General Interests

Mission Statement


The Atlantic Film Festival Association'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, 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.

Celebrating 36 years in 2016, 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. Providing an immersive escape and celebration for movie lovers, filmmakers and industry professionals worldwide, the Atlantic Film Festival is Atlantic Canada’s curator of epic and unforgettable stories.

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

Atlantic Film Festival - 200+ films from Atlantic Canada and around the world, Industry Events, Script Development Program, Retrospectives, Parties & Receptions

Strategic Partners - Co-production market, 200 top industry players, 1-2-1 meetings, keynotes, panels, receptions

ViewFinders Atlantic Film Festival for Youth - Curriculum based film & workshop program, Hands-on workshops, Masterclass, Youth Film Challenge, and discussions with top industry professionals

AFF Outdoor Film Experience - Outdoor Community screenings taking place throughout the Halifax Region.