FIN Atlantic International Film Festival has blossomed into one of Canada’s premier celebrations of film and filmmaking, becoming an essential platform for films both local and global. Celebrating its 40th year in 2020, the festival began as a tiny, grassroots operation in St. John’s, Newfoundland in 1981, relocating to Halifax the following year. Providing an immersive escape and experience for movie lovers, filmmakers, and industry professionals worldwide, the Atlantic International Film Festival is Atlantic Canada’s curator of epic and unforgettable stories.

Awards included:

The Gordon Parsons Award for Best Atlantic Feature
Award is open to all eligible Atlantic Canadian feature length films selected to the 40th Atlantic International Film Festival.

Best Atlantic Short
Award is open to all eligible Atlantic Canadian short films selected to the 40th Atlantic International Film Festival.

Best Atlantic Director
Award is open to all eligible Atlantic Canadian features, shorts, and documentaries selected to the 40th Atlantic International Film Festival.

The Michael Weir Award for Best Atlantic Screenwriter
Award is open to all eligible Atlantic Canadian features and shorts selected to the 40th Atlantic International Film Festival.

Best Atlantic Cinematographer
Award is open to all eligible Atlantic Canadian features, shorts, and documentaries selected to the 40th Atlantic International Film Festival.

Best Atlantic Editor
Award is open to all eligible Atlantic Canadian features, shorts, and documentaries selected to the 40th Atlantic International Film Festival.

Best Atlantic Original Score or Song
Award is open to all eligible Atlantic Canadian features, shorts, and documentaries selected to the 40th Atlantic International Film Festival.

Joan Orenstein Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actress
Award is open to all eligible Atlantic Canadian features and shorts selected to the 40th Atlantic International Film Festival.

David Renton Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor
Award is open to all eligible Atlantic Canadian features and shorts selected to the 40th Atlantic International Film Festival.

Best Atlantic Documentary
Award is open to all eligible Atlantic Canadian documentaries selected to the 40th Atlantic International Film Festival.

Best Atlantic Short Documentary
Award is open to all eligible Atlantic Canadian short documentaries selected to the 40th Atlantic International Film Festival.

ELIGIBILITY: Submissions may be fiction, documentary, animation or experimental of any length. Only films completed no more than 18 months prior to the 40th Atlantic International Film Festival will be considered for admission. Preference will be given to submissions that have not been distributed theatrically or broadcast on television in the Atlantic region prior to the 2020 Festival.

ENTRY FORMAT & PRESENTATION FORMAT: Films with commentary or dialogue in languages other than English must be subtitled or dubbed in English for consideration. Preview copies of entries must be submitted on filmfreeway.com. If selected for the Festival, exhibition prints may be presented in DCP or .mov file. The Festival may accept other formats on a case-by-case basis and subject to availability of equipment.

PROGRAM SELECTION: All entries are viewed and chosen by a Selection Committee appointed by the Program Director. Final selections are at the sole discretion of the Festival.

NOTIFICATION: Entrants will be notified of the decisions of the Selection Committee by August 7, 2020.

CUSTOMS, SHIPPING & HANDLING: The Print Traffic and Post Production Coordinator will contact all accepted submissions with specific shipping instructions. Exhibition copies must arrive at the Festival office by August 31, 2020. The participant must pay all shipping costs to Halifax. The Festival will pay the cost of shipping exhibition copies back to the participant.

FOR INTERNATIONAL PARTICIPANTS: The Atlantic International Film Festival will not handle any customs clearances. The Customs Declaration on your submission package should state, “FOR FESTIVAL PREVIEW ONLY, NO COMMERCIAL VALUE.”

INSURANCE: The Festival will make every effort to ensure the safekeeping of all productions submitted for consideration that are in its care or control. However, the Applicant assumes all risk of loss or damage. The Festival retains the power to decide on all matters not specifically dealt with in these regulations. No application will be accepted unless signed. Submission of your application shall constitute acceptance of these regulations. In any dispute, the decisions of the Festival shall be final. The Applicant releases the Festival, its Officers, Directors and all other employees and representatives, from any and all claims relating in any way to your application or the submission of materials to the Festival by or on behalf of the Applicant, whether on film, video, or other media.

If you have any questions, please contact the Festival:
Toll free: 877.611.4244
Telephone: 902.422.FILM
Email: programmgr@finfestival.ca

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  • Kyle Sharpe

    I was very proud to have a film selected in this Halifax-based festival. I was particularly impressed with the communication, especially considering the scale of the event, and the amount of filmmakers involved. Every film/program received a great amount of exposure on the festival's social media page/website, which I thought was fantastic. I was lucky enough to attend some of this one, and I hope to do it again next year.

    October 2019
  • FIN is such a lovely festival. A great mix of local and international. I look forward to it every year!

    September 2019
  • FIN is a remarkable festival! The quality of the films, the laid back but professional atmosphere, great communications, and support for filmmakers are just some of the reasons it holds a special place in my heart. I'm so grateful for the support they've given me over the years.

    September 2019
  • Ruth Lawrence

    FIN is one of my favourite festivals. I love attending and this year was exceptional. I just wish I could have stayed the whole time. Thanks especially to the hospitality team for helping me out.

    October 2018
  • Israel Ekanem

    An amazing festival with amazing films and filmmakers. Can't wait to submit projects again next year!

    September 2018