East Coast filmmakers featured in FIN REC Shorts Gala

The CBC Reel East Coast Gala is Wednesday, Sept. 18

FIN takes place Sept. 12-19 in Halifax

Filmmakers from all over Atlantic Canada will be celebrated at the CBC Reel East Coast Shorts Gala during the FIN Atlantic International Film Festival on Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 6:30 p.m. 

Nine short films make up this gala program, which has always been a big highlight of the festival. Interested in attending? Find tickets on the FIN website.

Here is a rundown of the short films that are featured:


Deanne Foley, N.L.

Deanne Foley profiles fellow Newfoundlander Mary Walsh, the Great Warrior Queen of Canadian comedy, musing on time wasted as an object of desire and time well spent as the fearless agent of her own destiny. A joyous call to action.


Jenna MacMillan, P.E.I.

Bats, a worker at a group home, is tasked with bringing Laura, a hardened teenager, to Sunnyside, a facility that deals with tough cases, after Laura hurt a girl at the group home. Along the way, as Bats' marriage falls apart, and Laura attempts to escape, the two come to understand personal and revelatory details about each other's lives.


Jillian Acreman, N.B.

Pillar has been drafted against her will on a one-way tour to colonize Mars. Today is her last day on earth.

Bad Morning

Adam DeViller, N.S.

Two unscrupulous salesmen get more than they bargained for when they try to take advantage of a little old lady.


Anna Wheeler, N.L.

Newfoundland; 1984. Two young women find themselves in an impossible situation. With no one to turn to and against all odds, the pair take the road trip of their lives. Based on the story Melody by Lisa Moore, from her 2002 collection of short stories, Open.


Millefiore Clarkes, P.E.

When the panic over ecological collapse threatens to engulf her, Ava embarks on a vision-quest to put things in perspective.


Bretten Hannam, N.S.

Stalked by his abusive white father, a rebellious Mi'kmaw runaway meets a two-spirit teenager drawn to his journey. As he learns Mi'kmaw language and culture from his new companion, a deeper bond begins to grow between them.

Little Grey Bubbles

Charles Wahl, N.S.

Kim travels from New York City to a small town in Canada to attend the funeral of one of her best friends, who she had only ever spoken to online.

Ice Breakers

Sandi Rankaduwa, N.S.

Josh Crooks is a promising teen hockey star in a sport where Black players like him are chronically underrepresented. Ice Breakers reveals the buried history of a pioneering Black hockey league in Atlantic Canada, as Crooks discovers that his passion is tied to a rich and remarkable heritage.

There are plenty more East Coast filmmakers featured throughout the festival. To see a complete lineup of films and events, and to purchase tickets, visit