HIFF Dailies • Day Three


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Day Two at HIFF was unreal. After the arresting double-feature of Black Mother and Répertoire des villes disparues and two deeply thoughtful filmmaker Q&As, it was tough to vacate the theatre in anything less than a blissed-out reverie. Eventually we spilled out into the night just in time to catch Toronto's basketball achievement.

Tonight we're proud to present a retrospective on the diverse film work of Lisa Jackson. Whether it's in narrative filmmaking, music videos, documentary, or experimental VR, Jackson captures the complexity of human experience in her work with a keen, careful eye. 

The Lisa Jackson Retrospective will start at 7 pm in the Neptune Scotiabank Stage Theatre. 

Every year, our Atlantic Auteurs program is a festival highlight that showcases some of the most original new work being done by established and emerging filmmakers in our area. This year's program of 11 short films begins at 9 pm in Neptune Scotiabank Stage Theatre.

Here's this year's lineup:

Selkie•Rena Thomas •2019 •3 min.

Into The Impossible•Angie & Tracey Richard •2018 •6 min.

Embracing The Overcast•Kelsey Power •2018 •5 min.

Prizefight•Todd Fraser •2018 •13 min.

Mr. Horizon•Erica Meus-Saunders & Hesam Hanafi •2018 •3 min.

Passage•Henry Colin •2018 •10 min.

It's Only Monday•Nicole Steeves •2019 •5 min.

Ghoulish Galactic Grievances•Josh Owen •2019 •13 min.

Dear Diary•Ross Unger •2018 •6 min.

A Nice Big Zero For You•Lisa Morse •2019 •7 min.

Circles•Tim Tracey •2019 •3 min.

Passes will be available for pick-up in the Neptune lobby an hour before each screening, and individual tickets will be on sale at the door for $12.


1 pm •
HIFF Masterclass— Denis Côté

3 pm• HIFF Masterclass— Khalik Allah

7 pm• Lisa Jackson Retrospective

           Canada • 2000–2016 • Shorts • 62 mins.

9 pm• Atlantic Auteurs(Various directors)

           Canada • 2018–2019 • Shorts • 75 mins.

Late night• HIFF's Cosmic Party— FREE @ the AFCOOP Office (5663 Cornwallis Street)


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Where are you from originally?

Sackville, NB.

What was the inspiration for the film you’re presenting at HIFF?

While doing field work on Bon Portage Island, off the coast of the South Shore where my partner was studying birds, I would swim daily in the ocean in October and was drawn to the invigorating routine of returning to the water again and again. I also loved the piles of kelp that would wash up on shore and enjoyed watching the seals whenever they would appear. I have always felt connected to myths containing mermaids, sirens and selkies so I began to imagine that I was a part of their world somehow. 

What films or filmmakers inspired you to make your own?

Elliott Hearte, Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay, Amanda Dawn Christie, Daggie Brundert, Dawn George, Terra Long, Lindsay McIntyre 

You can have any superpower of your choosing. What would it be?

Grow fins and gills.

HIFF's Atlantic Auteurs shorts program— TONIGHT at 9 pm
This film will screen along with ten other works made by established and up-and-coming filmmakers from across the region. See the full program here. 

View our 2019 trailer below to get a glance at this year's selections:



HIFF wouldn't be possible without the generous support of community partners like World Tea House — where old-world tea traditions meet modern mixology. the award-winning shop that's been helping build comics collections since 1992! Thanks for all that you do.

About HIFF

Now in its 13th year, HIFF provides a unique venue for filmmakers and media artists to share their work in a forum dedicated to the celebration of independent cinema. Since its inception, HIFF has showcased the Atlantic region's most innovative works alongside the films of acclaimed visiting artists. As a filmmaker's festival, HIFF brings the directors of the works we show to Halifax in order to create opportunities for them to connect directly with audiences and local artists through hosted Q+A's, artist talks and workshops. HIFF also presents a number of professional development initiatives, designed to assist local filmmakers with improving their skills and getting their films programmed at festivals around the world.   


HIFF is made possible with support from AFCOOP, the province of Nova Scotia, Canadian Heritage, Arts Nova Scotia, the City of Halifax, The Coast and Telefilm Canada.

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ABOUT AFCOOP: Established in 1974 the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative (AFCOOP) is a non-profit, community organization dedicated to supporting the production and presentation of independent film and moving image-based work 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.