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 Arnaquq-Baril fiercely and undeniably challenges outdated perceptions and presents the Inuit as a modern people in dire need of a sustainable economy.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

DOCUMENTARY WORKSHOPS & PANEL -- Mar 3 & 4

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 www.womenmakingwaves.ca

** 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 http://www.lunenburgdocfest.com/ldf-delegation/

"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 http://www.lunenburgdocfest.com/ldf-delegation/.

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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

TICKETS: http://www.cineplex.com/Showtimes/the-river-of-my-dreams-a-portrait-of-gordon-pinsent/halifax-ns?Date=2/17/2017

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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 Filmfreeway.com. Complete guidelines and submission details are available at www.LunenburgDocFest.com/submissions/.

Feel the love! Use code LDFlove2017 for free entry
on @FilmFreeway until Valentine’s Day!  https://filmfreeway.com/festival/LunenburgDocFest

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.

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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 http://vitaminbea.ca

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.


PRODUCTION STILLS


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.


BEST ATLANTIC FILMMAKER
John Hopkins
Writer/Director Producer, Bluefin


BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY
Seeing Twice (World Premiere)
César Martinez


BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY & AUDIENCE AWARD
SEED: The Untold Story
Taggart Siegel and John Betz

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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

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FEATURE DOCUMENTARY AWARD

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

SHORT FILM AWARD

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

ATLANTIC FILMMAKER 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. 


BLUENOSE almost *SOLD OUT* -- Rush Tickets Only

BLUENOSE pre-sale tickets are now SOLD OUT.  

Rush Tickets will be available at the screening venue subject to availability. Cash purchases preferred.

SCREENING
FRI, Sept 23 @ 9:00pm (45 min)
Lunenburg Opera House
Filmmaker Q&A to follow


Admission Policy

Priority admission is given to Festival Pass, Film Pass and ticket holders who should be admitted at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time of each screening event.  10 minutes prior to the screening event, the screening venue will be opened and Rush Line seats — one per person — will be sold based on availability and on a first come first served basis.  Once Rush Line tickets have gone on sale, Pass and ticket holders will no longer have priority admittance.  All theatre seating will be on a first come, first served basis up to maximum seating capacity. 

BOX OFFICE moves for festival weekend as follows:

SEPT 22  @  Lunenburg Opera House
SEPT 23 & 24  @  United Church Hall
SEPT 25  @  Lunenburg Opera House

BLUEFIN almost *SOLD OUT* -- Rush Line Tickets Only

DIRECTOR: JOHN HOPKINS ENGLISH | CANADA | 2016

DIRECTOR: JOHN HOPKINS
ENGLISH | CANADA | 2016

BLUEFIN pre-sale tickets are now SOLD OUT.  Rush Tickets will be available at the screening venue subject to availability. Cash purchases preferred.

SCREENING
FRI, Sept 23 @ 7:00pm (53 min)
Lunenburg Opera House
Filmmaker Q&A to follow


Admission Policy

Priority admission is given to Festival Pass, Film Pass and ticket holders who should be admitted at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time of each screening event.  10 minutes prior to the screening event, the screening venue will be opened and Rush Line seats — one per person — will be sold based on availability and on a first come first served basis.  Once Rush Line tickets have gone on sale, Pass and ticket holders will no longer have priority admittance.  All theatre seating will be on a first come, first served basis up to maximum seating capacity. 

BOX OFFICE moves for festival weekend as follows:

SEPT 22  @  Lunenburg Opera House
SEPT 23 & 24  @  United Church Hall
SEPT 25  @  Lunenburg Opera House