Press Release: BAFF is BACK!

The Second Annual Bluenose-Ability Film Festival (BAFF) is back in Halifax, December 1-3 2016







November 1, 2016


Announcing The Second Annual Bluenose-Ability Film Festival (BAFF), presented by reachAbility at the Halifax Central Library DEC 1-3, 2016.

HALIFAX, NS November 1, 2016 –The Bluenose Ability Film Festival (BAFF) is BACK! Taking place in beautiful Halifax, Nova Scotia, BAFF is Atlantic Canada’s first and only disability film festival.

BAFF encourages participation of persons with disabilities in a media event that celebrates the unique contributions of disability arts and culture. We’re dedicated to showcasing professional films as well as promoting youth/first-time filmmaker participation.

The second annual Bluenose-Ability Film Festival will take place from December 1st through December 3rd, in the Halifax Central Library. Our Awards ceremony and gala will take place on December 3rd, United Nations' International Day of Persons with Disabilities at 7pm. In the Paul O’Reagan Hall at Halifax Central Library.

With VIP Panels, Film-Making Workshops, a Mentorship Program and Specialized screenings Thursday, Friday and Saturday all festival events are FREE thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, partners and volunteers. Thanks to the partnerships of reachAbility, Rackology, Halifax Public Libraries, Accessible Media Inc., Halifax Stanfield International Airport, Pete’s Fine Foods, AFCOOP, 100 Women, Gordon Foundation For Youth and Children, and The Department of Culture.

In a year of challenges throughout the film industry – this is a true feel-good story about the power of partnership. In honor of United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities (December 3) industry and non-industry folks from across the Maritimes have come together to support and promote Atlantic Canada’s only disability-arts film festival.

BAFF is proud to announce our first Filmmaker in Residence recipient, Paul Vinneau, a Hali-famous man also known as Asshole with the Shovel. In his latest short film, Paul explores the effects of civic engagement to balance the emotional effects upon the anniversary of the accident that left him paralyzed 25 years ago. This is the first installment of the Filmmaker in Residence program and Paul’s film, which is only one jewel in this three day celebration, will premiere during our gala on December 3rd, United Nation’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities at 7pm. In the Paul O’Reagan Hall at Halifax Central Library.

BAFF will also be presenting the Lion of Courage award to a protagonist that best defines this year’s theme: The Whole Self and the Festival will also continue with the School’s Choice award, launched last year, with film students from various community high schools selecting the best films in the youth category. By youth for youth!

“BAFF is truly a forward thinking storytelling festival and we are grateful to be able to support work that goes beyond the festival gala.  I believe IT is one of the great equalizers and as the technology and tools proliferate in the creative community - I feel it is the right time to expand and support artists in new and inspired ways," said BAFF Festival Director, Ben Sutherland

Don’t miss the incredible line up of workshops, industry panels, viewing of nominated and winning films from around the world and of course the Gala awards event Saturday evening and so much more, just look:

The schedule for BAFF is as follows:

  • November 16:
    • Press Conference, 9:30 am at Halifax Central Library in room 301
  • December 1:
    • Write & Shoot PSA Workshop, 10:00 am at Halifax Central Library in the Creative Lab
    • Edit & Upload PSA Workshop, 1:00 pm at Halifax Central Library in the Lindsey Room
    • AMI Opening Night, 7:00 pm at The Bus Stop Theatre
  • December 2:
    • Flag Raising, 8:00 am at Halifax City Hall
    • AMI Described Video Workshop, 1:00 pm at Halifax Central Library in the BMO Room
    • Art of Ability, 3:00 pm at Halifax Central Library in the Lindsay Room
  • December 3:
    • Mental Health Panel, 10:45 am at Halifax Central Library in Room 301
    • Film Maker In Residence, 1:00 pm at Halifax Central Library in Paul O’Reagan Hall
    • Canada and The World, 3:00 pm at Halifax Central Library in Paul O’Reagan Hall
    • Closing Gala and Awards Ceremony, 7:00 pm at Halifax Central Library in Paul O’Reagan Hall

Questions regarding the festival may be directed to or ask for Ben at: 902.429.5878

About BAFF:

The Bluenose-Ability Film Festival is Atlantic Canada’s first disability Film Festival. BAFF is much more than just film screenings, the festival is committed to fulfilling three main objectives:

  • By showcasing provocative works from emerging and established filmmakers from Atlantic Canada and around the world, we intend to educate and enlighten to end the stigmas surrounding disability and mental health culture.
  • Through engaging panels, work-in-progress screenings and our Filmmaker In Residence Program, we are increasing dialogue between established members of the film industry and persons with disabilities and/or mental illness in order to help develop genuine inclusion.
  • Workshops offering professional training offer local filmmakers free instruction on how to make their productions more accessible. The festival is open to two age groups: Adult (25 years and older) and BAFFYouth (12 years old to 24).

How can you get involved?

As part of our mission, we are committed to engaging persons of all nations and identities. In doing so, we especially encourage the participation of youth in the Atlantic Canada communities.  Junior Highs, High Schools, day and summer camps, sports teams, music groups, and other youth-based community organizations to submit a film to the year-round BAFF-Youth division.

About reachAbility:

ReachAbility is a registered charity dedicated to equalizing the playing field for people facing barriers.

Through our unique partnerships within the Disability, Aboriginal, African Canadian and New Immigrant communities, we have created programming that fosters self-awareness and self-confidence as well as employment opportunities for all Nova Scotians facing the sting of stigma.

Many employers are partnering with reachAbility to engage in community, represent their core values and gain recognition for a commitment to diversity and inclusiveness. Whether it is our Inclusion Training or our Employer Of Excellence program, we can help create a workplace culture that is healthy, positive and ahead of the curve.

We have a committed staff that provides support and guidance to a wide range of clients with a focus on programs designed to build a stronger community — one ability at a time.

Whether you are an individual or business, we strive to tailor our programs to fit your unique needs. Please feel free to get in touch with us to explore the possibilities!    902.429.5878