FILM 5 – Creative Teams


FILM 5 is a professional and creative development program for Writers, Directors and Producers culminating in the opportunity to produce a short film.

FILM 5 provides:

-       Cash and services to produce a short film
–       Mentorship and instruction from industry professionals
–       Relationship building opportunities with the local film community

FILM 5 Prep Courses

Script Clinic
August 8th 6pm
Do you have an idea for a FILM 5 script? Join us for this basic introduction to screenwriting, followed by an opportunity to receive valuable feedback on your idea from two experienced screenwriters. Feel free to attend with or without and idea for a short film. All are welcome.
Instructors: Bretten Hannam & Heather Young

FILM 5 Prep: Producing is Fun!
August 15th 6pm
Three active and experienced producers will join us to discuss being a creative producer on a short film. Whether you have a budding interest in filmmaking, are a director looking to expand your skill set, or are an emerging producer, all are welcome to attend. Come find out why these three busy producers love their jobs!
Producer Panel: Marc Almon, Melani Wood, Marc Teterault

FILM 5 Prep: Creating Your Dream Team
August 22nd 6pm
Are you looking for someone to apply to FILM 5 with? Come to this informal, welcoming meet-and-greet to connect with other applicants!

Info Sessions

FILM 5 Screening & Info Session
August 2nd 6pm
Join us for a screening of a few short films made through the FILM 5 program over the years and stick around following the screening for an info session about the program.

FILM 5 Info Session
September 26th 6pm
Get your last minute FILM 5 application questions answered at this info session.

Application Deadline:

Tuesday, October 3rd 2017 5pm.

Application Guidelines:

FILM-5-Application-Guidelines-2017 – Word doc

FILM-5-Application-Guidelines-2017 – PDF

Application Form:

FILM-5-Application-Form-2017- Word doc

FILM-5-Application-Form-2017 – PDF

FILM 5 Budget Template:

FILM 5 Budget

Program Structure

Phase I – Project Development (October – December)

Up to eight Teams will be accepted into the Project Development Phase of the program. Teams will attend weekend and evening workshops designed to assist them in the development of their projects. Each Team Member must participate in the workshops applicable to his or her role. Only Teams who have participated in the required workshops will be eligible to apply to the Production Phase.

Phase II – Production (January – August)

Up to four Teams will be accepted into this phase of the program. Teams accepted into this phase of the Program will enter pre-production with the understanding that the final green light of their production is contingent upon the approval of their final proposal.

During this period Teams will receive further training and mentorship while adhering to a schedule of deliverables, leading up to a final proposal package. Each Team will present their final proposal plans to the FILM 5 Core Support Team who will assess the project’s readiness for going ahead with production.

Approved Teams will receive $8,000 in cash and over $20,000 in services to complete a short film. They will complete production in April 2018, and see their projects through post-production to the final delivery of a digital file in June 2018.

Finished films receive support from a Distribution Mentor, are given a small distribution / marketing budget and enter into a broadcast license agreement with CBC.

—- Questions? Call  902.405.4474 x 4 Email


FILM 5 is presented with the participation of Telefilm Canada.

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