Grants for Filmmakers

AFCOOP’s filmmaking grants support the production of local independent films through in-kind equipment and resources. There are grants that are open to the public as well as some that are only open to AFCOOP Full Members. For all grants, the individual applying must hold ownership and creative control of the project.

Grants are given out through a peer-jury process. Jury members are paid for their time. If you’d like to participate on a future AFCOOP peer jury please email Iain: programs@afcoop.ca

There are two deadlines per year – August 1st and December 1st.

Applications will be accepted online only up until 11:59pm on the deadline day.

COVID-19 Note: Please note that any proposed film project will have to adhere to the provincial guidelines around social distancing and gathering size limits that are in effect when you plan to shoot. Given that the state of restrictions in the coming year is unknown, if needed, indicate how your project will adapt to changing guidelines (i.e. if your film includes a crowd scene or a scene in a bar, indicate how you would change that scene to shoot it without extensive background performers).   

APPLICATION FORM

Grants Available

The First Thing

FIRST THING GRANT
Provides resources and training to make your first film including:

● $500 in-kind gear and facilities (valued at regular rates)
● “Intro to Filmmaking in Nova Scotia” workshop
● 2 x workshops of your choice
● Associate Membership
● 3 x 1hr meetings with an AFCOOP mentor

Eligibility: Open to all applicants including non-members. This grant is intended for filmmakers with little or no experience. If you have made a few shorts on your own but feel like you would benefit from this support then you are certainly still eligible.

Super 8 Bursary

SUPER-8 BURSARY
Covers all costs associated with shooting a short Super-8 film including:

● Two rolls of colour or b&w Super-8 film from the AFCOOP fridge (exact stocks may vary, however we will try to accommodate specific requests)
● Super-8 camera rental (duration is flexible depending on the needs of the project)
● Shipping to and from the lab
● Film processing at a professional film lab
● Digitization (this will be done in house at AFCOOP unless the filmmaker wishes to pay extra for a professional frame-by-frame scan at the lab)

Eligibility: Open to all applicants including non-members. This grant is suitable for beginner as well as established filmmakers. Super-8 is an accessible entry-level analogue format and AFCOOP staff will provide a camera tutorial/refresher if needed.

Feedback Loop

FEEDBACK LOOP
Provides professional mentorship from an AFCOOP member or community member for a project you are developing. Examples of types of support you might request include: production feedback from a producer or production manager, script feedback from a screenwriter, or feedback on your rough-cut from an editor. Mentors will be selected from senior AFCOOP members and the community based on the nature of your project. You are welcome to apply with a specific person in mind, however, we can’t guarantee we will be able to match you with that individual.

Eligibility: Open to all applicants including non-members.

Analogue Film Grant

Provides resources for the production of project involving analogue film (Super-8, 16mm or 35) including:

● $500 cash project support
● $2000 equipment in-kind gear and facilities (valued at regular rates)
● Ability to be covered under AFCOOP’s production insurance if needed

Eligibility: AFCOOP Full Members only.

Independent Filmmakers Grant

INDEPENDENT FILMMAKERS GRANT
Provides resources for the production of an independent film project including:
● $500 cash project support
● $2000 equipment in-kind gear and facilities (valued at regular rates)
● Ability to be covered under AFCOOP’s production insurance if needed

Eligibility: AFCOOP Full Members only. Please note that if this funding it being combined with other grants from Arts NS or Canada Council you will need to indicate if those grants are confirmed or pending and indicate how you would proceed with the project without that support.

How to Apply

Currently, due to office closure, applications will only be accepted through our online APPLICATION FORM. If you have any trouble filling out or submitting the form please email Iain: programs@afcoop.ca

Support Material
ALL Grants
1. Artistic Statement/Letter of intent
2. Script or Project Description
3. CV or Filmography
4. Supplementary materials as required (see below)
5. Maximum one audiovisual support material (Vimeo link or similar)

Additional Materials:

First Thing Grant – Please indicate what workshops you would be interested in taking if your grant application is successful.

Super 8 Bursary – Nothing additional.

Feedback Loop – Please specify what type of mentor you would like to meet with (i.e. cinematographer, director, producer, editor).

Analogue Film Grant – Please describe how you will be using film in your project (and what gauge) and how your plan to use your in-kind equipment support.

Independent Filmmakers Grant – Please include a simple budget for the project indicating any additional funding and whether or not it is confirmed.​

How to Submit

Currently, due to office closure, applications will only be accepted online.

Please note: If applying to more than one grant category you must fill out an individual form for each grant application. Additionally, please individualize each application for suitability to its specific grant category (do not simply submit the same grant to multiple categories). 

Applicants will be notified on the success of their application within 4 weeks of the application closing date.

APPLICATION FORM

Evaluation Criteria

A peer jury of AFCOOP members and past grant recipients meets to review submitted grant material and to select the successful applications. The jury bases its decision on the three criteria of: creative potential, project feasibility and participant suitability.

Creative Potential
As evidenced by the script, or proposed plan for the project, the jury looks at whether this project is original, compelling, and has the potential to be a well realized piece.

Project Feasibility
Priority will be given to projects that can be realistically completed based on the plan presented. While it is not mandatory that this grant be the only source of funding, the jury will evaluate whether this grant will make a significant or necessary contribution to the project.

Participant Suitability
Based on the letter of intent, the jury will evaluate the artist’s readiness to take on the project they are proposing. Depending on the grant applied for, the jury will consider: skill level, willingness to learn, interest in mentorship and whether this project is propelling the recipient forward in their artistic career.