Thursday, Sept. 13, 7:00PM – Rebecca Cohn Auditorium


Belle returns to her parents apple orchard in Nova Scotia for her father’s funeral. Having caused her mother Nancy considerable consternation when she came out as a lesbian teen, Belle is now desperate to keep secret from her mother that she’s been in a relationship with a man for the last two years.

Humourous, honest and authentic, Splinters features rising star Sofia Banzhaf (Closet Monster) as Belle – a young woman whose sexual identity is fluid – along with the celebrated Shelley Thompson (Trailer Park Boys) as Belle’s exacting and traditionalist mother Nancy. Based on the stage play by Lee-Anne Poole, the film features an entirely Atlantic Canadian cast, with Nova Scotia’s gorgeous Annapolis Valley providing the backdrop and creating a character all its own.  


Splinters director Thom Fitzgerald has a long and storied history with FIN Atlantic International Film Festival: his 1997 film The Hanging Garden won the Audience Award, the Best Canadian Film Award and Best Direction Award. The Wild Dogs (2002) won Best Canadian Film and Best Direction, The Event (2003) and 3 Needles (2005) both won Best Direction prizes and his most recent film Cloudburst (2011) won the Audience Award.



Director: Thom Fitzgerald

Writer: Thom Fitzgerald

Producers: Doug Pettigrew, Thom Fitzgerald

Cast: Sofia Banzhaf, Shelley Thompson, Bailey Maughan, Callum Dunphy

Cinematographer: Luc Montpellier

Editor: Thom Fitzgerald

Country: Canada

Runtime: 94 minutes



Tickets can be purchased through the Rebecca Cohn Box Office





FIN Atlantic International Film Festival

Opening Night Celebration



Thursday, Sept. 13, 9:00PM – The Discovery Centre, 1215 Lower Water Street



Come and be the apple of our eye as you “discover” an orchard of delights at The Opening Night Celebration of FIN Atlantic International Film Festival’s 8 days of epic and unforgettable entertainment. Fine examples of Nova Scotian bounty abound in this multi level jubilee of our wonderful province and watch out for the Jaguar!  This event is open to “Opening Night Celebration” Ticket Holders exclusively. This is a 19+ event.




Tickets can be purchased through the Event Page