Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival returns June 9-12 | Cultural festivals | Halifax, Nova Scotia
Back with its first in-person slate since 2020, the Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival is ready to make moviegoers’ dreams come true from June 9-12. In a city under the heel of movie multiplexes, the annual event (organized by the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative) always offers a feast of arthouse and DIY films that critics rave about – and that you won’t see anywhere. go elsewhere.
Opening night kicks off at the Light House Arts Center (1800 Argyle Street) with a double bill featuring the latest creations from Martin Edralin (who has shown work at Sundance and TIFF), he is. It is the story of a Filipino immigrant who longs for more while caring for his aging family in southern Ontario. Also on deck? The winner of TIFF 2021
Best Canadian Feature, Rhayne Vermette Ste. Anna. The director’s feature debut, the cast is filled with Vermette’s real-life friends and family, retracing the mysterious reappearance of a woman after four years away.
A special late-night screening at the Good Robot Brewing (2736 Robie Street) is suitable for fans of high horror: We’re all going to the world’s fair sees an alienated, internet-addicted teenager falling deeper and deeper into dangerous rabbit holes online, with offline implications.
Other films, including Canadian shorts, a retrospective of the work of filmmaker Ryan Steel and features from around the world, are on the festival‘s full slate. All Canadian films will also stream online for 48 hours after the in-person screening. Films are free for students and festival passes are $35. Pass the popcorn!