The Sunrise Film Festival 2019-20

The Sunrise Film Festival is now in its fourth year and for 2019/20 we continue to provide film screenings and workshops along the North Shore. The next screening event is at The River John Fire Hall July 18th 7pm. The program will feature THE ONLY GAME IN TOWN (click here to view the trailer) - the film that was made along the north shore, and the director Stuart Cresswell will be signing copies of the book THE ONLY FILM IN TOWN, published by Nimbus and telling the humorous and often dramatic story of how the film was made against all the odds.
There will be a bar, a supporting short film and plenty of time for those red carpet photos. Admission is $10 on the door and the proceeds will go to the River John Fire Department and The Sunrise Film Festival Society.

Our main festival returns to the fabulous Pictou Lodge Resort 4th/5th September 2019 and submissions are open now for the Pictou Lodge event and further events into 2020.

The Sunrise Film Festival is a FilmFreeway GOLD festival - this means you can get a special discount on your film submissions through FilmFreeway.

Our 2019  Festival Program got off to a great start with a POP-UP Film Festival on May 11th at THE LOBSTER FACTORY, in PUGWASH, featuring the film THE SONG AND THE SORROW  and a talk by the director Millefiore Clarkes.


The Sunrise Film Festival  screens films from all over the world and attracts film makers from such places as  India, Hawaii, USA, Finland and Taiwan to our little corner of Nova Scotia!

Our festival promotes our beautiful north shore region and encourages people to visit.

Our festival is a place for film makers to meet, forge new relationships and be inspired to create new projects, and for communities to come together to celebrate film.  Ours is a friendly festival where audiences can learn through interesting panel sessions, Q&As and informal parties around the world of film making.
Quotes from past attendees:-

" Sunrise Film Festival was a wonderful experience, one that I can recommend to any film maker / film subject wanting to attend! Fantastic location on the shores of Nova Scotia with great food and opportunities to socialize and meet everyone. The festival is intimate enough that it is easy to network and meet a lot of talented people. Thumbs up!"

Ian Evans, attendee and panelist

" Pictou was a small, friendly event with a great venue in an incredibly beautiful location with interesting films. Sharing experiences with other directors was a valuable experience. Making a schedule and sticking to it makes things easy for everyone. Panel discussions are great especially when they are not all male panels:-) 

Paivi Kapiainen-Heiskanen - film-maker from Finland

"I am so glad that I came to see the beauty and kind people of the north shore area.  You did an amazing job at pulling off such a massive undertaking.  Your communty should be proud.  Wonderful events, food, sights, discussions.  A wonderful community and international event that brings people together through cinema. Congratulations!"

Robin Truesdale, Director, Colorado, USA

"I had a great time there - saw so many terrific films.  The site in Nova Scotia was amazing and everyone involved with the festival was wonderful.  I've made friends with film makers from Norway to......"

Frances Barth - film-maker from New York

"The Nova Scotia hospitality is second to none."

Raymond Rolak, film-maker from Hawaii

"Fantastic festival experience.  Great folks with excellent communication all the way through, wonderful location on the beautiful north shore of Nova Scotia.  A hidden gem on the Canadian festival circuit."

Paul Kimball, Director, Nova Scotia


The Sunrise Film Festival greatly acknowledges the funding given by the Municipalities of Pictou County, Colchester County and Cumberland County and the Town of Pictou without whom the Film Festival would not be possible.