FILM 5 Call For Applications



FILM 5 Program Call for Applications 
Nova Scotia’s renowned training opportunity for emerging filmmakers

Deadline for ApplicationsTuesday Oct. 3rd 2017 5pm

The Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative invites emerging Nova Scotia filmmakers to apply to the FILM 5 Program 2017/18. FILM 5 is a professional and creative development program for directors, screenwriters and producers. The program culminates in providing each accepted team with the opportunity to produce a short film.

The deadline for applications is Tuesday Oct. 3rd 2017 at 5pm. The program begins in late October. Applications and program guidelines can be downloaded here

Participants will attend intensive workshops and receive mentorship from professional filmmakers and up to four teams will be awarded cash and services to produce a short film. To be eligible, applicants must be residents of Nova Scotia, have some basic film experience and demonstrate a commitment to pursuing filmmaking at a professional level.

Over the past 22 years FILM 5 has helped launch the careers of the region’s most prolific and successful filmmakers including: Thom Fitzgerald (CloudburstThe Hanging Garden), Andrea Dorfman (Heartbeat, Love That Boy), Andrew Bush (RollertownPicnic Face), Ashley McKenzie (Werewolf), Deanne Foley (Relative Happiness), Marc Almon (Blackbird, Weirdos) and Jason Eisener (Hobo with a Shotgun) to name only a few.

“The FILM 5 program is a true gem. The support, mentorship, and resources I received were incredible – they allowed me to realize my concept beyond what I could have possibly imagined, and actually took it to a whole new level. As an aspiring filmmaker looking to make the next leap, I can’t recommend FILM 5 enough.” – Andrew Coll, writer/director 2016/17

This year AFCOOP is holding a series of FREE preparatory workshops to help filmmakers develop their ideas and get their applications ready. Don’t miss this opportunity to jumpstart your application and give yourself a leg up on the competition!

For each workshop you attend you will be able to receive $10 off your application fee to FILM 5. Attend all three and your application is FREE (a savings of $30!) Registration is required. 

“I am so honoured to be a part of this program. So many great filmmakers went through it before me, and especially with the uncertainty of the industry right now it’s a huge blessing to be counted among them. I’ve gained so much knowledge and insight through my FILM 5 peers and the instructors.” – Nicole Holland, writer/director 2015/16

FILM 5 Prep Courses 

FILM 5 Prep: Script Clinic
August 8th 6pm – FREE
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 an idea for a short film. All are welcome.
Instructors: Bretten Hannam & Heather Young

FILM 5 Prep: Producing is Fun!
August 15th 6pm – FREE
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 Tetreault

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

The FILM 5 Guidelines and Application form are available on our website. If you have any questions please contact FILM 5 Coordinator Heather Young:

In addition to these prep-workshops AFCOOP will be hosting two info sessions and a screening of work made through FILM 5 in previous years.

FILM 5 Info Sessions

FILM 5 Screening + Info Session
Aug. 2nd 6pm – FREE
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
Sept. 26th, 6pm – FREE
Get your last minute FILM 5 application questions answered at this info session.

The 2017 Deadline for FILM 5 applications is October 3rd at 5pm.

For more information about FILM 5 visit our website.

FILM 5 is presented by the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative with the assistance of the Province of Nova Scotia and Telefilm Canada. Training is made possible through the generous support of DHX Media Ltd. FILM 5 sponsors include: William F. Whites International, SIM Digital, Current Studios, 902 Post, The Hideout Studio, Trew Audio, CBC, IATSE 849, IATSE 667, the Directors Guild of Canada, the Atlantic Film Festival Association and The Coast.