Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival

HIFF 2014 Banner HorizontalThe Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative is proud to present its 8th annual Halifax Independent Filmmaker’s Festival – a melange of short and feature films celebrating the best independent cinema from the Atlantic region and beyond.

The five day event runs from June 6th-10th and opens with a celebration of AFCOOP’s 40th Anniversary. Programmers Solomon Nagler and Nelson MacDonald spent months honing a short film retrospective which showcases a diverse selection of AFCOOP member works from the 1970s to today. Experimental, animation, documentary, and drama are all on display in a program that kicks-off with the late Helen Hill‘s colourful, animated ode to Halifax, Bohemian Town. Also included are short works by many of our region’s most established and accomplished feature filmmakers including Thom Fitzgerald, William MacGillivray, and Andrea Dorfman.

This year HIFF continues its tradition of inviting a handful of the world’s most innovative filmmakers to Halifax to share their latest work. This year’s acclaimed guests include American filmmaker Stephanie Spray, co-director of Manakamana, a documentary filmed entirely on a Nepali cable car and produced at Harvard University’s renowned Sensory Ethnography Lab. Also visiting Halifax for the first time is Torontoian Kazik Radwanski and his micro-budget feature debut Tower that screened at major festivals including TIFF and Locarno. And, HIFF 2014 will be a homecoming for NSCAD alum Seth Scriver and his co-director Shayne Ehman who present their trippy animated feature Asphalt Watches, which TIFF named one of the top ten Canadian films of 2013.

At HIFF Atlantic Canadian filmmakers are always the biggest stars. This year’s local content includes two short programs that encompass the full spectrum of Atlantic auteurship: from gritty dramas,  to meticulous animation, to polished documentary pieces. Both of AFCOOP’s residency films from 2013 (Alan Collins’ Terminal and Dan Smeby’s Lever Lencre) will make their premiere at the festival alongside a diverse collection from established and emerging Atlantic short form filmmakers. And, a special late night screening of Ruby Boutilier’s short film trilogy Ken Fucks Up, featuring your childhood toys as you’ve never seen them before, is sure to draw a rowdy crowd.

For the first time, HIFF takes place at Neptune’s Scotiabank Studio Theatre. Full program information and tickets are available at www.HIFF.ca.

Media contact: Nelson MacDonald, hiff@afcoop.ca or 405 4474 Ext 4

HIFF Passes  are now on-sale! Passes are $25 for AFCOOP members or $30 for the general public!

Visit the HIFF web-site for more info.

Watch the HIFF 2014 Trailer: