Tom Sherman is one of HIFF 2012’s visiting artists. He is a naturalist of media environments. His current research examines the erosion of the vitality of art in cultures dominated by messaging (texting, voice messaging, instant messaging, e-mail and social-networking). How does one go about making messages that stick—that have residual effects–in an era of message abundance and disposability? If it is true that the future is all around us in the present moment, then part of the answer is determined through a speculation on the economies of attention, experience and existence. This program (yes, we are blogging and facebooking and tweeting about it – sorry Mr. Sherman) closes out HIFF 2012, and is being presented by the lovely folks at the Centre for Art Tapes on Saturday, April 14 at 7:00PM at the Bus Stop Theatre.  A Q&A with the artist will follow this screening. This program will be followed by the HIFF Closing Reception with band Windom Earle. Tickets: $5 Students & Seniors / $8 General




From the transgressive to the sentimental, this program presents a diverse collection of innovative experimental work made by artists living in the Maritimes. Found footage is folded, layered and thrown into the wind in Jenna Marks’ Love, Nature and Collage, while Jeremy MacDonald maps out an apocalyptic archive from discarded VHS tapes in Living Artifacts. Slick digital technologies are used in David Clark and Nick Rudnicki’s kinetic dance splash-fest Bodies of Water and Lukas Hug’s animation Where is the Love . These films are followed by fragile 16mm hand-processed landscape films by Phil Wolfe (Excited States) and Herb Theriault (Earthbound). Courtney Kelsey and Zach Barkhouse’sWest of Neverfail is a graceful observational portrait of tugboat operators in the Port of Halifax. Greg Jackson continues this exploration of space and place with a fusion of new and old technologies in Halloween 1977. The Program concludes with the jarring, low-fi tour de force Buggery by Winston De Giobbi, a shocking, innovative trash film from an exciting new voice from Nova Scotia’s underground film scene.

This program of new work will be presented by AFCOOP at the Bus Stop Theatre on Saturday, April 14 at 4:00PM. Tickets: $5 Students & Seniors / $7 General (more…)


The Robert Flaherty Film Seminar is the longest continuously running film event in North America. Named after Robert Flaherty (Nanook of the North, Man of Aran, Louisiana Story) who is considered by many to be the father of documentary film, the seminar began in 1955 when Flaherty’s widow convened a group of filmmakers, critics, curators, musicians, and other film enthusiasts at the Flaherty farm in Vermont. Over the years, The Flaherty has evolved from a small, informal gathering of filmmakers and students into a respected, established media arts institution, recognized as a leader in its support of the documentary and other independent film and video.

HIFF is delighted to be partnering with your friends at the Centre for Art Tapes to present four film selections from the seminar series vaults. These films will screen during “The Artist and The Process” on Saturday, April 14 at 2:00PM at the Bus Stop Theatre. Tickets: $5 Students & Seniors / $8 General



Two years ago, HIFF presented a wonderfully creative program of work commissioned by the Toronto Animated Image Society (TAIS). We are delighted to be presenting yet another great collection of work from TAIS at this year’s festival. This new program features work by Sharon Kate,  Taylor Annistte, Jamie Metzger, and Lisa Leung – among many others. Come and enjoy some noon-day fun with HIFF and TAIS. Saturday, April 14 at 12:00-Noon at the Bus Stop Theatre. Tickets: $5 Students & Seniors / $7 General

Formed in 1984, The Toronto Animated Image Society is a not-for-profit, artist-run organization. Over the past 25 years, TAIS has encouraged the exchange of information, facilities, ideas and aesthetics within Toronto’s animation community through events, screenings, workshops, and art exhibitions. The TAIS membership is made up of independent and professional animators, educators, enthusiasts and artists. (more…)


Following in the footsteps of last year’s spirited screening, this is HIFF’s second helping of great films made by women from across Atlantic Canada. Its presented by WIFT-AT, the Atlantic Canadian chapter of Women in Film & Television (WIFT), which serves all four Atlantic Provinces.  WIFT is an international organization created in Los Angeles in 1973 to give women who were struggling to have a voice in Television and in Film a network and support system.

A panel discussion and a reception will follow this screening. Tickets: $5 Students & Seniors/ $5 WIFT-AT Members / $7 General

Films and Filmmakers to be presented:

Neither Science nor Magic(dirs. Krista Davis & Cari Tangedal, Nova Scotia, 8 min.)

Numbskull (dir. Sandi Rankaduwa, Nova Scotia, 2:20 min.)

Gothic Matriarch (dir: Cavelle MacDonell, New Brunswick, 13 min.)

Shadows and Sunshine (dir. Megan Wennberg, Nova Scotia, 8 min.) (more…)


After close to a year of planning and organizing, we have some unique, challenging, and exciting programming coming up over the next week. Now we need your assistance to help spread the word about the Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival’s great lineup. There are a number of things you can do to help support HIFF with just a few clicks.

If you haven’t already, you could like our HIFF Facebook Page at and kindly spread the word by recommending it to your friends. That’s maybe about three clicks.

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That wasn’t many more clicks really. But it feels so good, and helps so much – Thanks!


Janie Geiser’s films are elliptical, lush, and uncanny. Geiser – a performance, installation and puppet artist as well as an experimental filmmaker – creates teeming visual landscapes in which puppets, painted figures, found objects and moments of live action crowd together and float, superimposed, across one another. Richly layered sound collages provide striking counterpoint. The audiovisual density conjures submerged desires, fears, and questions that the conscious mind can only partially articulate. Geiser’s work delves into multiple pasts: the personal past of childhood, ruled by memory and forgetting; and an historical past of discarded objects, automata, and the tactility of the film medium. As the animate and inanimate rub shoulders, what emerges is a sense of the fragility and unpredictability of human bodies and minds.

HIFF 2012 will present a fabulously curated selection of Geiser’s work on Friday, April 13 7:00PM at the Bus Stop Theatre in Halifax. Tickets:  $5 Students & Seniors / $7 General (more…)


Now in its third year, AFCOOP’s Filmmaker in Residence program provides a local filmmaker with the resources and guidance to create a completed film work with the support and participation of the community.

This year’s AFCOOP Filmmaker in Residence is Eva Madden-Hagen. Eva’s residency project is a documentary entitled “Pose”The film explores the unique experience of posing as a nude model through the eyes of Halifax based comic book artist Dave Cullen. Dave has spent his life studying the human form but recently realized sitting behind the drawing board wasn’t fulfilling the complete experience. A study in contrast and contradiction, Dave sees what its like to be the subject of the artist’s eye rather than the executor the vision. “Pose”  joins him on his journey. (more…)


Each year, HIFF and Live Art Dance Productions team up to present a stunning program of dance on screen. “Movement (R)evolution Africa”  directed by Joan Frosch & Alla Kovgan continues this tradition. This amazingly beautiful film will be presented at the Bus Stop Theatre on Thursday, April 12 at 7:00PM

Tickets: $5 Students & Seniors / $7 General

In an astonishing exposition of choreographic fomentation, nine African choreographers from Senegal to South Africa tell the stories of an emergent art form and their diverse and deeply contemporary expressions of self. Stunning choreography and riveting critiques challenge stale stereotypes of “traditional Africa” to unveil soul-shaking responses to the beauty and tragedy of 21st century Africa. Among the artists appearing in the film areCompany Kongo Ba Téria (Burkina Faso), Faustin Linyekula and Studios Kabako (Democratic Republic of Congo), Company Rary (Madagascar), Sello Pesa(South Africa), Company TchéTché (Côte d’Ivoire), Company Raiz di Polon (Cape Verde), Company Jant Bi (Senegal) and Kota Yamazaki (Japan), Nora Chipaumire(Zimbabwe), Jawole Willa Jo Zollar and members of Urban Bush Women (USA). This feature-length documentary is produced and directed by Joan Frosch and co-directed and edited by Alla Kovgan. Watch the Trailer

Presented by Live Art Dance Productions & AFCOOP


Paul Clipson is one of HIFF 2012’s visiting artists. Based in San Francisco, he has shown his films internationally in various galleries, festivals and performance venues in Belgium, Spain, Germany, The Netherlands, Italy, Switzerland, Japan and Russia, as well as throughout the U.S. He works primarily in film, video and on paper, often collaborating on films, live performances and installations with sound artists and musicians.

This screening will take place on Wednesday, April 11 at 9:00PM at the Bus Stop Theatre. Tickets: $5 Students & Seniors / $7 General

Also as part of HIFF, Clipson will facilitate a FREE artist talk at NSCAD University Film School on Thursday, April 12 at 10:00AM.

Works to be screened at “The Works of Paul Clipson”

SPHINX ON THE SEINE (2009) Super 8mm, 9 minutes, color/black & white, music by Jefre Cantu-Ledesma
This is a film poem: the beginning of a metaphysical journey, musing on a series of brief, but enigmatic images taken from around the world. These images follow one after the other, but geographically span thousands of miles and large passages of time between each cut. Notions of time, space, and memory collide within a visual fabric of abstractions, landscapes, textures, superimpositions and graphic forms, to suggest the first moments of dream-sleep. (more…)

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