The Bluenose Ability Arts & Film Festival is a free, grassroots celebration of disability, hosting all types of visual art, photography, writing, performance, and of course, films!
The Bluenose-Ability Film Festival (BAFF) began in 2015 as Atlantic Canada’s first and only disability focused film festival for adults, youth, professionals and first-time filmmakers alike. Over the past four years, the festival received over 1,500 film submissions from more than 80 countries and over 1 million in annual viewership worldwide; an incredible response, but organizers knew there was more.
On December 3rd, 2018, International Day of Disabled Persons, the shift to the Bluenose Ability Arts and Film Festival was announced. This move to include more forms of art is a huge step in giving a voice to traditionally underserved and misrepresented individuals and encouraging an open dialogue about disability and mental health.
BAAFF is committed to growing the disability arts community and hosts a number of arts focused workshops year-round, like our First-Time Filmmakers Program. We firmly believe that bringing together established and emerging artists creates powerful work that impacts the community and elevates the work being done.
The festival hosts panel discussions, bringing together some of the most experienced, influential and impactful advocates and professionals in Nova Scotia to talk about issues related to disability and the arts.
One of our favourite things to do is show off the incredible work of artists specializing in all mediums! From film screenings to circus performances, drag shows and galleries; we love it all!