Short Film Submissions Due April 3rd, 11:59pm, 2019

The Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival (HIFF) is now accepting short film submissions from Atlantic Canadian filmmakers until Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019. Entries will be accepted by online screener through FilmFreeway.

Now entering its 13th year, HIFF showcases bold, original films that challenge convention in subject or form. Short films for HIFF 2019 will be selected by a peer-jury of local filmmakers.

Submissions to HIFF 2019 must have been completed after January 1st, 2017, have a max. runtime of 25 minutes and be presented with English-language subtitles if in a language other than English.

Works-in-progress are eligible for submission, however finished films must be delivered no later than May 13th, 2019. Please be aware programmers only view the first version of a submitted film and will not accept a revised version later in the submission process.

Filmmakers whose work is selected to screen at HIFF 2019 will receive a free pass to the festival, a screening fee (based on rates set by the Independent Media Arts Alliance) and the opportunity to take part in other professional development initiatives.

HIFF 2019 will take place from June 12th - 15th at Neptune Scotiabank Stages Theatre in downtown Halifax.

Entries for HIFF 2019 will be accepted by online screener via FilmFreeway. There is a fee of $10 per Atlantic Canadian submission. Deadline for entries is April 3rd, 11:59pm 2019.

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Expanded Cinema Presentation at HIFF 2019

Deadline: Monday, March 25th, 2019

Halifax Independent Film Festival (HIFF) is seeking proposals for an alternative presentation section of this year’s festival focused on expanded cinema and moving image installations. Building on efforts to present analogue film loops and installations during HIFF, this initiative offers presentation opportunities and project support for artists experimenting with the moving image outside of the traditional cinematic presentation format.

Eligible Projects

Any and all presentations which do not fall into the definition of a traditional single-channel cinematic format 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 a gallery setting

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

Project Support

Successful applicants will receive up to $500 in project support, a $300 artist fee and $2,000 worth of in-kind equipment (valued at commercial rates) from the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative.


Deadline for project proposals is Monday, March 25th 2019 @ 11:59 PM. Project selection will be announced early April 2019. HIFF 2019 will take place June 12th to 15th at Neptune’s Scotiabank Stage Theatre


Projects can be located anywhere in the HRM and do not need to be located at HIFF’s main venue (Neptune Scotiabank Stage Theatre). Locations do not need to be secured at the time of this project proposal, but a list of potential places and/or plan for securing a location is recommended. Please give consideration to the location you intend to use for your project and whether it can realistically be accessed and/or support the project. AFCOOP does not guarantee it will be able to negotiate access to any locations for a chosen project or cover any fees associated with renting the space.


Your application should include:

  • Name of applicant / CV or filmography of applicant

  • Proposed Title of project

  • Project description (What is your project? Why do you want to make it? What does your project entail?)

  • Logistical plan (installation, timeline equipment/materials required, etc.)

  • List of potential locations (realistic location, is it accessible, do you need electricity, etc)

  • Sample of work (link to image folder, Vimeo, etc)

  • Letter of support from parties involved (optional)


The deadline for submitting is Monday March 25th @ 11:59 PM. Please send any questions to, and submit your application as a .pdf electronically to