It all began in the 1980s when a staff member of AFCOOP, Gordon Parsons, began to regularly program films to local audiences. It started at AFCOOP facilities, expanded to the National Film Board theatre, and then became its own entity: Wormwoods Dog and Monkey Cinema. AFCOOP used this venue for screenings while Gordon and his theatre took on the major film programming role in Halifax. His untimely death and a variety of circumstances led to the closure of Wormwoods Cinema in 1998, which left a cultural void in the local film community.
In 2002, the AFCOOP board of directors added ‘presentation’ to the mandate and in the spring of 2003, started the Monday Night Movie Series as a way to address the absence of regular alternative cinema. Today, AFCOOP remains committed to presenting innovative films and media art to a wide audience.
Our Film Screening Series (Formerly Monday Night Movies) was established to advance the development, understanding, and appreciation of the art of filmmaking, while promoting the works of culturally diverse artists, Aboriginal artists, and independent Canadian artists while fostering knowledgeable, diverse, and devoted audiences.
The Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival (HIFF) presents seven days of film and video screenings, performances, artist talks, and live events annually. Held each April, the Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival is dedicated to the exhibition of film and video as art, in a noncompetitive festival setting – free from commercial and industry agendas.
Our newest programming venture, ‘Bring Your Own Film’ Social Screening Series is a bi-monthly open presentation platform and social mixing event for independent filmmakers and viewers. This series begins in October 2010.
Starting this September as part of the First Exposure Filmmaking Workshop Series, AFCOOP is offering a fresh new slate of 10 film seminars and screenings called The Film History Crash Course: Ideas in Film. The most important points of Film History will be examined in two and a half hour classes, which will include full screenings of complete films along with shorter excerpts. This series is hosted by Ron Foley Macdonald