Enjoy the 20th anniversary of the Available Light Film Festival without leaving the couch

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      From February 11 to 28, film enthusiasts can tune-in to this year’s (ALFF) from wherever they feel comfortable—think less commuting and more microwavable popcorn. There’s truly no better way to celebrate compelling Canadian and international cinema.

      For the second year in a row, the festival’s in-person programming has been converted to an easily accessible digital format, keeping folks safe and entertained.

      Those with a passion for film can gain access to the entire film lineup with the , which are on sale now for $100. In addition to enjoying all of the thought-provoking films, festivalgoers can attend exhibitions, workshops, and panel discussions virtually with special guests and decision makers across Canada.

      “We are thrilled to celebrate and share the 20th anniversary of ALFF with audiences across Canada this year,” says Andrew Connors, festival director. “Through our online platform, film lovers can access more than 60 films from the North, international works, and riveting Indigenous films from the comfort of their couch.”

      The 2022 edition of ALFF will have a strong focus on Indigenous and circumpolar cinema, screening works virtually, like Kímmapiiyipitssini: The Meaning of Empathy. In this documentary, talented B.C. filmmaker Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers provides viewers with an intimate look into the impacts of the overdose epidemic within the Kainai First Nation in Alberta.

      Aaron Zeghers performs his multi-frame live screening of Holland, MB at ALFF 2020.

      Other must-see Canadian films featured in include: Wildhood by Bretten Hannam (Nova Scotia), Night Raiders by Danis Goulet (Ontario), Rob is Analog by Jessica Hall (Yukon), and DƏNE YI’INJETL | The Scattering of Man by Luke Gleeson (B.C.).

      ALFF also appreciates culturally rich flicks made by from filmmakers abroad, such as Hive by Blerta Basholli (Albania), We Are the Thousand by Anita Rivaroli (Italy), and Lisa Rovner’s Sisters with Transistors (United Kingdom).

      People working within the film sector can take advantage of the networking opportunities provided during the four-day ALFF Industry event. From professional development activities and virtual master classes to the ALFF Short Film Pitch Event, filmmakers and content producers will leave with a renewed sense of inspiration.

      To purchase your ALFF 2022 All Access Online Pass, .