Presented by the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative, the Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival is a boutique festival dedicated to showcasing bold, innovative film and media art from the Atlantic region and around the world.

The festival includes feature and shorts screenings, receptions, celluloid installations, daytime masterclasses with visiting filmmakers and one-on-one meetings between local filmmakers and guest programmers from Canadian and International festivals.

The 13th Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival (HIFF) will take place June 12th - 15th 2019 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

PLEASE NOTE: HIFF only accepts short films submissions from Atlantic Canadian based filmmakers (filmmakers currently residing in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, PEI and Newfoundland & Labrador). We do not accept feature film submissions.


1. HIFF accepts short film submissions of all genres up to 25 minutes in length from Atlantic Canadian based filmmakers (filmmakers currently residing in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, PEI and Newfoundland & Labrador). We DO NOT accept feature film submissions.

2. HIFF only accepts online screeners. We DO NOT accept DVD submissions.

3. All submissions must have been completed after Jan. 1st, 2017.

4. Non-English language films must be presented in English-subtitled versions.

5. Works in Progress are eligible for submission, (however films must be completed by print traffic deadline). Please be aware programmers only view the first version of a submitted film and will not accept a revised version of the film later in the submission process.

6. Submission is free.


1. HIFF shorts are selected by a peer-jury of filmmakers.

2. Successful applicants will be notified by April 30th 2019 via email.

3. Due to time constraints our programming team will not be able to respond individually to filmmakers if your film is not accepted.

4. Decisions made by the HIFF programming team are final.


1. If your film is selected you must send the following to the Festival by May 13th 2019:
• Minimum two high-resolution film stills
• One high-resolution Director's headshot photo
• Brief synopsis of the film
• Exhibition copy of the film in high-resolution Quicktime format
• Online link to film trailer (if available)

2. Filmmakers will be paid a screening fee based on rates set by the Independent Media Arts Alliance (

3. One representative from each film selected to screen will be provided with a pass to all festival events.

4. Your submission of this entry form confirms that:
• You have the legal right to represent and submit this film for consideration to
• The Festival is not responsible for any claim involving copyright, trademark, or
royalty infringements related to the work.
• You agree to allow the festival the use of your film and its publicity materials for
promotional purposes.

Overall Rating
  • It's always a great experience. Feels like I'm coming home after a long trip!

    June 2019
  • Kenneth J. Harvey

    A wonderful festival, and great to receive a screening fee for my film. Thank you for the respect. Cheers, Kenneth

    June 2018