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) 

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Second Special Event - Update

We will now be showing A Drummer’s Dream by John Walker as our second special event on June 9th, 7:30 pm at the Hall. 

This is one of the festival’s first and most popular films so it is not to be missed!

Do not forget this and all special events are free with the purchase of a 2019 festival pass. Otherwise, admission is by donation to The Hall. Already have a pass? Attendance is free. Forgot your pass? We have a list!

Keep your eye on our website for information about I’ve Heard The Mermaids Singing, which will now be our third special event held in August. 

Friday, May 24, 2019


Acting Comedy with TV Star Sheila McCarthy 

Parrsboro, Nova Scotia, Saturday June 8th to Sunday June 9th 2019

Sheila McCarthy, one of Canada’s most successful actors will be in Parrsboro this June to teach a two-day class in acting comedy for Parrsboro Creative’s Cultural Campus. As well as being a brilliant performer in comedy, Sheila also knows how to teach it. Her course will explore both the inner workings and the physical side of comedy, and all this will be done in a warm and open environment where everything goes and comedy techniques are learned through a ton of laughter and fun. 

Sheila McCarthy 

Sheila McCarthy has a 35 year career with lead parts at the Stratford and Shaw Festivals, character roles in Hollywood films like Die Hard 2, The Day After Tomorrow, and Stepping Out with Lisa Minelli. A multiple award-winning actress, Sheila has two Gemini (tv) awards for best actress, and has been a leading player in seven CBC television series, most notably Road to Avonlea, Emily of New Moon and Little Mosque on The Prairie. She also has two Genie Awards (film), and at the Cannes Film Festival, she won the People’s Choice award for her performance in I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing. Recent projects include as Connie Hendrix, mother of the clone Alison in the critically acclaimed Orphan Black, a new Netflix series called The Umbrella Academy, and the 
role of Amesha in Star Trek: Discovery, Episode “New Eden". 

Course Details 

This course will explore comedy on film from the Silent Film era to present day sitcoms and web series. Participants will work in pairs reading, rehearsing, filming and then watching on video a comedy scene of their choice. Different comedy styles will be discussed, from the madcap to British wry humour, and there will be a look at a handful of the comic geniuses on film to see exactly how it’s done. In her own words - “Everyone’s idea of comedy is different. That’s what makes this class so exciting. You think you’re not funny? You will be after this experience!” 


An Entertaining & Informative Intensive Presented by Parrsboro Creative. 
For students with all levels of acting experience, and for actors both community and professional. 
Course Dates: June 8 & 9 Cost: $250 Class Size: 14 

For further information or to arrange interviews with Sheila, please contact: 
Executive Director, Robert More 
Parrsboro Creative 
151 Main St, Parrsboro, NS 
902-728-2007 or 

World-class instruction ♦ Awe-inspiring locations on the phenomenal Bay of Fundy 

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Second Special Event For 2019

On Sunday, June 9th at 7:30 pm the Parrsboro Film Festival is holding its second special event. 

The 1987 Canadian Film Classic I’ve Heard The Mermaids Singing by Patricia Rozema and starring Sheila McCarthy will be showing at The Hall. 

“Scatterbrained Polly gets a job as a secretary in Gabrielle's art gallery. Polly aspires to be a professional photographer, and idolizes Gabrielle for her artistic ability. ” (

Watch the trailer here. 

 Entrance to this special event is by donation to The Hall or FREE with the purchase of a 2019 PFF Pass ($48). This includes passes purchased at the first special event. 

Saturday, March 2, 2019

2019 Featured Film Maker

We are pleased to announce that this year’s Featured Film Maker will be director, writer and producer Deanne Foley, who will be joining us from St. John’s, Newfoundland.

St.John's filmmaker Deanne Foley

The Parrsboro Film Festival has screened Deanne Foley’s feature films at previous festivals (Beat Down and Relative Happiness). This year, along with two of her early short films, we will be screening her most recent feature film, An Audience of Chairs, based on the popular novel by Joan Clark. Deanne Foley won Best Atlantic Director for An Audience of Chairs at last year’s FIN/Atlantic Film Festival. The film also won Best Atlantic Feature, Best Atlantic Screenwriting and Best Atlantic Original Score.

 An Audience of Chairs will be part of the programming for the 9th Annual Parrsboro Film Festival's Gala Night on October 25th at The Hall, 44 King Street, Parrsboro, NS.
Doors open at 6 pm and programming will be from 6:45 pm.

Admission by weekend pass ($48)
or Gala Night ticket ($25)

For more information:
or Helen at (902) 728-8364

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Award-winning Nova Scotia documentary tours province with the filmmaker!

If you missed the film tonight at the Hall do not worry there are still many chances to catch it playing some where in Nova Scotia!

Award-winning Nova Scotia documentary tours province

Halifax, NS - February 26, 2019

Nova Scotia filmmaker Aube Giroux is travelling around the province with her award-winning feature documentary film, “Modified”. The film tells the story of the filmmaker and her mother, whose shared love of food leads them into a deeply personal investigation into the world of genetically modified foods (GMOs). The film has received 13 festival awards since its release and has been an official selection at over 60 international film festivals. Giroux has traveled with the film across Canada and the United States and is now proud to be showing it in her home province, where much of the documentary was filmed. Screenings will be held in communities across Nova Scotia from February 27 to March 24 and the filmmaker will lead an audience Q & A following each screening.

Giroux spent ten years documenting the grassroots battle to label GMOs. “I wanted to find out why GMOs aren’t labeled here when polls show over 80% of Canadians are in favour, and 64 countries around the world already require that GMOs be labeled on food products”. Giroux was inspired to make the film when her mom, an avid gardener, seed saver, and food activist raised concerns about a 2001 report by the Royal Society of Canada which sharply criticized Health Canada’s approach to regulating GMOs. The report made 53 recommendations to the Canadian government. To this day, only 2 of the recommendations have been implemented. Two years into the film’s production, the filmmaker’s mom was diagnosed with a brain tumour, lending urgency to their shared quest for answers. Their intimate mother-daughter quest for answers ultimately reveals the extent to which the agribusiness industry controls food policies in both Canada and the US.

In 2017, a federal GMO labelling bill was defeated in parliament. All of Nova Scotia's Members of Parliament voted against the bill, which would have mandated the labelling of foods containing GMOs. Canada is currently the first and only country in the world to be selling a genetically modified animal (GM Atlantic Salmon) for human consumption. Like all other GMOs on the market in Canada, it does not carry a label.

“Modified,” which is also a visual celebration of food and the love of cooking, highlights recipes and cooking vignettes from the filmmaker’s James Beard Award-nominated PBS farm-to-table cooking show. World-renowned chef Jacques P├ępin calls the film “a very personal, tender, touching tribute and a well-researched, enlightening and powerful documentary”. The film will be also airing nationally on CBC Television this spring.


“Modified” Screening Schedule:

February 27 - 7:30 pm - The Hall, Parrsboro, NS

February 28 - 6:30pm - New Glasgow Public Library, NS

March 1 - 7:00 pm - Schwartz Hall at St. FX, Antigonish, NS

March 2 - 3:00 pm - Coady & Tompkins Library, Margaree Forks, NS

March 3 - 6:30pm - Indian Brook Fire Hall, Indian Brook, NS

March 4 - 6:30 pm - Inverness Fire Hall, Inverness, NS

March 5 - 6:30 pm - Belle Cote Community Hall, Belle Cote, NS

March 6 - 6:30 pm - Cheticamp Seniors Hall, Cheticamp, NS

March 24 - 7:00 pm - Cineplex Park Lanes, Halifax, NS


For more information, please visit:

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Tickets On Sale February 27th

Tickets for the 9th Annual Parrsboro Film Festival go on sale February 27th. This years festival is from October 25th until October 27th 2019. You can buy a weekend pass or session passes. Prices and session break down as follows:

Weekend pass (all sessions): $48        
The pass is the same price as last year,  a 40% saving    
There will be NO GOLD PASS THIS YEAR because of the sale of the Bistro

Session Passes

Gala Night                             $25
Short Film Competition        $15
Saturday Afternoon              $10
Saturday Evening                 $15
            Sunday Morning                  Free to All
Sunday Afternoon                $15