NIFCO’s First Time Filmmaker Program is designed to give access to film, processing and production equipment to first time filmmakers. The goal is to produce a short film with as minimal a cost to the filmmaker as possible. The Program covers the following production- related costs:
• Kodak Film stock (16mm)
• processing + transfer to HDCAM(See application form)
• courier to labs
• basic materials (Tape stock, etc.)
As well, filmmakers are granted in-kind use of NIFCO’s production equipment, which includes the following:
• S-16mm film camera
• Camera Support (Tripods, baby legs, etc.)
• Grip/Electric Kit (Flags, gels, power cables, batteries, etc.)
• Lighting Kit (Pepper kit, Mole-Richardson kit, etc.)
• Sound Kit (including recorder, mixer, slate, mics, etc.)
Finally, filmmakers are granted in-kind use of NIFCO’s post production facilities to picture & sound edit their projects. Other NIFCO facilities (Pro Tools suite, Animation suite, sound studio, etc.) are also available, pending separate approval by NIFCO’s Board of Directors. An experienced Mentor is also provided to help you prep, shoot and complete your film.
Application packages should include:
• a completed application form
• a completed script of your film
• an updated resume or CV
NIFCO’s Board of Directors will review applications monthly. Filmmakers are asked to produce their films no later than four months from date of approval. If the film hasn’t been shot in that time, filmmakers may be asked to reapply.
You will be expected to screen your 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.
Contact: Anna Petras at (709) 753-6121 ext. 222
Download the FTFM application form (PDF).
NIFCO also offers a Super 8mm Workshop.