FILM 5 Production Phase Announcement


AFCOOP is pleased to announce the teams and projects selected for production through this year’s FILM 5 program. FILM 5 is a professional development program for Nova Scotia directors, writers and producers. A jury of film industry professionals selected 3 teams and projects to receive training, mentorship and over $30,000 in cash and services to produce a short film.

This year’s selected teams and projects are:

  • Dirty Milk, Yalitsa Riden (writer/director) and Daniel O’Neill (producer)
  • Duet, Andrew Coll (writer/director) and Mohammad Mallahi (producer)
  • Horizontal Concavity, Koumbie (writer/director) and Kevin Hartford (producer)

Alongside the creative teams, FILM 5 also trains aspiring technical crew through the Trainee Program. FILM 5 Trainees receive classroom instruction and on-set mentorship and experience working as crew members on FILM 5 shoots. AFCOOP is holding an info session about the Trainee Program on January 17th at 6pm. Trainee program workshops begin at the end of January.

Project Synopses:

Dirty Milk:
 Fay awaits her evening bus home as a burst of light and an eerie sound lure her into a world unknown. Here she makes a discovery that will either set her free or forever tie her to the thing she fears most.

Duet: A music student is given the chance to be a page turner for his idol, a famous concert pianist, which proves to be the ultimate test.

Horizontal Concavity: A young man living with anxiety and depression who feels alienated from society finds himself at a house party. Can he keep it together long enough to realize he may not be as alone as he thinks?

FILM 5 is presented by the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative with the assistance of the Province of Nova Scotia and Telefilm Canada. Training is made possible through the generous support of DHX Media Ltd. FILM 5 sponsors include: William F. Whites International, SIM Digital, Current Studios, 902 Post, The Hideout Studio, Trew Audio, CBC, IATSE 849, IATSE 667, the Directors Guild of Canada, the Atlantic Film Festival Association and The Coast.


For press inquiries or to arrange interviews contact:

Heather Young
FILM 5 Coordinator
902-405-4474 ex. 4