Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival – Programming Committee Call for Applications

AFCOOP is accepting applications from the community for one seat on the HIFF Programming Committee 2021.

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 screenings, installations, artist talks and other professional development opportunities. 

BIPOC Designation

HIFF’s goal is to support diverse voices both through the films we present as well as through our employees and those who make programming choices for the festival. Priority for this call will be given to applicants who self-identify as Black, Indigenous or as a Person of Colour. There will be an opportunity to self-identify on the application form

The HIFF Programming Committee is a five-person committee that will meet monthly from Jan. 2021 – June 2021, 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 2021 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 films; pre-screening feature films and shorts compilations; discussing films watched with 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 independent cinema. This knowledge could be in a broad film history sense or in a specific genre or sub-set; 

– Familiarly with HIFF (or similar festivals) 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 $1,700 (approximately 4-5hrs / week for 21 weeks at $18/hr) and will be eligible to accrue up to 10hrs / month in AFCOOP volunteer hours. Volunteer hours can be put towards Full Membership and in-kind equipment rental. 


1. Application form

2. 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 feature films you’ve seen in the recent past and describe what makes them stand out to you. 

3. Resume / CV

Deadline: Jan. 11th, 11:59pm 2021

Questions: Martha Cooley – director@afcoop.ca