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Between Places: 12 Films of Journeys and Destinations

Whether crossing physical walls, invisible borders, or simply different mindsets, life is defined by a constant state of motion and by the journeys from one state of being to another. These are films about the things that happen Between Places: those defining moments that set us on a new path, and bring us to new revelations about where we fit into the world.

Life on the Edge: Conflict, Chaos, and Courage

There is an old saying that every story ever told can be broken down to just one of seven basic plots, and at the core of each is one simple thing: conflict. Whether we're watching a man's will go head-to-head with a mountain, the internal struggles of a person in the process of losing everything, or joining the journey of people town from their homes and forced far beyond everything they know - we relate to them, we feel for them, and we can't help but cheer when they come out on the other side.

BAD REPUTATION, directed by Kevin Kerslake

Properties of Sound: Nine Musically Inclined Films

Introducing eight features and one short from our Music on Screen Series, Documentary Series and Shorts Series, all with musical inclinations. 

From the pounding drums of movie soundtracks to the soulful crooning of a singer on a dive bar stage, music accompanies us through all the journeys of our lives. It ebbs and flows, it intimidates and it motivates, and it conveys entire character arcs without having to utter a single word.

On The Ground In Halifax with Indie Filmmakers

Shorts Programmer Brennan Tilley has returned from a stop in at the Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival as a Visiting Programmer. For five years now, HIFF has bought programmers from some of the world's most prestigious festivals to Halifax to meet with local filmmakers and watch their shorts, allowing Atlantic Canadians a unique opportunity to connect with film festival programmers from around the country and the world.  

Festival Profile: Volunteer Lynda MacNeill

Festival Profiles is a blog series that brings you into the lives of the film festival staff and volunteers that dedicate their time and passion to put this festival on. Whether they've been with us since the beginning or are new to the team, these are the people that work year-round to make the festival happen. 

On the ground at Hong Kong: A film festival reflects the personality of a city

Marketing Director Laura Carlson recently attended the Hong Kong International Film Festival and explores how a festival is shaped by the city that hosts it.

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Festival Profile: Programming Admin Gillian McKercher

Festival Profiles is a blog series that brings you into the lives of the film festival staff and volunteers that dedicate their time and passion to put this festival on. Whether they've been with us since the beginning or are new to the team, these are the people that work year-round to make the festival happen. 

Festival Profile: Executive Director Steve Schroeder

Festival Profiles is a new blog series that brings you into the lives of the film festival staff and volunteers that dedicate their time and passion to put this festival on. Whether they've been with us since the beginning or are new to the team, these are the people that work year-round to make the festival happen. 

On the Ground at Berlin: Foreign Film Shines

World Cinema Programmer Sachin Gandhi is back from the Berlin Film Festival and looks forward to international cinema in 2018.

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Complete Your Oscar Ballot: Beat Our Expert

Our resident Oscars' expert and Programming Administrator Gillian McKercher has predicted which films will go home with Oscars on Sunday night. 

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