So you have already completed our Film Classes, perhaps a recent graduate from film school who has moved back home, OR maybe you’ve just been around the industry for awhile and want to make your own vision a reality. Then the First Time Filmmaker Program is for you!



The goal is to produce a short film with as minimal a cost to the filmmaker as possible. The program covers the production related costs, including production equipment rentals and in kind use of NIFCO’s production facility to edit and finish their film. Participants will also be matched with an experienced filmmaker to mentor them through prep,  production and post‐production of the film.



Application packages should include:

  • a completed application form (PDF available here)
  • a completed script of your film (3‐5 pages)
  • an updated resume or CV



​NIFCO’s Board of Directors will review new applications monthly.



Program participants are expected to screen their film at NIFCO and provide us with a copy of the finished film for the purpose of reporting to funding agencies.



If you are a novice to film production, you are encouraged to take the NIFCO introductory filmmaking course. This will provide you with a solid understanding of the filmmaking process, and will help you greatly when it comes to making your first film. Everyone has a film! Become a filmmaker.



Application Form (PDF)


Contact: Anna Petras at (709) 753-6121