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. Only Nova Scotia residents are eligible for grants.
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: email@example.com
There are two deadlines per year – August 1st and December 10th.
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).
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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)
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 you 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.