The Atlantic Film Festival enjoyed a “very strong” opening weekend, according to festival director Lia Rinaldo.

“Score: A Hockey Musical went over very, very well with the crowd. They got two standing ovations and a great Q&A,” she said, adding the Atlantic and Telefilm Galas yesterday and Saturday had a similarly strong showing.

“It’s been a great response to the films so far, and lots of people in the theatres.”

The festival, now in its 30th year, opened with a gala on top of Citadel Hill Thursday night. Rinaldo said she thought the venue was a huge success, topping past parties held on a closed-off Argyle Street and the Halifax Metro Centre.

“The opening night party was probably the best party we’ve had,” she said.

“(The Citadel) just made it a really beautiful night ... everybody was having a great time.”

The festival continued yesterday, highlighted by an industry luncheon that brought together producers, directors and industry workers for a conversation with Martin Katz, the producer of Hotel Rwanda, David Cronenberg’s Spider, and most recently, the Spectacle: Elvis Costello with...