Tuesday, August 28th, 11:59 PM – Applications are Due
Tuesday, September 11th – Applicants informed of acceptance to program
Tuesday, September 25th, 6 PM – Meet n’ Greet
Tuesdays from October 2nd – November 13th, 6 – 9 PM – Intro to Filmmaking Workshops
Saturday & Sunday, October 20th & 21st, 10 AM – 5 PM – Super 8 Weekend Intensive
Tuesday, November 20th, 6 PM – Group Check in
November to January – Individual Shoots and Mentorship
Tuesday, February 5th, 5 PM – Film Canisters Due
Saturday & Sunday, February 23rd & 24th, 10 AM – 5 PM – Post Production Workshop and One on One Meetings
Tuesday, March 26th, 6 PM – Rough Cut Screening
Thursday, April 18th, 8 PM – New 8 Screening & Party

NEW 8 is an introductory filmmaking program designed to give participants the opportunity to make their first short film. Inspired by AFCOOP’s former One Minute Film program, New 8 will provide participants with training, mentorship and resources to create one-minute-long films on Super 8.

Up to eight participants will accepted into the program through an application process, adjudicated by a peer jury. Over the course of 6 months, participants will attend workshops, meet one-on-one with mentors and work on the creation of their own one-minute films. Completed films will be screened at a community screening in April 2019.  Super 8 is a type of celluloid film stock that is 8 mm wide. The film stock was introduced in the 1960’s and made at-home filmmaking more accessible to the general public through it’s easy to use and affordable technology.

NEW 8 is open to all residents of Nova Scotia, 16 years of age or older. Applicants do not need to be full Canadian Citizens. Permanent residents and individuals on student visas are eligible as long as they are committed to residing in Nova Scotia for the duration of the project.

The New 8 Program will prioritize applications from people who identify as part of an equity-seeking group. This is an effort to address and recognize historical and present-day inequities which currently affect access to filmmaking for certain groups. An equity-seeking group is a community who has been disadvantaged due to discriminations based on age, ethnicity, culture, disability, economic status, gender, nationality, race, religion, sexual orientation and transgender status, etc.

The program is open to first-time filmmakers or those who identify as being at a beginner level in their filmmaking practice. The program is presented free of charge and all participants will receive a free AFCOOP membership as part of the program. All the workshops and training will take place at the AFCOOP office in central/north end Halifax, which is accessible by multiple public transit routes.

Apply by August 28th at 11:59 PM and fill out the simple application form with your idea for your film which can be found through the link below.


Applications will be selected according to creative potential, project feasibility and participant suitability for the program. Applications will be selected by a group of peer jurors.

Once participants have been selected, they will be paired with a mentor from the AFCOOP filmmaking community. Mentors will be responsible for providing guidance throughout the filmmaking process, and will meet with participants a minimum of 3 times during the program.