SEPTEMBER 12 - 19, 2019



FIN Atlantic International Film Festival has grown into one of Canada’s premier celebrations of film and filmmaking, becoming an essential platform for films both local and global. Reaching its 39th year in 2019, the festival began as a tiny, grassroots operation in St. John’s, Newfoundland in 1981, relocating to Halifax the following year. Providing an immersive escape and experience for movie lovers, filmmakers, and industry professionals worldwide, the Atlantic International Film Festival is Atlantic Canada’s curator of epic and unforgettable stories.









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Key Dates


November 19, 2018 - Opening Date 


May 17, 2019 - Earlybird Deadline


May 31, 2019 - Regular Deadline


June 14, 2019 - Late Deadline


June 28, 2019 - Final Deadline


August 9, 2019 - Notification Date


September 12 - 19, 2019 - FIN Atlantic International Film Festival





ELIGIBILITY: Submissions may be fiction, documentary, animation or experimental of any length. Only films completed no more than 18 months prior to the 39th Atlantic International Film Festival will be considered for admission. Preference will be given to submissions that have not been distributed theatrically or broadcast on television in the Atlantic region prior to the 2019 Festival.

ENTRY FORMAT & PRESENTATION FORMAT: Films with commentary or dialogue in languages other than English must be subtitled or dubbed in English for consideration. Preview copies of entries must be submitted on If selected for the Festival, exhibition prints may be presented in DCP or .mov file. The Festival may accept other formats on a case-by-case basis and subject to availability of equipment.

PROGRAM SELECTION: All entries are viewed and chosen by a Selection Committee appointed by the Program Director. Final selections are at the sole discretion of the Festival.

NOTIFICATION: Entrants will be notified of the decisions of the Selection Committee by August 9, 2019.

CUSTOMS, SHIPPING & HANDLING: The Print Traffic and Post Production Coordinator will contact all accepted submissions with specific shipping instructions. Exhibition copies must arrive at the Festival office by September 1, 2019. The participant must pay all shipping costs to Halifax. The Festival will pay the cost of shipping exhibition copies back to the participant.

FOR INTERNATIONAL PARTICIPANTS: The Atlantic International Film Festival will not handle any customs clearances. The Customs Declaration on your submission package should state, “FOR FESTIVAL PREVIEW ONLY, NO COMMERCIAL VALUE.”

INSURANCE: The Festival will make every effort to ensure the safekeeping of all productions submitted for consideration that are in its care or control. However, the Applicant assumes all risk of loss or damage. The Festival retains the power to decide on all matters not specifically dealt with in these regulations. No application will be accepted unless signed. Submission of your application shall constitute acceptance of these regulations. In any dispute, the decisions of the Festival shall be final. The Applicant releases the Festival, its Officers, Directors and all other employees and representatives, from any and all claims relating in any way to your application or the submission of materials to the Festival by or on behalf of the Applicant, whether on film, video, or other media. 


If you have any questions, please contact FIN:

Toll free - 877.611.4244 
Telephone - 902.422.FILM 
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