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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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!

The 34th Atlantic Film Festival Audience Award presented to HOW TO BE DEADLY

Congratulations to How To Be Deadly! The Atlantic Film Festival Audience Award for Best Feature honours the exceptional innovation and talent demonstrated by filmmakers in this year's festival program. The Audience Award for Best Feature was chosen, well...by you, the audience! Tiffany Spencer has won a trip for two to Montreal (accommodation and airfare paid!) from TTI Travel. Presented by the Atlantic Film Festival, and sponsored by TTI Travel.

10x10 Winners: Like A Motorcycle and Jenna Marks!

Congratulations to Like A Motorcycle and Jenna Marks for their winning music video Hands! 10 Atlantic Canadian filmmakers and 10 Atlantic Canadian musicians/bands were paired up to produce 10 music videos over 5-days of on-the-ground shooting and editing. Selected filmmakers and musicians had access to video director mentors, professional film equipment and post-production support during the 5-day program. See what they created at the link below!

34th Atlantic Film Festival Awards - Update

More awards to announce! Congratulations to all nominees and winners! The Script Development Award: Singer by Seth Smith and Darcy Spidle. Best French Canadian Film: Mommy, Director - Xavier Dolan, Producer - Xavier Dolan, Nancy Grant, Writer - Xavier Dolan. To see the full list of awards, click below.