HIFF 2017 – Call for Programming Committee

AFCOOP is accepting applications from the community for 3 positions on the Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival (HIFF) Programming Committee 2017. HIFF is a boutique festival dedicated to showcasing bold, innovative film and media art from the Atlantic region and around the world. HIFF takes place over the course of 4-5 days in early June in a community theatre setting. The festival includes evening screenings, receptions, celluloid installations, daytime masterclasses with visiting filmmakers and one-on-one meetings between local filmmakers and guest programmers from Canadian and International festivals.

The committee will meet monthly from October 2016 – June 2017, with discussion via email and additional meetings as the festival approaches. The committee will be responsible for programming the main film and media art content of HIFF 2017 in collaboration with AFCOOP staff.

Committee work in advance of the festival will include: researching, pre-screening; pitching ideas to the group; working with community presentation partners; and writing screening notes for the program guide and related print and online material generated by the festival. During the festival, committee members will introduce screenings, host Q&As and act as HIFF’s ambassadors to visiting artists.


  • Knowledge of and love for independent cinema. This knowledge could be in a broad film history sense or in a specific genre or sub-set.
  • Familiarly with HIFF and the type of work that the festival has presented in the past.
  • Excellent communication skills, the ability to work collaboratively with the committee and AFCOOP staff and a willingness to balance the needs of the broader community with personal interests.

*Note about Qualifications – AFCOOP is committed to developing new voices in film programming in Nova Scotia. It is not a requirement for applicants to have programmed or curated film or media art screenings in the past. A sincere interest in programming and a willingness to learn are much more important.


This position will be paid an honorarium of $1,200 and will be eligible to accrue up to 10hrs / month in AFCOOP volunteer hours. Volunteer hours can be put towards Full Membership requirements and in-kind equipment rental.


Please email your resume and letter of interest (as one PDF titled with your name) to: director@afcoop.ca

In the letter of interest please list 3 remarkable independent films you’ve seen in the recent past (shorts or features) and describe what makes them stand out.

Deadline: Oct. 10th, 2016 11:59pm