Prep Courses & Info Sessions


This year AFCOOP is holding a series of FREE preparatory workshops to help filmmakers develop their ideas and get their applications ready. Don’t miss this opportunity to jumpstart your application and give yourself a leg up on the competition!

For each workshop you attend you will be able to receive $10 off your application fee to FILM 5. Attend all three and your application is FREE (a savings of $30!) Registration is required. (Please note the discount doesn’t apply to the info sessions.)

FILM 5 Info Session

FILM 5 Screening & Info Session
Aug. 4th 2021, 6pm – FREE (on Zoom)

Join us for a FREE online screening of a few short films made through the FILM 5 program over the years, followed by an info session about the program featuring AFCOOP’s programs coordinator and a couple past FILM 5 participants. 


FILM 5 Prep Courses

FILM 5 Prep: Script Clinic
August 11th 2021, 6pm – FREE (on Zoom)

Do you have an idea for a FILM 5 script? Join us for this FREE basic introduction to screenwriting, followed by an opportunity to receive valuable feedback on your idea from an experienced screenwriter. Feel free to attend with or without an idea for a short film. All are welcome.

Instructor: Iain MacLeod

FILM 5 Prep: Producing is Fun!
August 18th 2021, 6pm – FREE (on Zoom)

Active and experienced producers will join us to discuss being a creative producer on a short film. Whether you have a budding interest in filmmaking, are a director looking to expand your skill set, or are an emerging producer, all are welcome to attend. Come find out why these busy producers love their jobs!

Producer Panel: TBC


FILM 5 Prep: Creating Your Dream Team! PLUS Presenting Your Idea
August 25th 2021, 6pm – FREE (on Zoom)

Are you looking for someone to apply to FILM 5 with? Come to this FREE informal, welcoming online meet-and-greet to connect with other applicants! AND…

This year we will also be joined by filmmaker Nicole Steeves as she explains strategies for presenting your ideas to others (a new element in the program structure this year).


The FILM 5 Guidelines and Application form will be available on our website soon. In the meantime, if you have any questions please contact FILM 5 Coordinator Iain MacLeod:

In addition to these prep-workshops and initial info session AFCOOP will be hosting a final info session closer to the application date.

FILM 5 Info Session

FILM 5 Info Session
Sept. 15th 2021, 6pm – FREE (on Zoom)

Get your last minute FILM 5 application questions answered at this info session. 


The 2021 Deadline for FILM 5 applications is September 20th, at 11:59PM.

More Info: Application Form & GuidelinesSelection ProcessWriting TipsBudget TipsFAQsPhase OnePhase TwoTrainee Component