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Splinters are the opening night gala presentation at this year’s FIN Atlantic International Film Festival on Thursday, Sept. 13.
Splinters are the opening night gala presentation at this year’s FIN Atlantic International Film Festival on Thursday, Sept. 13. - Contributed

Fans of the silver screen will be in heaven this year with the jam-packed lineup of 125 films and a plethora of special events at this year’s FIN Atlantic International Film Festival, which runs from Sept. 13 to 20.

“‘Binging’ has become the term for spending countless hours watching television, but truth be told, film festivals have always been the ‘binge,’” said Wayne Carter, FIN’s executive director, at the festival’s launch. “The best way to experience the magic of a film festival is specifically to buy a pass and spend an extended amount of time seeing films, documentaries and shorts that will surprise, enlighten and entertain you. So, this is our invitation this year: binge on us! We are even going to make it easy with daily passes that are an excuse to skip work and all your responsibilities of the day and get lost in ideas and excitement. And this year we have excitement!”

The Park Lane cinemas will be the home of the festival, although the gala opening will be held at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium at the Dalhousie Arts Centre on Thursday, Sept. 13, at 7 p.m. Splinters, directed by celebrated Halifax filmmaker Thom Fitzgerald, is the festival’s opening night gala presentation.

Fitzgerald says the cast is almost completely made up of local actors. In fact, he said only one plane ticket was required to bring in an out-of-town actor. More importantly, the spectacular scenery of the Annapolis Valley is a major character in the film.

Following the opening night gala film presentation is the FIN Atlantic International Film Festival’s Opening Night Celebration. This red carpet event will take place at the Discovery Centre on Thursday, Sept. 13, starting at 9 p.m.

This year, to commemorate the Documentary Organization of Canada’s 35th anniversary, the festival will present screenings of three local documentaries: The Little Black School House (Sylvia Hamilton, 2007), The Man of a Thousand Songs (William D. MacGillivray, 2010) and Men of the Deeps (John Walker, 2003).

The festival will also include a series of Relaxed Screenings, in association with Autism Nova Scotia. These screenings “... will include adjusted lighting and sound for the audience, along with a designated quiet area that provides a calm and welcoming atmosphere for guests,” notes the digital program for the festival.

To learn more about the FIN Atlantic International Film Festival and see the full lineup, visit finfestival.ca.

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