Call for Participants

An Introduction to Filmmaking

The Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative (AFCOOP) invites individuals interested in learning about filmmaking and making their first film to register to participate in the FILM 1 Program. FILM 1 is an education, production, and mentorship program for beginner filmmakers 16 years and up. Participants will be given the training and resources to create a one-minute film.


The program runs fall/winter 2021/22 and is completely free of charge. For this year’s offering of FILM 1 we have eliminated the competition element, everyone who registers will be able to participate. (Please note: registration will be on a first come first serve basis and will be structured to ensure a minimum of 50% participation of people from underserved communities.)


Participants will attend* intensive workshops, receive mentorship from professional filmmakers and will be provided with equipment and support to produce their own one-minute-long film. To be eligible to make their film, applicants must be residents of Nova Scotia, demonstrate a commitment to taking part in the program through attendance at workshops, and have a feasible idea for a one-minute film. 


*Please NOTE: Due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19 some but not all of these workshops are currently planned to happen online but this may change.

About FILM 1


  • 16 years and up

  • Little to no filmmaking experience

  • Nova Scotia resident

  • Commitment to taking part in the five month program (Oct. 2021 – March 2022)

New Voices

FILM 1 prioritizes welcoming new voices into the filmmaking community from diverse backgrounds and perspectives. If you self-identify as coming from an underserved community we encourage you to register.  

How it Works

FILM 1 is a two phase program. In the first phase participants attend a filmmaking intensive workshop. 


Registration for Workshops

Participants must attend one of two filmmaking intensive workshops:


  • Filmmaking Intensive Weekend Sat/Sun Oct. 16/17, 2021

  • Filmmaking Intensive Weekend Sat/Sun Nov. 6/7, 2021


Registration for workshops will open in mid September.


Each workshop is from approximately 10am-5pm on both Saturday and Sunday, and for each there will be an online orientation session the preceding Wednesday evening (October 13 or November 3 respectively). 


After attending the filmmaking intensive workshop participants will be invited to apply to make their film. 


The application process is free. Applicants will be required to submit the following information: 


  • One-sentence description of your film idea; 

  • Longer (250 word maximum) description of the idea; 

  • Description of yourself and interest in film (250 word maximum); 

  • Support material you find relevant (e.g. any previous writing, drawings, videos you’ve made etc.)

This is NOT a competitive application process. The purposes of the application process are to help applicants focus their ideas and also to flag any potentially challenging ideas from a production standpoint (if staff consider an idea unfeasible within the parameters of the program the applicant will be invited to have a conversation with the program coordinator and adjust their application as needed). 

Program Outline 

Once admitted to the production phase of the program participants will create their work while going through each of these components:


Once participants are ready to proceed to the making of their films, they will be mentored by the program coordinator and other AFCOOP staff with specific project support. Additionally, AFCOOP will facilitate participant’s introduction to the local filmmaking community. 

Workshops – October 2021 / February 2022


Participants will attend one of the filmmaking intensive weekend workshops, and group meetings designed to assist with their artistic and project development while providing them with basic technical skills needed to create their film. 

Individual Shoots – January / February 2022

After completing the workshops, participants will shoot their own films over a two-day period using the provided basic camera and sound package. AFCOOP staff will be available to provide guidance, but the participants will retain creative and editorial control and ownership of their projects throughout the program.

Editing – February / March 2022


Each filmmaker will begin editing when they finish shooting their film. Once all participants have completed a rough edit of their film, a group feedback screening will be held for participants, and staff to give feedback about the films.

Screening – TBD Spring 2022


The completed films will have their premiere screening at a community screening during Spring 2022 (health & safety regulations permitting). Filmmakers, friends and the public will get a chance to see the finished results on the big-screen. Following the screening, participants will be encouraged to enter their films in film festivals and will be given a list of potential festivals for submission.


Contact Iain MacLeod, AFCOOP Programs & Outreach Coordinator, at