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ViewFinders International Film Festival for Youth
Suite 220
5600 Sackville St.
Halifax, NS Canada
B3J 1L2


[P] +1 902.422.3456
[F] +1 902.420.4006
[E] festival@atlanticfilm.com


Mark Flindall
Programming Coordinator
[P] +1 902.420.4527
[E] mark@atlanticfilm.com


http://www.atlanticfilm.com/view/index.php


MISSION & OBJECTIVE
ViewFinders: International Film Festival for Youth is a five-day celebration of film and video for youth aged 3-18 that includes a comprehensive school program as well as evening and weekend screenings for families and young adults. ViewFinders features films from around the world geared toward youth with a selection of films made by youth.

The name of the festival comes from the part of the camera called the "viewfinder" which is the optical window that frames the image. It was chosen in hopes that young people will be able to find their own views of the world as they get their first exposure and hands-on experience with filmmaking, the film industry and international cinema.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
ViewFinders is a presentation of the Atlantic Film Festival. The Atlantic Film Festival runs every September and has enjoyed a successful 27-year history.

ViewFinders has its roots in the Atlantic Film Festival's children's program ScreenScene: Film & Television for Young People, that ran from 1993 to 1998. At its inception, ScreenScene was the first and only competitive showcase for children's film in English Canada, but was put on hold due to logistical issues within the academic calendar. In its first year in 2002, ViewFinders was a new and improved festival for youth that better aligned with school schedules and other youth film festivals in Canada.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Youth Jury - Selected youth are trained to judge submitted films and choose three VF awards.

ViewFinders Movie, Animation and Green Screen Challenges - Youth-made movies. Our big screen. Their premiere!

Animation Workshops - Successful applicants spend two days creating a one-minute animated short.

Media-Makers Career Expo - Senior High School students can explore career opportunities in the industry and post-secondary training opportunities.

Just Kidding! Open Mic Comedy Night for Youth - An opportunity to present your comedic talents on-stage.

Festival in a Van - ViewFinders travels to select communities in Atlantic Canada to deliver a special pre-packaged one-day festival of films and workshops to schools and theatres.

Plus... numerous other workshops where students can get behind-the-scenes looks and hands-on experience.

CATEGORIES OF ENTRY

ANIMATION
Animation submissions may be of any length, genre, and from any part of the world, but must be appropriate for an audience under the age of 19.

LIVE ACTION
Live Action submissions may be of any length, genre, and from any part of the world, but must be appropriate for an audience under the age of 19.

DOCUMENTARY
Documentary submissions may be of any length, genre, and from any part of the world, but must be appropriate for an audience under the age of 19.

YOUTH-MADE
Youth-made submissions may be of any length, genre, and from any part of the world. To be eligible for this category, the filmmaker must be 18 years of age or younger.

None Specified

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Festivals / Markets / Trade Shows

2D / Traditional, 2D Computer Animation, 3D Computer Animation

Educational / Industrial Films, Feature Films, Short Films