Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival


Deadline February 28th 2014

Entering it’s 8th year in 2014, the Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival provides a unique venue for filmmakers and media artists to share their art in a forum dedicated to the celebration of independent cinema. Since its inception, HIFF has showcased the Atlantic region’s most innovative works alongside the films of acclaimed visiting artists like Denis Côté, Paul Clipson, Janie Geiser, and Phil Hoffman.

“Our focus is on creating a festival that independent filmmakers want to be a part of, a place where they can come to see films at the cutting-edge of their art form” says Festival Coordinator Nelson MacDonald, “When we look up at the audience and see that half the crowd are filmmakers, we know we’ve programmed the right films for HIFF.”

The 8th Annual HIFF, which takes place June 9-14, 2014, will feature new experimental, animated, documentary, and narrative works from near and far, as well as video installations, artist talks, and a special 40th Anniversary retrospective of the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative.  The full program, including a list of visiting filmmakers will be announced in March.

Presently, HIFF is pleased to announce the 2014 Call for Entries for recent Atlantic Canadian short works from Atlantic Canadian writers, producers, or directors. Films will only be accepted via onlines submission form below

The deadline for entries is February 28, 2014. Fill out the entry form below:

 Narrative Animation Experimental

Film Title

Entrant's Name




Postal Code




Production Company




Date of Film's Completion (must be after Jan 1 2012)

Running Time (max 20 minutes)

Original Language

Subtitles  Yes No

Final Screening Formats (DVD will not be accepted as a final screening format

 16mm Super 8 Digital File BluRay

Please upload your support documents:

- Word Doc or PDF including Synopsis, Director's Bio, List Key Crew & Cast, Screening History

- 2 digital still photographs cleared for promotional use by HIFF and AFCOOP

Please provide link and password to online screener of your film via vimeo, youtube, dropbox, etc:

Applications must be received by 5pm Friday, February 28th, 2014.

Submission by online screener only (Youtube, Vimeo, or Dropbox links accepted). All submissions must be received by February 28th, 2014 5:00PM. There is no submission fee. Each film entry must be a separate submission. Only completed submissions with completed online entry form will be accepted unless previous authorization has been given. The filmmaker must obtain releases for music and talent. The Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival and AFCOOP are not liable for copyright infringement or unauthorized use. By submitting your film you agree that HIFF may use a short clip (no more than 30 seconds) of your film for promotional purposes.

I acknowledge and agree to the following:
I have read, understood, and agree with the rules and regulations. To the best of my knowledge, all statements on this form are true. This film is not subject to any litigation nor is any litigation threatened. I am duly authorized to submit this film to the Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival.


Filmmakers may contact us via email at hiff@afcoop.ca with any questions.