ABOUT AFCOOP

Mandate:

The Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative (AFCOOP) is a non-profit, community organization dedicated to supporting the production and presentation of independent films and moving image based work in a collaborative, learning environment. 

Mission:

AFCOOP’s mission is to support the production, promotion and presentation of original, high-quality independent films and media art. Individual artists are at the heart of every program that AFCOOP designs and every piece of equipment that we invest in. Our programs and policies are designed to ensure that filmmakers retain full creative control and ownership of their work.

Funding and award decisions are made by a peer jury process to allow the staff to remain impartial and supportive. Juries evaluate projects based on innovation and creative potential, ensuring that AFCOOP’s resources are invested in artists who create high-calibre work. 

AFCOOP’s Values:

  • Independence. Support for the creation of independent artwork.
  • Transparency. Peer-review process for decision-making.
  • Relevance. Connection to our community through our co-op structure.
  • Excellence. Dedication to presenting and promoting original and challenging artwork.
  • Accessibility. Creating a welcoming space and affordable activities and opportunities.
  • Diversity. Commitment to increasing representation of under-served groups.

History

“The Co-op constantly reinvented itself and carried on, much to the amazement of the older alumni. AFCOOP’s independence, energy and ability to give access to new creative artists is what makes it constantly relevant.”
— Chuck Clark, Founding Member

In 1973, 17 ambitious artists gathered at the Seahorse Tavern in Halifax to chat about filmmaking. The conversation flowed and someone came up with the idea of establishing a filmmakers’ co-operative in Halifax.

Thanks to the dedication of these 17 filmmakers, and initial funding provided by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative was incorporated a year later on June 3rd, 1974. Some of the original members were Chuck Lapp, Don Duchene, Bill MacGillivray, Chuck Clark, Lionel Simmons and Ramona MacDonald.

Over 45 years later, AFCOOP is the oldest English-speaking film co-op in Canada. Thousands of films have been created with AFCOOP’s help and our members and community have received national and international recognition for their work. Many of Nova Scotia’s most prominent directors and producers have been or continue to be associated with AFCOOP.