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AMI's Opening Night:

 November 30, 2017, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.  

Halifax Central Library: Paul O’Regan Hall  

BAFF is excited to partner with Accessible Media Inc. to provide a fully accessible screening of the touching documentary Best and Most Beautiful Things. Come celebrate our launch with free popcorn and amazing connections.

Best and Most Beautiful Things follows the story of Michelle Smith, a quirky, charming 20-year-old woman living at home. She’s legally blind, on the autism spectrum, and has big dreams and passions. In an attempt to strengthen her confidence, Michelle explores love and empowerment through sex-positive and online fetish communities. Michelle’s positive story of self-discovery is a celebration for outcasts everywhere.


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Future Filmmakers Workshop

December 1, 2017

Halifax Central Library: Room 301/Lindsay Room

Group 1: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  

Group 2: 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 

Ever wanted to learn how to make your own film? Future Filmmakers is an exciting workshop geared towards youth ages 16-23. Youth will write, shoot, and edit their own 30-second film in this hands-on class. Topics include writing an exciting script, hands-on lighting and camera work, film shots and their meanings, how to work with editing programs, and more! Come join the fun, make a film, and meet new friends.

Contact for your free registration, or stop by the Halifax Central Library's front desk. Future Filmmakers runs year-round- please contact us to book your spot at an upcoming workshop. 

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The other side of the hero

 Dec 1, 2017, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.  

CFB Halifax

BAFF,  in partnership with the Department of National Defense and reachAbility Association, is hosting a screening of “The Other Side of The Hero” for military and first responders. 

This emotionally charged documentary follows several first responders who have experienced the flip-side of what can happen when a hero discovers that they are not emotionally immune to all they experience during a shift. This evening event offers the unique opportunity for first responders and their supporters to have an open dialogue about PTSD and mental health in the workforce. 

For tickets and more information, please contact

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International films

Dec 2, 2017, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.  

Halifax Central Library: Room 301

Did you know that BAFF gets film submissions from over 80 different countries a year? Come join us for some delicious popcorn and a screening of BAFF’s best international film submissions. This screening is presented in partnership with ISANS (Immigrant Services of Nova Scotia.)  



Dec 2, 2017, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.  

Halifax Central Library: Room 301

BAFF’s LGBTQIA+ screening is a celebration of sexual diversity. Come mingle with Halifax's LGBTQIA+ community and allies, and enjoy BAFF’s best local and international LBTQIA+ submissions. 

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Awards gala

Dec 2, 2017, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.  

Halifax Central Library: Paul O'Regan Hall 

Don’t miss BAFF’s headlining event. Our glamorous awards gala is a rich celebration of diversity. Start off the evening with live classical music, light appetizers, and a walk on the red carpet. Afterwards, grab some popcorn and enjoy a screening of BAFF’s award-winning film submissions.  


Highlights include: 

-Performance by renouned classical pianist, Natasha Fransblow 

-Community speakers 

-Professional photographer and photo wall

-Free popcorn and appetizers

-First 50 guests entered into a draw to win an editing desk! 


Come make lasting connections with industry professionals, film fans, and the Halifax community at this memorable event.

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Mental health and the media: A filmmaker's perspective

Dec 3, 2017, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.  

Halifax Central Library: Room 301

De-stigmatizing mental illness is an important hot-button topic. Join expert panelists for a lively discussion about the representation of mental health in today’s media, with a special focus on film. After the panel, enjoy a thought provoking screening of BAFF’s best films focused on mental health. This event is generously sponsored by Carter Ford LLP. 

Panelists include:

Tyler Simmonds: filmmaker, artist, writer, entrepreneur, and winner of BAFF 2016’s “Best Local” film. Tyler uses creative expression to help him cope with obstacles and inspire others. 

Stephanie Young: is an award-winning artist, filmmaker, photographer, and activist based in Halifax, N.S. Her work is heavily influenced by issues facing her as an active member of both the queer and mental health communities. 

Dillon Garland: Film director, writer, and owner/founder of River Point Films. Dillon has directed various short films that put a spotlight on depression and mental illness. 

Lesley Hartman: Trauma-informed psychologist who works with adults, adolescents and couples. Specialties include PTSD, anxiety, depression, recovery from illness or injury, grief, career choices or relationship concerns. 

Bob Carter: Partner at Carter Ford LLP. Bob has spent almost 20 years collaborating with the Canadian Mental Health Association (Halifax-Dartmouth Branch) serving as board chair, and was named Past Chair Emeritus in 2013. 

For questions or comments about the BAFF 2017 schedule please email Sarah, the festival director at