*FREE* Lunenburg Doc Fest events!


Lunenburg Doc Fest proudly presents a range of free-admission community events during the 2019 festival.

Friday, SEPT 20  



Festival Centre, United Church Hall, 283 Lincoln St 

9:30am – 10:25am  

10:30am – 11:25am (re-screening) 

Lunenburg Doc Fest is delighted to present a collection of short face-based films that will entertain, educate and inspire.  These documentaries are sure to spark awareness and engage youth and community through the discovery of diverse subjects, issues and cultures from Canada and beyond — an opportunity to ‘see the world’ from our seats in town! 


STEP INTO THE STORY: Virtual Reality & Interactive Arcade  

9:30am – 11:30am BLUENOSE ACADEMY students only  

12:00pm – 1:30pm Welcome to all!  

Back by popular demand! Lunenburg Doc Fest will host the second ‘Step Into The Story’ Interactive Arcade for all ages.  This hands-on initiative puts the spotlight on an exciting midway of attractions that shape the way we work, play, learn and connect.  From fact-based virtual reality and animation installation loops to video games, 3D printing, and robotics, a range of immersive experiences brought stories to life! 

Lunenburg Doc Fest acknowledges the support of the Province of Nova Scotia’s Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage in presenting the Step Into the Story: Interactive Arcade.



Lunenburg Opera House

Conviction  envisions alternatives to prison through the eyes of women behind bars and those fighting on the front lines of the decarceration movement. Not another ‘broken prison’ film, this collaboration is a ‘broken society’ film—an ambitious and inspired re-build of our community, from the inside out. The film compels viewers to examine why we imprison the most vulnerable among us, and at what cost.  

Please join us immediately after the screening for a filmmaker Q&A and panel discussion.



Lunenburg Arms Hotel, Risser’s Social House


Enjoy a mixer with guest filmmakers, industry stakeholders, and fellow film-enthusiasts. Cash bar and light appetizers.  


Saturday, SEPT 21 


THROUGH OUR EYES: Short Films by Indigenous Filmmakers  * NEW Lunchbox Shorts Program *

Festival Centre, United Church Hall, 283 Lincoln St 

12:00pm – 1:00pm

Lunenburg Doc Fest is proud to present THROUGH OUR EYES: SHORT DOCS BY INDIGENOUS FILMMAKERS, a shorts program supported by CBC Docs and featuring five films from some of the most exciting emerging Indigenous filmmakers from across the country. Lesley Birchard of CBC Docs will introduce the program. 

This short film selection launches LDF’s new Lunchbox Shorts program. It’s free-admission for all and everyone is welcome to bring their own lunch to enjoy during the screening. 

COAST TO COAST: Canadian Shorts + Filmmakers Q&A 

Festival Centre, United Church Hall, 283 Lincoln St 

5:15pm – 6:15pm 

A showcase a diverse selection of evocative works that share a range of intriguing journeys and adventures from all sides of our nation.



Lunenburg Arms Hotel, Risser’s Social House


Join special guests, fellow film fans and Mathieu Dagonas, executive director, Documentary of Organization (DOC) for a doc-ing good time. Cash bar and light appetizers.

Sunday, SEPT 22 


Family Screening 

Lunenburg Opera House

10:00am – 11:00am 

Narrated by Academy Award-winner Jeff Bridges, Dream Big: Engineering Our World transforms the way we think about engineering. From the Great Wall of China and the world’s tallest buildings to underwater robots, solar cars and smart, sustainable cities, Dream Big celebrates the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels big and small, and shows how engineers push the limits of innovation in unexpected and amazing ways. With its inspiring stories of human grit and aspiration and extraordinary visuals, Dream Big reveals the compassion and creativity that drive engineers to create better lives for people and a more sustainable future for us all.


Lunenburg Opera House

11:30am – 12:30pm

Shot almost exclusively on cell phones by neophyte filmmakers, “Faces of Lyme” gives a voice to those who struggle getting a diagnosis and treatment for Lyme disease. By sharing their own, often difficult Lyme stories, the men, women and children interviewed for the film hope their experiences will help others suffering from Lyme disease. As a spin off, the filmmakers hope the documentary raises awareness of how the medical system and the community at large are struggling with this disease.

Join us for a post-screening Q&A and Lyme Disease prevention presentation

This project is funded by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program

Pamela Segger

Executive Director | Programmer


Sept 19 – 22, 2019


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