2017 Festival Update #1

Welcome to the new website for the Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival! We are so excited to start sharing Festival information with you. Read on for our first Festival Update of 2017! 



We are pleased to announce the 2017 dates for the Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival! This year, HIFF will run from June 7-11th, and the majority of screenings and events will take place at Neptune's Scotiabank Stage Theatre. 

In 2017, HIFF will play host to a diverse group of visiting filmmakers and programmers from as far away as Thailand and Switzerland, who will share their work and expertise with local audiences and filmmakers. 

2017 LINEUP:

Our lineup includes two feature films, Anocha Suwichakornpong’s mesmerizing "By the Time It Gets Dark," from Thailand and "Never Eat Alone,"a gentle, nostalgic first-feature that explores morality and aging by Toronto-basedSofia Bohdanowicz. The festival will present two retrospective programs including the varied and insightful work of Montreal-based, Indigenous filmmaker Caroline Monnetand a collection of experimental work by recent Governor General's Award winner Mike Hoolbloom.In partnership with The Centre For Art Tapes, HIFF will present a collection of experimental film and media art works from the Southeast Asian Video Centre called "MONITOR 12 Figures Pointing Outside the Frame." 

Local filmmakers will be celebrated at HIFF 2017 through the presentation of two diverse programs of short films. The Atlantic Shorts programs have recently been selected by a peer-jury of filmmakers and we will releasing the names of the films and filmmakers soon. 

In addition to screenings, HIFF is proud to offer several professional development opportunities for local filmmakers such as the Programmer Initiative, the Distribution Initiative and the HIFF Talent Lab. These initiatives will provide opportunities for local filmmakers to learn valuable skills and expand their networks through connecting with our visiting guests. 


HIFF is a pleased to introduce DIFFERENT, an alternative presentation section of the festival focused on expanded cinema and moving image installation. The first ever DIFFERENT presentation, "ENSEMBLE" will be an interactive multimedia installation by Halifax-based artists Kiersten Holden-Ada, Zak Miller-Ada and Michael McCormack. "ENSEMBLE" will use broadcast media technology to project the sounds of a traditional pit orchestra within the setting of a drive-in movie theatre.


AFCOOP Full Members receive a complimentary HIFF Festival Pass, so don't forget to renew your membership if you're approaching your renewal deadline!  Festival pass holders will also be eligible for a variety of discounts and special offers from local businesses. Tickets and passes will be available to the public for purchase on May 15th.


About HIFF: HIFF is a boutique festival dedicated to showcasing bold, innovative film and media art from the Atlantic region and around the world. The festival includes screenings, receptions, celluloid installations and one-on-one meetings between local filmmakers and guest programmers from Canadian and International festivals. 

HIFF is produced by the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative with the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Department of Canadian Heritage, Telefilm Canada, the Province of Nova Scotia, NSCAD University, The Centre For Art Tapes, the Directors Guild of Canada, Business for the Arts and The Coast.

ABOUT AFCOOP: Established in 1974 the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative (AFCOOP) is a non-profit, member-run centre for the production and presentation of creative films in a collaborative, learning environment.

AFCOOP operates with generous support from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Province of Nova Scotia and the City of Halifax.