Staff & Contact

CONTACT

Main Telephone: (902) 405-4474
Fax: (902) 405-4485
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 2043, Station M, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3J 2Z1
Courier/Office Address: Suite 101 – 1531 Grafton Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3J 2B9

OFFICE HOURS

Tuesday to Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

AFCOOP STAFF

ERICA MEUS-SAUNDERS
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
erica@afcoop.ca
(she/her)

Erica moved to Nova Scotia from the Bahamas to attend film school. After graduating in 2017, she quickly became immersed in the film industry, working in various crew roles—Production Assistant/Coordinator, Camera, Editor, Gaffer, Writer/Director and Producer. She’s made a few short docs, and scripted pieces that have played locally and regionally at HIFF, FIN: Atlantic International Film Festival, the Emerging Lens Film Festival, Being Black in Halifax and Devour! The Food Film Festival to name a few. Her latest short doc Music Resistance premiered at HIFF 2022, and she’s just wrapped up production on Eua-Lander, a scripted short film.

A member of AFCOOP since graduating (NSCC) in 2017, she has sat on the Board of Directors (BOD) for three years. Erica has also served on the WIFT-AT Board of Directors (2 years), DOC Atlantic (1 year), the Canadian Independent Screen Fund for BPOC creators (CISF), and participated in the first NSI–Business for Producers.

One of her favourite quotes is, “If your dreams don’t scare you just a little, they’re not big enough.”

IAIN MACLEOD
PROGRAMS & OUTREACH COORDINATOR
programs@afcoop.ca
(he/him)

Iain is a filmmaker and adult educator who has been active in the Nova Scotia film community for over 20 years. A graduate of the Canadian Film Centre, he has written and directed both short and feature films and worked as a television writer for nearly a decade. A former AFCOOP member and vice chair of the board, he has worked at AFCOOP in various capacities since 2017 and is especially keen on participatory filmmaking projects and the mentoring of screenwriters. Iain continues to make his own films.

ABNER COLLETTE
TECHNICAL & PRODUCTION COORDINATOR
abner@afcoop.ca
(he/they)

Abner is a Trans filmmaker living in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is a graduate of Vancouver Film School and the writer, director, and producer of several independent fictional and documentary short films. Abner’s short film ‘SURFACES’ can be found in Season 6 of Reel East Coast on CBC Gem. They are currently working on a short documentary entitled SPECTRUM(S), which explores the established scientific link between gender identity and neurodivergence. Abner looks forward to continuing his creative and professional development in his home Atlantic region.

EVAN BOWER
ONLINE PROJECTS COORDINATOR
evan@afcoop.ca
(he/him)

Evan is a writer, reporter and film programmer living in Dartmouth, NS. Previously, he served as Lunenburg Doc Fest’s media coordinator and as an arts reporter on Nova Scotia’s South Shore. He recently completed his first novel through Humber College’s School for Writers.

HIFF STAFF

Festival Coordinator: Tara Thorne (she/her) — hiff@afcoop.ca
Programming Coordinator: Evan Bower (he/him) — evan@afcoop.ca