Named after the optical window of a camera, ViewFinders began as week long film festival for young people and their families in 2002. Since then it has grown into an Atlantic Canada-wide youth initiative that brings the FIN experience to school groups and communities across the region.


Each year ViewFinders presents the best in regional, national and international films for youth, tackling issues from multiculturalism and community to sustainability and creativity. The program’s activities introduce students to the wonderful world of filmmaking through hands-on media workshops, and the ViewFinders Youth Film Competition provides a platform for young filmmakers - a proven launching pad for the next generation of talent.


ViewFinders is the first step in a life full of experiencing and celebrating the art of film and filmmaking.







The ViewFinders: Atlantic Youth Film Festival was a huge success! This year’s ViewFinders Tour took place during October and November of the 2017-2018 school year, offering a FREE program of English and French language matinee features and short film programs for school groups, as well as several filmmaking and directing workshops for students. 


The Tour kicked off the beginning of October in Halifax at the beginning for a two-day program at Dartmouth Crossing with hundreds of film enthusiasts. Charlottetown was our next stop where we were honoured to have our Acting Workshop for Grades 4-6 with legendary Atlantic director William MacGillivray teaching the next generation of local film talent. The Team then made their way to Saint John, bringing films and workshops to young filmmakers in New Brunswick. The ViewFinders Team then ventured to northern Cape Breton where they met with hundreds of students from Cape Breton-Victoria School Board who were eager to fill their day will films, workshops and popcorn! Yarmouth was the final stop where the Team was greeted with a very large contingent film-lovers and aspiring filmmakers who were very excited for their day of films and workshops to begin!


Join us in 2018 for FIN KIDS - different name, same awesome program!






The ViewFinders Atlantic Film Festival for Youth has announced its award winners for the ViewFinders Youth Film Competition Presented by DHX Media. Forty-six youth-made short films were showcased in the red-carpet screenings that took place at the Scotiabank Theatre Halifax on Saturday, June 3rd.




Award winners include:


People's Choice Grand Prize


Spencer Hetherington (Saint John, NB)


Best Film by a Filmmaker 12 Years Old or Younger


Sadie Buxton (Chester, NS)


Best Drama First Place


Spencer Hetherington (Saint John, NB)


Best Drama Runner Up


Logan Fulford (Stanhope, PEI)


Best Documentary First Place


Spencer Hetherington (Saint John, NB)


Best Documentary Runner Up


Maddie Gillis (Halifax, NS)




Presented by DHX Media and produced by ViewFinders  the competition accepts short films less than five minutes long from youth participants living in New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.


See our full event gallery here.


See the winning films here.




For further information and enquiries, please contact:

Morgan Salter

Youth Initiatives Coordinator