Festival Program

10th Annual Parrsboro Film Festival
The Hall
44 King Street
Parrsboro, NS


Friday October 1

6:30 pm    Doors open

7:00 pm    The evening will start with two short films by Ben Proudfoot, of Breakwater Studio and originally from Halifax.  

A Concerto is a Conversation  -  Kris Bowers, a virtuoso jazz and film composer, tracks his family lineage through his 91-year-old grandfather.

The Ox -  is a portrait of master woodworker Eric Hollenbeck in Eureka CA.

Ben will join us by pre-recorded video to speak to these films and about his experience at the Academy Awards as a nominee in the short documentary category.

Short Refreshment Break

8:00 pm  Peace by Chocolate   Written and directed by Canadian filmmaker, Jonathan Keijser tells the story of the Hadhad family, Syrian refugees who settled in Antigonish, Nova Scotia and rebuilt the family's chocolate business. Tareq       Hadhad, Founder and CEO of Peace by Chocolate will be present for a Q&A.

Saturday October 2

 9:30 am      Doors open

10:00 am     Radical Age    A documentary that explores the unconventional side of aging, written and directed by Jackie Torrens.

Short Refreshment Break

Murmur   Written and directed by Nova Scotian filmmaker Heather Young, this is a quiet and poignant film about loneliness and how the unconditional love of a pet can fill the void. When an elderly dog is scheduled to be euthanized the woman takes it home.


Saturday evening

6:00 pm  Doors open

6:30 pm  Polar Bear   A climate grief poem and animated short by Anna Quon.

It Was All So Wonderful: The Everyday Magic of Mary Pratt    Filmmaker Kenneth Harvey explores the life and work of Pratt in this touching documentary, of an artist who found inspiration in everyday things that surrounded her.

 Short Refreshment Break

8:30 pm     Gunkillers   A documentary film written and directed by Nova Scotia filmmaker Jason Young, tells the story of retired blacksmiths John and Nancy Little, who work with the RCMP to melt down confiscated illegal guns. Jason will be present for a Q&A.

The Lighthouse   Co-written by brothers Max and  Robert Eggers and directed by Robert, this is the story of two lighthouse keepers who begin to descend into madness when a storm strands them on the remote island where they are stationed. Filmed in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia this film is most noted for its technical aspects, cinematography and the fine acting performances of Dafoe and Pattinson. Speaker TBA.

Sunday October 3

  9:30 am    Doors open

10:00 am    Filmmaker Cathy Martin will be featured along with her daughter, Nancy Clifford.

The Basket Maker is a documentary that honours the indigenous women who have used their skills  and knowledge to create traditional art through the generations. Q&A with Cathy will follow.

Roots of Gold   A short documentary film by Nova Scotia filmmaker, Natalie Clifford follows Jacky Cortes, an indigenous Bribri guide as she introduces us to her culture and the sacred chocolate ritual.  Q&A with Natalie will follow.

Short Refreshment Break

The Spirit of Annie Mae is the story of Annie Mae Aquash's life from an impoverished reservation in Nova Scotia to a leading Native American political activist and her violent murder. Q&A with Cathy will follow.

Festival ends.