Linda Joy Awards

Linda Joy

The Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative (AFCOOP) and the Linda Joy Media Arts Society (LJMAS) have joined forces to celebrate and support filmmaking in the Atlantic region.

Changes to the film industry tax credit in 2015, and the resulting loss of several long-term industry sponsors caused the LJMAS to fall dormant after 30 plus year of operation. Over the past 18 months, community members including former LJMAS board members and AFCOOP’s Executive Director worked to rebuild the society with the goal of relaunching the LJMAS awards in the service of future generations of Atlantic Canadian filmmakers.

Linda Joy Awards & Chowder Brunch

In September 2017, AFCOOP and LJMAS relaunched the Linda Joy Chowder Brunch, an informal film industry gathering over seafood chowder, which took place during FIN: Atlantic International Film Festival. The celebration returned to its original location at 2125 Brunswick Street, home to many artists who were friends and colleagues of Linda Joy Busby.

In 2018, AFCOOP and LJMAS are pleased to announce a renewed call for applications for the Joy Award and the Joy Post Award. Submissions will be open soon and will be accepted until September 4th, 2018 at 11:59pm. The award winners will be announced at the brunch on September 20th.

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 $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 for the Linda Joy Award and $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: September 4th, 2018 at 11:59pm

The application to either Award requires the following materials:
– Completed Application Form
– 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)
– Links to previous work (1-3 links)
– Optional additional support material (drawings, storyboards etc.)

Linda Joy Award Application Form Link

Linda Joy Post Award Application Form 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 2019. 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.


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 has been 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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