Antigonish International Film Festival 

Oct. 26 - 28 2017


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Upcoming First Friday Film
AWAKE! A Dream from Standing Rock
Friday May 5, 2017
Friday, May 5th at 7 pm People’s Place Community Room, All welcome

In 2016 Standing Rock, North Dakota became one of the most watched places on earth. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe attracted world attention through their peaceful resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline. Awake, A Dream from Standing Rock captures the story of how this defiance is changing the way we fight for clean water, our environment and the future of our planet. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on Earth Day, April 22, 2017.

Sponsored by Responsible Energy Action and the Antigonish International Film Festival.

I Am the Blues
Friday April 7, 2017
First Friday Film Festival
7:00 Friday, April 7
StFX Schwartz 152
Admission by donation

I Am the Blues takes the audience on a musical journey through the swamps of the Louisiana Bay-ou, the juke joints of the Mississippi Delta and moonshine soaked BBQs in the North Mississippi Hills. The film visits blues musicians rooted in the genre's heyday, many now in their 80s, still living in the American deep south and touring the Chitlin’ Circuit. Let Bobby Rush, Barbara Lynn, Henry Gray, Carol Fran, Little Freddie King, Lazy Lester, Bilbo Walker, Jimmy “Duck” Holmes, RL Boyce, LC Ulmer, Lil’ Buck Sinegal and their friends awaken the blues in all of us.
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.

Welcome to AIFF

Welcome to the 10th annual Antigonish International Film Festival (AIFF) bringing you the best documentaries from around the world. The festival has grown and thrived thanks to all of our sponsors, volunteers, and many attendees. Over these ten years we have shown more than 300 films to an audience of over 14,300.

We wish to salute the thirty original sponsors who joined us in this venture in 2007 and are still with us in 2016. The names of these loyal sponsors are in bold typeface on the sponsors’ pages at the front of the program.

AIFF has made a difference in our community, encouraging efforts to confront such issues as climate change, availability of local food, the connections be-tween art and health, problems with the prison system, needs of refugees; the list goes on . . .

This year’s festival is no exception, showcasing the types of films you have come to expect: award-winning, hard-hitting, challenging, heart-warming, beautiful, fun, _____ (fill in your own adjective).

In celebration of our tenth anniversary, we have a bonus presentation of an amazing film on Sunday afternoon: Human (2015) from France by director Yann Arthus-Bertrand beginning at 1 pm in Nicholson Hall 151 on the StFX campus. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see this beautiful, wide-ranging and deeply moving film on the big screen. Please check out the synopsis in the FILMS list.

We invite you to join the celebration as we wish AIFF a HAPPY 10th ANNIVERSARY, and many more!


The Antigonish International Film Festival
Organizing Committee

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”