AFCOOP is a member-run arts centre that welcomes anyone interested in creating films! Our members come from a wide variety of backgrounds including students, emerging and experienced filmmakers from all walks of life. AFCOOP’s past and present members include some of the most acclaimed filmmakers in our region.

Many opportunities and resources become available to you when you become a member of AFCOOP. There are various types of membership and each has its own requirements and advantages. The only prerequisite for membership is that you are a resident of Nova Scotia.

You can pay the membership fee online or in person at the AFCOOP office or mail cheque to AFCOOP P.O. Box 2043, Station M, Halifax, NS,  B3J 2Z1)

ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP

Benefits:

• Associate Membership Card
• Workshop and course discounts
• Bi-weekly electronic newsletter
• Discount on Halifax Independent Film Festival tickets
• If you become a Full Member within 12 months after becoming an Associate Member, the upgrade fee is Full Membership fee minus $40

Limitations of Associate Membership:

• No equipment rental discounts
• No voting privileges

Requirements:

• Pay membership fee
• Sign membership agreement
• Expiry: One year from the date of purchase.

FULL MEMBERSHIP — $80

Benefits:

• All the benefits of Associate Membership
• AFCOOP Equipment and facilities rental discounts at ¼ commercial rates
• Member Privilege Account, which includes term invoicing for various film service companies and includes discounts
• Additional discounts at select film services companies
• Access to AFCOOP’s Production Insurance program
• Access to AFCOOP’s / ACTRA Fraternal Benefit Society’s Drug, Health and Dental Care Insurance Program* 
• Eligible to apply to Open Grant production funding program
• Voting rights and can serve on standing committees
• Equipment and facilities credit for volunteer hours. 1 Hour = $11 credit, after mandatory 10 volunteer hours per year.

Requirements:

• Complete 10 volunteer hours
• Attended one General Meeting and one Orientation Meeting
• Have a sponsor who is a Full Member in good standing
• Get voted in by membership at a General Meeting
• Pay membership fee (in person at AFCOOP)
• Sign membership agreement

Expiry: One year from the date of becoming a member.

*Drug, Health and Dental Care Protection

In partnership with the ACTRA Fraternal Benefit Society and its Arts & Entertainment Plan Insurance Program, AFCOOP is pleased to offer Drug, Health, and Dental Care Protection to all eligible Full Members. There is no medical required to join – you need only be an AFCOOP Full Member in good standing!

The plan covers:

• Prescription Drug Care Insurance for eligible Full Members and their dependants
• Dental Care Insurance for eligible Full Members and their dependants
• Extended Health Care Insurance for all eligible Full Members and their dependants
• To get a quote on your insurance, please visit: https://www.aeplan.ca/home.

GRADUATING FILM SCHOOL MEMBERSHIP — FREE

Are you graduating from film school this spring? You’re eligible for a free AFCOOP Full Membership! Get access to affordable equipment, facilities and workshops and join a community of like-minded filmmakers!

In order to redeem your FREE AFCOOP Full Membership you need to:

• Present proof of graduating from a film program (NSCAD, NSCC, the Centre for Arts and Technology or similar)
• Complete 10 hrs of volunteer work at AFCOOP
• Get voted in at an AFCOOP General Meeting
• Contact AFCOOP’s Programs Coordinator for more info on how to volunteer programs@afcoop.ca
• You have 6 months after graduating to claim your membership.

PRODUCTION MEMBERSHIP — $180

Benefits:

• Discounts on non-commercial projects as per equipment rental policy
• Discounts on workshops
• Requirements:
• Pay membership fee 
• Sign membership agreement

Expiry: one year from the date of purchase

LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP

Please contact programs@afcoop.ca to determine eligibility

Benefits:

• All the benefits of Full Membership
• You no longer have to pay annual membership fees

Requirements:

• Must have been a Full Member for 10 years or more, not necessarily consecutive
• Must have completed 10 volunteer hours within the year
• Have a sponsor who is a full member in good standing
• Get voted in by membership at the AGM
• Sign membership agreement

Sponsorship 

• Prospective Full Members are to be sponsored by a full member who knows them and their interest in film. Sponsors act as a mentor to the new member by facilitating their understanding of AFCOOP’s operations, facilities and services. The sponsor must make him/herself available to the new member. It is recommended that they meet at least one time after s/he is voted in.

Membership Agreement 

• This is the form that all new members sign. It communicates the membership policies and ensures that the new member understands how to maintain and upgrade his/her membership. It is where contact information is obtained, so that newsletters and other information can be received. We maintain a database of membership. We ask members to update changes of information by contacting AFCOOP.