Mar 10: NS Pulse

melwoodinla Mar 10: NS PulseBy Lisa Rose Snow; Pictured – Melani Wood

Hello Everyone! My name is Lisa Rose Snow and I am an actor/filmmaker/wearer of many hats here in Halifax. I’ll be updating you on what’s happening around Nova Scotia for the next little while. Big love to our previous updater, the lovely and talented Sherry Smith, for her past contributions.

Even though we may be deep in the dreary depths of winter, there is still a lot going on, and people are busy writing away and planning and plotting. Like Jackie Torrens, just finishing up production on her first television documentary Edge of East (with Peep Media collaborators Jessica Brown and Shannon MacDougall). Or Shelley Thompson, busy on multiple upcoming projects with the likes of Gay Hauser, Rebecca Sharrat and Liz Richardson. Stephanie Clattenburg just shot and directed her short Suicide at the Gun Range, whose cast includes Nicole Steeves (who also happens to be in AFCOOP’s FILM 5 Program, along with producer Jenna Murphy). And speaking of AFCOOP, their latest round of grant recipients went out and it’s very encouraging to see so many deserving females getting funded.

Besides making a splash on the East Coast, lots of us ladies have been representing outside of our hometowns. Like Melani Wood, just back from sunny California doing the festival circuit with Twenty Eight Feet: Life on a Little Wooden Boat. She’s also busy promoting Foam Drive Renegades, gearing up to shoot Lord of Chaos, and just released Erin Costello’s Give A Little music video. Myself and producing partner-in-crime Lora Campbell are off to Winnipeg to take part in this year’s National Screen Institute Drama Prize, doing two weeks of training in Manitoba before returning to Nova Scotia to film When Fish Fly in the spring.

Siobhan Wiggans has released the first of three videos about the TD Halifax Jazz Festival.The first video was made by PEI filmmaker Mille Clarkes. You can watch it here. It would be super helpful if you could share it on Facebook and Twitter with you connections that would be great!

Season 2 of Seed premiered on March 6, 2014. Seed follows the lives of three very different families – united, whether they like it or not, by Harry, their formerly anonymous sperm donor.Likable bartender and former sperm donor Harry balances the desires of bachelorhood with the demands of fatherhood, as he grows into the role of ‘cool sperm dad’ to 10-year-old Billy and rebellious 16-year-old Anastasia. Harry even makes inroads with their parents – lesbian couple Zoey and Michelle, and wealthy professionals Jonathan and Janet. Harry also gets his first taste of baby-daddyhood as he and single mom and sperm recipient Rose platonically raise baby Charlie. But will this new dynamic change Harry’s single guy ways forever?

Seed is produced by Force Four Entertainment in Vancouver, B.C. with principals Rob Bromley, Gillian Lowrey and John Ritchie, and Waterstar Entertainment in Halifax, N.S. with principal Karen Wentzell. It’s shot and edited in HRM. Seed airs on City-TV Thursday nights at 9pm EST.

Thanks so much to WIFT for supporting Seed!

It’s nice to see people working hard through the cold months. I know a little bit of winter hibernation is always good for me to cozy in with a hot toddy and put my pen to the page. I’d love to hear about what’s going on with you all, and would love even more to brag about it, so please send me any news or excitements at lisarosesnow@hotmail.com. Oh ya, and don’t forget to sign up for the Woman Making Waves Conference! It’s from March 21-23 and it’s going to be incredible. Find out more info on the WIFT-AT webpage. Till next time!

Women in Film and the CMPA Screen Based Media Production Program

By Lora Campbell; pictured with Lisa Rose Snow

Screen shot 2013 12 11 at 12.06.53 AM Women in Film and the CMPA Screen Based Media Production Program

Almost two years ago I walked into AFCOOP and asked WIFT-AT member Martha Cooley, “So, how would I make a film?” From there I took workshop after workshop and was lucky enough to find guidance from experienced filmmakers like Michael Melski and Cory Bowles to help me with applications as well as meeting the people in the industry who would one day be kind enough to crew my shorts.

I have completed the AFCOOP FILM 5 program and am now taking part in the New Talent Development Program, through Telefilm with Marc Almon and Karl van Allen, which pairs an experienced producer with a new producer and writer to develop a feature film.

It’s a wonderful opportunity but I also wanted to learn more of the day-to-day activities of a producer. How to develop a slate, access development funding, heck- what WAS development funding?!

I spoke to Marc Almon and he agreed to apply for the Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA)’s Screen Based Media Production Program with me and we began the mentorship in August 2013. As a new producer of short films who has now started to move into features this program could not be more of an asset. With the help of the wonderful Sarolta Csete who is the Manager of the National Mentorship Program & e-Services at the CMPA and Marc, I have been able to, over the last few months, hone my skills in terms of marketplace, funding, application, and overall knowledge about the film industry and what it means to be a producer in Atlantic Canada.

I have attended Strategic Partners at the Atlantic Film Festival and was able to watch as Marc held one 1-2-1 meetings with producers and distributors from across the world, and also attended the Broadcaster/Distributor Forum. I have someone to ask questions to when I am unsure of layouts, regulations, budgets, or any other concerns.

The CMPA Program combines a mentor and mentee in a way that is beneficial to both – as I learn from Marc he also has someone to assist him with various things on a day to day, but also long term basis. For the 25 weeks that I do this program I can actually make leaning how to produce well-organized, marketable, strong films my full focus and not have to work various part time jobs on the side as it is a well funded program.

The CMPA mentorship program is an incredible resource and with 40 positions across Canada a year it is something we new producers have to utilize as much as possible.

There are many women and members of WIFT-AT who have taken the program. The CMPA has a long history of helping out us ladies in the film industry and here is what a few of them had to say about their experiences:

“I did my CMPA mentorship at Big Motion Pictures here in NS with David MacLeod and Susy MacGillivray in 2010.  Not only did I get an intensive crash course on feature film / television production financing, budgeting, tax credits, production management, and distribution, but having a mentor producer who is an active CMPA member introduced me to other producers across the country, as well as the current challenges and trends in the industry.  This channel is so important when you’re based outside of Toronto. The mentorship opened the door to a permanent position at Big Motion Pictures, and I am currently a co-producer on 2 feature film projects in development and continuing to work in TV production as well.  So yes, the CMPA mentorship was a precious opportunity for me.” – Gillian Everill

“For me it was a very positive experience and I learned more about development and distribution during my mentorship. Plus being able to go to the Prime Time Conference in Ottawa was a very valuable experience with fantastic networking opportunities.” – Rebecca Sharratt

Lora Campbell is originally from Newfoundland and is the co-founder of Organic Water Productions, a Halifax based Production Company with Lisa Rose Snow. Their short film Two Penny Road Kill has won multiple awards including nominations and wins at the ACTRA Maritime Awards for best actor and actress in a short film, Best Canadian Short at the Silver Wave Film Festival, as well as best juried short at the Parrsboro Film Festival. You can follow her projects at @2pennyroadkill, @whenfishflyfilm, @loracampbell2, or contact her at organicwaterproductions@gmail.com

Nova Scotia Pulse News – Evangeline

Evangeline Nova Scotia Pulse News   EvangelineBy Sherry Smith

Before 2013 ends, I must mention the 100th Anniversary of the first feature length dramatic film made in Canada, Evangeline, based on Longfellow’s famous poem. It was made by the Canadian Bioscope Company of Halifax, directed by American stage and film actors William H. Cavanaugh and Edward P. Sullivan, and written by Marguerite Marquis. Its running time was 75 minutes and had a budget of $30,000.00; quite a bit of cash for 1913! It received both commercial and critical success in Canada and the United States. Happy 100th Anniversary Canadian film industry!!

The Devour Food Film Festival, organized by Michael Howell, Lia Rinaldo and Cheryl Hodder, was the big film event in NS this month. For five days, foodies and film fans alike gathered in the small town of Wolfville to feast on gourmet food, watch films with a culinary theme, attend food-themed workshops and hop on buses to sample the various award-winning wines at the local wineries.  There was a fair representation of women film makers from all over the world, including our own Lisa Rose Snow, Gwyneth Christoffel, and Sheila Provazza.

A couple of months ago, the first annual Dieppe International Film Festival recognized Shandi Mitchell’s, The Disappeared, by awarding the film with the Coup de Coeur de la Mise en Scène Award. The film screened twice to enthusiastic crowds of over two hundred film goers. The award of Mise en Scene is given for the most powerful feeling of atmosphere in a film. “The Disappeared was able to encapsulate audiences, transporting them to the shores of Nova Scotia all the way from their theatre in France.” – The Disappeared Blog. It then went on to have a very successful opening (and was held over!) at the Carleton Cinema in Toronto in early November.

Shannon Tweed was in our fair city of Halifax this month making a guest appearance on SEED Season 2. Shannon and her daughter, Sophie, will start shooting their new Canadian reality series next month in Vancouver, LA and Whistler. It will air on W in 2014.

AFCOOP, in partnership with DAL, presented Vancouver based filmmaker, writer and visual artist, Anne Marie Fleming. Her visit included a screening of her feature length documentary, The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam, as well as an artist talk with a screening of short films. Her film work includes animation, documentary, musicals, experimental films and feature-length dramas. Recently, she was recognized for I Was the Child of Holocaust Survivors, which was included in TIFF’s Top 10 films of 2010 and was long-listed for an Academy Award.

Sherry Smith is an actor/producer/writer originally from Labrador but has recently made her home in Nova Scotia with her husband and three children. She has appeared in a few films, a multitude of plays and is the past-president of ACTRA Maritimes.

Sep 9: NS Pulse

Hello, my name is Sherry Smith and I am a recent addition to the WIFT-AT Board and the Nova Scotia contributor to Tidings. Most people know me as a theatre actor/writer/director/producer, but I have been active in the film/tv industry not only as an actor, but also as Vice-President and then President of ACTRA Maritimes. I have admired the work of our local women film makers through festivals and conferences and various Facebook groups. As I am not familiar with a lot of the names of women in the industry here in Nova Scotia, I invite you to email me if you would like a shout out for something you are working on or presenting. This is a great venue for self-promotion as we have over 700 readers! As time goes on, I hope to put names to faces and to share in the celebration of your achievements! Please contact me at sherrysmith446@gmail.com.

Here are a few items worth noting:

Atlantic Film Festival – There is a great line up of Atlantic Canadian films once again at the festival. I encourage you to check out the list here:

A couple of highlights – Halifax’s own Teresa MacInnes, just back from documenting turtles in the Caribbean, will be screening her critically acclaimed documentary Buying Sex, a balanced and unexpected look at the world’s oldest profession.

Along with Teresa, there will be more than 15 women filmmakers from the region presenting at this year’s Festival. Producer Terry Greenlaw will be screening her feature, Hard Drive, directed by Bill MacGillivray, along with Johanna Lunn and Ann Verrall, who will both be presenting their short films.

Ladies of the Fright – Approximately 60 people attended AFCOOP and Viscera Organization’s presentation of  “Ladies of the Fright”, a fundraiser and a celebration of female filmmakers working in Horror/Sci-fi/Fantasy. Nigredo, written and directed by local filmmaker Kristen Swinkles and produced by Brett Hannam launched the evening, as well as being the Canadian Premier of the FILM 5 film.

Copperhead’s Actresses – Four of Halifax’s finest actresses were featured in Copperhead, an independent American film directed by Ron Maxwell and shot in New Brunswick, which is also screening at the AFF. Mary Fay Coady, Andrea Lee Norwood, Elizabeth Richardson and Genevieve Steele all landed very nice roles, “A rarity in our region” to quote Ms. Steele. Could this be the beginning of a new trend?

Job Posting – The Game Code is looking to fill 3 positions in the Halifax/HRM area:

Technical Editor
Social Media & Web Coordinator
Writer

It’s contract based for the season (Sept ’13 to Aug ’14) for part time work. Please forward this to anyone interested. It’s a unique opportunity to work in the video game/TV industry. They hope to fill the position by Sept 14.

To apply visit: www.GameCodeTV.com/apply

BURNWATERDo you like Blacksmiths, dancing, boats, percussion, striking sunsets, wind, musical sculpture, and big dramatic beards? Hear Here Productions and Mocean Dance present: Burnwater, September 14 and 15, 2013 at 3 and 6:30pm in East Dover, Nova Scotia.

Burnwater is a site-specific outdoor art event happening in East Dover, Nova Scotia featuring the sound sculptures of blacksmith John Little, incredible percussionists, Mocean Dance, and the inspiring story-telling of Lohifi Productions all in a beautiful outdoor location near Peggy’s Cove. Hear Here Productions specializes in performing arts events for outdoor locations.

“Burnwater truly is a dream come to life for me,” says Hear Here’s artistic director Erin Donovan. “There are so many incredible artists working to build this magical event that celebrates the creativity and imagination in us all.”

This is a rare event and the limited tickets are selling quickly. For more information and tickets visit their website  or the Burnwater/Hear Here Productions Facebook page.   Tickets available through burnwater.eventbrite.ca.

 Local Filmmaker Turns “No” into “Yes!” – The Long and Short of Barry Small is a shining example of what the Halifax film community can produce outside of the funding/grant system

Being on the short list for the CBC/Film Nova Scotia Bridge Award in 2012, the last year for this lifeblood award, was an honour, but not winning the award didn’t stop the dynamic duo, writer/director Luckas Cardona and producer Pamela Lovelace. The team continued with the project despite the lack of equity funding and persevered to bring the project to life. The Long and Short of Barry Small (2013) will screen at the 33rd Atlantic Film Festival at 4:30pm on September 14 & 18, Park Lane Cinemas, Halifax, NS.

The Long and Short of Barry Small is the culmination of four years of work, starting with winning the CBC TV Broadcast Linda Joy Development Script Award in 2008. It’s a more complex short film then Cardona’s two previous efforts, Daddy’s Little Girl (2010) and Mr. Happy (2011) which deals with both spiritual enlightenment and the fear of death as a comedy. Cardona explores his own curiosity with Buddhism and the Buddhist culture in this film.

For more information, including production stills, please contact:

Pamela Lovelace, Owner/Producer
Wild Oats Productions
902.237.1747 | info@pamelalovelace.ca

Sep 9: Ladies of the Fright – AFCOOP’s Fundraising Screening was a Smashing Success

It was a dark and stormy night…actually, it was quite pleasant and clear outside…but inside the Bus Stop Theatre, the temperature dropped as chills and thrills oozed off the screen and into the hearts and minds of the 60 plus audience at the Ladies of the Fright AFCOOP fundraiser.

A co-presentation of AFCOOP and The Visera Organization (with promotional support from WIFT-AT), it was a celebration of female filmmakers working in Horror/Sci-fi/Fantasy. Curated by AFCOOP from films made available through the Visera Organization, this bold collection of works ran the gamut from funny (Sheeties), to creepy cute (Nursery Crimes), to down right disturbing (The Third Eye). A definite highlight of the evening was the premier of the Film 5 short Nigredo by director Kristen Swinkles. Claustrophobic and unsettling, Nigredo was a perfect start to the evening and great example of the fine work done through the FILM 5 program.

Women in Film and Television - Atlantic was thrilled to support AFCOOP with this event, and are pleased to congratulate Lauren Oostveen on winning the draw for a one year WIFT-AT membership!

For more information about AFCOOP visit their website:
For more information about the Viscera Film Festival visit their website:

May 6: HerStory – Dominique Gusset

 May 6: HerStory   Dominique GussetI grew up in Duncans Cove, a small coastal community just outside of Halifax, Nova Scotia. My parents were musicians who had immigrated from Québec to play with the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra. Along with another pair of musicians from the United States, they bought two old houses in what was then a dying fishing out-port, and proceeded to rebuild and re-populate the small community with their children, colleagues and friends. So my childhood was surrounded by an extended family of musicians, actors and artists.

At an early age, I had decided that I wanted to be many things, including a violinist, a National Geographic photographer, and a scientific illustrator. My first camera was a Kodak Brownie which I received when I was six; by the age of nine I was in the darkroom with my father, and by the age of twelve I had inherited his Nikon. As a teenager, I pursued my varied interests with enthusiasm: music, photography, theatre lighting, and working in the natural history section of the NS Museum. But I always felt the dilemma of having too many interests to make a career choice. I spent several years studying at Dalhousie University and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (towards a major in Environmental Communication), while at the same time working in a wide range of diverse jobs, including waitressing, working on the trains, delivery driving, and as a biodiversity technician.

During this time I also became a member of the Atlantic Filmmakers’ Cooperative and started volunteering on a few projects. It is there that I finally solved my predicament of incorporating my various interests into a career. To me, film offered more opportunities than photography to tell a story, to collaborate with others in the creative process, and there was no limit to the stories I could help tell!

In 1984 I got my first contract and began working in the film industry full-time, syncing rushes at the NFB. I freelanced as an assistant picture and music editor, and within two years I finally worked my way into the camera department. For over 15 years I worked primarily as a camera assistant on numerous documentaries (mostly for the NFB), and as a focus puller on TV dramas and independent feature films (with Bill MacGillivray, Michael Jones, and Ken Pittman, among others), shooting a few documentaries, music videos, and short dramas along the way. I traveled extensively, working in Africa, Europe, Australia and across Canada, including the High Arctic.

In 2005 I transitioned to working full-time as a cinematographer shooting music videos and documentaries for various broadcasters and independent producers on a wide-range of topics including the arts, the environment, and human/cultural issues. Some credits include: “Black Mother, Black Daughter” (NFB 1989), “Kink V” (Showcase 2006), “Home Out of Nothing” (2009), “Roméo Savoie – la peinture au corps” (R-C/ ARTV 2010), and “La Petitcodiac – une rivière renaît” (R-C 2011.)

In addition, over the years I always felt the need to contribute to media literacy in young people, and have instructed various workshops and mentoring sessions in basic filmmaking, animation, and cinematography through film Co-ops, schools, and film festivals for ages ranging from toddlers to adults.

After living in Halifax, St. John’s, Toronto, and Montreal, I finally returned to live in the same house where I grew up in Duncans Cove with my husband and two boys, and strive to have a proper garden. I continue to work, albeit closer to home, always looking for opportunities to document and collaborate, and contribute with my interdisciplinary interests.

Mar 11: NS Pulse

409669 453958521303963 156598725 n Mar 11: NS PulseAFCOOP is pleased to announce the teams and projects selected for production through this year’s FILM 5 program.

FILM 5 projects:
“EDNOS”, by writer/director Stephanie Clattenburg and writer/producer Naomi-Joy Blackhall-Butler.
“Green”, by writer/director Heather Young and producer Brittany Amos.
“Nigredo”, by writer/director Kristen Swinkles and producer Bretten Hannam.
“Two Penny Road Kill”, by writer/director Lisa Rose Snow and producer Lora Campbell.

This year’s films tackle a broad range of topics from Jungian psychology to road-kill. Each year the FILM 5 program provides mentorship, resources and financing for the production of four original scripts by emerging Nova Scotia filmmakers.  Participants work to refine their projects with the mentorship of screenwriter Iain MacLeod, producer Craig Cameron, director Jason Buxton and post-production mentor Thor Henrikson.

This marks the first year that all four writer/directors are women; a role that has been historically male-dominated in the FILM 5 program. Recent initiatives like WIFT-AT (Women in Film and Television – Atlantic) and their successful annual conference Women Making Waves can be credited with raising the profile of female writer/directors in the region and laying the groundwork for this positive turn.

“EDNOS“, (which stands for ‘Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified’) by Naomi-Joy Blackhall-Butler and Stephanie Clattenburg dares to take a personal look at a topic not well represented in mainstream media. The film follows the story of a young woman whose eating disorder goes undiagnosed because she looks ‘normal’. She moves through her day as if nothing is wrong, until at a dark moment she is forced to confront her illness and the toll it takes to hide it.

Producer Naomi-Joy Blackhall-Butler expresses what being selected for FILM 5 means to her, “I am a single mother of three, who will never get to go to film school. THIS is my film school and it means the sun, the moon and the stars to me!”

Lisa Rose Snow and Lora Campbell the team behind “Two Penny Road Kill” both come from a theatre background. A film about hope, “Two Penny Road Kill” brings us into the world of unlikely hero Lou, who cleans up road kill for a living and how he finds love in the unlikeliest of places.

“Being accepted into the FILM 5 program is easily the biggest, most amazing thing in my life to date,” says Lora Campbell, producer of “Two Penny Road Kill.” “It’s a fantastic program with the best mentors, facilities and resources at our fingertips. I will be using it as a stepping stone in order to apply for other programs like NSI and eventually the CFC Producers Lab.”

Now in its seventeenth year, the FILM 5 program has helped launch the careers of some of the region’s most prolific and award winning filmmakers. Alumni include such filmmakers as Jason Eisener, Andrew Bush, Marc Almon, and Ashley McKenzie.

FILM 5 is presented by the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative. Training is made possible through the generous support of Film and Creative Industries Nova Scotia. FILM 5 is produced with the assistance of Telefilm Canada. FILM 5 sponsors include: PS Atlantic, William F White International, Digiboyz, 902 Post, The PostMan Post-Production, Kodak, IATSE 849, IATSE 667, the Atlantic Film Festival Association and The Coast.

ABOUT AFCOOP:The Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative (AFCOOP) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing new and experienced filmmakers with equipment, facilities, training and funding. Established in 1974, AFCOOP is an accessible member-run centre for the production and presentation of creative films in a collaborative, learning environment.

AFCOOP operates with generous support from the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage.

Feb 11: NS Pulse

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  • CALL FOR ENTRIES – Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival 2013

Deadline: February 15, 2013

HIFF is pleased to announce the Call for Entries for four screening programs at the 2013 festival:

-WIFT-AT Atlantic Women In Film Screening: Recent short works from women writers, producers, or directors from Atlantic Canada

-Atlantic Narrative Screening: Recent narrative short works from Atlantic Canadian writers, producers, or directors.

-Atlantic Experimental Screening: Recent experimental short works from Atlantic Canadian writers, producers, or directors.

-Music Video Showcase: Recent music videos made by Canadian filmmakers.

Visit www.hiff.ca for more information.

  • AFCOOP’s Grants for Filmmakers

AFCOOP’s Filmmaking Grants support the production of local independent films through financial and in-kind assistance. This year AFCOOP is pleased to announce a slate of new grants available to filmmakers working at a variety of levels and practicing in different mediums.

The First Thing
Deadline: ongoing (up to 3 awarded per year)
- $100 cash honorarium to cover material costs; $500 in kind gear and facilities; 3 x workshops of your choice; Associate Membership; 3 x 1hr meetings with an AFCOOP mentor
For: beginner filmmaker with little to no filmmaking experience.

Feedback Loop
Deadline: ongoing
- 3 x 1hr feedback sessions with your choice of an experienced mentor (i.e. screenwriter, director, producer, editor or cinematographer).
These meetings are meant for you to gain feedback on your project (not for them to do work for you!). Mentors will be selected from senior AFCOOP members and the community based on the nature of your project.
For: Anyone.

Digital Cinema Tool-kit
Deadline: ongoing
Weekend rental of AFCOOP’s new digital cinema tool kit (over $600 in value) including: AF100 Camera, Pix, Stabilizing unit, Field monitor, Matt box, Follow focus, 6 PL lenses, rails, and Sound kit.
For: AFCOOP Full Members. Equipment must be used by a qualified operator. In order to be cleared on this gear you (or you operator) need to have either taken a workshop on it or prove your competency to the Technical Coordinator in advance of your booking.

HOW TO APPLY
Application forms can be downloaded on-line at www.afcoop.ca or can be picked up in person at the AFCOOP office.

Jan 14: NS Pulse

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  • Film Nova Scotia Rebranding

At the end of 2012, the Province of Nova Scotia announced the expansion of Film Nova Scotia’s mandate to support additional creative industries such as music and book publishing. The new agency, Film and Creative Industries Nova Scotia, will act as a one-stop shop for the province’s creative businesses.

The new agency, which will be called Film and Creative Industries Nova Scotia, will provide the expertise needed to help those entrepreneurs become more productive and globally competitive. To provide better access to programs, funding and support, a number of programs will move from NS Communities, Culture and Heritage to the new agency, including The Emerging Music Business Program (for new and emerging performers), The Music Nova Scotia Export Development Program (providing investment to emerging musicians), The Assistance to Book Publishers Program (investing in Nova Scotia-based book publishers and costs related to editorial, authors’ royalties, printing and marketing costs), and The Industry Growth Program (supporting culture industry projects related to export development). In the coming months Film and Creative Industries Nova Scotia will engage in stakeholder consultations in order to acquire industry input and expertise, so stay tuned for opportunities to have your voice heard.

  • AFCOOP’s Grants for Filmmakers

AFCOOP’s Filmmaking Grants support the production of local independent films through financial and in-kind assistance. This year AFCOOP is pleased to announce a slate of new grants available to filmmakers working at a variety of levels and practicing in different mediums.

The First Thing
Deadline: ongoing (up to 3 awarded per year)
- $100 cash honorarium to cover material costs; $500 in kind gear and facilities; 3 x workshops of your choice; Associate Membership; 3 x 1hr meetings with an AFCOOP mentor
For: beginner filmmaker with little to no filmmaking experience.

Feedback Loop
Deadline: ongoing
- 3 x 1hr feedback sessions with your choice of an experienced mentor (i.e. screenwriter, director, producer, editor or cinematographer).
These meetings are meant for you to gain feedback on your project (not for them to do work for you!). Mentors will be selected from senior AFCOOP members and the community based on the nature of your project.
For: Anyone.

Digital Cinema Tool-kit
Deadline: ongoing
Weekend rental of AFCOOP’s new digital cinema tool kit (over $600 in value) including: AF100 Camera, Pix, Stabilizing unit, Field monitor, Matt box, Follow focus, 6 PL lenses, rails, and Sound kit.
For: AFCOOP Full Members. Equipment must be used by a qualified operator. In order to be cleared on this gear you (or you operator) need to have either taken a workshop on it or prove your competency to the Technical Coordinator in advance of your booking.

Super8
Deadline: January 14th 2013
- 2 x rolls of Super8 reversal film (colour or b&w); weekend camera rental; processing and shipping; telecine transfer (through AFCOOP’s telecine)
For: AFCOOP Full Members.

AFCOOP Open Grant
Deadline: January 14th 2013
- $500 cash honorarium to cover material costs; $1,000 in kind gear and facilities; 2 x free workshops (optional)
For: AFCOOP Full Members.

HOW TO APPLY
Application forms can be downloaded on-line at www.afcoop.ca or can be picked up in person at the AFCOOP office.

  • CALL FOR ENTRIES – Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival 2013

Deadline: February 15, 2013

HIFF is pleased to announce the Call for Entries for four screening programs at the 2013 festival:

WIFT-AT Atlantic Women In Film Screening: Recent short works from women writers, producers, or directors from Atlantic Canada

Atlantic Narrative Screening: Recent narrative short works from Atlantic Canadian writers, producers, or directors.

Atlantic Experimental Screening: Recent experimental short works from Atlantic Canadian writers, producers, or directors.

Music Video Showcase: Recent music videos made by Canadian filmmakers.

Visit www.hiff.ca for more information.

NS Pulse is compiled by Chris Pauley. Chris is a composer and the owner/operator of Evil Twin Music. He has been playing music since he was a kid, and writing music for the media for fifteen years. Check out his work at www.eviltwinmusic.ca, on Facebook and on Twitter @EvilTwinMusic.

November 2012 – NS Pulse

NS Pulse Andrea Dorfman photo by Andrew McCormack 350x525 November 2012   NS Pulse Andrea Dorfman receives an Emmy nomination
Nova Scotia filmmaker Andrea Dorfman has received an Emmy nomination in the 33rd News and Documentary Emmy Awards for her film Flawed. The film tells her simple, touching story through watercolour paintings about self-love and acceptance. It was nominated in the “New Approaches to News & Documentary Programming: Documentaries” category.

AFCOOP’s Winter General Meeting (and Holiday Bash!) Thursday December 13th, 6:30pm
Full Members must send regrets to admin@afcoop.ca

The meeting is open to the public and anyone interested in AFCOOP is welcome to attend! If you would like to become a Full Member of the co-op please contact us in advance of the meeting to confirm your eligibility: membership@afcoop.ca

FILM 5 is happy to welcome a new slate of teams and productions to the Development phase of the program. Over the next two months, participants will attend professional development workshops and refine their production plans.
Naomi-Joy Blackhall-Butler & Stephanie Clattenburg
Lora Campbell, Brian MacQuarrie & Lisa Rose Snow
Greig Oldford & Darin Roche
Kristen Swinkels & Bretten Hannam
Luke Freemand & Nicholas Bevan-John
Graeme Pass & Jonathan McKay
Heather Young & Brittany Amos
Click here for more info about FILM 5.

AFCOOP’s Filmmaking Grants support the production of local independent films through financial and in-kind assistance. This year AFCOOP is pleased to announce a slate of new grants available to filmmakers working at a variety of levels and practicing in different mediums.

The First Thing
Deadline: ongoing (up to 3 awarded per year)
- $100 cash honorarium to cover material costs; $500 in kind gear and facilities; 3 x workshops of your choice; Associate Membership; 3 x 1hr meetings with an AFCOOP mentor
For: beginner filmmaker with little to no filmmaking experience.

Feedback Loop
Deadline: ongoing
- 3 x 1hr feedback sessions with your choice of an experienced mentor (i.e. screenwriter, director, producer, editor or cinematographer). These meetings are meant for you to gain feedback on your project (not for them to do work for you!). Mentors will be selected from senior AFCOOP members and the community based on the nature of your project.
For: Anyone.

Digital Cinema Tool-kit
Deadline: ongoing
Weekend rental of AFCOOP’s new digital cinema tool kit (over $600 in value) including: AF100 Camera, Pix, Stabilizing unit, Field monitor, Matt box, Follow focus, 6 PL lenses, rails, and Sound kit.
For: AFCOOP Full Members. Equipment must be used by a qualified operator. In order to be cleared on this gear you (or you operator) need to have either taken a workshop on it or prove your competency to the Technical Coordinator in advance of your booking.

Super8
Deadline: January 14th 2013
- 2 x rolls of Super8 reversal film (colour or b&w); weekend camera rental; processing and shipping; telecine transfer (through AFCOOP’s telecine)
For: AFCOOP Full Members.

AFCOOP Open Grant
Deadline: January 14th 2013
- $500 cash honorarium to cover material costs; $1,000 in kind gear and facilities; 2 x free workshops (optional)
For: AFCOOP Full Members.

HOW TO APPLY
Application forms can be downloaded on-line at www.afcoop.ca or can be picked up in person at the AFCOOP office.

Arts Nova Scotia Funding- Grants to Individuals
Deadline: December 15, 2012
http://novascotia.ca/cch/investing/artsns-funding/individuals/
The program supports the creation of new works by professional artists in all disciplines including fine crafts, literary, visual, media and performing arts. It also promotes a broad understanding and appreciation of art and artists through professional development, creation and presentation of work. Individual artists may submit one application per grant per deadline. To encourage equitable distribution of funds, artists can only receive one Creation Grant in a 12-month period.

CALL FOR ENTRIES – Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival 2013
HIFF is pleased to announce the Call for Entries for four screening programs at the 2013 festival:

WIFT-AT Atlantic Women In Film Screening: Recent short works from women writers, producers, or directors from Atlantic Canada
Atlantic Narrative Screening: Recent narrative short works from Atlantic Canadian writers, producers, or directors.
Atlantic Experimental Screening: Recent experimental short works from Atlantic Canadian writers, producers, or directors.
Music Video Showcase: Recent music videos made by Canadian filmmakers.

The deadline for entries is February 15, 2013. Click here for the Submission Form and for more details.

NS Pulse is compiled by Chris Pauley. Chris is a composer and the owner/operator of Evil Twin Music. He has been playing music since he was a kid, and writing music for the media for fifteen years. Check out his work at www.eviltwinmusic.ca, on Facebook and on Twitter @EvilTwinMusic.