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.
Offering a first look at the best international films of the festival season, FIN Atlantic International Film Festival is also a champion of local filmmakers. 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 on its strong ties to the surrounding and thriving arts community.
Celebrating 39 years in 2019, 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 Partners (formerly Strategic Partners: International Co-Production Market) – Canada’s top international co-production/co-financing market, featuring 1-2-1 meetings, keynotes, and panels with a focus on developing Nova Scotian content with regional, national, and international industry players.
FIN Kids (formerly ViewFinders: Atlantic Film Festival for Youth and other school-age targeted initiatives) – A touring film program including hands-on workshops with regional film professionals and a youth film competition to strengthen cultural education for young people across Nova Scotia.
FIN Outdoor (formerly AFF’s Outdoor Film Experience) – Free summertime outdoor screenings taking place at locations across HRM.
FIN Makers (formerly Atlantic Filmmaker Focus, Atlantic Filmmaking Awards, Script Development Program, Script Pitch Program) – Development and recognition initiatives to nurture Nova Scotia’s film industry.
FIN Campus (formerly North of 49) – Campus Movie Night and other post-secondary targeted initiatives to strengthen and expand awareness of regional filmmaking.