One New Day is a new introductory documentary filmmaking program at AFCOOP, which will run this spring and summer. It is designed for people with little or no experience who want to learn how to make documentary films. The program is completely free of charge and everyone who applies is accepted, regardless of experience level. 

How It Works

After an initial orientation session and artist talk there will be three weekend workshops (approximately three hours each) walking participants through the process of making a documentary from concept through to filming then editing. Each workshop will be led by a different local documentary filmmaker. All of the workshops will take place on Zoom in June.



Afterwards, anyone who attended at least two of the workshops and would like to make their own film will be invited to put together a proposal for a short documentary. The proposal process will be straightforward and any participant who completes the proposal and has a feasible idea will then proceed to the production stage of the program.


During production, each participant will receive an equipment package from AFCOOP suitable  for shooting a 5-10 minute documentary during the summer. Afterwards participants will have access to our media suite for post production and when all of the films have finished they will be screened this fall/winter if it is safe to do so.  

*Please note, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic the production schedule may change in accordance with Nova Scotia health and public safety guidelines. 

Thursday June 3 | Orientation and Artist Talk with Millefiore Clarkes Register Here
Saturday June 5 | Writing & Prep Workshop Register Here
Saturday June 12 | Production Workshop Register Here
Saturday June 19 | Post-production Workshop Register Here
Friday July 2 | Documentary Idea Deadline
July-August | Filming of Documentaries
September-October | Editing
Winter 2021/21 | Public Screening


Millefiore Clarkes is an award-winning filmmaker from Canada’s smallest province, Prince Edward Island. Through her company One Thousand Flowers Productions she produces a variety of media work: short and feature documentaries, music videos, drama, experimental shorts, and video installations. She received the 2019 DOC Institute’s Vanguard Award for her work as a documentarian. One of her most recent works is a short lyrical, dramatic film SOLASTALGIA that explores the theme of climate grief. It won Best Canadian Short at the Silverwave Film Festival, has played at festivals across Canada and internationally, and is currently on CBC Gem.  


She has directed four documentaries for The National Film Board of Canada: THE SONG AND THE SORROW, LOVE IN QUARANTINE, BLUE RODEO – ON THE ROAD, and ISLAND GREEN. THE SONG AND THE SORROW won Best Short Atlantic Documentary at FIN – Atlantic International Film Fest,  Best Documentary at Silverwave Film Festival, Best Atlantic Doc at Lunenburg Doc Fest,  Best Mid Length Documentary at The Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival, and was a Top Ten Audience Choice at Available Light Film Festival. 


Her films have screened at festivals across Canada and the US and have been broadcast on CBC and Bravo! Her experimental short December in Toronto is featured on Vimeo’s Staff Picks, and her music videos have won a number of awards. She is passionate about making films that connect us to one another and to nature.

Sobaz Benjamin, first and foremost a storyteller, is the Founder and Executive Director of an innovative, arts-based, youth and adult engagement, empowerment and reintegration not-for-profit in Halifax, called In My Own Voice (iMOVe) Arts Association, (2007).  Sobaz is a documentary film-maker, as well as a community developer, advocate, youth mentor, program director, facilitator and public speaker.  His work has been screened across Canada and in venues and Festivals in New Zealand, Bermuda and New York.  He has completed documentaries for the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).  Sobaz uses his experience as an independent filmmaker in his community- based work with marginalized youth, adults and community.