Filmmaker in Residence Program – Call for Applications

The Filmmaker in Residence program provides an experienced filmmaker with resources and guidance to create a film with support and participation from the AFCOOP filmmaking community.

Deadline: Tuesday Oct. 1st, 2013

Now in it’s fifth year, the Filmmaker in Residence program has supported the creation of boundary pushing work by filmmakers Amanda Dawn Christie, Tarek Abouamin, Eva Madden and Jeff Wheaton.

The resident filmmaker receives cash and in kind services to help with the planning and production of an independent piece of film or media art. In exchange, the resident is expected to engage with the community either through artist talks, workshops or work-in-progress screenings.

Guidelines and Application Form


  • Expand production and development opportunities for experienced filmmakers.
  • Promote excellence in filmmaking.
  • Increase the use of AFCOOP resources by experienced filmmakers.
  • Expose Nova Scotia filmmakers to the filmmaking process, skills and aesthetics of a resident filmmaker.
  • Foster the relationship between a resident filmmaker and the Nova Scotia filmmaking community.

AFCOOP provides:

A total of $15,000 in cash and service for the proposed project, including:

  • Up to $4,000 in cash towards direct project costs. This may include film stock, lab fees, rentals, per diems, travel and labour, etc.
  • Up to $11,000 in AFCOOP equipment and facility rentals.
  • Staff and organizational support and a supportive community in which to work.

Please note that due to potential federal and provincial budget and policy changes, there may be more or less resources available at the time of residency.


The Applicant must have:

a)    Completed basic film/media art training appropriate to their discipline/filmmaking process. Training may have been completed through a post-secondary institution, a filmmaking cooperative, artist run centre, etc.
b)    Been practicing film/media art for at least four years, outside of basic training.
c)    Created at least three independent film or media art works.
d)    Exhibited at least three separate film and/or media art works in a professional context. For example, a juried/curated screening or a televised broadcast. This does not include student and self generated screenings, or works on the internet (exceptions can be made for on-line film festivals, provided they are juried).
e)    Have been living in the province of Nova Scotia for at least six months prior to the application deadline and be a citizen of Canada or a landed immigrant.


An Applicant will be considered ineligible if he/she:

f)      Is a full time or part time student during the residency.
g)    Is planning to reside outside Nova Scotia for any significant portion of the six-month residency (December 2013 – May 2014).

The applicant is not required to be a member of The Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative and will have the opportunity to become a member during the residency.

Project Requirements

a)    The residency project may be any moving image form that is intended for cinematic exhibition. This can include any single channel work of image with sound, such as a dramatic narrative, experimental, animation, documentary and any other form or sub-genre of cinema.
b)    Length: 5 – 25 minutes. An animated project of exceptional merit may be shorter in length.
c)    Finished/mastered as a professional quality digital file.
d)    Completed within a six-month timeline, starting in December of 2013 and finished for a premier at the Halifax Independent Filmmaker’s Festival in June of 2014.
e)    Must utilize AFCOOP resources as much as possible, including equipment, facilities and members’ expertise.
f)      Must be a fully independent work where the filmmaker initiates and is the driving force behind the work. The artist must maintain complete creative and editorial control over the work and own all rights to the finished project.

Application Requirements

  • $30 Application fee (cheque made out to AFCOOP or in person via debit/cash/credit).
  • Part A/B: Application Form
  • Part C: Support Material
  • Part D: Questions

Guidelines and Application Form

Application Deadline: Tuesday, Oct. 1st, 2013.

Applications must be mailed or hand-delivered to the following address and postmarked no later than the deadline:

The Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative
5663 Cornwallis st. Halifax, NS, B3K 1B6

Late applications, incomplete applications and applications submitted by email or fax will not be accepted.

The AFCOOP Filmmaker In Residence Program is presented with generous support from the  NFB-ONF.