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. 

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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Latest Buzz

As part of The Shortest Day celebration, the Atlantic Film Festival offers free short film programs for kids and families at the NEW Halifax Central Library, December 20 & 21

The Atlantic Film Festival is pleased to partner with the National Film Board of Canada, Quebec’s SODEC, Telefilm Canada and the Halifax Central Library to screen two short film programs as part of The Shortest Day 2014 celebration of Canadian short films. The free screenings, including one Kids Program and one Family Program, will be presented at the NEW Halifax Central Library, December 20 and 21.

Atlantic Filmmaker Focus: Andrea Dorfman

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 Halifax filmmaker Andrea Dorfman.

Andrea's most recent film Heartbeat opens at Cineplex Cinemas Park Lane in Halifax, NS, Friday, November 21.

We caught up with Andrea recently to talk about filmmaking and the making of Heartbeat.

ViewFinders presents screening at 14th annual Silver Wave Film Festival in Fredericton, Nov. 8

A production of the Atlantic Film Festival, ViewFinders: Atlantic Film Festival For Youth will present a screening of short films at the 14th annual Silver Wave Film Festival at the Centre communautaire Sainte-Anne in Fredericton this Saturday, November 8 at 12 noon. Admission is free.

“The Silver Wave organizers are thrilled to be partnering with ViewFinders: Atlantic Film Festival For Youth for the first time this year,” said Cat LeBlanc, Silver Wave Film Festival Organizer. “The collection of youth films they are showcasing in our Silver Wave Youth program are stellar.”

Thank you from the 34th Atlantic Film Festival team!

The 34th Atlantic Film Festival would like to recognize the hard work and dedication of all its staff and volunteers. Congratulations on a phenomenal run! A big thank you to all our wonderful sponsors - you make what we do possible! Click HERE to see just how many great organizations we're honoured to partner with. Less than a year until our 35th anniversary, and we can't wait to bring you the best of film in Atlantic Canada, the rest of the country and around the world again soon! See you at the movies!