Atlantic Film Festival Full Program

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(Halifax, NS) - The 34th annual Atlantic Film Festival (AFF) announces its full festival program, featuring over 190 films and a full slate of special events, to be presented over eight days in Halifax, September 11-18.

"A film festival’s primary reason for existing is to celebrate film and to say this year’s line up of films and events is a celebration is a dramatic understatement,” said Wayne Carter, Executive Director. “The sheer breadth and quality of films from both our Atlantic region and beyond offers something for everyone and when you match that with special events that deliver an experience to remember we confidently feel we are raising the bar like never before."


“Our Government is pleased to support this iconic event through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, as part of our commitment to building a strong, competitive regional economy, said the Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency). The Festival generates tangible benefits for our region, opening new doors to international markets for local artists and industry professionals.”

Elephant Song

The Atlantic Film Festival’s Gala Red Carpet Opening Night will take place at a new venue this year, the Dalhousie Arts Centre’s Rebecca Cohn Auditorium. Sponsored by NBC Universal, Telefilm Canada and the Canada Media Fund, this star-studded evening will feature the Opening Gala presentation of ELEPHANT SONG, directed by Charles Binamé (The Rocket; Seraphin). Set in 1966, a psychiatrist (Bruce Greenwood) cautiously pries one secret after another from a charismatic but unbalanced patient (Xavier Dolan) concerning the disappearance of the patient’s doctor. What begins as a psychological cat-and-mouse game quickly becomes a far more serious exchange about loss, memory and mystery, with deadly consequences all around. Fuelled by moving performances from an all-star cast, including Bruce Greenwood, Xavier Dolan, Catherine Keener and Carrie-Ann Moss, ELEPHANT SONG is an exceptional trip into the world of imagination and desire. ELEPHANT SONG is produced Richard Goudreau and Melenny Productions and is distributed in Canada by Entertainment One.

Following the Opening Gala film presentation is the Opening Night Party. Penned as one of Halifax’s ‘most anticipated parties of the year’, the red-carpet event is once again sponsored by NBCUniversal and will take place at the Cunard Centre on
Thursday, Sept. 11.

Maps to the starsThe Festival's Closing Gala presentation on Thursday, Sept. 18 will be MAPS TO THE STARS (trailer above) by director, David Cronenberg. His latest feature film sees the veteran horror director veering into satire, comedy, and social commentary while still providing enough shocks to satisfy his old audience as he courts the new. This time out it is Hollywood itself that is the Toronto filmmaker’s target, telling multiple tales of past-it thespians, desperate wannabees and out-of-control child actors all colliding in a fast-paced, fame-obsessed world where nobody holds anything back. Both funny and terrifying, MAPS TO THE STARS sees All About Eve accelerated into Entourage on steroids. MAPS TO THE STARS is distributed in Canada by Entertainment One.

foxcatcherFeaturing the newest and most anticipated films of the year, moviegoers will want to be first in line to see the eight films comprising the 2014 Rogers Special Presentations. Savour the sights and sounds of soon to be award-winning films: ’71, a moving combat film set during a terrifying riot on the streets of Belfast in 1971; FOXCATCHER, starring Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo; Simon Pegg as a disillusioned psychiatrist on the hunt for meaning in Hector and the SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS; Mike Leigh’s MR. TURNER, featuring the award-winning performance of Timothy Spall; the hilarious and heart-warming film, MY OLD LADY with Kevin Kline, Kristen Scott Thomas and Maggie Smith; Jake Gyllenhaal’s career-defining performance in Dan Gilroy’s NIGHTCRAWLER; and Ruba Nadda’s OCTOBER GALE, starring Patricia Clarkson, Scott Speedman and Tim Roth.

 nightcrawler The AFF will once again feature French films from Canada and around the world. This year’s Cinéma En Français S.V.P. program will take place from Friday, Sept. 12 to Monday, Sept. 15 and will feature two Gala Presentations. Xavier Dolan’s MOMMY will be the Gala Français Canadien and Jean-Luc Godard’s ADIEU AU LANGAGE 3D (Goodbye to Language 3D) will be the Gala Français International – reuniting the two Jury Prize winners from this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

Rounding out this year’s complete program is a top-tier line up of features and documentaries from Canada and throughout the world. Viewers will delight in a wide range of features such as: François Girard’s BOYCHOIR; Kristen Stewart in both CAMP X-RAY and CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA; Chinese director Zhang Yimou’s COMING HOME (Gui Lai);
GOD HELP THE GIRL by Belle & Sebastien’s Stuart Murdoch; Cannes opener,
GRACE OF MONACO; Sundance winner, WHIPLASH; Palme d’Or winner, WINTER SLEEP; and many more.

20,000 DAYS ON EARTHSelect documentaries include: Nick Cave-focussed 20,000 DAYS ON EARTH; a career-spanning look at one of film’s greatest directors in Altman; the story of Russian hockey dominance in RED ARMY; a look inside Sesame Street’s most beloved character in I AM BIG BIRD: The Caroll Spinney Story; and an exposé of bird poaching in EMPTYING THE SKIES, among many other captivating and enlightening titles.

Also included in this year’s line up are Short Film Programs, featuring both a Canadian and international selection, a ViewFinders: Films for Youth program, film retrospectives at the Dalhousie Art Gallery, and the Festival’s always popular Late Shift program, which this year will screen the 40th Anniversary Restoration of THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE.

The 2014 Festival will host several one-of-a kind special events and parties to celebrate the movies, the people and the city of Halifax. In addition to the Opening Night Party and debuting at this year’s festival is the Festival Music House Atlantic presented by Radio Starmaker Fund. The event offers some of the hottest music acts in the country (open exclusively to Festival Passholders and Festival Delegates).

The-DisappearedThe event will also feature A State of Mine Exhibition, an exhibition from photographer, Chris Geworsky exploring the personal, intimate and unique place each subject visits when he/she loses themselves in their own music; the [email protected] – an AFF Outdoor Film Experience screening of AFF’s 2012 Atlantic Gala film, THE DISAPPEARED on the Dartmouth Waterfront; and the 34th Atlantic Film Festival Awards Reception, honoring the amazing talents of Atlantic Canadian film industry professionals.

strategic_partnersStrategic Partners, a one-of-a-kind event focusing on film, television and digital fiction, from across Canada and around the world, will take place as part of AFF, Sept. 11-14. Each year, top Canadian and international industry players, including producers, investors, sales agents, funding agencies, broadcasters, aggregators and distributors are selected to attend. Recognized as one of the world’s pre-eminent co-production markets and celebrating its 17th year, Strategic Partners 2014 is shining the Country Spotlight brightly on Latin America and the U.S., and offering delegates over 1,000 pre-scheduled 1-2-1 meetings, co-production focused roundtable sessions, cutting edge panels, visionary keynote speakers, screenings and receptions as well as the popular Film & Creative Industries Nova Scotia Lobster Dinner By the Sea.

Keynote speakers include: Peter Gerard, Head of Content and Audience Engagement at Vimeo and Mariela Besuievsky, Academy award-winning producer at Tornasol Films. In addition there will be a case study of THE GAMES MAKER, a Canada/Agentina co-production success story; digital panel: Web Series Wizards Weigh In, with moderator Catherine Tait (Guidestones, SOS: Save Our Skins) which will give independent producers insight on how to create/finance successful online content; and TV panel: Beyond Broadcast, with moderator Damon D’Oliveira (What We Have, The Book of Negroes) who will explore the changing broadcast landscape and original television programming in an increasingly digital-first world.

Financed with the support of the Canada/Atlantic Provinces Agreement on International Business Development and Telefilm Canada as the Presenting Partner, Strategic Partners is a convergence of talent and innovation, producing tangible results. For more information, visit:


AFF BOOTSTickets for screenings and special events along with ticket packages, group tickets and passes are on sale today, August 20 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available by phone at 1-888-311-9090 and online at or Tickets are also available at all Ticketpro outlets in Nova Scotia, including Video Difference (6086 Quinpool Road). Please note that Ticketpro outlets accept cash or debit only. Tickets will be available at the Festival Box Office in Park Lane Mall (5657 Spring Garden Road) beginning September 2nd at noon. For hours of operation, visit:

Tickets for the Opening Night Film are available through The Dalhousie Arts Centre box office (6101 University Ave.), by phone at 1-800-874-1669 and online at arts-centre or Tickets for the Opening Night Party are available at the Ticket Atlantic box office (1800 Argyle St.), at participating Atlantic Superstore outlets, by calling (902) 451-1221/ 1-877-451-1221 and online at or

Receive the most up-to-date information, including sneak peeks and Festival highlights our website:, our Facebook page: /atlanticfilmfestival and Twitter account: /thefilmfest. To support these online channels, the AFF will continue to offer our Atlantic Film Festival App for iPhone, before and throughout the event to help coordinate your festival experience. In addition, the AFF is pleased to announce a continued partnership this year with iTunes Canada. An Atlantic Film Festival "Super Room" will live on iTunes where people can download the app and purchase/download past festival favourites. More details coming soon!

Another way to be part of the action is by visiting the Super Channel Festival Lounge located in the Georgian Lounge, at the Lord Nelson Hotel (1515 South Park Street). Open from noon to midnight daily, this is a place for the industry and the public to connect. Large HDTV’s with premium programming, plush leather couches and mobile phone/computer charging stations are just a few of the modern amenities within the charming comforts of the lounge.

“A Festival of this magnitude cannot happen without the generous support of our sponsors and donors,” added Carter. “Along with their support, the incredible efforts put forth by our staff and volunteers is what truly makes the Atlantic Film Festival experience happen, a huge thank you to all.”


Atlantic Canadian Film Selections RELEASEAbout the Atlantic Film Festival

The Atlantic Film Festival (AFF) is an eight-day celebration of film, media and music from around the world. It’s a festival that turns Halifax – a charming and historic coastal city – into an international Mecca for the arts, abuzz with filmmakers, industry types and film lovers. This year’s event takes place from September 11-18.

Offering a first-look at the best international films of the festival season, the AFF is a champion of local filmmakers, committed to bridging the gap. We attract some of the biggest players in film, media and music from around the world. All of our film selections are chosen with our community in mind and our special events are designed to bring us all together. A not-for-profit organization, the AFF depends heavily upon its strong ties to the surrounding and thriving arts community.
The Atlantic Film Festival began as a tiny, grassroots operation in St. John’s, Newfoundland in 1981, relocating to Halifax the following year. Just three decades later, the Atlantic film Festival has blossomed into one of Canada’s premier film festivals. Whether for industry folk, unabashed film lovers or curious onlookers, the Festival offers a slew of opportunities to engage through film. Today’s Atlantic Film Festival is now a year-round celebration, growing beyond our eight-day cornerstone event in September to include: ViewFinders: Atlantic Film Festival for Youth, AFF Outdoor Film Experience, and Strategic Partners.

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