PICTURE START is a professional development program targeted at emerging producers, directors and writers. This comprehensive skills enhancement program employs a project-oriented methodology whereby participants learn by working with established filmmakers and film industry professionals. This hands-on approach is complemented by a series of workshops prior to principle photography aimed at enhancing the participants’ filmmaking savvy. Local and national experts will conduct workshops, and senior filmmakers will mentor junior filmmakers throughout the development, production and post-production phases of the project.



There are two main objectives of PICTURE START:

  • To give current independent filmmakers who already have preliminary training and experience, and who are career-oriented in the film industry the immediate opportunity to develop as future above-the-line leaders.
  • To sustain and increase the growth of the Newfoundland and Labrador film industry by fostering future professionals who will establish production companies and continue to create programming based in this province.



The short, live-action films produced through the program are expected to perform in the marketplace in a quantifiable way – either through festival participation, festival recognition or awards, broadcaster interest or other sales and distribution methods. As per NIFCO policy, copyright in the film remains with the filmmakers.



Contact: Anna Petras


PICTURE START 13 - Call for Submissions

Deadline - Monday August 12th, 2019 - 5pm

We are announcing early and giving you lots of time to polish those scripts, develop your visions and find your dream team! Contact ANNA at picturestart@nifco.org with any and all questions!


application download here