Linda Joy Awards

Linda Joy

The Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative (AFCOOP) and the Linda Joy Media Arts Society (LJMAS) are pleased to announce a call for applications for the Joy Award and the Joy Post Award. Submissions open now and will be accepted until August 26th, 2019 at 11:59pm. The award winners will be announced at FIN: Atlantic International Film Festival during the Linda Joy Awards & Chowder Brunch on September 19th.

The Linda Joy Award consists of $2,000 cash, a free AFCOOP membership, access to AFCOOP’s Equipment and General Liability Insurance, $3,000 in-kind for AFCOOP equipment and facilities, and a $2,500 in-kind lighting and grip package rental courtesy of William F. White Halifax. The Linda Joy Post Award consists of $1,000 cash, $2,000 in-kind access to AFCOOP’s Media Suite, and online colour correction and sound mixing courtesy of Current Studios.

The Newfoundland Independent Filmmakers Cooperative (NIFCO) will provide $3,000 in-kind gear and Atlantic Studios Cooperative (ASC) will provide a $7,500 in-kind rental of lighting and grip package for the Linda Joy Award and NIFCO will provide $3,000 in-kind for post-production for the Linda Joy Post Award if a filmmaker from Newfoundland receives either award.

How to Apply:

Application Deadline: August 26th, 2019 at 11:59pm

The application to either Award requires the following materials:
– Completed Application
– Artist Statement / Letter of Intent
– 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 and please note any confirmed additional funding)
– Links to previous work (1-3 links)
– Optional additional support material (drawings, storyboards etc.) maximum 10 pages*

* Please note, the jury will not read past 10 pages

Joy Award Application Link

Joy Post Award Application Link


Applicants must be residents of Atlantic Canada. Note that sponsorship services are located 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 September 2020. Those applying to the Linda Joy Post Award must restrict their project length to no longer than a 15 minute short film. The applicant must retain full creative control and ownership of the project throughout the production process.

Please note students are ineligible.


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.

About the Linda Joy Media Arts Society:

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The Linda Joy Media Arts Society (LJMAS) was founded in 1986 to commemorate the contributions and legacy of Nova Scotia filmmaker and former AFCOOP Coordinator, Linda Joy Busby, who died of breast cancer at the age of 34. The film, “Linda Joy,” which was started by Linda Joy Busby to share her experience during a period of remission, was later completed by friend and fellow filmmaker Bill MacGillivray. Proceeds from the sale of this film comprised the foundation of the initial society.

Over the past 30 years, the LJMAS has grown from awarding a single grant of $500 to supporting over 150 filmmakers in this region through cash and in kind services totalling over $1 million. Previous award winners have gone on to national and international acclaim, and are now successful, established artists, including: Andrea Dorfman, Shandi Mitchell, Rodrigue Jean, Ashley McKenzie, Mike Clattenburg, Cory Bowles, Becka Barker, Amanda Dawn Christie, Jordan Canning, Bretten Hannam and Tim Tracey.

Following a two year hiatus, the Linda Joy Media Arts Society was reinvigorated under the management of the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative, guided by a committee comprised of founding LJMAS and film community members including: Lulu Keating, David Hopper, Chuck Clark, Jim MacSwain, Cat LeBlanc, Rose Zack and Martha Cooley.

Past Recipients





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