Films, Films, Films

By Denise Davies
First published on Oct 1 2015


The Antigonish International Film Festival (AIFF) website is now launched with all the information about this year’s films.

Browse through the films listings and review the descriptions and links to help you plan your weekend. There is a link on the home page to download the schedule.

The menu for the Community Dinner is online and it looks delicious! More information will be coming about that in a later article.

Here are just a few of the films that you don’t want to miss. Check the website for times and venues.

Searching for Realism Director Peter Murphy. Although Nova Scotian realist painters enjoy broad popular appeal, their paintings have not been surveyed or celebrated for decades. Produced and initiated by PLANS, Professional Living Artists of Nova Scotia, this film explores the genre of realism in Nova Scotia from the point of view of the artists themselves who took matters into their own hands and organized an exhibition.

Capturing Grace Director Dave Iverson. Capturing Grace is a story about two realms. One is occupied by some of the most acclaimed modern dancers in the world; the other is inhabited by a group of people with Parkinson’s disease. This film is about what happens when those worlds intersect. For Iverson, it’s also a personal story. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s eight years ago. This is a film about rediscovery: the rediscovery of a lighter step and the sweetness of motion.

Desert Runners. Director Jennifer Steinman. A diverse cast of non-professional runners attempts to complete the most difficult ultramarathon race series on Earth. Their dramatic journey takes them across four beautiful but brutal landscapes, pushing their bodies, hearts and spirits through 1000k of the Atacama Desert, the Gobi, the Sahara, and Antarctica. Desert Runners delves into the mindset of ultra-athletes, and the complex ways in which human beings deal with both heartbreak and triumph.

The festival opens on Friday, October 23 at noon and runs through to Saturday at 6PM followed by the Community Dinner. The Friday night films are Tribal Canoe Journey and Zero Percent. These are not to be missed.

See all the details on the updated website at


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