Grants for Filmmakers

AFCOOP’s filmmaking grants support the production of local independent films through in-kind equipment and resources. There are grants that are open to the public as well as some that are only open to AFCOOP Full Members.

There are two deadlines per year – August 1st and December 1st

Please note: AFCOOP will be closed the week of Aug. 3rd – 7th. Please put your applications in the mail post-marked Aug. 4th (as Aug. 3rd is a holiday) or drop them off in the AFCOOP Office before 5pm July 31st.

The First Thing

Supplies and training to make your first film including:

  • $500 in-kind gear and facilities (valued at commercial rates)
  • “Intro to Filmmaking in Nova Scotia” workshop
  • 2 x workshops of your choice
  • Associate Membership
  • 3 x 1hr meetings with an AFCOOP mentor

For: Beginner filmmaker with little to no filmmaking experience.

Up to 2 per deadline.

Feedback Loop

A chance to get feedback about your project for your choice of expert.

The grant includes:

  • 3 x 1hr mentorship meetings with your choice of an experienced screenwriter, director, producer, editor or cinematographer.

These meetings are meant for you to gain feedback on your project.  Mentors will be selected from senior AFCOOP members and the community based on the nature of your project.

For: Anyone.

Up to 2 per deadline.

Celluloid Creation Grant

The Celluloid Creation Grant provides you with resources and support to make a film-based project shot or finished (or both!) on Super-8, 16mm or 35mm film.

The grant includes:

  • $2,000 in kind equipment (film cameras, lights, etc. valued at commercial rates)
  • $250 cash towards film stock, processing, shipping and transfer
  • Up to 3000ft of film from the AFCOOP film freezer (35mm, 16mm) (colour or b&w) based on availability

For: AFCOOP Full Members.

Up to 1 per deadline

Independent Filmmakers Grant

The Independent Filmmakers Grant provides equipment and resources to make a digital-based project.

The grant includes:

  • $2,000 in kind equipment rental (C300 camera, sound recording equipment, lighting etc. valued at commercial rates)
  • $250 cash towards your production costs (crew, cast, art dept. food, etc.)

For: AFCOOP Full Members. Equipment must be used by a qualified operator. In order to be cleared on this gear you (or you operator) need to have either taken a workshop on it or prove your competency to the Technical Coordinator in advance of your booking.

Up to 1 per deadline

Post-Production Grant 

AFCOOP has a  full service post-production suite. This is your chance to use it for your next project. Includes:

  • 2 weeks unlimited access to AFCOOP’s media suite (Final Cut Studio 7, AVID Symphony, Adobe CS6 and Pro Tools).
  • Booking is for consecutive weeks (with some flexibility)

For: AFCOOP Full Members.

Up to 1 per deadline

HOW TO APPLY

Application forms can be downloaded on-line or can be picked up in person at the AFCOOP office.

AFCOOP Grant Application – word doc.

AFCOOP Grant Application – PDF

Support Materials
Please include the following support materials:

ALL Grants

1. Artistic Statement/Letter of intent
2. Script or Project Description
3. Letter detailing previous production experience and/or a CV
4. Supplementary materials as required (see below)

First Thing – Please indicate what workshops you would be interested in taking if your grant application is successful.

Feedback Loop – Please specify what type of mentor you would like to meet with (i.e. cinematographer, director, producer, editor).

Celluloid Creation Grant – Please describe how you will be using film in your project (and what gauge) and how your plan to use your in kind equipment support.

Independent Filmmakers Grant – Please specify your equipment needs and who will be using the equipment (if it’s not you). Equipment must be used by a qualified operator.

Post-Production Grant Please specify who will be using the equipment (if it’s not you). Equipment must be used by a qualified operator.

Submitting your application

Applications can be delivered by hand or sent by mail. They must be received in the AFCOOP office (5663 Cornwallis Street, Suite 101, Halifax NS, B3K 1B6) by the deadline date, or be postmarked no later than the deadline date. If the deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, applications that are received or postmarked for the following business day will be accepted.

Please note: AFCOOP will be closed the week of Aug. 3rd – 7th. Please put your applications in the mail post-marked Aug. 4th (as Aug. 3rd is a holiday) or drop them off in the AFCOOP Office before 5pm July 31st.

Applicants will be notified on the success of their application within 4 weeks of the application closing date.

AFCOOP Grant Application – word doc.

AFCOOP Grant Application – PDF