Halloween is just around the corner so, for Antigonish, it means another late-October tradition is, also, fast approaching.
The curtain will rise for the 11th annual Antigonish International Film Festival Oct. 26 and, over the course of three days (Oct. 26 to 28), 40 films will be shown at three locations; the Cineplex Theatre, the People’s Place Library and Antigonish Town Hall council chambers, literally neighbouring buildings in the Antigonish downtown.
The selections include six by local filmmakers which feature familiar settings such as Antigonish, Upper Big Tracadie and Isle Madame.
The opening night on the 26th, a Thursday, is a little bit of a wrinkle for the festival which has been three days before but that has meant incorporating the following Sunday into the AIFF schedule.
The Thursday film, which will be shown at the Cineplex, starting at 7 p.m., is An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, a 2017 documentary by directors Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk.
The film is a follow up, 11 years later, to the award-winning film An Inconvenient Truth
“[In An Inconvenient Truth] Al Gore implored audiences to wake up and learn about climate change,” a promotional blurb about the film reads.
“In An Inconvenient Sequel, Gore addresses the progress made, or not made, and illustrates how one must take action if one desires change, particularly highlighting the importance of voting for elected officials who don’t deny climate change and don’t stall efforts for research and reductions. This sequel is an impassioned call to action and is especially relevant in light of the current political situation in the U.S.”
A question and answer period will follow the showing of the film which is 98 minutes in duration.
Films begin the following day at noon time with all three venues being utilized. Friday films wrap up at 8:50 p.m.
The viewing continues the following day at 9 a.m., again at all three venues (9:10 a.m. at the library).
Saturday wraps up with the festival’s closing event – the traditional community dinner. The dinner will take place at 6:30 p.m. at St. James United Church hall; again, only a block away from the festival’s film venues.
For a complete schedule as well festival passes and dinner ticket purchasing information, visit the festival’s website at antigonishfilmfest.org.
“This is our eleventh year of finding and showing outstanding films from around the globe,” Elaine Maclean, film selection committee member said.
“Our audiences have become more demanding and we need to give them top quality, so that’s what we’ve done.”
Larry Lamey, another member of the selection committee, puts it more succinctly.
“I think this may be the best yet – no argument,” he said.
“Some films are prestigious award-winners but we also have six local filmmakers with their own impressive visions,” Carole Roy, founder of AIFF, added.
“Strong financial support from the community enables AIFF to keep admission prices extra low; a weekend pass is $5 for unwaged or students and just $20 for others,” a note from the committee stated.