Cast of Heartbeat (l-r): Kristin Langille Dahl, Stephanie Clattenberg, Tanya Davis (Best Score), Andrea Dorfman, Glen Matthews, Jackie Torrens, Naomi Blackhall-Butler. Photo: Michelle Doucette.
From September 11–18, filmmakers and movie lovers converged on Halifax, N.S. to celebrate the 34th annual Atlantic Film Festival (AFF). The program included over 190 films of every genre (87 made in Atlantic Canada and/or by Atlantic Canadians), as well as post-screening Q&As, informative panels, networking opportunities and a stellar dose of East Coast hospitality. No wonder the AFF made USA Today’s list of 10 Great Places For A Fabulous Film Festival.
According to AFF’s executive director Wayne Carter, attendance has increased every year. “Beyond this fact, however, is the reality that events such as ours encourage our citizens to leave their homes and experience our city and what it has to offer—all of this has economic impact.”
A major component of the festivalfostering future development and growth in the region—comes via Strategic Partners. Director Laura MacKenzie explains: “we hosted nearly 200 of the world’s top film financiers, broadcasters, distributors and sales agents to ensure all the pieces of the filmmaking puzzle are available to attending producers. Delegates from 20 countries participated in over 1,000 1-2-1 meetings.” Now that’s show business!
Watch SEA AND BE SCENE TV’s twopart special on the 2014 Atlantic Film Festival on www.seaandbescene.com.
Cast No Shadow’s Best Picture team (l-r): Jonathan Eagan, Allison White, Scott McClellan (Best Cinematography), Percy Hynes-White (Best Actor), Christian Sparkes (Best Direction), Chris Agoston, Chris Hatcher, Jerey Morrow, Sam Fisher, Mary-Colin Chisholm (Best Actress). Missing from photo: Joel Thomas Hynes (Best Screenplay). Photo: Alanah Correia
AFF executive director Wayne Carter at the opening night screening of Elephant Song. Photo: Alanah Correia
Opening night party at the Cunard Centre, Halifax, N.S. Photo: Alanah Correia
World premiere of DANNY, pre-show interviews with (l-r) writer/director William D. MacGillivray, star Danny Williams and writer/director Justin Simms, (back to camera) Community ONE Atlantic Journal’s Terri Lynn Kearsey. Photo: Alanah Correia
Strategic Partners hosted over 1,000 1-2-1 meetings during the Festival. Photo: Nelson MacDonald
Strategic Partners panel (l-r): Damon D’Oliveira (producer, Book of Negroes), Stephen Finney (production executive, original drama content, Shaw Media), Fay Wells (independent consultant, Media Storm), Samuel Horowitz (director of television acquisitions and development, global content, Freemantle Media International). Photo: Nelson MacDonald