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Bluenose-Ability Film Festival December 1-3 2016


Atlantic Canada's Only Film Festival Showcasing the Unique Contributions of disAbility Culture

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Bluenose-Ability Film Festival December 1-3 2016


Atlantic Canada's Only Film Festival Showcasing the Unique Contributions of disAbility Culture

thank you!

The Bluenose-Ability Film Festival would like to thank our partners, volunteers, and the audience for making BAFF 2016 something very special.

Thank you for your commitment to making a difference by raising awareness and conversation around representations of persons with disabilities in the media. 

 

BAFF 2016 Schedule

ALL EVENTS ARE FREE

Join us at the Bus Stop Theatre for AMI Presents BAFF Opening Night

All other events to take place at the Halifax Central Library

**Please note a change the in guide

Accessible Media Inc. Described Workshop to take place from 1-3pm at Halifax Central Library, BMO Room 

ATLANTIC CANADA'S ONLY DISABILITY FILM FESTIVAL

 

Taking place in beautiful Halifax, Nova Scotia, The Bluenose-Ability Film Festival (BAFF) is Atlantic Canada’s first disability film festival. BAFF encourages participation of persons with disabilities in a media event that celebrates the unique contributions of disability arts and culture. We’re dedicated to showcasing professional films as well as promoting youth/first-time filmmaker participation.

The second annual Bluenose-Ability Film Festival will take place from December 1st through December 3rd, 2016 at the Paul Regan Hall in the Halifax Central Library. Our Awards ceremony and gala will take place on December 3rd, United Nations' International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Join BAFF for VIP Panels, Film-Making Workshops and Specialized screenings.

With submissions from more than 80 countries and over 1 million in viewership worldwide, join us in this international celebration of disability culture.

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Media Release

Announcing:  BAFF Celebrates Local Advocate and Filmmaker

Paul Vienneau Receives the Lion of Courage Award!

 December 1, 2016

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The Second Annual Bluenose-Ability Film Festival (BAFF), presented by reachAbility at the Halifax Central Library DEC 1-3, 2016.

HALIFAX, NS November 1, 2016 –The Bluenose Ability Film Festival (BAFF) is BACK! Taking place in beautiful Halifax, Nova Scotia, BAFF is Atlantic Canada’s first and only disability film festival.

BAFF encourages participation of persons with disabilities in a media event that celebrates the unique contributions of disability arts and culture. We’re dedicated to showcasing professional films as well as promoting youth/first-time filmmaker participation.

As part of this celebration, BAFF seeks to celebrate local filmmakers and persons living with disability who make a difference in their community. This person is recognized for their courage to advocate, overcome barriers and challenge others to make our world more inclusive.

BAFF is proud to announce that the Lion of Courage Award will be presented to Paul Vienneau, a Hali-famous man previously known as Asshole with the Shovel. In his latest short film, Paul explores the effects of civic engagement to balance the emotional effects upon the anniversary of the accident that left him paralyzed 25 years ago. This is the first installment of the Filmmaker in Residence program and Paul’s film, which is only one jewel in this three day celebration. He will be holding a screening and discussion of his new works at the Paul O’Regan Hall (Halifax Central Library) on December 3rd from 1:00pm – 2:30pm. The award will be given during our gala on December 3rd, United Nation’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities at 7pm. In the Paul O’Reagan Hall at Halifax Central Library.

In a year of challenges throughout the film industry – this is a true feel-good story about the power of partnership. In honor of United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities (December 3) industry and non-industry folks from across the Maritimes have come together to support and promote Atlantic Canada’s only disability-arts film festival.

The second annual Bluenose-Ability Film Festival will take place from December 1st through December 3rd, in the Halifax Central Library. Our Awards ceremony and gala will take place on December 3rd, United Nations' International Day of Persons with Disabilities at 7pm. In the Paul O’Reagan Hall at Halifax Central Library. With VIP Panels, Film-Making Workshops, a Mentorship Program and Specialized screenings Thursday, Friday and Saturday all festival events are FREE thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, partners and volunteers. Thanks to the partnerships of reachAbility, Rackology, Halifax Public Libraries, Accessible Media Inc., Halifax Stanfield International Airport, Pete’s Fine Foods, AFCOOP, 100 Women, Gordon Foundation For Youth and Children, and The Department of Culture.

 

“BAFF is truly a forward thinking storytelling festival and we are grateful to be able to support work that goes beyond the festival gala.  I believe IT is one of the great equalizers and as the technology and tools proliferate in the creative community - I feel it is the right time to expand and support artists in new and inspired ways," said BAFF Festival Director, Ben Sutherland

 

Don’t miss the incredible line up of workshops, industry panels, viewing of nominated and winning films from around the world and of course the Gala awards event Saturday evening and so much more, just look:

The schedule for BAFF is as follows:

·         December 1:

o   Write & Shoot PSA Workshop, 10:00 am at Halifax Central Library in the Creative Lab

o   Edit & Upload PSA Workshop, 1:00 pm at Halifax Central Library in the Lindsey Room

o   AMI Opening Night, 7:00 pm at The Bus Stop Theatre

·         December 2:

o   Flag Raising, 8:00 am at Halifax City Hall

o   AMI Described Video Workshop, 1:00 pm at Halifax Central Library in the BMO Room

o   Art of Ability, 1:00 pm at Halifax Central Library in the Lindsay Room

·         December 3:

o   Mental Health Panel, 10:45 am at Halifax Central Library in Room 301

o   Film Maker In Residence, 1:00 pm at Halifax Central Library in Paul O’Reagan Hall

o   The Whole Self, 3:00 pm at Halifax Central Library in Paul O’Reagan Hall

o   Closing Gala and Awards Ceremony, 7:00 pm at Halifax Central Library in Paul O’Reagan Hall

Questions regarding the festival may be directed to baff@reachability.org or ask for Ben at: 902.429.5878