HIFF Expanded Cinema Call for Proposals


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 hiff@afcoop.ca, and submit your application as a .pdf electronically to hiff@afcoop.ca

About HIFF:

Presented by the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative, the Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival is a boutique festival dedicated to showcasing bold, innovative film and media art from the Atlantic region and around the world.

The festival includes screenings, receptions, celluloid installations, daytime masterclasses and other professional development opportunities for local filmmakers.

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, and The Coast.

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.