HIFF 2020 Programming Committee Call

Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival – Programming Committee Call for Applications
Deadline: Oct. 4th, 2019 11:59pm

The Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival (HIFF) is a 4-day festival dedicated to showcasing bold, innovative film and media art from the Atlantic region and around the world. HIFF takes place in early June and includes evening screenings, receptions, installations, daytime masterclasses with visiting filmmakers and one-on-one meetings between local filmmakers and guest programmers from Canadian and International festivals. 

AFCOOP is accepting applications from the community for one seat on the HIFF Programming Committee 2020.  The five-person committee will meet monthly from October 2019 – June 2020, with discussion via email and additional meetings as the festival approaches. The committee is  responsible for programming the main film and media art content of HIFF 2020 in collaboration with AFCOOP staff (not including the Atlantic Shorts which are selected by a separate peer jury). 

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 online use. 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 cinema combined with a willingness to learn are much more important.


This position will be paid an honorarium of $1,400 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 

Letter of Interest: Use this letter to describe your experience with or interest in programming, film festivals and cinema. If there is a particular genre or style of cinema that you are most interested in feel free to mention that. 

Additionally, 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. 4th, 2019 11:59pm