Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival


The Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival 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-based Sofia Bohdanowicz. The festival will present two retrospective programs including the varied and insightful work of Montreal-based, Indigenous filmmaker Caroline Monnet and 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.

Wednesday June 7th, 7pm

ALEATORIA | Christopher Spencer-Lowe | 5 min
#Deema |  Raghed Charabaty | 12.5 min
Him | Lorna Kirk | 1.5 min
MANCANTI (or the violence of man) | Kennlin Barlow| 11 min
Ingrid & the Black Hole | Leah Johnston | 6.5 min
See Weeds | Dawn George | 3 min
Humanity Hyuck Hyuck!!! | Josh Owen | 6 min
Suzanne Gauthier: One thing leads to another | Ariella Pahlke | 15 min
La Vie à Vélo | Chris and Susie Shapones | 1.5 min

Thursday June 8th, 9pm

days of doubt | Solomon Nagler | 21.5 min
How You Turned into a Fish | Jenna Marks | 4.5 min
THE WIND THE WAY | Kira Daube | 11min
Black Cop | Cory Bowles | 10.5 min
And When Alone, Repeat | Becka Barker | 5.5 min
V.E. DAY | Courtney Kelsey & Zac Barkhouse | 9 min
Folded River | Alex Balkam | 3 min
When You Need A Helmet | Tim Tracey | 4.5 min

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.


Be sure to check out our new HIFF website for ticket sales, filmmaker/programer information, trailers and more!


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.

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, The City of Halifax, Nearby Planet VR, NSCAD University, The Centre For Art Tapes, Screen Nova Scotia, Business for the Arts, Field Guide, Manual Food & Drink Co. and The Coast.