FREE Documentary Workshop for Seniors 55+

Be part of the making of a feature-length documentary about Lunenburg and see it premiered before a live audience at Lunenburg Doc Fest, Sept 21 - 24, 2017.

Lunenburg Doc Fest seeks participants to take part in THE ART OF THE INTERVIEW. Professional mentors will teach you how to interview, film and compose with a smartphone. Learn about A-Roll, B-Roll, sound and lighting too!


Press Release: April 3, 2017

Lunenburg Doc Fest Returns to The Opera House
for Expanded 4th Year Program

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia — Lunenburg Doc Fest will be back with an expanded program Thursday, September 21 to Sunday, September 24. The Festival will return to the historic Lunenburg Opera House that hosted last year’s successful event.

This year’s presentations will include a feature length documentary on immigration created by local seniors through the Seniors Program. For the fourth year the festival will present the popular Youth Program, screening short animations created by local teens during a 5-day summer camp.

Joining the lineup this year will be a series of Docupoems created by some of the Nova Scotia’s best filmmakers and poets who will explore the theme of “A Sea Change” thanks to funding from Canada Council for the Arts. There will also be a screening of hands-on of animated 35mm micro-documentaries created by local professional artists called “Second Impressions” supported by Arts Nova Scotia.

Filmmaker-focused industry events will include education-based sessions and one-to-one meetings with industry experts. Lunenburg Doc Fest has selected an Atlantic Canada Delegation of documentary film producers who will attend the festival and industry activities, hoping to gain exposure for their films and fund future projects.

The Delegation will attend Hot Docs International Documentary Festival in Toronto (Apr 27 - May 6) where they will participate in the festival and delegation-specific networking events. Lunenburg Doc Fest will also look to bring some of the best films of Hot Docs home.

“We’re confident that the creative presentations uniting diverse artists of various disciplines to make unique fact-based films will appeal to our culturally savvy community and growing contingent of out of town attendees. A terrific complement to the full screening lineup will include our enhanced education-based offerings for local emerging artists,” states Executive Director, Pamela Segger. “We are also proud to champion selected professional filmmakers from NS, NB and PE as part of the Delegation at Lunenburg Doc Fest and Hot Docs.

The full program and diverse lineup of challenging and relevant documentaries will be announced over the coming months.

Reserve September 21 to 24 for a chance to see these films presented on the big screen at Lunenburg Opera House.

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Lunenburg Doc Fest showcases documentary films that entertain, educate, and inspire, creating a cultural experience and place of connection between filmmakers and film enthusiasts in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. The festival is presented with the generous support from the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage; Canada Council for the Arts and Arts Nova Scotia.

For more information contact Pamela Segger at:
Phone: 902-523-FILM (3456) or 902.634.3633
Mail: Box 1951, Lunenburg, NS B0J 2C0

Twitter: @LunenburgDocFes

FREE Screening of "Angry Inuk"

Lunenburg Doc Fest is excited to host a free screening in celebration of National Canadian Film Day -- the world’s largest one-day film festival!  We invite you to join us for a screening of the multi-award-winning documentary Angry Inuk.

Inuk filmmaker Alethea Arnaquq-Baril invested eight years of her life to tell the Angry Inuk story, which takes a close look at the central role of seal hunting in the lives of the Inuit, the importance of the revenue they earn from sales of seal skins, and the negative impact that international campaigns against the seal hunt have had on their lives.

Now, a new generation of Inuit, armed with social media and their own sense of humour and justice, are challenging anti-sealers and bringing their own voices into the conversation. Arnaquq-Baril fiercely and undeniably challenges outdated perceptions and presents the Inuit as a modern people in dire need of a sustainable economy.

"Refuses to sit silently from the sidelines"  --POV Magazine
"a powerful emotional punch"  --NOW

April 19, 2017 @ 7pm
Cineplex Cinemas
349 Lahave St, Bridgewater, NS


Two terrific opportunities for local documentary filmmakers this weekend in Halifax! ** LIMITED SEATING ** 

DOCUMENTARY EDITING WORKSHOP with Cathy Gulkin (Guantanamo's Child: Omar Khadr) & DISTRIBUTION WORKSHOP with Robin Smith (KinoSmith) followed by a FREE INDUSTRY RECEPTION

See the entire lineup of WORKSHOPS, PANELS, CASE STUDIES, ARTIST TALKS, and CELEBRATIONS including a DOCUMENTARY: DRAWING THE LINE PANEL with Donna Davies (Fanarchy), Rohan Fernando (The Chocolate Farmer), Cathy Gulkin (Guantanamo's Child: Omar Khadr) & Min Sook Lee (Migrant Dreams) at

** Women Making Waves conference is for all genders **

Lunenburg Doc Fest is a proud sponsor of Women in Film & Television-Atlantic's annual Women Making Waves conference. 

African Heritage Film Night @ Second Story

Join Second Story Women's Centre for a public screening of Nova Scotia filmmaker Sylvia Hamilton’s award-winning films Black Mother Black Daughter and Speak It! From the Heart of Black Nova Scotia. 

Wednesday March 1, 2017 at 7 pm

Second Story Women’s Centre
18 Dufferin St (the old train station)

This event is free and open to the public

LDF Atlantic Canada Delegation to Hot Docs

The LDF ATLANTIC DELEGATION TO HOT DOCS is one of 12 official delegations at Hot Docs 2017.  Other delegations include Chile, China, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Nordic Region, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Switzerland, the USA and British Columbia. 

LDF is organizing a delegation of documentary film producers to attend Hot Docs from April 30 - May 4, 2017, promoting up to 12 feature documentary producers who will be given the opportunity to fully participate in the Festival and delegation-specific networking events.  Selected producers will also benefit from year-round initiatives and opportunities as listed at

"In addition to partaking in the professional development sessions, market events and services Hot Docs provides, the delegations will be available to network with fellow delegates throughout the Festival at specially scheduled parties and receptions, and as accredited participants in the Hot Docs Forum, on Tuesday, May 2 and Wednesday, May 3." See Hot Docs for more.

Candidates must have have least one feature documentary film in development. As several important deadline dates approach, please apply by no later than Feb 20th at



LDF Co-presents 'The River of My Dreams' Feb 17

Lunenburg Doc Fest proudly co-presents THE RIVER OF MY DREAMS
along with First Weekend Club & Women in Film & Television-Atlantic (WIFT-AT) 
Friday, Feb 17th @ Cineplex Park Lane, 7pm

Q&A with oscar-award winning director Brigitte Berman hosted by Tara Thorne to follow.

"The word usually ascribed to Newfoundlander Gordon Pinsent is 'beloved,' and a graceful new bio-doc on the actor, painter, writer and born raconteur won’t change the adjective at all. Director Brigitte Berman (Artie Shaw: Time Is All You’ve Got and Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel) uses animated flashbacks and the recollections of family members and colleagues to chronologically unspool the life and career of a man whose artful doings have become part of the Canadian cultural landscape. Beyond those testifying on his behalf, mostly we hear from the well-preserved Pinsent, whose mellifluous narration and resonant quoting of Keats, Shakespeare and Lewis Carroll are easy on the ears. The soundtrack is oversweeping; his recollections (particularly on the actress Charmion King, the love of his life) are poignant enough without such an earnest score. That notwithstanding, the result is a fluidly told yarn about an artist of the national-treasure kind."  -- Brad Wheeler, Globe and Mail



Call for Submissions - 4th Lunenburg Doc Fest

Lunenburg Doc Fest (LDF) is now accepting submissions for its 4th annual event, September 21-24, 2017. The Festival showcases feature-length and short documentary films, educational opportunities, an industry market, and celebrations. Established and aspiring filmmakers are encouraged to submit documentaries for consideration.

LDF is expanding the festival program to include more films and special events, further enhancing the festival experience for film enthusiasts and filmmakers alike. The Festival presents a captivating mix of fact-based films from around the world, plus filmmakers' events, community initiatives, awards and celebrations.

All fact-based films are considered, however, we have particular interest in documentaries that fall within one or more of the following categories: Atlantic, International, Environmental, Political, Art/Music, Youth/Family, Docudrama and Experimental.

Submit via Complete guidelines and submission details are available at

Feel the love! Use code LDFlove2017 for free entry
on @FilmFreeway until Valentine’s Day!

The Festival invites filmmakers of officially selected feature documentaries to attend. Whenever possible, LDF assists with travel and accommodations for one attending filmmaker of each officially selected feature documentary. 

Films selected for screening during Lunenburg Doc Fest will receive an honorarium and be considered for award categories including Best Feature DocumentaryAtlantic Filmmaker AwardShort Film Award, and Audience Award.


Arts & Culture Win in Lunenburg!

The Town of Lunenburg won the Communities Arts and Culture Recognition Award at this year's Creative Nova Scotia awards.

Arts Nova Scotia Director Chris Shore says the money has a purpose, "To continue the integration of arts and culture in the community." 

Mayor Rachel Bailey accepted the award with honour and stated the following about arts and culture in Lunenburg: "They also generate a quality of life that is extremely important to the future growth and sustainability of the community." 

Lunenburg Doc Fest agrees and is proud to be just one of the many arts and culture organizations contributing the vibrant community and economy in Lunenburg. 

Youth Films from Doc Fest

Over the course of two weekends, youth participants learned the art of stop-motion animation and worked in groups to create their own animated documentaries. Scroll down to see the completed films and production stills. Enjoy!

All photos by Béatrice Schuler

Chickens Before Money

An animated documentary about industrialized chicken farming featuring interviews with local chickens.

Ghosts of Lunenburg

An animated documentary about the ghosts of Lunenburg, featuring interviews with local ghosts and town inhabitants.

Street Interview

An animated documentary where locals are interviewed on the streets of Lunenburg.


Thank you to West Nova Fuels and the Nova Scotia Communities, Culture and Heritage for supporting this great event!

Lunenburg Doc Fest recognizes the support of the Province of Nova Scotia through the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage.

2016 Post-Festival Survey Still Open

Our 2016 Post-Festival Survey is still open!

Please take a moment to complete our short online survey and help us make next year's festival even better. Once you complete the survey, you will be entered for a chance to win a FREE Film Pass to Doc Fest 2017!

Click HERE or the image above to begin the survey.

Thank you, we appreciate your feedback.

Lunenburg Doc Fest

A special thanks to Corporate Research Associates
for sponsoring the 3rd annual Lunenburg Doc Fest audience survey. 

2016 Post-Festival Survey -- WIN a Film Pass!

Lunenburg Doc Fest thanks our fantastic audiences for another successful festival.  Please take a moment to complete our short online survey and help us make next year's festival even better.  Once you complete the survey, you will be entered for a chance to win a FREE Film Pass to Doc Fest 2017!

Click HERE or the image above to begin the survey.

Thank you. We appreciate your feedback!

Lunenburg Doc Fest

Special thanks to Corporate Research Associates
for sponsoring the 3rd annual Lunenburg Doc Fest audience survey. 

2016 Award Winners Announced!

Lunenburg Doc Fest is pleased to announce the winners of this year's awards. The 2016 Awards Lineup included four awards for Best Atlantic Filmmaker, Best Short Documentary, and Best Feature Documentary, as well as an Audience Award presented to the Best Feature Documentary as chosen by the festival audience.

John Hopkins
Writer/Director Producer, Bluefin

Seeing Twice (World Premiere)
César Martinez

SEED: The Untold Story
Taggart Siegel and John Betz


Congratulations to all the 2016 award winners!

2016 Festival Awards

Lunenburg Doc Fest is pleased to announce it's 2016 Awards Lineup. This year, LDF is offering four awards: the Feature Documentary Award, the Short Film Award and the Atlantic Filmmaker Award, as well as the new Audience Award presented to the best feature documentary as chosen by the festival audience.

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Coming soon… the Lunenburg Doc Fest Awards! Awards for Atlantic Filmmaker, Short Documentary & Feature Documentary

Immediately before the finale screening of Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story


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All feature documentaries screening during the third annual Lunenburg Doc Fest are eligible for the Feature Documentary Award.


All short films screening during the third annual Lunenburg Doc Fest are eligible for theShort Film Award.


DOC Atlantic awards a 1-year membership to the Documentary Organization of Canada to a filmmaker from one of the four Atlantic provinces. Value $150.