Everything you need to know about the 2022 Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival | Cultural Festivals | Halifax, Nova Scotia

TThe Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival, the city’s annual celebration of non-mainstream films and the directors who make them, is known for bringing critically acclaimed films to the city that audiences would not otherwise have access to. Run by the Atlantic Filmmakers Co-operative, it has been showing interesting, challenging and downright cool films for over 15 years.

What is the official name?

Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival

Also how is it known?

When is it?
June 9-12, 2022.

What is it?

As one of the city’s biggest festivals, HIFF screens films from independent directors, meaning there aren’t any big studios or Marvel offerings here. Instead, the films on offer range from experimental pieces to simpler numbers – but all are handpicked by some of Halifax’s most film-obsessed people who work at tThe Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative. That means you can expect to find movies you can’t see anywhere else – and ones you’ve never seen before. Artist panels and parties are also on the program.

Where does it take place?
This year the festival is moving to the new Light House Arts Center (1800 Argyle Street) for most screenings, with the exception of one horror film which will be showing at Good Robot Brewing (2736 Robie Street).

For those still sheltering on site (or unable to make it to the Light House Arts Centre), all films are also available to stream via the festival’s website for 48 hours after their respective in-person screenings.

How long has it been?
2022 marks 16 years of HIFF.

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Where can I get tickets?
Tickets for individual film screenings are available on the festival’s website for $10, although admission is free for students.

Are there festival passes?
A full festival pass costs $35 and is available through the HIFF website.

What is the must-see show?

introduces a new force in Canadian filmmaking Ste. Anne, playing June 9 at 9 p.m. Rhayne Vermette’s debut film was shot in dreamy 16mm film, set to score by Winnipeg Noise artist BP. It follows a woman’s return after a mysterious four-year absence from the Métis nation she lived in – and sees Vermette’s family and friends fill in supporting roles while she plays the lead. Dreamy, ethereal and imbued with a strong sense of place, it opens the festival at the Light House Arts Centre.

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