FIN Atlantic International Film Festival

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Mission Statement


The FIN Atlantic International Film Festival's mission is to enrich cultural and economic life in Atlantic Canada, by championing the vision and voice of the global cinema experience.

About Us:

Offering a first-look at the best international films of the festival season, FIN Atlantic International Film Festival 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, FIN depends heavily upon its strong ties to the surrounding and thriving arts community.

Celebrating 38 years in 2018 FIN Atlantic International 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, FIN Atlantic International Film Festival has blossomed into one of Canada’s premier film festivals. Providing an immersive escape and celebration for movie lovers, filmmakers and industry professionals worldwide, FIN is Atlantic Canada’s curator of epic and unforgettable stories.

Today’s FIN is now a year-round celebration, growing beyond our eight-day cornerstone event in September to include:

FIN Atlantic International Film Festival (formerly Atlantic Film Festival) – Presentation platform for 200+ independent films from Nova Scotia, Canada, and around the world; FIN increases cultural access and is a champion of creativity and innovation.

FIN Partners (formerly Strategic Partners: International Co-Production Market) – Canada’s top international co-production/co-financing market, focusing on film, television, and digital fiction. FIN Partners strengthens the film industry with a focus on developing Nova Scotian content with 150 top regional, national and international industry players; 1-2-1 meetings, keynotes, and panels.


FIN Kids (formerly ViewFinders: Atlantic Film Festival for Youth and other school-age targeted initiatives) –Strengthens and expands cultural education for young people across Nova Scotia. FIN actively promotes equity, cultural and social awareness through its touring SCO-compatible film program, hands-on media workshops with regional film professionals, and Youth Film Competition.

FIN Outdoor (formerly AFF’s Outdoor Film Experience) – Free summertime outdoor screenings taking place at locations across HRM, enabling participants to see their city and familiar spaces through a different lens, consider the potential and possibilities of their community, and their ability to contribute to it.

FIN Makers (formerly Atlantic Filmmaker Focus, Atlantic Filmmaking Awards, Script Development Program, Script Pitch Program) – Nurturing Nova Scotia’s film Industry through development and recognition initiatives.

FIN Campus (formerly North of 49) – Strengthens and expands awareness of regional filmmaking through Campus Movie Night and other post-secondary targeted initiatives.