Fogo Island Arts and Shorefast programs include screenings of national and international films in diverse genres, presented in the Fogo Island Inn’s 37-seat digital cinema. Screenings include films produced by the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and by artists/filmmakers participating in FIA’s residency program. Film presentations are free and open to the public.

Fogo Island Film

Fogo Island Arts launched Fogo Island Film in 2018, a program devoted to international films that consider the diversity of relationships between nature and society. The inaugural edition, Resistance and Resilience, takes place at the Fogo Island Inn cinema with free screenings and conversations from May through December 2018.

Fogo Island Film is dedicated to supporting independent and experimental film production and to participating in contemporary artistic and scientific debate that addresses nature and culture as an indivisible whole. Broaching themes of environmental degradation, the interconnectedness of species, geopolitical migration, the commodification of nature, Indigenous perspectives, social activism, as well as lives lived in deep connection with the natural world, the films question or condemn our actions, offer alternative perspectives and, occasionally, suggest hope for a brighter future.

FIA Film

In 2016 Fogo Island Arts initiated FIA Film, an annual program that explores the capacity of film to challenge the ways in which society is constructed and to open up space for creating the world otherwise. The program pays tribute to Fogo Island’s significant relationship to film that emerged through the National Film Board of Canada’s (NFB) Challenge For Change program of the 1960s and 70s. A participatory project that used film as an instigator of social change, Challenge For Change led to the hugely influential Fogo Process films, which documented Fogo Islanders’ way of life and shared concerns, empowering communities to act together to determine their future.

FIA Film 2016: Identities
FIA Film 2017: Challenge for Change

For more information: Film News