5 FIN a ‘celebration’ of film for Atlantic Canada
Festival runs till Sept. 21 Halifax Thursday, September 14, 2017
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.”
A still from black cop, a film by nova scotia director cory bowles, playing at fin: Atlantic international film festival.