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26th Atlantic Film FestivalSeptember 14-23 422-6965www.atlanticfilm.com

BUYING TICKETSPurchase individual tickets or packages—there are several to choose from—online at atlanticfilm.com or over the phone at 422-6965 (for a $2 processing fee). If you prefer the sight of a live person, head over to the IFC Atlantic Film Festival Box Office, CBC Radio Room, 1599 South Park Street, open 10am to 6pm until September 22. Purchase methods include Visa, MasterCard, Amex, debit or old-fashioned cash. Ordered tickets can be picked up at the box office or at the theatre, 45 minutes prior to the screening.

LAST MINUTE TICKETSThe box office stops taking orders at 6pm the day before a screening, but don’t worry, if a last-minute urge hits, you’re still in luck. Forty-five minutes before each screening (if not sold-out), tickets will be available at the venue box office, and can be purchased through the above methods (excluding debit at the Oxford Theatre). And if luck is your lady and you want to try to squeeze into a sold-out screening, there are some rush tickets available 15 minutes before the show starts, but you might want to be safe and get there one hour early to get in line.

PROGRAM GUIDESFind copies of the AFF Program Guide at the box office, Delta Halifax (1990 Barrington), Oxford Theatre (6408 Quinpool), Empire Theatres (Park Lane, Bayers Lake), Eastlink (Halifax Shopping Centre, Mic Mac Mall), Video Difference (6086 Quinpool, 1239 Bedford Highway) and Blockbuster Video (6024 Quinpool, 1119 Queen).

FESTIVAL THEATRESScreenings take place at Park Lane (5657 Spring Garden) and Oxford Theatre (6408 Quinpool). Each day during the festival at 5pm, there is a free documentary screening at Dalhousie Art Gallery (6101 University).

FESTIVAL EVENTSAspiring directors, producers, musicians, actors and other film types should check the program guide or atlanticfilm.com for the festival’s rich schedule of schmoozers, workshops, awards and panel discussions. All you 24-hour party people will want to check out the Argyle Street opening gala on September 14, starting at 9pm. Delegates need to pre-order tickets, or if you purchased any of the opening night gala packages included with The Journals of Knud Rasmussen, hold onto your ticket for entry. Individual party tickets are $25, hangovers and morning-after apologies are extra.

Depending on which films you attend, there are plenty of parties and receptions throughout the week; just be sure to hold on to your tickets. Look for $5 music showcases at The Seahorse (1665 Argyle) on September 21 and 22, where special guests include Hey Rosetta!, Catherine MacLellan, Dammien Alexander and the formidable Ron Hynes. If you’re not planning on gold diggin’ or being emotionally rescued on September 23, the film festival’s closing party is at the Marquee (2031 Gottingen), featuring the sounds of The Novaks. Delegates must preorder tickets, or they can be purchased for $25 each, through any of the methods listed. Party on.

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