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

34th Atlantic Film Festival Program Guide out now!

The Program Guide and Festival Schedule are now up on our website in PDF form for viewing and download! Browse through our incredible selection of Atlantic, Canadian and international shorts and features, but that's just to start. We also have spectacular Celebrations, stellar Special Events and progressive Panels, and even more!

34th Atlantic Film Festival Mobile App - download now!

Discover the ultimate festival experience with the Atlantic Film Festival app! Stay up-to-date on all things AFF, with a complete schedule of films and events you’ll always know what’s going on and where. Browse through films by category, watch trailers, look up show times and much more. Even use the app to purchase tickets directly from your iPhone or iPad!

Pass & Ticket Information!

You've got the Program Guide, you've got the App, now go get your Passes and Tickets! New this year is our Festival Experience Pass - all access to absolutely everything we have to offer. We have a variety of other passes available, and single tickets as well of course. Detailed information just a click away below!

Volunteer Orientation Session on September 2nd!

Whether a returning volunteer or new to the Atlantic Film Festival volunteer experience, our mandatory Volunteer Orientation Session is key to making the most of your volunteer experience! Meet members of the various Atlantic Film Festival departments and find out what goes into making the Atlantic Film Festival such a great success for 34 years and how you can play a part in making this year better than ever! Join us on Tuesday, September 2nd at 6:00 PM at the Lord Nelson Hotel.