It’s almost time to raise the curtain for the 2014 Antigonish International Film Festival [AIFF].
This year’s festival, the eighth year for the event, will take place Friday Oct. 17 and Saturday the 18th.
Twenty-eight films will be shown at three venues, all virtually neighbours in the heart of downtown Antigonish. The locations include the People’s Place Library, Cineplex/Capitol Theatre, which is beside the library, and at Town of Antigonish council chambers, across the street.
Amongst the 28 films are three by local filmmakers with local content. Seeking Netukulimk, by Martha Stiegman and Kerry Prosper, is a film about traditional Mi’kmaq fishing. Sometimes Life Has a Way of Surprising You: The Park Bench Players, by Peter Murphy, is a film about Antigonish’s famous, award-winning Park Bench Players which will make its debut at the festival. Henri Steeghs’ Treasures of the Old Forest is a film about the wildflowers of Nova Scotia’s vanishing old growth forests.
The community dinner will be held at the Prissy Pig Saturday evening and is well-known as a great opportunity to share in what has been viewed over the two days while enjoying a delicious meal.
Amongst the feedback received and saved by organizers include these words which speak to the thought-provoking nature of past festival line-ups.
“You cannot watch these films and not be moved.”
“I was here last year and it is really, really enjoyable. I’ve been to Toronto film festivals and New York film festivals and I have to say, in comparison, ours rocks.”
“You wouldn’t see a lot of this stuff in a regular theatre … makes you think outside of the box, think beyond your own space.”
“It certainly opens your eyes to different viewpoints. It shows parts of the world that you would never have a chance to see … maybe a different group of people who live in your own community that you would never have a chance to see.”
Committee members added their thoughts as the festival fast approaches.
“The AIFF, in its eighth year, exists to bring the best documentaries to viewers and festival goers in this part of Nova Scotia, supporting local filmmakers while searching other countries for their best as well,” Larry Lamey said.
Film selection sub-committee member Elaine MacLean echoed the thought and noted a few films in particular.
“We will be showing the latest film from the Canadian landscape photographer, Edward Burtynsky, Watermark, a stunningly beautiful film that explores our relationship to water, how we are drawn to it and what we learn from it,” MacLean said.
“Our regular film festival buffs have always been interested in how persons with disabilities are inspired and inspiring. See Art From the Streets and the new film from Antigonish’s own Peter Murphy, of Seabright Productions. Murphy’s latest film Sometimes Life Has a Way of Inspiring You features our own Park Bench Players.”
Denise Davies talked about the range in topics covered.
“We have an exciting festival year with 28 films dealing with issues from agriculture to history, health to environmental activism, social justice to music, and much more,” she said.
For more information, including a complete schedule and passes information, visit the AIFF website at www.antigonishfilmfest.org or their Facebook page.