AFCOOP Announces Talent to Watch Nomination 2020

AFCOOP is pleased to announce our nomination for the Telefilm Talent to Watch 2020 program. Based on an open call and a peer-jury process, AFCOOP selected one feature film project to send to the national competition. This project will compete with submissions from across the country to be one of the projects to receive $150,000 in funding from Telefilm’s Talent to Watch fund. 

AFCOOP’s nomination this year goes to To the Moon, by writer/director Kevin Hartford and producer T. Nicole Holland – who upon hearing that the project had been nominated said, “We’re thrilled to have AFCOOP’s nomination for ‘To the Moon’ and we look forward to the possibility that we can one day bring this project to life through the Telefilm Talent to Watch program.”

To the Moon is a story about three people experiencing growing pains – Sam, a single dad struggling to come out of the closet in his forties, his daughter Ella, a teenager trying to fit in at a new school while also making tentative steps toward a first romance, and their neighbour, Claire, who’s trying to escape the corporate world and find her footing as an artist. All three are trying to stop the moon from crashing into the Earth.

Writer/director Kevin Hartford is a two-time graduate of AFCOOP’s FILM 5 program and his shorts have screened on CBC and at festivals across Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. His producing partner T. Nicole Holland is also a graduate of AFCOOP’s FILM 5 and SYNC Music Video Production programs. In addition to being a filmmaker, she’s a member of the DGC and works as an Assistant Director. 

Results of the national competition will be announced in the spring of 2020. For more information about the Telefilm Talent to Watch program visit their website. If you are interested in applying to AFCOOP’s nomination round next year the deadline is generally in January or February.

About Talent to Watch: The Talent Fund-supported Talent to Watch Program (formerly Micro-Budget Production Program) finances emerging content creators who are recent alumni of a partner educational institution, active members of partner cooperatives or recent participants of partner film festival incubator initiative, or who have directed a short film that was selected at a recognized film festival. The program also provides automatic funding to projects directed by an emerging director having previously directed a short film that has won a prize at a recognized film festival.