compelling projects, kick-start long-term business relationships and make investment happen. 

For our most recent SP press release, please click HERE

Celebrating its 18th anniversary in 2015, Strategic Partners is one of the world’s preeminent co‐production/co-financing markets. Focusing on feature film, TV and digital fiction, Strategic Partners includes projects looking for financing as well as those still at an early stage, looking for the right partner. Its linear program is designed to provide unparalleled access to international co-production possibilities – all under one roof, set against the backdrop of the Atlantic Film Festival and the vibrant, coastal city of Halifax, Nova Scotia.  


Global partnerships are essential to your project’s success. Top Canadian and international industry players are selected to attend Strategic Partners, including producers, investors, sales agents, funding agencies, broadcasters and distributors.  Offering over 1000 pre-scheduled 1-2-1 meetings, co-production focused roundtable sessions, cutting edge panels, visionary keynote speakers, and Atlantic Film Festival screenings and receptions – Strategic Partners is a convergence of talent and innovation, producing tangible results.

In 2015, Strategic Partners will continue to strengthen the focus on television and digital first projects at the event, striking a balance between feature film, TV, and web-based projects.

"I was really impressed with the quality of digital projects at Strategic Partners. I met with numerous world-class international producers who had innovative and exciting digital original content in development. I'm very optimistic that many of these meetings will turn into deals." – Matthew Graham, Head of Digital, PBS Digital Studios (USA)


The Erich Pommer Institut (Germany), Canadian Media Production Association (Canada), and Independent Filmmaker Project (USA) present a two-module, intensive training and networking program for film producers from Europe, Canada and the US. Trans Atlantic Partners (TAP) producers gather in Berlin in June for Module 1 and then reconvene in Halifax, NS in September for Module 2.

For further information, and to apply, to Trans Atlantic Partners, click HERE


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Please Note: Festival Office Closure

The Atlantic Film Festival offices will be closed from October 3rd until October 13th, 2015.  If you would like to leave a message, please call 902.422.3456 or email 

Winners of the 35th Atlantic Film Festival announced!

The Atlantic Film Festival, in the midst of its highly successful 35th year, announces its award winners for the event, September 17th-24th in Halifax. The Industry Awards Reception took place on Sunday, Sept. 20th in the Imperial Ballroom at The Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites.

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2015 FULL PROGRAM Announce

The 35th annual Atlantic Film Festival has announced its full festival program, featuring over 200 films and a full slate of special events, to be presented over eight days in Halifax, September 17-24.

"Our audience will find that in this year’s program in particular the diversity of culture and community is on display like never before”, said Wayne Carter, Executive Director. “As new technology changes allow filmmakers to create their stories in more austere circumstances the incredible effect is the ability to hear a broader range of voices from around the globe. " 

2015 Atlantic Program Announce

The 35th annual Atlantic Film Festival proudly launches its program of Atlantic Canadian film selections, including the much-anticipated Atlantic Gala, to be presented over eight days in Halifax, September 17-24.