2014 AFF – Atlantic Film Selections

A Sweet Release

Posted: Wednesday, August 6, 2014

(Halifax, NS) – The 34th annual Atlantic Film Festival (AFF) proudly launches its program of Atlantic Canadian film selections, including the much-anticipated Atlantic Gala, to be presented over eight days in Halifax, September 11-18.

"Due to the overwhelming response to our Atlantic Canadian film selections in 2013 we’ve added new programs and increased the amount of screenings by 30% this year," said Jason Beaudry, Program Director. "We couldn’t be more excited about the 2014 Atlantic program. These 87 films are made with our own stories in our own voices, and as a whole they are a celebration of who we are and where we live."

This year’s Atlantic Gala, sponsored by Bell Aliant Community One, features the Atlantic Canada premiere of HEARTBEAT by Halifax director, Andrea Dorfman. Screening at Park Lane Cinemas on Friday, Sept. 12, the film marks the continuing collaboration of Dorfman and poet/songwriter, Tanya Davis following their multi-million hit YouTube sensation, and recent book publication, "How To Be Alone".


With Davis playing a meek but determined office worker bound to follow love and music rather than convention, HEARTBEAT’s gentle love/loss/love plot, punctuated by quizzical bits of animation and propelled by Davis’ drop-dead gorgeous singer-songwriter adventures takes the story to a level of expression rarely seen in East Coast filmmaking. Produced by Bill Niven and Jay DahlHEARTBEAT is distributed in Canada by Mongrel Media.

“Having this opportunity to support the Atlantic Canadian film industry is a real point of pride for us—particularly because celebrating Atlantic culture is at the heart of our Community One programming,” said Erica Pellerin, Director of Marketing Communications, Bell Aliant. “Film is a wonderful medium for telling stories with a unique local flavour and we’re glad to be on board as a presenting partner for the Atlantic Features Program.”

Bell Aliant Community One sponsors the Atlantic Features Program, which spotlights diverse feature-length films from across Atlantic Canada. Festival goers will connect with spirituality through nature in Kent Martin’s affecting documentary, RAISING WINDHORSE; soak up thrills and suspense with Jesse Harley’s LURE and two features from Paul Kimball in THE CUCKOO IN THE CLOCK and ROUNDABOUT; revel in the unbridled hyperbole from Tim Tracey’s CANADIAN NINJA and Nik Sexton’s HOW TO BE DEADLY; discover new talent with first features from Newfoundland filmmakers Christian Sparkes (CAST NO SHADOW) and Jordan Canning (WE WERE WOLVES); and delight in the youthful drama of LA GANG DES HORS-LA-LOI (THE OUTLAW LEAGUE) from director, Jean Beaudry.

Relative Happiness

This year, the Festival will shine the Atlantic Spotlight on the world premiere screening of two films from Atlantic Canada: Deanne Foley’s big screen adaptation of Lesley Crewe’s novel, RELATIVE HAPPINESS, and the career-spanning documentary of larger-than-life Newfoundland politician Danny Williams, DANNY, co-directed by William D. MacGillivray and Justin Simms and produced by the National Film Board of Canada.


The CBC Atlantic Shorts Gala presents eight short films on Sunday, Sept. 14. The evening will feature works by an impressive cast of Atlantic Canadian filmmakers, including Denis Theriault (I AM SYD STONE), Leah Johnson (SOME THINGS WON'T SLEEP), Shaun Lowe (THE AWE OF THE NIGHT), Lisa Rose Snow (WHEN FISH FLY), Chris Devanney (TITAN), Scott Simpson (THE TOLL), Cayman Grant (BUTTERFLIES), and Justin Oakey (FLANKERS).

In addition to the CBC Atlantic Shorts Gala, the 2014 Atlantic Film Festival will present seven short film programs showcasing the best and brightest of Atlantic Canada’s emerging filmmakers, including an inaugural short program for filmmakers new to the Festival titled NextGen Shorts. From drama and comedy to documentary, the Atlantic Shorts Program is sure to be one of the most popular propositions of the festival.

The Atlantic Film Festival is also proud to introduce the Atlantic Broadcast Program as part of this year’s event. Showcasing the vitality of the region’s television production industry, the 2014 Atlantic Broadcast Program will feature films from New Brunswick (The Boy Who Was Bullied, Code Kids & Les sceaux d’Utrecht), Prince Edward Island (Rainbow Valley), Newfoundland (Sister Morphine & Vocation) and Nova Scotia (Bounty: Into the Hurricane, Edge of East, Santa Quest & State of Mine).


"Once again our industry in Atlantic Canada has delivered a selection of films both feature length and short subject that exemplifies what it means to be part of the Atlantic Canadian experience,” said Wayne Carter, Executive Director. “We are so pleased that our friends at Bell Aliant Community One are partnering with us to raise the curtain on an incredible selection of Atlantic feature films. This program is always our most popular with festival goers and this year everyone is in for a sublime treat.”

A complete list of the Atlantic Canadian program with film selections, filmmakers and schedule of screenings can be found online at: atlanticfilm.com.

Tickets to the Atlantic Gala, as well as all Atlantic Canadian film programming, are available exclusively at the Atlantic Film Festival Online Box Office at atlanticfilm.com, beginning Wednesday, August 6 at 3 p.m.

The Atlantic Film Festival is pleased once again to be presenting the 10x10 Music Video Mentorship Program. This September, ten Atlantic Canadian filmmakers and ten Atlantic Canadian musicians/bands will be paired up to produce ten music videos, over five-days of on-the-ground shooting and editing. Participants will work together to develop a music video treatment, create a story board and shot list, shoot, edit and will end up with a music video that can be used by the participants as a promotional tool.

Each video will be eligible for the RBC 10 X 10 Emerging Artist Award, a $10,000 juried prize presented to the winning filmmaker and musician pair. This year’s participants include:

Musicians - Cameron Hawes, Chelsea Amber, Chet Porter, Chris Martin Trio, Dave Sampson, Jessie Brown & The Black Divine, Like a Motorcycle, Quiet Parade, Scientist of Sound and Villages.

Filmmakers - Chelsea Smith, David Mullins, Dillon Garland, Jenna Marks, Juan Duarte, Megan Wennberg, Nicole Balderston, Paul Benjamin, Roger Maunder and Steven Gill.

The Atlantic Film Festival welcomes over one thousand film industry members each year. The festival offers producers, directors, artists, musicians, composers, buyers and filmmakers the opportunity to come together and experience movies, music, keynotes, panel discussions and networking.

The 34th Atlantic Film Festival will offer a Festival Experience Pass. This pass allows access to all regular films, the Opening Night Gala Film and Party, all other gala films, special presentations, the Script Development Program as well as the Closing Night Gala Film and Party. The Festival Experience Pass is currently available for $300.00 (including tax). Online sales for the Festival Experience Pass and the Festival Film Pass are available exclusively at the Atlantic Film Festival Online Box Office at atlanticfilm.com, beginning Wednesday, August 6 at 3 p.m.

The full schedule of films and events for the 34th Atlantic Film Festival will be announced Wednesday, August 20.


About 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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