Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival

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The Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival celebrates 10 years of boundary-pushing programming.

The 2016 Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival returns to the North Street Church June 8th-12th to celebrate its tenth anniversary with a line-up of celebrated visiting filmmakers and a manic collection of boundary-pushing local shorts.

HIFF kicks off with an Atlantic Canadian premiere of Afghan/Canadian microbudget feature Mina Walking. Serving as writer, director, cinematographer and camera operator, Toronto’s Yosef Baraki spent 19 days shooting with non-professional actors and heavy improvisation in the busy streets of Kabul. Mina Walking was selected to have its world premiere at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival and won the inaugural Discovery Award at the 2016 Canadian Screen Awards. Yosef will be in attendance for a Q+A after the screening.

New York filmmaker Laura Israel will accompany her new documentary about longtime collaborator and renowned artist Robert Frank. Don’t Blink: Robert Frank offers rare insight into the reclusive Nova Scotian resident recently described by the New York Times as “the world’s greatest living photographer.” In addition to directing documentaries, Laura has edited work for a client list that includes Patti Smith, Lou Reed, New Order, David Bryne, and Sonic Youth.

Local filmmakers will take centre stage for HIFF’s popular Atlantic shorts screenings.  Eighteen films were curated by a jury of local filmmakers from close to 100 submissions from across the region. The selected program includes animated, experimental, documentary and narrative work from Atlantic Canada’s bold cinematic voices. Halifax’s stop animation guru Tim Tracey will premiere Data Mine his meticulously handcrafted vision of surveillance society, and Heather Young debuts her new no-budget documentary-fiction hybrid Fish. A full list of this year’s Atlantic shorts is included below.

HIFF 2016 will conclude with a marathon screening of one of the most talked about films on the festival circuit.Miguel Gomes’ Arabian Nights Trilogy clocks in at just shy of six hours and has been hailed by the New Yorker as “single-handedly reinventing the political cinema.”

New this year, HIFF will include a daytime Talent Lab where visiting filmmakers and local filmmakers will have an opportunity to connect in a masterclass setting. Another unique opportunity that HIFF offers is the Programmer Initiative, which brings programmers from high-profile Canadian and International film festivals to HIFF to scout local shorts. This year’s initiative will include programmers from Vancouver International Film Festival, Vienna Independent Shorts, and Festival du nouveau cinema.

The complete program and schedule for HIFF 2016 will be available on-line soon at HIFF.ca

HIFF 2016 Atlantic Shorts:

Bound – Danny Boos
Across America – Millefiore Clarke
Suicide At The Gun Range – Stephanie Clattenburg
Sean & Devin Hanging Out – Todd Fraser
Clipped Wings – Urs Frei
We Are the World/Mold – Dawn George
Maze – Jim MacSwain
skin of the city – Soloman Nagler
Wizardly Wickedly Weeping – Josh Owen
Death Flame – Yalitsa Riden
I Am Coming to Paris – Seth Smith
Wind Through a Tree – Seth Smith
Grace – David Stewart
Feverish – Nicole Steeves
Data Mine – Tim Tracey
East West – Jeff Wheaton
Swimming in the Imaginary – Susan Wolf
Fish – Heather Young

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, Arts Nova Scotia, the Halifax Regional Municipality, the Centre for Art Tapes, NSCAD University, Dalhousie University, Screen Nova Scotia, Propeller Brewing Company and The Coast.