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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The Summer of Sandra continues this week with the AFF Outdoor Film Experience featuring THE BLIND SIDE. This film is the highest grossing football movie and sports drama of all time, and earned Sandra Bullock her first Oscar win! Join us Friday, July 25th at Tall Ships Quay (Google map) on the Halifax Waterfront!

Summer of Sandra People's Choice voting now open!

We have opened the polls! THE PROPOSAL, TWO WEEKS NOTICE, WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING or TWO IF BY SEA are this year's choices for the Summer of Sandra, showing August 15th at Tall Ships Quay on the Halifax Waterfront. VOTE NOW!

Volunteer With Us!

Our volunteers are a key component in being able to present all of you with the finest film experiences anywhere in Atlantic Canada and beyond. If you love movies and want to help out, click the link below! We can't wait to meet you!

July newsletter is out!

This month we interview Newfoundland's William D. MacGillivray for our Atlantic Filmmaker Focus! Plus we give you all the info you need for the Outdoor Film Experience's Summer of Sandra and Community Screenings around the city, exciting Strategic Partners news, how to volunteer with us, and much more!