HIFF & StArt Festival – Programming Mentorship Initiative

Do you love independent film and media art and have an interest in learning more about how content is selected for festivals? The Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival (HIFF) and the StArt Festival are pleased to announce a new opportunity for emerging voices in film programming.

Through this initiative, an emerging film programmer will join the programming team of the Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival and receive support, funding and mentorship from other committee members and staff. Following HIFF, the programmer will be invited to program a screening for the StArt Festival in October 2019.

HIFF Activities: The selected candidate will join the HIFF Programming Committee, a group of five filmmakers and cinephiles who meet monthly to select the main content for the festival. Meetings will begin in November 2018 and continue until the festival in June 2019. In addition to monthly meetings, committee work in advance of the festival will include: researching, pre-screening; pitching ideas to the group; 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.

StArt Activities: The selected candidate will work along StArt’s Program Director of Video and Multimedia, where they will learn the ins and outs of curating the video and multimedia focus of StArt’s 2019 festival. They will partake in meetings and correspond with jurors as part of the organizing team.  They will also correspond with artists/creators leading up to the festival and ensure all digital projects are supported.

Payment: 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.


  • Knowledge of independent cinema and an interest in learning more;
  • Excellent communication skills, the ability to work collaboratively with the committee and a willingness to balance the needs of audiences with personal interests;
  • Familiarity with HIFF and the type of work that the festival has presented in the past will be considered an asset. Check out www.hiff.cafor information about HIFF 2018. A list of programming from previous festival years can be made available upon request.

*Note about Qualifications: It is not a requirement for applicants to have programmed or curated film or media art screenings in the past.

Priorities: The HIFF / StArt Programming Mentorship will prioritize applications from people who identify as part of an equity-seeking group. This is an effort to address and recognize historical and present-day inequities, which currently affect access to opportunities in arts programming for certain groups. An equity-seeking group is a community who has been disadvantaged due to discriminations based on age, ethnicity, culture, disability, economic status, gender, nationality, race, religion, sexual orientation and transgender status, etc.

About HIFF: 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 days in early June in a community theatre setting. The festival includes screenings, receptions, celluloid installations, masterclasses with visiting filmmakers and one-on-one meetings between local filmmakers and guest programmers from Canadian and International festivals.

About StART: StArt is a local not-for-profit organization that supports emerging artists of all disciplines. Based out of K’jipuktuk, Nova Scotia. StArt works to encourage and empower artists with the skills, networks, and resolve necessary to pursue their chosen vocation.

The StART Festival gives emerging artists a chance to present and discuss their work. We provide artists with the structure and resources to successfully showcase their creations to a new public with growing opportunities to network with other emerging and professional artists.


In order to apply please fill out this online form which will include:

  • Letter of interest. Describe why you want to be part of the Programming Mentorship Initiative and what your interest is in film programming. Please also list 3 remarkable independent films you’ve seen in the recent past (shorts or features) and describe what makes them stand out.
  • Resume or CV.

Deadline: Oct. 1st, 2018 11:59pm

Evaluation: Applications will be assessed by a four person peer-jury comprised of two artists from AFCOOP/HIFF and two artists from the StArt program.

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