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The 6th edition of Lunenburg Doc Fest ends a sold-out weekend with awards

September 23, 2019

For immediate release: September 23, 2019 Maiden, a film about the all-female crew that shocked the establishment in 1989 by entering the Whitbread Round the World Race, sailed away with the two top honours at Lunenburg Doc Fest this year. As winner of the juried Best Feature Documentary Award and the Audience Award, Maiden was… Read More

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September 23, 2019

Maiden, a film about the all-female crew that shocked the establishment in 1989 by entering the Whitbread Round the World Race, sailed away with the two top honours at Lunenburg Doc Fest this year. As winner of the juried Best Feature Documentary Award and the Audience Award, Maiden was the consensus favourite of insiders and audiences alike, earning a cash prize of $2000 with the accolades.

Co-directors Nance Ackerman, Ariella Pahlke and Teresa MacInnes received the Atlantic Filmmaker Award for their film Conviction, an honest, eye-opening examination of the lives of incarcerated women in Canada.

The film was made with the collaboration of a group of women within the prison system, whether as prisoners or correctional officers, and its emotional Lunenburg Doc Fest screening earned a standing ovation.

“It is such an honour to receive this award at this really unique festival,” said Ackerman. “To be given this award, usually granted to a single filmmaker, is particularly special as this film had so many women coming together as filmmakers, collaborators and partners. It was a creative collaboration that presented many challenges but even more rewards. We are touched by the recognition!”

Tungrus—the charming tale of one family, one cramped Mumbai apartment, and one hell-raising pet rooster—received LDF’s Short Film Award. Directed by Indian filmmaker Rishi Chanda, the film screened as part of the festival’s annual Short Films From Around the World program.

“I hope [this film] will open up informed conversations around our relationship with the food we eat. More power to chickens!” said Chanda.

Festival passes sold out faster than ever this year, and rush tickets before highly anticipated screenings had lines extending down the street. Lunenburg Doc Fest provided the very first place in Atlantic Canada to see some of the world’s most talked-about documentaries, including the historic TIFF-opener Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band.

“Being in Lunenburg feels like a warm hug,” director Daniel Roher told the audience on Opening Night. “I’m glad you’ll be the second audience to ever see the film.”

Faces of Lyme: Ambivalence & Controversy, created by twelve first time Lunenburgers 55+, proved another audience pleaser. The film, supported by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program, gives voice to those who struggle obtaining a diagnosis and treatment for Lyme disease on Nova Scotia’s South Shore.

With an expanded slate of industry events offered during the LDF Dock Market, Lunenburg played host to filmmakers and industry decision-makers from near and far, including Canadian and U.S. festival programmers and representatives from Bell Media, CBC Docs, CMF, RBC, Hot Docs, Mongrel Media, New York Times Op Docs and more.

The festival took place in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia from September 19–22 with most screenings in the historic Lunenburg Opera House.

Lunenburg Doc Fest will return for its seventh edition on September 24–27, 2020.

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Lunenburg Doc Fest showcases documentary films that entertain, educate, and inspire, creating a cultural experience and place of connection between filmmakers and film enthusiasts in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. The festival is presented with generous support from Canadian Heritage, The Government of Canada, Telefilm and Nova Scotia Communities, Culture and Heritage.

For more information contact Pamela Segger at:

E-mail:         info@lunenburgdocfest.com

Phone:         902-523-3456

Mail:             Box 1497, Lunenburg, NS  B0J 2C0  Canada

Website:      www.LunenburgDocFest.com

Facebook:   facebook.com/LunenburgDocFest

Twitter:       @LunenburgDocFes

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“Once Were Brothers” launches Lunenburg Doc Fest after historic TIFF premiere

September 6, 2019

For immediate release:  September 6, 2019 Fresh off the world premiere and historic opening as the first ever Canadian documentary to open Toronto International Film Festival, Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band will kick off the 6th annual Lunenburg Doc Fest on September 19. Once Were Brothers tells the story of the roots-rock act that changed folk music… Read More

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September 6, 2019

Fresh off the world premiere and historic opening as the first ever Canadian documentary to open Toronto International Film Festival, Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band will kick off the 6th annual Lunenburg Doc Fest on September 19. Once Were Brothers tells the story of the roots-rock act that changed folk music forever, drawing from the memoirs of Canadian rock icon Robbie Robertson and featuring must-see testimonial from musical legends Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton and Bob Dylan. Director Daniel Roher will take the stage in Lunenburg to launch the Atlantic Canadian premiere of the film.

Every year, Lunenburg Doc Fest attracts film enthusiasts, international filmmakers, and respected industry decision-makers from near and far for four days of incredible stories on the big screen. Our charming seaside town will play host to some of the most exciting storytellers and anticipated documentaries in the world. The festival’s expanded program features an eclectic lineup — here’s a sneak peek at what’s in store:

Unstoppable forces

At Lunenburg Doc Fest this year, three documentaries study large, seemingly unstoppable forces that are doing harm to our planet. Push investigates the hidden forces that are causing housing markets to skyrocket across the globe and forcing people out of our cities. Toxic Beauty is a powerful exposé of the cosmetics companies that are polluting our bodies with hidden toxins in the products we use every day. Assholes: A Theory is a search for civility in an age where everything from business to government seems to be overrun with, well, you know.

Women vs. the world

What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immoveable object? This year’s fest will feature five documentaries about inspiring women who are living proof of the individual’s power to create change. Maxima introduces us to the Indigenous Peruvian woman who stood up to one of the largest gold-mining companies in the world. Conviction takes us inside the Canadian corrections institution to ask why women are the fastest-growing prison population worldwide. Maiden charts the journey of the first all-women crew to sail in the Whitbread Round the World Race with an indomitable 24 year-old at the helm. Beyond the Visible paints a moving portrait of Hilma af Klint, the visionary Swedish artist whose abstract works went unnoticed for 100 years. Closing the festival on September 22, Ask Dr. Ruth tells the story of Ruth Westheimer, the small but mighty Holocaust survivor who forever changed the way we talk about sex.

Window to the world

Three of this year’s films take us to far off locales to see the world through another’s eyes. In The Odd Monk, we journey with first-time filmmaker Jesco Puluj through Europe, Africa and Asia as he meets the free-spirited monks who are changing the face of modern Buddhism. In Sea of Shadows, we voyage to the Sea of Cortez to discover a war at sea that’s threatening to eradicate the population of the world’s smallest whale. High in the French Alps, The Valley, a rousing call to action, places us on the Italy-France border with a group of migrants who are risking their lives on a mountain route to escape war, poverty and political persecution.

Close to home, Faces of Lyme, created by Lunenburg Doc Fest’s seniors workshop, gives a voice to those who struggle with the diagnosis and treatments for Lyme disease in our region.

Short film programs

Lunenburg Doc Fest is proud to present Through Our Eyes: Short Films by Indigenous Filmmakers, supported by CBC Docs. The program will feature five shorts from some of the most exciting, emerging Indigenous filmmakers from across the country, including Alexandra Lazarowich’s Fast Horse and TSHIUETIN by Caroline Monnet. Coast to Coast: Canadian Shorts will showcase a diverse selection of evocative works from all sides of nation.

As always, Doc Fest will engage local youth with two screenings of Shorts from Around the World on the morning of September 20. The screenings are catered to Bluenose Academy students but admission is free and open to all. Dream Big will cap the family program with the impact and extraordinary marvels of modern day engineering. This year also marks the return of our Step Into the Story: Virtual Reality Arcade, an opportunity to get hands-on with VR hardware and discover how technology is changing the way stories are told.

Our passes sell out every year so hurry to www.lunenburgdocfest.com/passes.

For a look at our complete 2019 schedule, visit http://lunenburgdocfest.com/2019-2/schedule/.

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Lunenburg Doc Fest showcases documentary films that entertain, educate, and inspire, creating a cultural experience and place of connection between filmmakers and film enthusiasts in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. The festival is presented with generous support from Canadian Heritage, The Government of Canada, Telefilm and Nova Scotia Communities, Culture and Heritage.

For more information contact Pamela Segger at:

E-mail:           info@lunenburgdocfest.com
Phone:          902-523-3456
Mail:              Box 1497, Lunenburg, NS  B0J 2C0  Canada
Website:        www.LunenburgDocFest.com
Facebook:     facebook.com/LunenburgDocFest
Twitter:          @LunenburgDocFes

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Decision-makers converge for Lunenburg Doc Fest’s fourth ‘Dock Market’

September 3, 2019

For immediate release: September 3, 2019 Decision-makers converge for Lunenburg Doc Fest’s fourth ‘Dock Market’ Film industry stakeholders will gather in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, a scenic UNESCO World Heritage Site by the sea, on September 20–22. During the 6th annual Lunenburg Doc Fest, industry decision-makers will take part in panels, networking, and professional development sessions.… Read More

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September 3, 2019

Decision-makers converge for Lunenburg Doc Fest’s fourth ‘Dock Market’

Film industry stakeholders will gather in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, a scenic UNESCO World Heritage Site by the sea, on September 20–22.

During the 6th annual Lunenburg Doc Fest, industry decision-makers will take part in panels, networking, and professional development sessions. Local and international filmmakers will connect with producers, programmers, and buyers who can help ensure the next great films get made.

“We are proud to welcome some of North America’s esteemed industry professionals to this year’s festival,” says Pamela Segger, Executive Director of Lunenburg Doc Fest. “Participating filmmakers will have opportunities to advance their work through intimate conversations with celebrated industry veterans, and feedback from experienced producers and distributors during Dock Market pitch meetings.”

Peter Raymont, Emmy-winning filmmaker and executive producer of Lunenburg Doc Fest 2019 selection Toxic Beauty, will offer strategies on navigating the evolving documentary landscape in his workshop session on September 21. Raymont returns to Doc Fest for the first time since the inaugural festival in 2014 where he attended as producer of Fight Like Soldiers Die Like Children.

The festival will feature a presentation on Archival Research by producer, director and researcher Nancy Lang (West Wind: The Vision of Tom Thomson, Painted Land: In Search of the Group of Seven). Lang will discuss her work on the artist-focused films on which she has worked, including a recent documentary about Margaret Atwood. Decision-maker panels and round tables will also be on offer.

Heidi Tao Yang of Hot Docs, North America’s largest documentary festival, wants to make sure great local stories find international audiences. She will bring two exciting sessions to the fourth edition of Hot Docs’ Doc Ignite at Doc Fest: “Make Local Stories Global” and “The Business Affairs of Docs.”

The Dock Market, Lunenburg Doc Fest’s signature marketplace, will host a diverse group of representatives from some of the biggest names in fact-based storytelling: Bell Media, CBC, Canada Media Fund, Documentary Organization of Canada, Mongrel Media, National Film Board, New York Times Op-Docs, and RBC among them. Connections made with these industry partners, in the vibrant coastal town of Lunenburg, create a chance for filmmakers to find the support they need to see their projects succeed.

To see Lunenburg Doc Fest’s full industry schedule for 2019, visit the INDUSTRY tab or go to http://lunenburgdocfest.com/industry/industry-schedule/

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Lunenburg Doc Fest showcases documentary films that entertain, educate, and inspire, creating a cultural experience and place of connection between filmmakers and film enthusiasts in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. The festival is presented with generous support from Canadian Heritage, The Government of Canada, Telefilm and Nova Scotia Communities, Culture and Heritage.

For more information contact Pamela Segger at:

E-mail:       info@lunenburgdocfest.com
Phone:         902-523-3456
Mail:             Box 1479, Lunenburg, NS  B0J 2C0 Canada
Website:        www.LunenburgDocFest.com
Facebook:     facebook.com/LunenburgDocFest
Twitter:         @LunenburgDocFes

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International flare meets small-town charm at fifth annual Lunenburg Doc Fest

September 25, 2018

For immediate release Press Release: September 25, 2018 International flare meets small-town charm at fifth annual Lunenburg Doc Fest Lunenburg, Nova Scotia  –  Genesis 2.0, a film about the hunt for ‘white gold’ on the edge of Siberia and scientists who want to bring the woolly mammoth back to life, earned top prize at the fifth annual… Read More

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International flare meets small-town charm at fifth annual Lunenburg Doc Fest

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia  –  Genesis 2.0, a film about the hunt for ‘white gold’ on the edge of Siberia and scientists who want to bring the woolly mammoth back to life, earned top prize at the fifth annual Lunenburg Doc Fest on September 23. The Best Feature Documentary award came with a $1000 prize for the first time this year. 

“This award means a lot to me and my young co-director Maxim Arbugaev,” said Christian Frei, director of Genesis 2.0. “Thank you, Lunenburg and thanks to the jury! Maxim and I embarked together on this journey three and a half years ago, and we are overwhelmed by the positive response all over the world.”

Letter From Masanjia, a feature that was filmed secretly in China to bring the harsh realities of labour camps to light, earned honourable mention from the jury.

Director Leon Lee received a standing ovation as he took the stage for a Q&A following the screening of his film. The audience was eager to engage Lee with questions about the injustices faced by Chinese citizens and the logistics of crafting a documentary in secret. In true Lunenburg fashion, the thoughtful discussion continued down the street and into Risser’s Social House, where Lee continued the conversation with filmgoers at a Meet the Artists Reception. 

“I hope the viewer will do something, however small,” Lee told the crowd. “No matter how small the action is, it might bring some kind of change.”

This year’s vote for LDF’s Audience Award went to Sammy Davis Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me, director Samuel D. Pollard’s film about the inimitable entertainer’s complicated path through the racial divide of 20th-century America. 

Prince’s Tale—a portrait of a young actor’s survival of a near-fatal fire, and the journey of mental recovery that brought him back to the stage—received LDF’s Short Film Award. The film, directed by Jamie Miller, was part of LDF’s Shorts From Around the World program. 

“I am so beyond honoured for our film to be celebrated in Atlantic Canada and selected by this brilliant documentary community,” said Miller. “This story is about the beauty of resiliency and love for human connection. I have learned so much about our capacity for both in this process.”

Director Millefiore Clarkes’ accolades on the festival circuit grew at Lunenburg Doc Fest. She won the Atlantic Filmmaker Award for her film The Song and the Sorrow, which screened on September 21 to a packed house. The film followed PEI musician Catherine MacLellan in her journey to learn more about the life of her father, Canadian music legend Gene MacLellan, and her attempts to come to terms with both his and her own struggles with depression.

Clarkes stated, “I’m thrilled to receive this award and grateful to everyone who helped me craft The Song and the Sorrow—most especially Catherine MacLellan and her family for sharing their story, and the National Film Board team for their guidance and support.”

NSCC student Chris d’Entremont was the recipient of LDF’s $1000 Youth Bursary, which is awarded to a Nova Scotia student pursuing post-secondary media studies. 

Festival passes sold out faster than ever this year, and with an expanded and engaging slate of industry events, the charming seaside town played host to filmmakers and industry decision-makers from near and far, including representatives from British Columbia’s Knowledge Network, CBC, Hot Docs, National Film Board, Sideways Film (UK/Spain).

Jackie Torrens’ short film Bernie Langille Wants to Know… Who Killed Bernie Langille screened on September 22 as part of the Short Films: Truth Be Told program. She says the town’s intimate setting allows filmmakers to have a voice and sets it apart from other festivals. 

“This is an amazing festival,” said Torrens. “We’ve been treated so well and have had a really great time. We feel that there’s a real celebration and respect for storytelling and storytellers here.”

The festival took place in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, September 20–23. Screenings were held in the historic Lunenburg Opera House, including four shorts programs and 12 regional and Canadian film premieres. Lunenburg Doc Fest will return for its sixth edition next year. 

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Lunenburg Doc Fest showcases documentary films that entertain, educate, and inspire, creating a cultural experience and place of connection between filmmakers and film enthusiasts in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. The festival is presented with generous support from Arts Nova Scotia, Telefilm and Nova Scotia Communities, Culture and Heritage.

For more information contact Pamela Segger at:

E-mail:        info@lunenburgdocfest.com

Phone:        902-523-FILM (3456)

Mail:            Box 1951, Lunenburg, NS  B0J 2C0  Canada

Website:       www.LunenburgDocFest.com

Facebook:    facebook.com/LunenburgDocFest

Twitter:        @LunenburgDocFes

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5th Lunenburg Doc Fest continues to grow

September 6, 2018

For immediate release September 6, 2018 The 5th Lunenburg Doc Fest continues to grow Lunenburg, Nova Scotia  — It’s a big year for the Lunenburg Doc Fest as we celebrate our fifth year with even more films that will transport you to new places and perspectives. On September 20-23, we will open the doors of the… Read More

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September 6, 2018

The 5th Lunenburg Doc Fest continues to grow

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia  — It’s a big year for the Lunenburg Doc Fest as we celebrate our fifth year with even more films that will transport you to new places and perspectives. On September 20-23, we will open the doors of the historic Lunenburg Opera House and take you on a journey from the bustling streets of India to the depths of the open sea. 

The reputation of our boutique destination festival speaks for itself, and every year attracts film enthusiasts, filmmakers, and industry decision-makers from near and far. Once again, our charming seaside town will be the very first place in Canada to see some of the world’s most anticipated documentaries. This year, our expanded program features twelve regional and Canadian film premieres. Here’s a sneak peak:

Visionaries 

Our fifth-annual fest will feature three documentaries about real-life heroes whose bravery and achievements have changed the cultures around them. On opening night, Kailash will take audiences on a ride with Nobel Peace Prize-recipient Kailash Satyarthi in his continuing mission to rescue imprisoned children from lives of forced factory labour. Hal tells the story of eccentric auteur director Hal Ashby, his unprecedented run of beloved films in the 1970s, and the growing commercialism of 1980s Hollywood that almost left him behind. Sammy Davis Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me will close out the fest on a high note, exploring the peerless entertainer’s complicated path through the racial-divide of 20th-century America.

Mankind Vs. Nature

Three of this year’s films shed light on the outside forces that shift or threaten our relationship to the natural world. In Into the Okavango, scientists head out on a four-month journey to save the Okavango Delta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site wetland and water source under threat from human activity. It is creation, not destruction, that’s cause for concern in Genesis 2.0, a film about the hunt for ‘white gold’ at the remotest edge of Siberia, and a team of scientists vying to bring the wooly mammoth back to life. In Untie the Lines, a young woman abandons the comforts of modern life and sets sail on the Western Caribbean alone, determined to rediscover her connection to the natural world — even if that means risking her own survival along the way. 

Justice At Last

Along the path to justice are countless against-the-odds battles we rarely get to see. Four films at the festival this year aim to change that, focusing on the untold stories of communities that have come together and taken fate into their own hands. The Guardians reveals a corrupt network of doctors, lawyers and government officials robbing retirees of everything they own in Clark County, Nevada. Letter From Masanjia proves one secret message can make international waves and bring the harsh realities of Chinese labour camps to light. In The Devil We Know, a group of citizens in West Virginia goes toe-to-toe with one of the country’s largest corporations after discovering it has been knowingly dumping a toxic chemical into their drinking water supply. Justice is decades in the making in The Silence of Others, as Spanish citizens seek retribution for crimes of the Franco dictatorship more than 40 years after fascism’s fall. 

As always, Lunenburg Doc Fest will engage our community with a selection of free events and screenings. Our free family screening of Pick of the Litter gives an adorable and educational look at the training puppies undertake to become guide dogs for the blind. The Song of the Sorrow is a heartfelt tale of musician Catherine MacLellan’s effort to learn more about her absent father, singer-songwriter Gene MacLellan, and embrace his musical legacy. The film dissects the myths surrounding mental illness and creativity while paying tribute to the memory of one of Canada’s most talented songwriters. Catherine will join Doc Fest for a free concert at the Lunenburg Heritage Bandstand immediately before the screening. 

Short Stories, Lasting Impressions

Shorts From Around the World is a free screening designed for local students where all ages are welcome. Truth Be Told is a collection of short films that urge us to see the world through others’ eyes. Closer to home, a series of films will provide residents a chance to see their town through a new lens. Professional filmmakers and poets have joined forces to create Tide and Time: Docupoems on Lunenburg, works funded by Arts Nova Scotia and supported by LDF that will screen for free at our festival for their World Premiere. In celebration of the Documentary Organization of Canada’s 35th year, LDF and DOC Atlantic are partnering to present DOC 35: Atlantic Made, a curated selection of short documentaries by Atlantic Canadian filmmakers. 

Our passes sell out every year but are currently available online at www.lunenburgdocfest.com/passes.

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Lunenburg Doc Fest showcases documentary films that entertain, educate, and inspire, creating a cultural experience and place of connection between filmmakers and film enthusiasts in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. The festival is presented with generous support from Arts Nova Scotia; Canadian Heritage; Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture, and Heritage, Lunenburg Foundation for the Arts, Town of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia Health Authority and Canada Council for the Arts.

For more information contact Executive Director Pamela Segger at:

E-mail: info@lunenburgdocfest.com

Phone: 902-523-FILM (3456)

Mail: Box 1951, Lunenburg, NS B0J 2C0

Website: www.lunenburgdocfest.com

Facebook: facebook.com/lunenburgdocfest

Twitter: @LunenburgDocFes

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Atlantic Canada joins the World at Hot Docs

April 25, 2018

For immediate release April 25, 2018    Atlantic Canada joins the World at Hot Docs   Lunenburg, Nova Scotia  —   Lunenburg Doc Fest (LDF) is again leading a delegation of producers and directors from the Atlantic Canadian region to the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.   Hot Docs is North America’s largest documentary festival and… Read More

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April 25, 2018

 

 Atlantic Canada joins the World at Hot Docs

 

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia  —   Lunenburg Doc Fest (LDF) is again leading a delegation of producers and directors from the Atlantic Canadian region to the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.   Hot Docs is North America’s largest documentary festival and market, held April 26 to May 6, 2018, in Toronto.   The LDF Atlantic Delegation is the only Canadian delegation and one of twelve delegations from around the world including Italy, Japan, South Africa and nine other countries.

The specific regional focus LDF brings is unique at Hot Docs.  The LDF Delegation is a year-round initiative of the festival which motivates, promotes and provides opportunities to Atlantic Canadian documentarians.  The sixteen delegates will engage in professional development sessions, market events and networking opportunities with funders, distributors, programmers, and international co-producers.

“Lunenburg Doc Fest is proud to champion Atlantic Canadian filmmakers and we are returning to Hot Docs with momentum,” says Pamela Segger, LDF Executive Director. “Last year members of our delegation came home with investments and distribution deals for their films.”

“I secured US and international distribution for my NFB film Bluefin,” states John Hopkins from Prince Edward Island. “I’m grateful for the work Lunenburg Doc Fest does to help our local creators and I look forward to introducing the new delegates to the funders and broadcasters to help them get their projects made.”

Hot Docs has an added Atlantic focus this year:   The festival is honouring Nova Scotia filmmaker, John Walker, screening five of his films in the Focus On program, which highlights one Canadian artist each year.

LDF Atlantic Canada Delegation members attending Hot Docs:
Nance Ackerman, Rachel Bower, Jessica Brown, Millefiore Clarkes, Stuart Cresswell, Donna Davies, Walter Forsyth, John Hopkins, Louise Lalonde, Teresa MacInnes, Michael Melski, Kent Nason, Ariella Pahlke, Alexander Reid, Jackie Torrens along with Pamela Segger.

For information on the Atlantic Canadian Delegation or for interview opportunities, please contact Pamela Segger. The fifth Lunenburg Doc Fest takes place September 20 to 23, 2018. For more information go to www.lunenburgdocfest.com.

 

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Lunenburg Doc Fest showcases documentary films that entertain, educate, and inspire, creating a cultural experience and place of connection between filmmakers and film enthusiasts in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. The festival is presented with the generous support from the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage, Telefilm Canada and Canadian Heritage.

 

Contact Pamela Segger at:
E-mail:              info@lunenburgdocfest.com
Phone:              902-523-FILM (3456)
Mail:                 Box 1951, Lunenburg, NS  B0J 2C0
Website:           www.LunenburgDocFest.com
Facebook:         facebook.com/LunenburgDocFest
Twitter:              @LunenburgDocFes

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Call for Submissions -- 5th Lunenburg Doc Fest

January 30, 2018

Press Release: January 30, 2018 Call for Submissions — 5th Lunenburg Doc Fest Lunenburg, Nova Scotia — The fifth edition of Lunenburg Doc Fest has opened submissions for its annual event, which takes place September 20 to 23, 2018. The festival showcases feature-length and short documentary films, professional development sessions, an industry market, community initiatives, awards,… Read More

Press Release: January 30, 2018

Call for Submissions — 5th Lunenburg Doc Fest

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia — The fifth edition of Lunenburg Doc Fest has opened submissions for its annual event, which takes place September 20 to 23, 2018.

The festival showcases feature-length and short documentary films, professional development sessions, an industry market, community initiatives, awards, celebrations and destination events such as a harbour sunset cruise.

Filmmakers from around the world are invited to submit documentaries for consideration. All fact-based films are considered, however, there is particular interest in documentaries that fall within the following categories: Atlantic, International, Environmental, Political, Art/Music, Youth/Family, and Experimental. The festival showcases major artists as well as emerging voices.

Lunenburg Doc Fest pays artist fees, welcomes and assists filmmakers of officially selected feature documentaries to attend, and presents three juried awards including Best Feature Documentary, Atlantic Filmmaker Award, and Short Film Award, plus an Audience Award.

The early bird submission deadline is March 15, 2018. The final deadline is June 30, 2018. All films must be submitted through FilmFreeway at https://filmfreeway.com/LunenburgDocFest. Complete guidelines and submission details are available at www.LunenburgDocFest.com/submissions/.

“Lunenburg Doc Fest has grown year over year and proudly earned a reputation for presenting a compelling program of international films, and exceptional hospitality,” states executive director, Pamela Segger. “Ultimately, the festival is about profound artistic experiences, exploring new ideas, making connections and challenging perceptions that influence how we see the world.”

The festival enjoys robust audiences and typically sells out of all passes. From September 20 to 23, Lunenburg Doc Fest will welcome film enthusiasts and filmmakers to experience its fifth edition and opportunities to connect audiences with the artists behind the work.

This year’s four-day fest will feature a lineup of timely and thought-provoking films, established and emerging artists, valuable industry initiatives, and time to enjoy Atlantic Canada’s UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, a premier and picturesque coastal destination.

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Lunenburg Doc Fest showcases documentary films that entertain, educate, and inspire, creating a cultural experience and place of connection between filmmakers and film enthusiasts in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.

For more information contact Pamela Segger at:
E-mail: LunenburgDocFest@gmail.com
Website: www.LunenburgDocFest.com
Facebook: facebook.com/LunenburgDocFest
Twitter: @LunenburgDocFes
Mail: Box 1951, Lunenburg, NS B0J 2C0
Phone: 902-523-FILM (3456)

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4th Annual Lunenburg Doc Fest wraps up with standing room only crowds

September 25, 2017

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LighthouseNOW: Doc Fest helped Bluefin make an International Splash

September 15, 2017

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Lunenburg Doc Fest announces expanded program for 4th edition

September 5, 2017

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The Chronicle Herald: Lunenburg Doc Fest Kicks off with Rumble

August 29, 2017

   

 

 

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Lunenburg is Ready to RUMBLE

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July 5, 2017

   

 

 

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Discover the meaning of life at Lunenburg Documentary Festival

June 26, 2017

   

 

 

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Lunenburg Doc Fest Wraps and Announces Award Winners

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Full Festival Program Revealed – Food, Murder, Imagination and Escape

September 9, 2016

   

 

 

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Hot Docs comes to Lunenburg Doc Fest

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Third Annual Lunenburg Doc Fest Opens Call for Submissions

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Save the Date — 3rd Annual Lunenburg Doc Fest

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Lunenburg Doc Fest Expands with an Experimental Short Film Program and out of the Theatre

September 14, 2015

   

 

 

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Free Workshop, Free Admission for 12 and Under, and $1000 Bursary: Lunenburg Doc Fest’s Youth Program

September 10, 2015

   

 

 

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Special Guest: Greenpeace Co-founder to Present HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD

September 9, 2015

   

 

 

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Lunenburg Doc Fest Announces Full Lineup

September 1, 2015

   

 

 

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Lunenburg Doc Fest Offers $1000 Bursary for Student Pursuing Post-Secondary Film Studies

August 18, 2015

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia — The Festival proudly announces the Lunenburg Doc Fest bursary of $1,000 to be awarded to a student, residing in Nova Scotia, who is planning to attend post-secondary film studies. Lunenburg Doc Fest aims to champion an emerging filmmaker and promote artistic achievement by assisting the student with the opportunity to gain… Read More

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia — The Festival proudly announces the Lunenburg Doc Fest bursary of $1,000 to be awarded to a student, residing in Nova Scotia, who is planning to attend post-secondary film studies.

Lunenburg Doc Fest aims to champion an emerging filmmaker and promote artistic achievement by assisting the student with the opportunity to gain valuable training.

“Lunenburg Doc Fest is thrilled to be presenting a bursary for secondary film education,” states Debra Beers, Co-Chair of the festival. “This goes hand in hand with our free Youth Program, which presents training for up to 12 students this summer and a Youth screening at our festival in September.”

In addition to the bursary, a Film Pass granting access to all feature documentary screenings on September 26 and 27, 2015, will be awarded.

The bursary application can be found at http://www.lunenburgdocfest.com/bursary/. Deadline for application is September 16, 2015.

To nominate a student or apply for the bursary, please complete and submit the Bursary Application via email to LunenburgDocFest@gmail.com or by mail to Box 1951, Lunenburg, NSB0J 2C0.

The successful applicant will be announced following the Lunenburg Doc Fest Youth Program screening at The Pearl Theatre, 37 Hall Street, Lunenburg, on Sunday, September 27, 2015.

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Lunenburg Doc Fest showcases documentary films that entertain, educate, and inspire, creating a cultural experience and place of connection between filmmakers and film enthusiasts in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. The festival is presented with the generous support of the Province of Nova Scotia, the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage, the Town of Lunenburg and Nova Scotia Tourism. 

For more information contact Pamela Segger or Deb Beers at: 

Box 1951, Lunenburg, NS B0J 2C0 Canada
Phone: 902-634-3633 / 902-527-9094
E-mail: LunenburgDocFest@gmail.com

Website:  www.LunenburgDocFest.com
Facebook: facebook.com/LunenburgDocFest
Twitter: @LunenburgDocFes

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Canadian Premiere – “Requiem for the American Dream” Opens the 2015 Lunenburg Doc Fest

August 13, 2015

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia – Lunenburg Doc Fest announced today that Requiem for the American Dream will have its Canadian premiere at the 2015 Lunenburg Doc Fest on Friday, September 25. The film, featuring Noam Chomsky – one of the world’s preeminent thought leaders, is a riveting exposé of the coordinated campaign to concentrate wealth and power into the hands… Read More

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia – Lunenburg Doc Fest announced today that Requiem for the American Dream will have its Canadian premiere at the 2015 Lunenburg Doc Fest on Friday, September 25. The film, featuring Noam Chomsky – one of the world’s preeminent thought leaders, is a riveting exposé of the coordinated campaign to concentrate wealth and power into the hands of a select few. The documentary’s director/producer, Kelly Nyks, will be a presenting guest of The Festival.

“We vetted over 900 films this year and I’m delighted to present this powerful film as our opening night Gala screening,” says Pamela Segger, Co-chair of the Festival. “Our committee was unanimous in choosing this thought-provoking documentary. We believe Canadian audiences will be captivated by Requiem for the American Dream.”

A global phenomenon – both revered and reviled – Chomsky has authored over 100 books and is the 7th most cited person in history, behind the likes of Shakespeare, Aristotle, Marx and Plato. In his final long-form documentary interview, Noam Chomsky articulates ten fundamental principles that perpetuate this vicious cycle. Professor Chomsky provides penetrating insight into the demise of democracy and erosion of opportunity that are likely to be lasting hallmarks of our time.

“It is a great pleasure to premiere Requiem for the American Dream in Canada at Lunenburg Doc Fest and we are honored to see it selected as the festival’s opening feature film,” states Kelly Nyks. “As a member of the Corkum clan, it makes me especially proud to be celebrating the film in Lunenburg, one of the most beautiful towns in the country.”

Festival Passes including the gala screening and reception, which sold out quickly last year, are available for purchase online at http://www.lunenburgdocfest.com/tickets/ or at the Festival Box Office, 139 Montague Street, Lunenburg, while quantities last.

The Lunenburg Doc Fest runs September 25-27, 2015. The Opening Night Gala is made possible with the generous sponsorship of the Old Fish Factory Restaurant & Ice House Bar.

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Lunenburg Doc Fest showcases documentary films that entertain, educate, and inspire, creating a cultural experience and place of connection between filmmakers and film enthusiasts in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. The festival is presented with the generous support of the Province of Nova Scotia, the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage, the Town of Lunenburg and Nova Scotia Tourism. 

For more information contact Pamela Segger or Deb Beers at: 

Box 1951, Lunenburg, NS B0J 2C0 Canada
Phone: 902-634-3633 / 902-527-9094
E-mail: LunenburgDocFest@gmail.com

Website:  www.LunenburgDocFest.com
Facebook: facebook.com/LunenburgDocFest
Twitter: @LunenburgDocFes

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Call To Canadian Artists: Jury Award Trophy Design And Creation

May 28, 2015

Lunenburg Doc Fest is pleased to invite submissions of art for the first ever Lunenburg Doc Fest Jury Award, to be awarded annually to one feature documentary screened during The Festival. We seek a unique trophy featuring our “filmbird” and the essence of our mission statement: Lunenburg Doc Fest celebrates the art of documentary, creating… Read More

Lunenburg Doc Fest is pleased to invite submissions of art for the first ever Lunenburg Doc Fest Jury Award, to be awarded annually to one feature documentary screened during The Festival. We seek a unique trophy featuring our “filmbird” and the essence of our mission statement:

Lunenburg Doc Fest celebrates the art of documentary, creating an enriching cultural experience and place of connection between filmmakers and film enthusiasts in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.

The Call is open to experienced and amateur Canadian artists.

Participating artists may submit up to two Lunenburg Doc Fest Jury Award designs. Include a short description of the work, a cost-to-construct estimate, and a brief biography of the artist toLunenburgDocFest@gmail.com or to Lunenburg Doc Fest, Box 1951, Lunenburg, NS B0J 2C0 by July 3, 2015. The selected artist will be notified by July 10, 2015.

The brief and specifications for the award are as follows: aesthetically aspirant, prestigious, inspirational, intrinsically sculptural — a statue designed for a handheld trophy or award including a base with provision for an engraved plaque. Preferably, the materials used should be environmentally friendly. As the award may be internationally shipped, please keep the size and weight of materials in mind.

A $500 commission will be awarded to the selected artist for design, materials and construction inclusive. Lunenburg Doc Fest will retain rights to the trophy award design and the right to reproduce the trophy annually, in perpetuity.

The artist of the selected design must construct and deliver the trophy to Lunenburg Doc Fest, Box 1951, Lunenburg, NS B0J 2C0 by August 14, 2015.

At the discretion of Lunenburg Doc Fest, the selected artist and design may be profiled on the Lunenburg Doc Fest social media sites and in the 2nd annual Festival Program Guide.

For additional information email LunenburgDocFest@gmail.com.

Lunenburg Doc Fest
Lunenburg Doc Fest celebrates the art of documentary, creating an enriching cultural experience and place of connection between filmmakers and film enthusiasts in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. The Festival is presented with the generous support of the Province of Nova Scotia, the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage, the Town of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia Tourism.

Lunenburg Doc Fest
September 25-27, 2015

Box 1951, Lunenburg, NS B0J 2C0 Canada
Phone: 902-634-3633 / 902-527-9094
E-mail: LunenburgDocFest@gmail.com
Website: www.LunenburgDocFest.com
Facebook: facebook.com/LunenburgDocFest
Twitter: @LunenburgDocFes

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Call for Submissions

March 4, 2015

Lunenburg Doc Fest seeks submissions for its second annual event, September 25-27, 2015. The Festival encourages aspiring and established filmmakers to submit documentaries for consideration. Lunenburg Doc Fest celebrates the art of documentary, creating an enriching cultural experience and place of connection between filmmakers and film enthusiasts in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Lunenburg,… Read More

Lunenburg Doc Fest seeks submissions for its second annual event, September 25-27, 2015. The Festival encourages aspiring and established filmmakers to submit documentaries for consideration.

Lunenburg Doc Fest celebrates the art of documentary, creating an enriching cultural experience and place of connection between filmmakers and film enthusiasts in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada.

The Festival strives to present original and inspiring films from across the globe with particular interest in short and feature-length documentaries that fall within one or more of the following categories: Atlantic, International, Environmental, Political, Art, Youth/Family and Docudrama.

Deadlines:
Early Bird April 30, 2015
Regular May 31, 2015
Final July 1, 2015

Films selected for screening during Lunenburg Doc Fest will receive an honorarium. One feature length documentary will win a juried award. Go to www.LunenburgDocFest.com/submissions/ for additional information.

Lunenburg Doc Fest
www.LunenburgDocFest.com
Box 1951, Lunenburg, NS B0J 2C0 Canada
902-634-3633 / 902-527-9094
LunenburgDocFest@gmail.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/LunenburgDocFest
Twitter: @LunenburgDocFes
Filmfreeway: https://filmfreeway.com/festival/LunenburgDocFest

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Lunenburg Doc Fest 2015 – Save the Date

January 19, 2015

   

 

 

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