Welcome to AIFF

The AIFF, building on past success, is planting the seeds for our 11th annual festival, October 26-28, 2017, and we need your help.

This year we are adding time at our three venues and extending the length of the festival to give you more opportunities to see award-winning documentary films which tell amazing stories of challenge, courage and creativity.

As the festival grows year to year, so do the expenses. For each film, we pay the filmmakers a Public Performance Rights Fee, which goes toward supporting independent filmmaking both locally and globally. These costs are our fastest growing expense.

We would greatly appreciate your support. For examples, a donation of $25 enables five Coady students to attend the festival, a donation of $200 helps cover the cost of screening one of the films shown at the festival, or helps AIFF build the collection of documentary DVD's available at the Town/County Library, but any amount will help.

If you wish to support us as an individual, you may do so through the Donate button on our website or you can drop a cheque in the mail payable to AIFF and send it to Janet Stark, 21 Osprey Lane, Antigonish, NS B2G 0E4.

If you are part of a company or organization seeking sponsorship opportunities kindly e-mail Janet Stark at jstark@stfx.ca for further information on options and benefits.

Your support is critical to AIFF's ability to continue to offer Antigonish, our small and vibrant community, the best in documentary films made both locally and around the world.

Please join us. Every contribution helps AIFF continue and thrive! Your support is most welcome.

Thank you,

AIFF Organizing Committee

The films for 2017 will be posted in September.
First Friday Film Festival

Our First Friday Film Festival (FFFF) is a monthly program that extends the opportunity to view documentary films in Antigonish throughout the fall, winter and spring months. Recent themes included music, dance, art, animal rights, human rights and the environment. Choices include films that express the inherent mystery and intrigue of life, history and circumstances while celebrating challenging, creative and investigative storytelling.

Admission is by donation.

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Comments from past Festivals:
  • “You cannot watch these films and not be moved.”
  • “I was here last year. ... And it is really, really enjoyable. I’ve been to Toronto Film Festivals and … New York film festivals. And I have to say in comparison, ours rocks.”
  • “You wouldn’t see a lot of this stuff in a regular theatre … makes you think outside of the box, think beyond your own space.”
  • “It serves as a real spring board for conversation about different issues.”
  • “Cool films!” “Inspiring human stories!” “Thought provoking films.”
  • “There is Hope!”
  • “Truly excellent experience—will be back next year.”
  • “Refreshing, invigorating, well organized.”
  • “Friendly.”
  • “Uncomplicated, welcoming and provocative.”
  • “Outstanding films, very inspiring. What a great collection of films!”
  • “Uplifting, very informative.”
  • “Afterwards raving to each other about the must-see films we’d just seen!”
  • “Great experience!” "Very inspirational.”
  • “Opened my eyes to many world issues.”
  • “Opportunity to meet and talk with others.”
  • “Inspired & touched”
  • “Learned more than was expected. Changed my mind on things.”
  • “Many brave people and their stories.”
  • “Untold human misery persist; boundless hope also prevails.”
  • “Injustice surrounds us but can be stopped when people work together.”
  • “The dimensions of suffering and transformation, simultaneously occurring all over the world.”
  • “It introduces, exposes, empowers and teaches about global issues and how they affect us here at home.”
  • “Struck by surface [media] coverage of events in contrast to the in-depth info of these films”