Monday, September 20, 2021


 Many thanks to all who bought passes this year. We have officially sold out! Due to COVID-19 protocols, we had to limit the amount of passes to ensure the safety of all our patrons.

Friday, April 16, 2021

NEW DATES! 10th Anniversary PFF

 Finally we have been able to plan for our Film Festival again this year.

Dates have been changed to coincide with Parrsboro's 10 Days in October. Our 10th Anniversary festival will be October 1-3, 2021. 

Due to this year being a bit different, with COVID-19 and other factors, we have decided to not include a short film competition. 

Saturday, October 31, 2020

10th Anniversary, October 2021

Friday, October 30, 2020

To all the friends, contributors, and supporters of the Parrsboro Film Festival:

Earlier this year, because of COVID-19, our 10th anniversary was postponed until 2021. Details will be available later next year, but screenings are planned at The Hall, in October 2021, to celebrate Parrsboro’s tenth film festival.

Changing times also give us an opportunity to make changes to the festival, such as moving it earlier, perhaps much earlier, into October. So, if you have suggestions, comments, or ideas—or if you would like to be involved—please leave messages here on Facebook or e-mail

Thank you and see you next October.

Lori Lynch and Helen Tyson
Co-Chairs, Parrsboro Film Festival

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Parrsboro Film Festival | 10th Anniversary postponed until 2021


Dear friends of the Parrsboro Film Festival,

While the larger film festivals are going digital this fall because of COVID-19, the research we did earlier this year shows that is not a good option for us.

·         The Hall can make the necessary increase in band width for streaming a full-length movie to a digital audience, but much of our potential audience in this region cannot increase their band width sufficiently to watch without interruption.

·         As soon as the festival goes digital, many legalities that we currently do not have to deal with become serious issues: geo-blocking, distribution rights, more money for licensing fees, etc.

·         To run effectively, a digital festival requires a web site specifically organized for that purpose. This is a major effort, only worthwhile if it secures a wide audience.

·         Local tests of digital film festivals held earlier this year (HotDocs, We Are One) showed that even enthusiastic film goers watched one or two films, if any.

·         There will be a lot of competing digital content in and around the same time as PFF.

·         And to date, everyone has expressed a strong preference for the sense of physical community at The Hall … and no interest whatsoever in a digital version.

So, after much discussion, the PFF committee has decided to postpone the 10th anniversary of the Parrsboro Film Festival until October 2021, in the hope that we will be able to have a physical gathering at that time.

To all of you who wanted to attend or submit films this year, please keep us in mind for 2021. Thank you to our researchers and volunteers for their extra help in these rapidly changing times. And thank you to the National Film Board for their extensive consultations and practical advice.

Stay well, and we hope to see you in October 2021.



Helen Tyson

Co-Chair, Parrsboro Film Festival



Friday, September 27, 2019

2019 PFF Films

Friday, October 25 – Gala Night

George (short documentary by Ben Proudfoot)

“Using a combination of rescanned and remastered archival documentary footage and new cinematic recreations, ‘George’ tells the story of one soldier’s experience and memory as a Canadian soldier in the First World War.”

Deanne Foley: 2019 Featured Film Maker

Two short films (including her most recent work), followed by her award-winning feature film An Audience of Chairs. “A woman suffering from mental illness tries to cope with losing custody of her two daughters.”
Based on the novel by Joan Clark. Deanne Foley will introduce this film and answer questions afterward.

Saturday, October 26

Non-competing documentary (while the ballots are counted) 12 Dogs Drive: The Run Home. Justin Allen and his dog team travel from Churchill to his hometown of St. John. This film documents their journey. Justin Allen and producer Greg Hemmings will introduce the film and answer questions afterwards.

Off the Beaten Path (documentary about artist Geoff Butler, by Devin Fraser, who will speak with the film)

Assholes: A Theory. A savagely entertaining documentary from acclaimed director John Walker. Inspired by the book by Aaron James. John Walker will introduce this film and answer questions afterward.    


Sunday, October 27

Free Sunday Morning

The Girl From Nordland. A film about the model who posed for—and inspired—Edvard Munch. Norwegian director Kirsti Grotmol will introduce this film and answer questions afterward.

Standing on the Line (documentary). When Olympic-class athletes decide to declare their sexuality openly, how are their careers affected? This documentary follows several stories and their different outcomes.

Films resume after lunch break, remaining afternoon $15 

Conviction (documentary by Nance Ackerman, Ariella Pahlke and Teresa MacInnis)

“Alarmed by the rising number of women in prison and inspired by the conviction of Senator Kim Pate, Conviction flips the narrative away from pop culture’s voyeuristic lens and hands it to the women who are being victimized.”

Beautifully Savage (short documentary by Ben Proudfoot)

“In the United States, about two thirds of released prisoners are rearrested within three years. Joe was determined never to go back.”

Hopeless Romantic (feature film)

Six directors—including this year’s Featured Film Maker, Deanne Foley—explore six related stories about romantic love.

The King of Fish and Chips (short documentary by Ben Proudfoot)

“In the late 1960s, Haddon Salt built a fast-food empire. Then Kentucky Fried Chicken came knocking.”

Friday, June 7, 2019

New for 2019

The Parrsboro Film Festival Short Film Competition Just Got Bigger! 

In order to accommodate submissions over 20 minutes in length, we have added a third section to this year’s competition: Long Shorts 

Eligible Films: over 20 minutes--total screen time, festival version, including credits--but under 40 minutes (the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ minimum length for a feature) 
If you have already submitted, we will contact you about competing in the new category. If you didn’t submit because of your film’s length, now is the time! 

Film makers and Patrons please note: the new category will lengthen the competition, possibly taking the entire afternoon as well as Saturday morning. 

Please see for updates 
Films are screened in order of length, the shortest first. There is time for voting after each section. Winners are announced at the end of this session, after a short, non-competing film (shown while ballots are counted).

Parrsboro Film Festival Revised Short Film Competition 
Saturday, October 26, 2019 at The Hall, 44 King Street, Parrsboro, NS from 10:00 am 

Admission by festival pass ($48 for the entire festival, Friday evening to Sunday afternoon) or individual tickets for this session ($15) 
1. Short Shorts (no more than 5 minutes) 
2. Shorts (more than 5 but no more than 20 minutes) 
3. Long Shorts (over 20 but less than 40 minutes)