Also included in this year’s lineup is a wide selection of Short Film Programs, featuring both Canadian and international selections for festival goers to enjoy. The 2019 Atlantic International Film Festival will host several one-of-a-kind special events and parties to celebrate the movies, the people and the city of Halifax. Returning is Festival Music House Atlantic. This year’s lineup includes Halifax legend Matt Mays, one of R&B’s most exciting new stars Reeny Smith and country music sensation, Makayla Lynn. The Festival will host the 39th Atlantic International Film Festival Awards Reception, honoring the amazing talents of Atlantic Canadian film industry professionals. FIN Partners, a unique event focusing on film, television, and digital fiction projects from across Canada and around the world, will take place from September 12th to 14th as part of FIN Atlantic International Film Festival. Each year, top Canadian and international industry players (including producers, investors, sales agents, fundingagencies, broadcasters and distributors) are selected to attend. Recognized as one of the world’s pre- eminent co-production markets and celebrating its 22nd year, FIN Partners 2019 is shining the spotlight brightly on the United Kingdom, Ireland, and the USA for the second of a two-year focus. Offering close to 1,000 pre-scheduled 1-2-1 meetings, co-production focused roundtable sessions, cutting edge panels, visionary keynote speakers, screenings and receptions as well as the popular Nova Scotia Lobster Dinner by the Sea, FIN Partners delivers unparalleled co-production and financing possibilities. This year, FIN Partners will welcome delegates from more than 20 countries from as far as New Zealand, Russia and India, as well as delegations from the UK and Ireland. Selected producers will attend with more than 100 creative and commercial projects in development, with the goal of moving their projects one step closer to production.
1890’s. Over the course of the time they spend together, they descend into a maelstrom of terror and madness. Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson both deliver Oscar-calibre performances alongside stunning black and white cinematography that beautifully captures the punishing weather of the Atlantic coast. The showing of The Lighthouse followed by the time-honoured Closing Night Party to close the curtain on this year’s event. "The Atlantic International Film Festival has always been about discovery of awesome films fromaround the world, and wow are we setting the bar this year,” said Wayne Carter, Executive Director. “From the astounding opener “Murmur” the debut featured from Halifax filmmaker Heather Young to the locally shot bonafide Oscar contender “The Lighthouse” as the closer, we are giving audiences the opportunity to travel around the world through film and back again with some of the best movies this year.” However, in addition to the Festival’s Opening and Closing nights, there is lots to see as this year’s Gala Presentations lineup will once again feature screenings at both 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. featuring the newest and most anticipated films of the year, which will have moviegoers wanting to be first in line to see these amazing films with Atlantic Canadian Features and Documentary productions well represented throughout the event. Returning to the Festival once again this year is the Restored! Program. Screening as a compliment to the presentation of the final film by Agnès Varda (1928-2019), Varda by Agnès – in the Festival’s Documentaries Program – this year’s Restored Program features four seminal films directed by Varda throughout her career. One of the most important and innovative filmmakers in the history of cinema, the four Varda films included, that have recently undergone restoration efforts, are: Cléo de 5 à 7 (1962), Le bonheur (1965), Mur murs (1980), and Vagabond (1985).
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In addition to a full program of networking events and panel discussions with industry leaders, the market will kick off with an openingkeynoteconversationwith London-based producer, Finola Dwyer, a twice Oscar-nominated, BAFTA award-winning film & television producer. Dwyer runs Wildgaze Films, one of the UK's leading independent production companies with her producing partner Amanda Posey. In addition to acclaimed titles, including Their Finest, Our Souls at Night, An Education, and more, Wildgaze’s 2016 film Brooklyn took the North American box office by storm and was nominated for three Oscars (including Best Picture) and six BAFTAs, winning the Outstanding British Film BAFTA. As a three- way co-production between the United Kingdom, Canada, and Ireland, Brooklyn is a shining example of the co-production potential within this year’s Spotlight region.
FIN Partners’ panel discussions explore co-production financing and up-to-the-minute distribution strategies and are stacked with someof theentertainment industry’s most influential leaders who are equipped with the knowledge and experience necessary to lead spirited discussions which will pique our curiosity, infusing new energy into the conversations we have on the ground at FIN Partners. "The key ingredient of everything we do here at FIN is always the incredible support we receive from our sponsors and audience and when you mix that with top-drawer efforts from our staff and volunteers you have the mixture for magic," added Carter. "We pride ourselves on producing events that are open and accessible to everyone.” For more information about FIN Atlantic International Film Festival, its many events or another other FIN event, visit: finfestival.ca. •
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