Saturday, August 31, 2013

33rd Annual Atlantic Film Festival

The 33rd Atlantic Film Festival announces full program 
for event, Sept. 12- 19th in Halifax

 (Halifax, NS) -- The 33rd annual Atlantic Film Festival (AFF) announces its full program, featuring over 180 films and a full slate of special events, to be presented over eight days in Halifax, September 12-19.
"As festival programs go, let me be the first to say that the Atlantic Film Festival's Programming Team have outdone themselves this year!” said Executive Director, Wayne Carter. “The key to pleasing the audience is that special magic of having ‘something for everyone’ and this year we do. There will be leading men, leading ladies, ‘A-List’ directors from Canada and abroad and events that will be the talk of the town. It's going to be an experience!"
Joining this year’s Festival’s Gala program is the Atlantic GalaAll the Wrong Reasons on Friday, Sept. 13, sponsored by Téléfilm Canada and CBC. In this deftly woven ensemble drama four troubled young adults negotiate post-traumatic experiences while desperately pursuing shades of desire, ambition and redemption. With Kevin Zegers as a wounded fireman temporarily working as a store detective, Emily Hamshire as a grasping single mom cashier, Cory Monteith as the manager hoping to leap to regional director, and Karine Vanasse as a security monitor attempting to put her shattered life back together, the stage is set for writer/director Gia Milani to explore the contemporary price of love, loyalty and betrayal. All the Wrong Reasons is produced locally by Tony Whalen and Gia Milani and is distributed in Canada by Pacific Northwest Pictures.
The festival's Closing Gala presentation on Thursday, Sept. 19 will be The Invisible Woman. Directed by and starring Ralph Fiennes, The Invisible Woman tells the story of a secret love affair between Charles Dickens and Nelly Ternan. Dickens (Fiennes) – famous, controlling and emotionally isolated within his success – falls for Nelly (Felicity Jones), who comes from a family of actors. The theatre is a vital arena for Dickens - a brilliant amateur actor - a man more emotionally coherent on the page or on stage, than in life. As Nelly becomes the focus of Dickens' passion and his muse, for both of them secrecy is the price, and for Nelly a life of "invisibility". The Invisible Woman is distributed in Canada by Mongrel Media.
Featuring the newest and most anticipated films of the year, moviegoers will want to be first in line to see the ten films comprising the 2013 Rogers Special Presentations. Joining previously announced selections, There Are Monsters and Hard Drive, are: Copperhead, a moving civil war drama filmed with a largely Atlantic Canadian cast and crew; Cas & Dylan, the feature film directorial debut of Jason Priestley, starring Richard Dreyfus; Jonathan Sobol’s The Art of the Steal, a raucous heist film starring Kurt Russell and Jay Baruchel; Don Jon, written, directed by and starring Joseph Gordon Levitt; Parkland, which looks at the aftermath of the JFK assassination; Richard Ayoyade’s The Double, starring Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska; Jeremiah Chechik’s The Right Kind of Wrong, starring Catherine O'Hara, Ryan Kwanten; and Palme d’or winner Blue is the Warmest Colour (La vie d’Adele pt. 1 & 2) directed by Abdellatif Kechiche.
Joining the Atlantic Focus program are five additional films. The first is the world premiere of the much-anticipated documentary, Arctic Defenders. Directed by John Walker, Arctic Defenders looks at the role of the Inuit in the sovereignty of Canada’s Far North. This year’s program also examines the relationship between humans and wild animals, depicted in both Jason Young’s Bad Coyote and Geoff D’Eon’s Zoo Revolution, paired in a joint presentation. Also paired in a joint presentation will be Regret from Newfoundland’s Christopher Richardson and Let the Daylight into the Swamp by Jeffrey St. Jules.
"What we took, as guiding principals when selecting this year’s films, was quality of choice, ease of use and accessibility of the overall Festival,” said Jason Beaudry, Program Director. “We hope that when someone looks at the full schedule, they’ll see that, now more than ever, there is something for everyone at the Atlantic Film Festival.”
The AFF is also announcing a new program, featuring French Films from Canada and around the world. This year’s Cinéma En Français S.V.P. program will take place from Friday, Sept. 13 to Monday, Sept. 16 and will feature 18 French language film presentations.
The AFF will host several special events and parties to celebrate the movies, the people and the city of Halifax. One of the hottest events of the year is the Opening Night Party, a night for dancing shoes, fancy drinks and killer beats. This year’s bash will take place at the Cunard Centre on Thursday, Sept. 12. The Atlantic Gala Celebration will take place at Taboo on Friday, Sept. 13 and the Closing Gala Party will take place at the Lord Nelson Hotel’s Imperial Ballroom on Thursday, Sept. 19.
New this year, the AFF presents Industry Day. With an industry as active and productive as that in Atlantic Canada, the AFF is not only celebrating the industry and craftspeople but will give them an opportunity to meet, network and celebrate each other. Industry Awards, panels and workshops join the CBC Atlantic Shorts Gala and Industry Party on Sept. 15 at the Lord Nelson Hotel.
A featured event for everyone to enjoy, includes the 10x10 at the AFF. The AFF Outdoor Film Experience will be setting up its inflatable screen at the Emera Oval, offering a 90-minute retrospective of past entries in the RBC Foundation’s 10x10 Program. Friends and families can bring or rent rollerblades or roller skates from HRM. This is a FREE event.
In addition, the AFF and founding partner, CBC are pleased to announce From Screen To Score, a special presentation featuring the talents of musicians Shehab Illyas, Asif Illyas, Chris Pauley, Ron Hynes, Kim Dunn, Kris MacFarland, Meghan Smith, joined by filmmakers, Jason Buxton and Michael Ray Fox. The evening’s program will include performance and dialogue about what it means to create one of the deepest collaborations that happens in film, pictures and sound coming together. The centerpiece of this event will be the premiere of Shehab Illyas’ new motion picture music album, Top Of The World.

Recognized as one of the world’s pre-eminent co-production markets, Strategic Partners is a one-of-a-kind event focusing on film, television and multi-platform fiction from across Canada and around the world. Hosting 200 international delegates, Strategic Partners is the one-stop shop for producers, broadcasters, sales agents, financiers, distributors and film agencies. This year's three-day event, now celebrating its 16th year, is placing the market spotlight on India and the UK and includes nearly 1000 pre-scheduled 1-2-1 meetings, relevant panels, visionary keynote speakers as well as the popular Film and Creative Industries Nova Scotia Lobster dinner.

Featured presentations at the 2013 Strategic Partners include: TV Series Collaborations - International Perspectives in Concert! - Moderator Fred Fuchs (Camelot, The Tudors, Being Erica, Transporter) and his panel of International Broadcasters will explore the mechanics of how independent TV series are being created, offering up insights on how these projects get; and Story Extensions for Feature Film - A Digital Strategy Session - Canada's top digital story accelerator, James Milward - Founder and Exec. Producer of Secret Location has chosen a Strategic Partners project and will facilitate an on-stage digital strategy session with the producer, offering an expert overview of what producers should be considering to take the first step in the search for new audiences and revenue streams for their feature film. Financed With Telefilm Canada as the Presenting Partner, Strategic Partners helps make connections, find partners, and get projects financed, and on the screen. For more information, visit:
ViewFinders is a festival of film, video and media for youth. Produced annually in April, by the Atlantic Film Festival, ViewFinders will also have a strong presence at the event.
ViewFinders offers special screenings of feature films, shorts and a gala screening all geared towards youth and families, some of which were created by youth themselves. For more information, visit:

Tickets for screenings and special events along with ticket packages, group tickets and passes go on sale today, August 20 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available by phone at 1-888-311-9090 and online at or
Tickets are also available at all Ticketpro outlets in Nova Scotia, including Video Difference (6086 Quinpool Road). Please note that Ticketpro outlets accept cash or debit only. Tickets will be available at the Festival Box Office in Park Lane Mall (5657 Spring Garden Road) beginning September 3rd at noon. For hours of operation, visit:
Receive the most up-to-date information, including sneak peeks and Festival highlights our website:, our Facebook page: /atlanticfilmfestival and Twitter account: /thefilmfest. To support these online channels, the AFF will also offer an all new Atlantic Film Festival App before the event to help coordinate your festival experience. In addition, the AFF is pleased to announce a continued partnership this year with iTunes Canada. An Atlantic Film Festival "Super Room" will live on iTunes where people can download the app and purchase/download past festival favourites. More details coming soon!
Another way to be part of the action is by visiting the Super Channel Festival Lounge located in the Georgian Lounge, at the Lord Nelson Hotel (1515 South Park Street). Open from noon to midnight daily, this is a place for the industry and the public to connect. Scheduled Q&A sessions with filmmakers, music performances along with other highlights will take place throughout the Festival.
About the Atlantic Film Festival
The Atlantic Film Festival (AFF) is an eight-day celebration of film, media and music from around the world. It’s a festival that turns Halifax – a charming and historic coastal city – into an international Mecca for the arts, abuzz with filmmakers, industry types and film lovers. This year’s event takes place from September 12-19.
Offering a first-look at the best international films of the festival season, the AFF is a champion of local filmmakers, committed to bridging the gap. We attract some of the biggest players in film, media and music from around the world. All of our film selections are chosen with our community in mind and our special events are designed to bring us all together. A not-for-profit organization, the AFF depends heavily upon its strong ties to the surrounding and thriving arts community.
The Atlantic Film Festival began as a tiny, grassroots operation in St. John’s, Newfoundland in 1981, relocating to Halifax the following year. Just three decades later, the Atlantic film Festival has blossomed into one of Canada’s premier film festivals. Whether for industry folk, unabashed film lovers or curious onlookers, the Festival offers a slew of opportunities to engage through film. Today’s Atlantic Film Festival is now a year-round celebration, growing beyond our eight-day cornerstone event in September to include: ViewFinders: Atlantic Film Festival for Youth, AFF Outdoor Film Experience and Strategic Partners.
Receive the most up-to-date information about the Atlantic Film Festival and its Family of Programs, including sneak peeks and festival highlights on our online website:, our Facebook page: /atlanticfilmfestival, our Twitter account: /thefilmfest #AFF2013, our Pinterest profile:, our LinkedIn company page: and our Youtube channel:
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Thursday, August 29, 2013

2013 CENFLO Official Selections

2013 Central Florida Film Festival Official Selections At The West Orange Cinema Ocoee, FL   August 30th - September 1st 

725  (Dramatic Short)
A daily fight for survival with nothing but the memory of the past and the hope for the future.
​Saturday Theater #3  12noon

16 ACRES  (Documentary)
The dramatic inside story of the monumental collision of interests at Ground Zero in the decade after 9/11.
​Friday Theater #2  12:30pm
Sunday Theater #2 11:45am

A FAMILY OF CLOWNS  (Dramatic Short)
Sometimes becoming a clown is the most serious thing you can do.
​Saturday Theater #3  12noon
Sunday Theater #3  4:15pm

AFTER MIDNIGHT  (Dramatic Short)
A young girl creates a fantasy world to escape domestic abuse.
​​Friday Theater #1  9:30am
Saturday​ Theater #3  12noon

AMERICA 101  (Comedy Short)
One man's life becomes the lesson of the day when he takes a frenetic ride through his own twisted version of the American experience. 
 Directed by: Richard Speight, Jr. ('Supernatural', 'Jericho')
​​​​Saturday Theater #1  12:30     ** Q&A with Director Richard Speight, Jr. **
Sunday Theater #3  2:20pm​

BLIND PASS  (Feature)     ** Q&A with Director Steve Tatone **
A young, wealthy woman learns she's going blind. The hired psychologist struggles to save the girl from following the path of her demanding father.
Friday Theater #1  7:55pm

BODIES  (Feature)
A young writer becomes curious, then intrigued, and finally obsessed with the strange behavior of the woman next door. 
Friday Theater #3  12noon

BREAK THROUGH  (Documentary)
Break Through is a raw, eye-opening documentary following a group of impassioned theatre students who come together to produce a play aiming to shed light on the many stigmas and equality-rights issues faced by LGBT youth in the United States today.
Saturday Theater #2  10:50am

Christie makes a sexy video for her husband who is on a business trip. Unfortunately, she sends it to the wrong man.
Friday Theater #1  4:15pm
Sunday Theater #3  2:20pm

CHANCE OF RAIN  (Dramatic Short)
Jason ducks into a psychic's parlor to avoid the pouring rain....only to be faced with a choice that will determine the rest of his life.
Saturday Theater #3  12noon
Sunday Theater #3  4:15pm

DRESSING UP  (Comedy Short)
When a timid office assistant discovers her entire department is going to be unfairly laid off, she disguises herself as a high-powered consultant to save their jobs.
Friday Theater #1  4:15pm
Sunday Theater #3  2:20pm

EMBER  (Animated)
In the mountains of Mongolia, a young man offers tribute to the heavens in hope of relief from the cold. A fire spirit is born and struggles to find his destiny a new world.
Friday Theater #1  12:15pm
Saturday Theater #3  9:35am

EXTRA-ORDINARY  (Comedy Short)
The story of 2 ambitious young Extras, trying to make it in Hollywood. 
Friday Theater #1  4:15pm
Sunday Theater #3  2:20pm

FIGHT  (Dramatic Short)
A man struggles with his lust and addiction to pornography. 
Saturday Theater #3  3:40pm
Sunday Theater #3  6pm

A peaceful day in Hoffnung City is interrupted by an attack on Central Hospital.  
Saturday Theater #2  2pm

FINNIGAN’S WAR  (Documentary)
To commemorate the 60th anniversary of The Korean War, 
Narrated by Mark Hamill (Star Wars). .
Sunday Theater #3  1:05pm

FOR CLOSURE  (Dramatic Short)
A woman facing life's biggest failures cannot fathom facing family. 
Saturday Theater #3  3:40pm
Sunday Theater #3  6pm

Stuck in a six-month sexual 'dry spell,' a young husband and wife decide to rekindle their love life by having a one-night stand with another couple. 
Friday Theater #3  3:55pm
Sunday Theater #1  2:15pm     ** Q&A with Director Eric Haywood  **

FRAMES  (Student Project)
After not getting a foreman job, a small town carpenter faces the new boss in a bowling match that teaches him the importance of family.
Friday Theater #1  9:30am

FROM THE WOODS  (Dramatic Short)
A recently single mother must learn to let go of her fear and obsession about her abusive husband in order to save her son from the hands of a mysterious creature from the woods.
Sunday Theater #2  1:30pm

FUREVER  (Documentary)
The documentary explores the dimensions of grief experienced over the loss of a pet. 
Friday Theater #2  11:00am

GAIASPORA  (Animated)
On a distant planet, a father reunited with his son desperately struggles to restore his shattered world.
Friday Theater #1  12:15pm
Saturday Theater #3  9:35am

GET SERIOUS  (Feature)
A comedic coming of age story surrounding a young man and his post-college struggles with finding a career path. 
Saturday Theater #3  10:25am

GOOD DOG  (Dramatic Short)
Dog lives with the Person family. Dog has a vision of the future. Dog must change the future. Good Dog!
Saturday Theater #3  12noon
Sunday Theater #3  4:15pm

GRANTED  (Feature)
AVERY could have been the next big thing in music until his lover and muse died in front of him. 
Friday Theater #1  2:30pm

GRANTED  (Student Project)
Veronica's determined to cheer up her distant husband, but he won't tell her how! Then she's granted the power to see his wish, but wishes are harder than they look.
Friday Theater #1  9:30am

​IF I WERE A BELL  (Dramatic Short)
A poignant story of two brothers unexpectedly caught in a passionate love triangle with a rising sexy female rapper. 
Saturday Theater #3  3:40pm
Sunday Theater #3  6:00pm

INJUN  (Feature)
When six raiders kill her husband, child and workers on her ranch, a white woman raised by the Comanche' claims an Indian blood rite.
Friday Theater #3  7:30pm

JIM AND THE GENIE  (Comedy Short)
JIM discovers an eternally youthful GENIE and has the opportunity to change his life.
Friday Theater #1  4:15pm
Sunday Theater #3  2:20pm

'KILLER KART’  (Student Project)
The shopping cart. Four wheels, one basket, and tonight, for the closing crew of a 
small-town grocery store, a blood-splattered aluminum nightmare.
Friday Theater #1  9:30am
Sunday Theater #2  1:30pm

​LEFT OF CENTER  (Feature)
In the rolling plains of northeastern Oklahoma, the lives of a small town police chief and a state trooper collide in the effort to solve a series of murders.
Saturday Theater #1  1:55pm

It's the beginning of a new age, guardian Reapers are betrayed and slaughtered. Only one Reaper remains - Red, and she's out to exact revenge.
Saturday Theater #3  7:40pm

LIFE IN PINK  (Student Project)
Bob and Peg have a romantic encounter based around jazz tunes of the 1940s inside of a present day Laundromat.
Friday Theater #1  9:30am

A motley group of college freshmen choose bizarre Tyler Rooney as the new target for their pranks, Tyler calls upon hoodoo-cursed Mister White for revenge.
Saturday Theater #3  5:45pm

A large and slightly overweight clumsy moose, is getting ready for a date with a female moose he met on the Internet. 
Friday Theater #1  12:15pm
Saturday Theater #3  9:35am

PAPER  (Foreign Project)  RUSSIA
A Russian girl in search of the American dream, escapes from her life in a Brooklyn massage parlor only to find herself alone in Venice Beach without money or passport.
Saturday Theater #2  2:00pm

A young debutante transcends the rigid society she once knew and discovers 
a better place that exists inside a dream.
Friday Theater #1  9:30am
Sunday Theater #2  1:30pm

Six Pearl Harbor survivors returned to Pearl in Dec 2011 for one last goodbye.  
Directed by: Elizabeth Watkins

PERMANENT MARKER  (Dramatic Short)
Emotions escalate quickly as an engaged couple has a heated argument 
following a dinner party.
Saturday Theater #3  3:40pm
Sunday Theater #3  6:00pm

PUI CHAN:  KUNG FU PIONEER  (Documentary) * Winner CENFLO 2012 Best Documentary *
Step into the extraordinary life of a Chinese immigrant & Kung Fu Master, 
who overcame the challenges to achieve the American dream.
Sunday Theater #3  8:00pm​

Our film chronicles the plight of adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse who seek legal redress against their abusers.  
Saturday Theater #2  9:45am

​RED TOP  (Dramatic Short)
A vibrant girl struggles to make sense of the world as she is slowly suffocated by her dysfunctional family, and is ultimately forced to make a life changing decision.
Friday Theater #1  4:15pm
Sunday Theater #2  1:30pm

RESTITUTION  (Dramatic Short)
Still recovering from the recent loss of a child, an architect discovers that his wife has cloned their son without his consent.
Saturday Theater #3  12noon
Sunday Theater #3  4:15pm

When the Nazis begin killing Jews in Holland, a group of youth join the Resistance and fight to save the lives of the innocent.  Starring John Rhys-Davies
Friday Theater #3  2:00pm
Sunday Theater #1  12noon     ** Q&A with Director Peter Spencer **

Examines the social, psychological, and economic impacts of performing in adult films.
Saturday Theater #2  12noon

RUNNING FOR JIM  (Documentary)     ** Q&A with Director Robin Hauser Reynolds **
The film chronicles the story of Jim Tracy, the most decorated high school cross-country coach in California history, and his battle with fatal Lou Gehrig's disease (ALS). 
Friday Theater #1  6:10pm

BHUMIKA, a 13-year-old Nepali girl, travels with her family friend KRISHNA from her Himalayan home to her first job in the city. 
Saturday Theater #2  2:00pm

What happens on the shore gets washed away.
Saturday Theater #2  2:00pm
Sunday Theater #3  2:20pm

SHOE SHINE CHICKEN  (Dramatic Short)
Set in the music and colors of 1963.SHOE SHINE CHICKEN follows a pair of derelict kids shining shoes on the boardwalk in one of New York most exciting neighborhoods, Coney Island.
Saturday Theater #3  3:40pm
Sunday Theater #3  6:00pm

An English musicologist discovers an audio tape of mesmerizing music, Shrimpcrawl, that leads him to the southern salt marshes in search of its origins.
Saturday Theater #3  1:55pm

SIX LETTER WORD  (Dramatic Short)
An unlikely mom is forced to confront her son's autism after an unexpected encounter with one of her johns.
Saturday Theater #3  3:40pm
Sunday Theater #3  6:00pm

SLEEPAWAY CAMP  (Feature)     ** Q&A with Star Felissa Rose (Angela) **
After a horrible boating accident, a shy and sullen young girl, arrives at Camp Arawak. 
Soon after, a series of bizarre and increasingly violent accidents begins to claim the lives of various campers.
Saturday Theater #1  7:45pm

Jenna is a high school senior, and her biggest wish has been to go to prom with Bryan, 
her long time crush. 
Friday Theater #1  9:30am
Sunday Theater #2  1:30pm

SWIJWONK  (Animated)
Be careful what you wish for and beware when 'some assembly' is required.
Friday Theater #1  12:15pm
Saturday Theater #3  9:35am

THE BET  (Feature)
A teenage boy and his grandfather wager a bet: which of them will be the first 
to 'score' with a woman.
Saturday Theater #1  3:40pm

A young woman must decide whether to pursue her own dreams and goals or to go into... The Family Business.
Saturday Theater #3  3:40pm
Sunday Theater #3  6:00pm

In a black and white world artists must defend their color from the Gold Sparrow in this animated short film.
Friday Theater #1  12:15pm
Saturday Theater #3  9:35am

THE IN BETWEEN  (Dramatic Short)
This story revolves around a troubled teenager tormented by the issues of adolescence and dealing with bullies at school. 
Friday Theater #1  9:30am    ** Q&A with Director Jackie Dozier **
Saturday Theater #1  12:30pm

THE K EFFECT. STALIN'S EDITOR  (Foreign Project)  SPAIN - Subtitled
A fiction movie made with fragments of reality. 
Friday Theater #3  9:40am

Ariel is an 18-year-old songwriter caught in a net of Disney-fueled fantasies. 
Saturday Theater #3  12noon
Sunday Theater #3  4:15pm

A documentary about an English model village dating back to the 1930's.This tiny town has a railway, buildings and animatronics - all in miniature.
Friday Theater #1  9:30am

THE REBEL PRINCE  (Student Project)
A young boy decides he wants to be like a street-hardened criminal from his neighborhood, only to find out he's a cold-hearted criminal.
Friday Theater #1  9:30am

A strict method actor wants to break into Hollywood but must first break out of the nuthouse. Friday Theater #2  2:15pm

Melvin gives dating advice to his three-year-old son.
Saturday Theater #2  2:00pm
Sunday Theater #3  2:20pm

Rodrigo Orieta is a brilliant, charismatic, twelve-step motivational speaker. 
He's also a drunk whose world is a web of lies. 
Friday Theater #3  5:45pm
Sunday Theater #1  4:30pm     ** Q&A with Director Gary Hebert **

TINKER  (Dramatic Short)
When the nascent romance between a mid-twentieth century repair shop owner and his charming young customer falters, he struggles to find a solution for his most daunting task-- repairing himself.
Friday Theater #1  4:15pm

Lucy has found a Titanic Love cruise and wants to relive the Hollywood dream. Her mate has a cheaper idea.
Saturday Theater #2  2:00pm
Sunday Theater #3  2:20pm

TRIANGLE  (Dramatic Short)
Three people embark on a journey of love, violence, anger, lies, and murder.
Saturday Theater #3  3:40pm
Sunday Theater #3  6:00pm

WHOLEHEARTED  (Dramatic Short)
12 years after high school, two lost loves reconnect for a day in Los Angeles and make a nostalgic discovery that will forever change them both.
Friday Theater #1  4:15pm
Sunday Theater #2  1:30pm

After visiting a supposedly haunted forest, a teen girl comes to believe that a violent poltergeist has followed her home.
Saturday Theater #1  5:30pm

ZERO HOUR  (Dramatic Short)  MEXICO
Lovers Paula and Lorenzo are traveling on a long and desolate road when the unexpected happens.
Saturday Theater #2  2pm
Sunday Theater #2  1:30pm

ZOMBIEWOOD  (Dramatic Short)
There is a certain horror to awakening to the fact that you are now a zombie. What do you do with your 'undead' life? One Zombie thinks he has the answer - get a SAG card!
Saturday Theater #1  12:30pm     ** Q&A with Director Lauren Petzke **
Sunday Theater #3  2:20pm