FILM 1 Program
Call for Applicants
An introduction to Filmmaking
Deadline for Applications: Monday, September 14th 2020, 5pm


Information Sessions Online: Thursday, August 20th & September 3rd 2020

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

The deadline for applications is Monday, September 14th 2020, 5pm. The program begins in October. Both the application and participation in the program are free.

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, applicants must be residents of Nova Scotia, have an idea for a one-minute film and demonstrate a commitment to taking part in the program through their written application.

*Please note. Due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19 these workshops are currently planned to happen online but this may change.


  • 16 years and up
  • Little to no filmmaking experience
  • Nova Scotia resident
  • Commitment to taking part in the five month program (Oct. 2020 – March 2021)

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 please feel free to indicate this on your application form.

To apply to the program please fill out the form found in this link. 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 program has a competitive application process and decisions about  selection for the program will be made by a jury composed of members of the film community. Selected applicants will be chosen based on their readiness for the program, and the strength of their film idea and support material. 

Program Outline *

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

Once participants have been selected, they will be paired with a mentor from the AFCOOP filmmaking community. Mentors are responsible for providing guidance throughout the filmmaking process, and will meet with participants a minimum of 3 times during the program.  In addition to providing specific project support, the mentors will help facilitate the participant’s introduction to the local filmmaking community.

Workshops – October 2020 / February 2021
Participants will attend a series of 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. Workshops will include: Intro to Filmmaking, Intro to Screenwriting, Intro to Directing, Production Intensive and Post-production Intensive. All workshops and meetings will be held on evenings and weekends. 

Individual Shoots – January / February 2021
After completing the workshops, participants will shoot their own films over a two-day period. Mentors and 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 2021
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, mentors and staff to give feedback about the films.

Screening – TBD Spring 2021
The completed films will have their premiere screening at a community screening during Spring 2021 (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 to submit to.

*This program has a competitive application process and unfortunately we cannot offer places to everyone who applies. If accepted into the program there is an expectation that participants will commit to attending all or almost all workshops and events associated with the program.


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