FIN Atlantic International Film Fest presents hybrid model from Sept. 16-23
Festival opens with Wildhood, an indelible celebration of Mi’kmaq heritage and community
From Sept. 16-23, the festival will feature 158 films, 87 in-cinema screenings and 28 online screenings. It will be presented at Cineplex Cinemas Park Lane In Halifax, NS and it will be accessible virtually and online throughout Atlantic Canada with FIN Stream.
"One of the things that has become very apparent to many of us over these last 18 months is the importance of art and as an extension how important it is to experience different art forms within a group of like-minded people," says Wayne Carter, FIN Executive Director.
"Sitting at home watching a movie is an act we have all grown very accustomed to, but it certainly does not have the same sensory impact as big screen excitement. The ability to get lost in entertainment and thought is truly the domain of the cinema and we are so happy to be back and to have you with us."
WAYNE WEIGNS IN
We also asked Wayne Carter to weigh in on a few short-snappers about the festival:
GREATEST CHALLENGE PRODUCING A HYBRID FESTIVAL: "The greatest challenge this year has been the overall uncertainty of the state of public health and determining deadlines on when definitive decisions needed to be made relating to all things festival."
WHAT FILM WILL STICK WITH FANS LONG AFTER THE FESTIVAL IS OVER: "We are spoiled for choice with Atlantic Features this year and Wildhood (the Opening Night movie, see below) is a very special experience which I think is going to resonate and stay with people long after the closing credits."
ONE STAND-OUT ASPECT OF THIS YEAR'S FESTIVAL: "Being back in cinemas with like-minded film fans is long overdue!"
Among the Highlights
Kicking off this year's festival is the Opening Night Gala, Wildhood. Written and directed by Bretten Hannam, a Two-Spirit L'nu filmmaker, the film is an uplifting and inspiring adventure, and an indelible celebration of Mi'kmaq heritage and community. Redefining the conventional road movie through an L'nu worldview, Hannam presents a coming-of-age story that speaks to the importance of connecting with language and culture and discovering who you truly are. Screenings at Cineplex Cinemas Park Lane will take place on Thursday, Sept. 16, starting at 7 p.m. and online access through FIN Stream will be available for 24 hours starting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 16.
The festival's Closing Night Gala will be the laugh-out-loud Spanish comedy, Official Competition. Directed by Mariano Cohn and Gastón Duprat and starring Penélope Cruz and Antonio Banderas, the film explores the most ambitious of tasks – movie-making – with characteristic insight and black-comic wit. Screenings at Cineplex Cinemas Park Lane will take place on Thursday, Sept. 23, starting at 7 p.m.
The festival will feature Atlantic Canadian productions in two Galas this year, including the Atlantic Gala presentation of Shelley Thompson's feature directorial debut, Dawn, Her Dad & The Tractor. The film follows a father and daughter as they cautiously rebuild their relationship and come to understand the mechanics of the heart. Screenings at Cineplex Cinemas Park Lane will take place on Friday, Sept.17, starting at 7 p.m. Online access through FIN Stream will also be available for 24 hours starting at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept.17.
The Reel East Coast Shorts Gala, presented by CBC, features nine short films by an impressive cast of Atlantic Canadian filmmakers, including Jennie Williams with Nalujuk Night; Induk Lee with Baduk; Millefiore Clarkes with Love in Quarantine; Todd Fraser with Bha Iad Làn Sgeulachdan; Charles Wahl with The Mohel; Andrea Cass with Spin; Mathieu Gauvreau with The Voice of Henriette; Rebecca Falvey with The Agnostics; and Taylor Olson with Second Wedding. Screenings at Cineplex Cinemas Park Lane will take place on Sunday, Sept. 19, starting at 7 p.m. Online access through FIN Stream will also be available for 24 hours starting at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 19.
JUST THE FACTS
- The finfestival.ca website is the hub for all FIN information, including the interactive and searchable film listing system FINpedia which features film synopses and trailers.
- The downloadable FIN Program Guide will be available Wednesday, Sept. 1 at 10 a.m AT at finfestival.ca.
- The FIN Online Box Office opens Wednesday, Sept.1 at 10 a.m. AT, also at finfestival.ca.