Atlantic Film Festival

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Atlantic Film Festival
Atlantic Film Festival Logo.svg
Location Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Language International

The Atlantic Film Festival is an international film festival held in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.


The Atlantic Film Festival Association (AFFA) holds four events throughout the year. The Atlantic Film Festival is a 10-day event, screening films from Canada and around the world, and showcasing Atlantic Canadian films and artists. During the first three days of the Festival, AFFA simultaneously runs Strategic Partners, an international co-production market focusing on film & TV and early stage projects that is limited to 200 top industry players from around the world. In the spring, the AFFA holds the ViewFinders: International Film Festival for Youth, a 5-day event designed to engage, entertain and educate young people. The AFF Outdoor Film Experience, (formerly alFresco filmFesto) is the AFFA's outdoor summer film series held on the Halifax waterfront.


The 2005 festival experienced a 24 per cent attendance increase from the previous year with 29,400 in overall attendance, including 28 sold-out screenings and events.[1] In 2007 attendance was up 18 per cent over 2006, with a record-setting 33,500 people taking part in the 27th annual event.[2]

Highlights from recent years[edit]

2012 Atlantic Film Festival[edit]

World premiere of Halifax filmmaker Paul-Émile d'Entremont's documentary, Last Chance.[3]

2011 Atlantic Film Festival[edit]

Rollertown by Andrew Bush opened the festival and Mike Clattenburg's Afghan Luke closed it. Thom Fitzgerald's Cloudburst won the People's Choice Audience Award for Best Film of the Festival and Michael Melski's Charlie Zone won the Atlantic Canada Award for Best Feature. A number of high-profile actors, including Brenda Fricker, Billy Boyd, Adam Sinclair, Kristin Kreuk and Famke Janssen, were in attendance.

2009 Atlantic Film Festival[edit]

September 17 to the 26th, the festival screened 235 films (selected from over 1,500 entries).[4] Trailer Park Boys: Countdown to Liquor Day was the opening film for the festival.

2007 Atlantic Film Festival[edit]

Shake Hands With The Devil, a dramatization from Halifax-based Oscar-winning producer Michael Donovan, and multi-award-winning producer Laszlo Barna, opened the 27th Atlantic Film Festival on Thursday, September 13, 2007. The Bodybuilder and I was named best Canadian documentary.

2006 Atlantic Film Festival[edit]

Held from September 14 to 23, 223 films were screened during the 10 day event, a festival record. The Journals of Knud Rasmussen, directed by Zacharias Kunuk and Norman Cohn was the opening film. Susanne Bier's film After the Wedding was the closing film.

2005 Atlantic Film Festival[edit]

Opened with 3 Needles directed by Thom Fitzgerald with star Chloë Sevigny in attendance.

2004 Atlantic Film Festival[edit]

The opening night film was Wilby Wonderful directed by Daniel MacIvor.

2003 Atlantic Film Festival[edit]

Opened with The Event directed by Thom Fitzgerald with stars Olympia Dukakis and Rejean Cournoyer in attendance.

Salon des Refusés[edit]

Salon des Refusés Atlantique, established by Steven James May in 2001 and closed in 2010, provided a venue for filmmakers rejected by the Festival to screen their work.[1]


  1. ^ "AFF 2005 attendance". Atlantic Film Festival. 2005-10-04. Retrieved 2006-07-27. 
  2. ^ "Atlantic Film Fest big success". Halifax Daily News. 2007-10-19. Retrieved 2007-11-02. 
  3. ^ "Film dealing with persecution of gays to be available on NFB website". Canadian Press (CTV News). 4 December 2012. Retrieved 7 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "Tough to choose favourites from Atlantic Film Festival crop". Metro News. 2009-08-27. Retrieved 2009-08-27. 

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