The municipal election will not be the only event capturing the attention of Antigonishers on the weekend of Oct. 19 and 20.
The sixth annual Antigonish International Film Festival (AIFF) is scheduled for the weekend and kicks-off Friday noon time with a couple of films at the People’s Place Library (meeting room and community room).
Being described by organizers as the “best ever” line-up, more than 30 film documentaries are part of this year’s AIFF which will be held at the library and its neighbour on Main Street, Empire Capitol Theatre.
“Just steps away,” is how AIFF co-ordinator Carole Roy described the proximity of the two venues, which is a change for this year’s festival which used to take place, in large part, at the Coady International Institute.
Roy also talked about the line-up of films noting AIFF has acquired screening rights to films that may otherwise never be shown in the area.
“Our audiences expect us to deliver top rated documentaries and we want to make sure we do,” she said. “Attendance increases each time and this year we expect even bigger numbers.”
Larry Lamey, head of the film selection committee for AIFF, talked about the selection process.
“During the year we search for and receive information and recommendations about films, including festival prize winners from other countries,” Lamey said.
“Subject matter counts but so does professional and artistic excellence. In the end, we screen the films for ourselves, discuss their merits and attempt to arrive at a line-up that will offer a diverse and challenging program.”
Roy noted local filmmakers are also included in the line-up.
“From the beginning we have been happy to encourage the submission of films from our own region,” Roy said. “They are important to the festival.”
The community dinner also returns as part of AIFF. It’s scheduled for Oct. 20, 7:15 P.M., at the Prissy Pig Café and Deli.
Additional information, including a complete schedule, film titles and synopsis, passes and prices, as well as other details, can be found on AIFF’s website at www.antigonishfilmfest.org.