THE LATEST FROM THE NORTH
ATLANTIC INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Television & Online Commercial
NORTHERN x ATLANTIC INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Into a second year of closed movie theaters, and an online-only version of the Atlantic Film Festival the previous year, the Festival wanted to welcome film viewers back into live screenings, while still offering online options.
The Northern Creative Agency helped entice film buffs back to the movies with—what else?—classic cinematic moments. Each of three videos delivered a familiar movie moment from a different genre: a bank heist scene, a romantic scene, and a documentary. All featured this twist: one of the characters in the scene escapes…to the movies.
At first, each scene is comfortably predictable…until someone in it disappears, to be found enjoying a movie themselves. A reminder, on a couple of levels, of the magic and appeal the big screen holds.
The campaign got good reviews. Better yet, the Festival got excellent attendance.
Online Commercial & Social Content
NORTHERN x DIAMOND x NIMBLE + TD BANK
Halifax Pride is a week-long celebration the whole city is swept up in every summer. But, as with so many other events, the COVID-19 pandemic presented daunting challenges in 2020—even threatening to cancel Pride Week. Being out—in both senses—is central to Halifax Pride’s popularity. However being literally out in the street couldn’t happen this year. But with support from sponsors like TD and encouragement from stakeholders throughout the community, the organizers made the bold decision to take Halifax Pride online this year, and celebrate virtually.
Two key players in the local LGBT+ community and on the organizing committee who pulled out all the stops to bring Halifax Pride 2020 to life were Jake Rafuse and Steve MacLeod—better known by their drag queen handles, “Dyna Might” and “Deva Station.”
Sponsors couldn’t count on the same kind of exposure they would typically have either, but TD Community Banking Manager, Tina Murphy, not only ensured the bank hung in as a sponsor, she found a way to celebrate Halifax Pride Week and TD’s involvement online too, leveraging an ongoing campaign, #TDThanksYou, then in production throughout North America.
That’s where we got involved, being asked to partner in creating this Halifax-focused video for the campaign with Diamond, TD’s agency, and the production house, Nimble Content—both based in Toronto. We acted as their producer on the ground in Halifax, and directed this piece too, working both virtually and on location while observing social distancing protocols.
Like 2020’s Halifax Pride itself, the work was extremely well appreciated by any measure. Within two weeks, it garnered over a million YouTube views.
We had fun and got to flex some of our own creative muscle telling Jake and Steve’s inspiring story, and helping TD present them with an equally inspiring surprise reward for their valiant efforts.