The Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative (AFCOOP) invites individuals interested in learning about filmmaking to apply to the FILM 1 Program. FILM 1 is an education, production, and mentorship program for beginner filmmakers 16 years and up. Eight participants admitted into the program will be given the training and resources to create a one minute film using digital technology.

The deadline for applications is Monday, September 9th, 2019, 5pm. The program begins in October. Both the application and participation in the program are free.

Participants will attend intensive workshops and receive mentorship from professional filmmakers and will be awarded support and services to produce their minute long film. To be eligible, applicants must be residents of Nova Scotia, have an idea for a one minute film and demonstrate a commitment to taking part in the program through their written application.

Monday, September 9th, 2019, 5:00 PM – Applications are Due
Friday, September 27th – Applicants informed of acceptance to program
Monday, October 7th, 6 PM – Orientation Session
Wednesdays from October 10th – November 27th, 6 – 9 PM – Intro to Filmmaking Workshops
Saturday & Sunday, November 23rd & 24th, 10 AM – 5 PM – FILM 1 Filmmaking Weekend Intensive
Tuesday, December 3rd, 6 PM – Group Check in
December 2019 to February 2020 – Individual Shoots and Mentorship
Saturday & Sunday, January 25th & 26th, 10 AM – 5 PM – Post Production Workshop and One on One Meetings
Tuesday, March 3rd, 6 PM – Rough Cut Screening
Thursday, March 19th, 8 PM – FILM 1 Screening & Party


  • 16 years and up
  • Little to no filmmaking experience
  • Nova Scotia residents (Canadian citizens, Permanent Residents or people on student or work permits)
  • Commitment to taking part in the five month program (Oct. 2019 – March 2020)

New Voices

FILM 1 prioritizes welcoming new voices into the filmmaking community from diverse backgrounds and perspectives. If you self-identify as coming from an underserved community please feel free to indicate this on your application form.  

Apply by September 9th, 2019 at 5:00 PM and fill out the simple application form with your idea for your film which can be found through the link below.



Applications will be selected according to creative potential, project feasibility and participant suitability for the program. Applications will be selected by a group of peer jurors.

Once admitted to the program participants will create their work while going through each of these components.


Once participants have been selected, they will be paired with a mentor from the AFCOOP filmmaking community. Mentors are responsible for providing guidance throughout the filmmaking process, and will meet with participants a minimum of 3 times during the program.  In addition to providing specific project support, the mentors will help facilitate the participant’s introduction to the local filmmaking community. 

Workshops – October 2019 / February 2020

Participants will attend a series of workshops and group meetings designed to assist with their artistic and project development while providing them with basic technical skills needed to create their film. Workshops will include: Intro to Filmmaking, Intro to Screenwriting, Intro to Directing, Production Intensive and Post-production Intensive. All workshops and meetings will be held on evenings and weekends. 

Individual Shoots – January / February 2020

After completing the workshops, participants will shoot their own films over a two-day period. Though mentors and staff are available to provide guidance, individual artists retain creative and editorial control and ownership of their projects throughout the program.

Editing – February / March 2020

Each filmmaker begins editing when they finish shooting their film. Once all participants have completed a rough edit of their film, a group feedback screening is held for participants, mentors and staff to give feedback about the films.

Screening – March 19th, 2020

The completed films will have their premiere screening at a community screening on March 19th, 2020. Filmmakers, friends and the public will get a chance to see the finished results on the big-screen. Following the screening, participants will be encouraged to enter their films in film festivals and will be given a list of potential festival to submit to.


Contact Iain MacLeod at or 902 405 4474 ex. 2