On Deck at Doc FestFestival Update  •  Youth Workshop  •  Seniors Workshop •
Bluenose 100  •

The Lunenburg Doc Fest programming team is curating an exciting lineup of documentaries from a record number of film submissions. We invite you to virtually set sail with us around the world September 23-29, 2021 for an outstanding lineup of international documentaries that will transport you to points of view and places you’ve never seen!Once again all films and live stream events will be viewable online, however, special social events will take place in beautiful Lunenburg within the parameters of public health guidelines at the time.Watch some of the year’s best new documentaries together, apart, from the comfort of home. Connect with filmmakers and get the inside stories only available to festival attendees. Join us for a celebratory in-person gathering. As much as possible Lunenburg Doc Fest will foster the interactive atmosphere that our filmmakers, special guests, and audiences so much enjoy.

More details coming soon!

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Combining online and (hopefully!) in-person sessions, workshop participants will brainstorm and create a series of short innovative documentaries relating to the Bluenose. Students will explore creative and personal audio-visual approaches to the famed schooner on the occasion of its 100th anniversary.

Workshop facilitator Ariella Pahlke is an award-winning documentary filmmaker with over 25 years experience creating short and long documentaries, media art, and collaborative projects.

This workshop will be responsive to COVID restrictions, comfort levels, and scheduling needs of the participants.

Go to EDUCATION at www.lunenburgdocfest.com to REGISTER NOW!

All Covid protocols within the Health Protection Act Order and public health directives will be in place throughout the workshop series.

Lunenburg Doc Fest thanks Bluenose 100 for supporting the ‘Experimenting With The Bluenose’ Youth Workshop.
Pictured: Shirley Hardin.  Source: Mary Wilson
The Seniors Workshop is in full force and participants are working hard on creating their documentary about Food Security. The production team is made up of adults 55+ with varying levels of experience in filmmaking and mentored by Tim Reeves-Horton of Picnic Studios.The film is focusing on the prevalence of food deserts in Nova Scotia. A food desert is “an urban area in which it is difficult to buy affordable or good-quality fresh food.” Food deserts are making it exceptionally harder for Nova Scotians to access everyday groceries at affordable prices.

Currently the participants are filming and conducting interviews within their communities and will start editing the documentary next week.

The final film will be premiered during Lunenburg Doc Fest in September.


Celebrations continue in Lunenburg and across the country for the 100th Anniversary of Canada’s famous schooner, Bluenose. Launched in Lunenburg Harbour on March 26, 1921, “The Queen of the North Atlantic” would soon become a legend, renowned for becoming the fastest racing ship in Canadian history and then immortalized on the Canadian dime. The Bluenose 100 Committee of the Lunenburg Marine Museum Society has created a wonderful collection of in-person and virtual events to share the story of Nova Scotia’s treasured Bluenose. Details of the year-long celebration can be found at  www.bluenose100.ca

Many thanks to Bluenose 100 for supporting this year’s Lunenburg Doc Fest Youth Workshop!

Lunenburg Doc Fest’s first COMMUNITY BOOST program was very well-received and helped support the community that has always supported us.Lunenburg Doc Fest will once again pay it forward and turn a portion of our donations into COMMUNITY BOOST Gift Cards. We are excited to invite you to participate in Doc Fest’s 2021 COMMUNITY BOOST!

For every $500 donated, a Doc Fest sponsor receives $50 in COMMUNITY BOOST Gift Cards (in $25 denominations), redeemable at a variety of local businesses. (If you are unable to redeem your card you may gift it to someone else, or contribute the value back to Lunenburg Doc Fest for which you will receive a charitable tax receipt.) Participating businesses that accept the cards are swapped for equal value in cash from Lunenburg Doc Fest.

Doc Fest’s COMMUNITY BOOST is our way of sending our continued support to the community that has always supported us.

Please join us and benefit from a little ‘boost’ to our community thanks to LDF’S COMMUNITY BOOST.

2020 COMMUNITY BOOST HOLDERS, redeem your Community Boost Gift Cards at any of these fantastic local businesses:

Caico-Mae Clothiers
Dory Mates Seafood Shop
Grand Banker
Have a Yarn
Lincoln Street Food
Lunenburg Bound
NO. 9
Nova Scotia Building Supplies
Salt Shaker / Beach Pea
Savvy Sailor
Stan’s Dad and Lad
The Lunenburg Arms – Spa 94

2020 Community Boost cards are valid through August 31, 2021.

The 2021 participating businesses list will be updated in late spring.

Chippie Kennedy & John McLennan
Garry & Mary Lou Pye

Adams & Knickle
John & Jenice Benton
Richard Brown & Deborah Kennedy Brown
Colin Carroll & Colleen Galloway
CBC Atlantic
Gorgeous Mistake Productions
Inge Hatton
HB Studios
Margaret & Ian Lightstone
Christina McArthur
Narrative Research
Nova Scotia Building Supplies
Lou & Karen Putney
Allan E. Rubenstein, MD
Town of Lunenburg
Elizabeth Wishart & Bruce MacCormack

Henry Demone
Eleven Eleven Group of Companies
David & Roseann Fine
Nova Wood Products Ltd.
Carole Postal
Elizabeth Rhinelander
Roland Sitzler
Ed Vaughan
Gerald Hallowell
Ironworks Distillery
Laughing Whale Coffee Roasters
Pierre Lesperance & Suzie deWitt
Christian Scheidemann
Debora Walsh

Amos Pewter
Alan Scott

Lunenburg Doc Fest extends sincerest thanks to Garth and Dorothy Turner
for the generous donation of office space and continued support.

Lunenburg Doc Fest is grateful for the support of our Sponsorship Community! If you share a passion for film or wish to connect with our film enthusiast audiences, a Lunenburg Doc Fest sponsorship package will ensure distinguished exposure for you or your brand. The Festival offers a variety of sponsorship levels and packages and you will directly benefit by reaching a culturally savvy audience through festival program guide advertising, social media, logos on printed materials, a sponsor highlight at each screening, and more.

Please consider donating to Lunenburg Doc Fest to support our mission and help the festival continue to present evocative documentaries for all ages, special community events, and free educational opportunities for youth and seniors. An official charitable tax receipt will be issued for all eligible gift amounts per CRA guidelines.


Lunenburg Doc Fest is an approved beneficiary of the Council for Canadian American Relations (CCAR), a 501(c)(3) public charity in the U.S. that is a “qualified donee” under the Income Tax Act (Canada). For information about CCAR please visit ccar-nyc.org or contact info@ccar-nyc.org.

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