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) 

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 

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