We work year-round to plan and promote our film festival. Our talented core team is dedicated to making BAAFF an amazing celebration of arts, culture, and diversity. We also thank our sponsors and community for supporting and attending BAAFF each year.


Jake Ivany
Festival Director

Jake Ivany has a background in producing narrative and documentary films here in Halifax. He's travelled across the country telling diverse stories and now he hopes to continue that work with BAAFF. Jake is excited to take on such an incredible opportunity and continue to bring awareness to disability culture in many communities. 


Tova Sherman

Tova Sherman is co-founder and CEO of reachAbility.  She has a background in entrepreneurship, community development, hospitality and the voluntary sector. She founded the Bluenose-Ability Film Festival in 2015 when she saw an opportunity to provide an exciting artistic platform for individuals facing barriers and continues to provide opportunities for communities by constantly looking for ways to expand the scope of everything reachAbility does.