To help start the build-up to the 7th annual Antigonish International Film Festival (AIFF), taking place Oct. 18 and 19, a donation of films from last year’s festival were made to the People’s Place Library.
In total, 40 films were donated to the library Sept. 19 which were made up, for the most part, of films from the 2012 festival but also included selections from the First Friday Film Festival series as well as a few AIFF organizers obtained, and showed, from an outreach grant. The skateboarding film Freedom of Space would be an example of the latter.
Amongst the critical acclaimed documentary films donated is the Most Dangerous Man in America, Apache 8, Surviving Progress and the 2013 Academy Award winner for best documentary feature Searching for Sugar Man.
This was the second consecutive year AIFF has donated films to the library. Last year 34 films were donated for a two year total of 74.
This year’s AIFF features 32 films. They’re described in the festival’s pamphlet as “dealing with issues from agriculture to history, health to environmental activism, social justice to music and much more in between.”
The venues include the Capitol Theatre, the People’s Place Library and new to this year’s festival, Town Hall council chambers. Organizers note the close proximity of the three venues which will create “easy movement between close venues and more comfortable seating.”
The community dinner, a popular tradition with the festival, will take place at the Prissy Pig Café and Deli, at 7:15 p.m., on Saturday, Oct. 19.
For additional information, including festival passes and dinner tickets, visit www.antigonishfilmfest.org or inquire at [email protected]