The Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival (HIFF) is accepting Short Film Submissions from Atlantic Canadian filmmakers until Monday, April 3rd. Entries will be accepted by online screener only through FilmFreeway. There are no fees for Atlantic Canadian submissions.

Short films for HIFF 2017 will be selected by peer-jury of local filmmakers.

For more information visit the Atlantic Shorts page.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: DIFFERENT – Alternative Presentation at HIFF 2017

Deadline: Monday March 6th @ 11:59 PM

The Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival (HIFF) is seeking proposals for DIFFERENT – an alternative presentation section of the festival focused on expanded cinema and moving image installations. Building on recent efforts to present 16mm film loops and celluloid film installations during HIFF, DIFFERENT offers presentation opportunities and project support for artists experimenting with the moving image outside of the traditional cinematic presentation format.

Eligible Projects

Any moving image presentations that are not intended for a traditional cinema environment are welcome to apply, including:

–       expanded cinema installation
–       multi-channel film or video looping
–       sound installation
–       performance incorporating projection and/or sound
–       digital/interactive platforms
–       media works intended for presentation in an art gallery

The only requirement is that the presentation must include (or make theoretical reference to) the “moving image and/or sound for film”. DIFFERENT is open only to artists living in Nova Scotia.

Project Support
Successful applicants will receive up to $750.00 in project support, a $400 artist fee and $2000.00 worth of in-kind equipment sponsorship from the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative.

Deadline for project proposals is Monday March 6th 2017 @ 11:59 PM. Project selection will be announced early April 2017. HIFF 2017 will take place June 7th to 10th at Neptune’s Scotiabank Stage Theatre.

Proposals for DIFFERENT can be located anywhere in the HRM and do not need to be located at Neptune’s Scotiabank Stage Theatre. Please give immense consideration to the location you intend to access for your project. AFCOOP does not guarantee it will be able to negotiate access to any locations for a chosen project. It is the responsibility of the artist to focus on a location that can realistically be accessed for their project. It is also the artist’s responsibility to initiate and negotiate the use of said location if their project is chosen, and to reflect estimated access fees in their proposed project budget. A letter of support, though not a requirement, is recommended for demonstrating project feasibility.


Your application should include:

–       Name of applicant / CV or filmography of applicant
–       Title of proposed project
–       Project description (Who are you? What is your project? Why do you want to make it? What does your project entail?)
–       Logistical plan (potential site of installation, timeline, equipment/materials required, etc.)
–       Budget
–       Sample of work (one link maximum, Vimeo, etc)

–       Letter of support from parties involved (optional but recommended)

The deadline for submitting to DIFFERENT is Monday March 6th @ 11:59 PM. Please submit your application as a .pdf electronically to


  1. HIFF accepts short film submissions of all genres up to 25 minutes in length from Atlantic Canadian based filmmakers. We DO NOT accept feature film submissions.
  2. HIFF only accepts online screeners. We DO NOT accept DVD submissions.
  3. All submissions must have been completed after Jan. 1st, 2016.
  4. Non-English language films must be presented in English-subtitled versions.
  5. Works in Progress are eligible for submission, (however films must be completed by print traffic deadline). Please be aware programmers only view the first version of a submitted film and will not accept a revised cut version of the film later in the submission process.
  6. Submission is free.


  1. HIFF shorts are selected by a peer-jury of filmmakers.
  2. Successful applicants will be notified by May 3rd 2017 via email.
  3. Due to time constraints our programming team will not be able to respond individually to filmmakers if your film is not accepted.
  4. Decisions made by the HIFF programming team are final.


  1. If your film is selected you must send the following to the Festival by May 15th 2017:
  • Minimum two high-resolution film stills
  • One high-resolution Director’s headshot photo
  • Brief synopsis of the film
  • Exhibition copy of the film in high-resolution Quicktime format
  • Online link to film trailer (if available)
  1. Filmmakers will be paid a screening fee based on rates set by the Independent Media Arts Alliance (
  2. One representative from each film selected to screen will be provided with a pass to all festival events.

4.   Your submission of this entry form confirms that:

  • You have the legal right to represent and submit this film for consideration to HIFF.
  • The Festival is not responsible for any claim involving copyright, trademark, or royalty infringements related to the work.
  • You agree to allow the festival the use of your film and its publicity materials for promotional purposes.

Send any submisson questions to:

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