History and Past Guests


The Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative (AFCOOP) has always sought to encourage people in our community to become engaged in both filmmaking and the appreciation of films and media arts. In 2002, the AFCOOP board of directors officially added ‘presentation’ to the organization’s mandate and in the spring of 2003 AFCOOP started a regularly scheduled screening series as a way to address the absence of alternative and independent cinema in Halifax. The success of this series demonstrated that there was a strong demand in our community for unique, innovative, and challenging film and media works featuring a diversity of voices. As an additional response to this need, and to provide an annual cinematic celebration of independent media works, AFCOOP sought to expand its presentation offerings by starting the Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival.

AFCOOP presented the first HIFF over two days in 2007. Since, we’ve had the opportunity to host a dozen visiting artists, over sixty events, more than three-hundred films, and introduce over four-thousand attendees to great films. Building on these successes, the Tenth Annual Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival is scheduled to take place over five days from June 8th-12th, 2016.  Thanks to the continued support from our local industry people, film enthusiasts and sponsors, HIFF has grown to hosting visiting festival programmers, nationally and internationally decorated filmmakers and presenting award-winning national and international shorts and features.

AFCOOP is committed to presenting innovative Canadian media. Our goal with the Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival is to advance the development, understanding, and appreciation of the art of filmmaking, and in particular, culturally diverse works, and independent Canadian artworks while developing diverse, knowledgeable, engaged, and devoted audiences.