5 FIN a ‘cel­e­bra­tion’ of film for At­lantic Canada

Festival runs till Sept. 21 Halifax Thurs­day, Septem­ber 14, 2017

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The pro­gram di­rec­tor of At­lantic Canada’s largest film festival says the clos­ing of the iconic Ox­ford The­atre this week comes with a mes­sage.

“It re­minds peo­ple how im­por­tant it is to sup­port films and film­mak­ers in At­lantic Canada,” said Ja­son Beaudry of the FIN: At­lantic In­ter­na­tional Film Festival (for­merly the At­lantic Film Festival), which opens Thurs­day and runs un­til Sept. 21. The Ox­ford The­atre had its fi­nal screen­ing Wed­nes­day evening.

Over the course of se­lect­ing the films for this year’s festival, Beaudry said he and his team watched some 700 shorts and 400 fea­ture-length films and doc­u­men­taries from across Can- ada and around the world. While there is some ex­cep­tional lo­cal tal­ent that will be on dis­play amongst the films that made the festival’s fi­nal cut, Beaudry said there is a no­tice­able dif­fer­ence in the types of films be­ing made in Nova Sco­tia th­ese days.

“The big bud­get pro­duc­tions are def­i­nitely down,” he said.

Since the Lib­eral gov­ern­ment axed the province’s long-stand­ing Film Tax Credit pro­gram two years ago, many in the in­dus­try have said the numbers of films be­ing pro­duced here have dropped sig­nif­i­cantly, which in turn has led to an ex­o­dus of film­mak­ers, ac­tors and crew hands from Nova Sco­tia.

Beaudry said it has changed the types of sto­ries that Nova Sco­tia film­mak­ers are telling — where once large lo­cal set crews were em­ployed to tell big-bud­get fea­tures, now doc­u­men­taries and shorts make up a much larger share of pro­duc­tions.

None­the­less, the Nova Sco­tia film com­mu­nity is man­ag­ing to per­se­vere, said Beaudry, and the FIN festival is a “cel­e­bra­tion of the com­mu­nity and their work.”

Cour­tesy ri­ley smith

A still from black cop, a film by nova sco­tia di­rec­tor cory bowles, play­ing at fin: At­lantic in­ter­na­tional film festival.

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