HIFF Dailies • Day Four

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Day Three had its own wild energy. After two illuminating Masterclasses with Khalik Allah and Denis Côté, we celebrated the diverse work of Anishinaabe filmmaker Lisa Jackson and hosted a packed-house for our Atlantic Auteurs shorts program screening. Things then got suitably cosmic back at the AFCOOP office for the HIFF 2019 festival party. 

But sad as it is to consider, the final day of HIFF 2019 is here. Fortunately we've been dealt a sunny Saturday for one last run of Masterclass and distribution sessions, our very special (and FREEAdventures in Programming panel, and two screenings to close the fest on a high note.

Our Konstantina Kotzamani Retrospective begins this evening at 7 pm. Kotzamani's striking and original short films exist in a world that's all her own. Their uncanny, eerily beautiful stories feel like passed-down myths or half-remembered dreams. Tonight we'll share three of her short films, and after the screening she'll join us via Skype for an audience Q&A.

Closing the fest is El Mar La Mar, a meditative walkabout along the U.S.-Mexico border that marks a bold step forward in documentary storytelling. Featuring vast soundscapes and hand-processed 16mm images, Joshua Bonnetta & J.P. Sniadecki's film manages to summon all the pain and beauty from one of the world's most highly politicized pieces of land. El Mar La Mar is co-presented by Carbon Arc Cinema. 

And worth remembering: Séamus Gallagher's VR installation haus of haraway and Ursula Handleigh’s dual-film piece In the space between memory and loss are still viewable for FREE in the Neptune lobby—no festival pass or tickets required! Stop in and get a glance at what HIFF is all about.

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.


11:30 am • 2019 Distributor Sessions w/ Sylvia Jonescu Lisitza & Jacquelyn Hébert

2:15 pm • 
HIFF Masterclass — Lisa Jackson

7 pm • 
Konstantina Kotzamani Retrospective
In Bosnian & Greek with English subtitles
Greece • 2013–2017 • Shorts • 65 mins.

9 pm
 • El Mar La Mar dir. Joshua Bonnetta + J.P. Sniadecki
Co-presented by Carbon Arc Cinema
            In Spanish + German with English subtitles
USA • 2017 • Experimental • 94 mins.


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Hey, it's never too late. Why not take one last moment to check out our 2019 trailer:



HIFF wouldn't be possible without the generous support of community partners like Budget Car Rental — the Halifax rent-a-car company that gets HIFF staff and filmmakers where they need to go! 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.

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.