Helen Hill Animation Award

Helen Hill Animation Award

The Helen Hill Animation Award is open to artists working in animation and experimental forms in Nova Scotia. The award is given out once a year based on a peer-jury selection process. The 2019 award will include: $1,000 cash, $2,000 in kind equipment and facility access from the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative (AFCOOP), and one full year of Editing and Producing memberships (valued at $1,070) from the Centre for Art Tapes (CFAT). The winner will be announced at the Animation Festival of Halifax (AFX) which runs May 9th – 11th.

How to Apply
Application deadline: April 15th, 2019 at 11:59pm

The application requires the following materials:

  • Short Synopsis (25 words)
  • Project Description (1-2 pages)
  • Treatment or Script excerpt up to 10 pages (if applicable)
  • Filmography or CV
  • Budget (showing additional funding if applicable)
  • Links to previous work (1-3 links)*
  • Optional additional support material (drawings, storyboards etc.)

Applications can be emailed to awards@afcoop.ca

* Previous work should be included by links to VIMEO, YouTube or other similar platforms. Be sure to include passwords if they are needed.

Applications should be submitted as PDFs.


Applicants must be Canadian citizens or landed immigrants with permanent, ongoing residence in Nova Scotia. Past recipients can apply again at least 12 months after receiving their past award as long as their past Award project is completed, and required reports and material have been received by AFCOOP. Requests for retroactive financing are ineligible. The project for which funding is applied must be targeted for completion by May 2020. There are no restrictions on project length. The applicant must retain full creative control and ownership of the project throughout the production process.


Applications will be judged by a peer jury of filmmakers and media artists. Projects will be evaluated based on the innovation and creativity of the proposed project. Consideration will be given to the applicant’s demonstrated ability to complete the project as planned and budgeted.

Award recipients must agree to the following terms and conditions:

  • to report project progress to AFCOOP as specified in the Award contract;
  • to acknowledge the Award and Award Sponsors by name in the project and to do so according to the terms of the Award contract;
  • to use the award within one year (extensions can be requested);
  • to provide material for archives and publicity purposes to AFCOOP as described in the Award contract, and to have their name and image appear in publications;
  • Award cash and in-kind services can only be used on the project for which the award is given.

Applications can be emailed to awards@afcoop.ca

About Helen Hill

Helen Hill was a gifted filmmaker and film educator who was active in many communities across the continent. Helen lived in Halifax from 1995 to 2001, and was an integral personality in the film, arts and civic outreach communities. In January of 2007 Helen Hill passed away in her home in New Orleans, the victim of a random act of violence. She is survived by her husband Paul Gailiunas and her son Francis.

Helen’s particular style of creation was unhampered by convention, and marked by a rarely found honesty and immediacy. Her clear and engaging presence can be felt in all her work, as well as a warm invitation to join in the sheer enjoyment of it, and the life from which it was drawn.

The Helen Hill Award was created by the board of the Linda Joy Media Arts Society to celebrate this remarkable individual and to support artists working in animation.

More information about Helen Hill:

Vimeo page for Helen’s work
Wikipedia page



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