The 13th annual AFF Outdoor Film Experience – Illuminated by Emera presents “Summer of Spielberg”, July 19 - August 23 on the Halifax Waterfront

Wed, 06/19/2013

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013 

The 13th annual AFF Outdoor Film Experience – Illuminated by Emera presents “Summer of Spielberg”, July 19 - August 23 on the Halifax Waterfront

(Halifax, NS) -- Produced by the Atlantic Film Festival, the 13th annual AFF Outdoor Film Experience – Illuminated by Emera (formerly: alFresco filmFesto), presents “Summer of Spielberg”. The free outdoor film series is paying tribute to acclaimed director, Steven Spielberg and six of his hit movies will be shown on Fridays, from July 19 to August 23, on the Halifax Waterfront. 

Projected on a 30-foot inflatable screen at the end of the Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk (near the Halifax Seaport Farmer’s Market), the schedule of films is as follows:

Friday, July 19: E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, 1982, 115min (Rated PG) 
Friday, July 26: Raiders of the Lost Ark, 1981,115min (Rated PG)
Friday, August 2: Jaws, 1975, 124min (Rated PG)
Friday, August 9: Catch Me If You, 2001, 142min (Rated PG)
Friday, August 16: Jurassic Park, 1993, 127min (Rated PG) 
Friday, August 23:  People’s Choice vote between: Minority Report, War of the Worlds, and Close Encounters of the Third Kind
*Vote on Facebook by noon, August 16th. The winning film will be announced just before the Jurassic Park screening.

New this year, the event will proudly screen an Atlantic Canadian produced short film as part of the pre-roll, before each screening. This is a joint presentation with CBC, called Summer Shorts.

"We feel very strongly about the re-branding of our summer film series. The AFF Outdoor Film Experience is a crucial step to an overall strategy that associates our entire family of programs to the Atlantic Film Festival brand which is recognized around the world”, said Wayne Carter, Executive Director of the Atlantic Film Festival. “We wanted to bring the word ‘Experience’ into the name as the magic that happens at these outdoor screenings is just that. Film fans of all ages gather under the stars to be a part of something very special. Something that goes beyond the film itself.”

Talented local illustrator, Nick Brunt created the design, look and feel of all the “Summer of Spielberg” program signage and promotional material, including 
T-shirts, which will be available for purchase, at each screening. 

Those attending the AFF Outdoor Film Experience – Illuminated by Emera are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs for comfort. Concessions will be available on site. Thanks to Emera, this year’s program is free all summer.

Screenings start at dusk and gates will open one-hour prior. In the case of rain, films will screen the following evening. Please check for rain date updates at:

“We’re very pleased to be partnering with the Atlantic Film Festival,” said Sarah MacDonald, President and CEO of Emera Caribbean Ltd. “At Emera, we feel strongly about supporting our communities, and the AFF bring our community fun, creative events that let people engage in new ways. Movies create memories, and we’re so happy those memories are being created in our back yard.”

In addition to “Summer of Spielberg”, the AFF Outdoor Film Experience is proud to also present the following movies in HRM this summer. 

Friday, June 28: Smurfs, 2011,103min (Rated PG) at Kinsmen Park as part of Sackville Patriot Days
Sunday, June 30: Ice Age 3: Dawn Of the Dinosaurs, 2009, 94min (Rated PG) at DeWolf Park as part of Bedford Days 
Saturday, July 06: Back to the Future, 1985, 116min (Rated PG) at Ferry Terminal Park, Dartmouth, hosted by the Downtown Dartmouth Business Commission
Thursday, August 22: Diary of a Wimpy Kid, 2010, 92min (Rated PG) at Pondside Amphitheatre, Hector Gate, hosted by Dartmouth Crossing 
*Admission is free and all screenings start at dusk with gates opening one-hour prior. Please check for rain date updates at:

“The Outdoor Film Experience is a fun, free way to get outside with friends and family and experience movie magic”, said Mayor Mike Savage. “It’s exciting to see this wonderful tradition continue on the Halifax Waterfront and to have outdoor movie nights in Halifax, Dartmouth, Bedford and Sackville.”

The AFF Outdoor Film Experience is pleased to have the support of the following partners and suppliers: Emera, Halifax Seaport, Waterfront Development Corporation, CBC, Admiral Insurance, Halifax Seaport, Dimensions Entertainment, PODS, Edible Matters, the Postman and I Heart Bikes. 

About the AFF Outdoor Film Experience 

Who can resist a night under the stars with a classic movie and the smell of popcorn wafting through the air? Whether young or old, local or visiting, the AFF Outdoor Film Experience fits the bill for good times. 
It’s outdoors. It’s movies. It’s an unforgettable experience!

For the past 12 years, on Friday nights from mid-July to the end of August, the Atlantic Film Festival has delivered an entertaining outdoor film experience throughout the Halifax Regional Municipality – a larger-than-life inflatable screen showing classic movies under the open sky. With as many as 2000+ movie-goers coming together for each screening – all toting their lawn chairs, blankets, picnics and favourite company – this open-air cinema has a unique festival atmosphere that must be experienced first-hand.

Our programmers are constantly dreaming up an engaging theme for the next series. In recent years, our Summer of … theme has been very popular. People are always trying to guess what it will be!

While the theme changes from one year to the next, the objective remains: to bring the community together; to enjoy the film viewing experience in unique outdoor settings; and to set the stage for the upcoming Atlantic Film Festival.

For more information on the AFF Outdoor Film Experience, visit:
Twitter: @thefilmfest #summerofspielberg, #AFFOFE13

About 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. This year’s event takes place from September 12-19.

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 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: ViewFinders: Atlantic Film Festival for Youth, AFF Outdoor Film Experience, Strategic Partners and Music & Image.

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