The Antigonish International Film Festival (AIFF) is ready to hit the screens, Oct. 21 to 23, on what will be its 10th anniversary.
“During these past nine years, we have brought you the best in documentary films from ones by our local filmmakers to selections from around the world,” a press release from AIFF organizers states.
“Our current line-up of award-winning films are entertaining, inspiring and thought provoking. They are also hard-hitting, challenging, heart-warming, beautiful, humourous and fun. Each of us is moved in a different way by the same experience. Come out and see them for yourself and fill in your own adjective.”
As part of their 10th anniversary celebration, AIFF is recognizing their 30 original sponsors who remain a big part of the festival.
“We are very grateful to all our sponsors over the years and wish to salute the 30 who took a chance on AIFF in 2007 and are still with us today,” Janet Stark, AIFF committee chair, said.
Stark talked about the festival making a “difference” in the community.
“Motivated, inspired and informed by the stories and successes told through many of the films, our community has tackled such issues as climate change, availability of local food, the connections between art and health, problems with the prison system, needs of refugees, to name but a few,” she said.
Also to recognize the milestone year, AIFF has added an extra day to their usual day-two line-up with a “bonus” film on Sunday afternoon. Human, from director Yann Arthus-Bertrand, will be shown at 1 p.m. at Nicholson Hall – room 151 – on the campus of StFX.
“This one is in the not-to-be-missed category,” Larry Lamey AIFF committee member, said.
“In Human, there are stories from 60 countries, and 2,000 people.”
Festival passes are on sale at the Lyghtesome Gallery, the People’s Place Library and through the AIFF website – antigonishfilmfest.org.
The venues include the library, Cineplex Theatre, Town of Antigonish council chamber and the aforementioned Nicholson Hall.
The traditional community dinner part of AIFF will take place on Saturday (Oct. 22) evening at St. James United Church Hall. The hall will open at 5:30 p.m. with the meal to be served an hour later. Tickets for the dinner can be purchased from Lyghtesome Gallery or through the website.
The website includes all information regarding the line-up of films for this year’s festival as well as a complete schedule.