Indie films are under the spotlight as the Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival gets underway this week

13th annual festival runs at Neptune Theatre's Scotiabank Stage June 12-16

Une Colonie (A Colony), winner of the Canadian Screen Award for best mostion picture in 2019, is one of feature films at this year's Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival.
Une Colonie (A Colony), winner of the Canadian Screen Award for best mostion picture in 2019, is one of feature films at this year's Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival.

There’s nothing unlucky about the 13th annual Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival (HIFF) which gets underway this week in Halifax.

At the Neptune Theatre’s Scotiabank Stage in downtown Halifax from June 12-15, the four-day celebration of independent cinema will present a programme of works from local filmmakers and from around the globe.

The festival will open on June 12 with The Wolf House (La Casa Lobo), a dark and daring animation that combines 2D and stop-motion. From Chilean filmmakers Joaquín Cociña and Cristóbal León, it is described as a “surrealistic fairytale in which the Brothers Grimm meet David Lynch”. Cociña will be in attendance for a Q&A following the screening.

A couple of the other international highlights include a retrospective of experimental short films on June 15 from Greek filmmaker Konstantina Kotzamani, and New York filmmaker Khalik Allah’s Black Mother on June 15. Allah will be in attendance following the screening of his experimental documentary about Jamaica’s people and its history.

From Canada, two Quebec features will screen, including the Canadian Screen Awards’ 2019 Best Motion Picture Une Colonie (A Colony) by Geneviève Dulude-De Celles, and Ghost Town Anthology, a chilling small-town drama from director Denis Côté. The Canadian features will screen on Wednesday June 12 and Thursday June 13 respectively, and both directors will be in attendance to take questions after the films.

Continuing to showcase local filmmakers through its Atlantic Auteurs programme, this year HIFF will present eleven short films from some of our region’s most talented on June 14. The lineup includes emerging and established filmmakers working in analogue, animation, narrative, music videos, comedy, and experimental.

In addition to the public screenings, the festival also includes filmmaker classes, artist talks, workshops and hosted Q&As. HIFF will also present a number of professional development initiatives designed to assist local filmmakers.

The 13th Annual Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival runs June 12-15 at Neptune Theatre’s Scotiabank Stage (1593 Argyle St, Halifax). Visit hiff.ca for tickets and more information on this year’s complete line-up.