FilmPEI Re-Opens March 4th

FilmPEI will be open by appointment only during the time of the
PEI circuit breaker.

Please message Thomas Mears ( for tech/facilities rentals.

Please message Renee Laprise ( for other inquiries.

Masks in FilmPEI are mandatory.

This is a very busy month for us so please make sure you have booked your
gear and an appointment to pick up and drop off well in advance.

Thanks for understanding.

FilmPEI staff

Film 4Ward 2020 winners announced!



Charlottetown, PE, (December 6, 2019) –  FilmPEI is excited to announce the four successful productions that are being supported by this year’s Film 4Ward program. The successful entries include:  Emerging Production – Wraith of Malpeque  (horror/comedy) with Nathan Carter (Producer) and Justin O’Hanley (Director) ; Established Productions – Sorry, Mommy (psychological thriller) with Louise Lalonde (Producer) and Donna Davies (Director), The Rolling Pin (drama) with  Emma Fugate (Producer) and Trilby Jeeves (Director), and Chase the Ace (comedy) Jason Arsenault (Producer) and Jeremy Larter (Director)

“Competition for the second year of Film 4Ward was stiff,” says FilmPEI’s Executive Director, Renee Laprise. “There were a lot of really amazing projects put forth and we were excited to see so many new names and producer/director pairings.”

Projects were assessed by a jury of nationally acclaimed producers and directors from off-Island. Film 4Ward workshops and mentoring will begin in January and films are expected to be produced in the early spring with final delivery happening by the end of June 2020.

The pilot year of Film 4Ward saw many local people trained by industry level crew and producers. Many of these people went on to work on the feature film “A Small Fortune” which shot on PEI in the fall. The four short films that were produced through Film 4Ward are currently on the festival circuit and will air on CBC and CBC Gem. Jenna MacMillan’s Sunnyside won the Best Actor award for its lead, Sophia Bell at the 2019 FIN Atlantic International Film Festival.

“We’re always happy to support the Film 4ward Program to help develop, grow and sustain homegrown, independent film on Prince Edward Island,” says Minister of Economic Growth, Tourism and Culture, Matthew MacKay. “A successful film industry benefits all Islanders, as it directly impacts our provincial economy and cultural identity.”

Film 4Ward is an incubator program for film/media production on Prince Edward Island that aims to support PEI’s film and television sector through training opportunities and production funding. Leveraging industry expertise across PEI and Canada, participants will be trained by industry professionals through a series of workshops and job shadowing opportunities. Four film projects will receive production funding of up to $20,000 and in-kind facilities and services each year. Film 4Ward is funded by the Department of Economic Growth, Tourism and Culture, through Innovation PEI and the Culture Action Plan, with additional funding provided by Telefilm Canada and CBC, and administrated by FilmPEI.

For further information, contact:

Renee Laprise, Executive Director





Film 4Ward Films Debut at FIN 2019

Film4Ward Films Premiere at FIN – Atlantic International Film Festival

Four short films funded by FilmPEI’s new film fund, Film 4Ward, are premiering at the 2019 FIN Atlantic International Film Festival in Halifax this September.  They will then go on to screen at other festivals including the PEI premiere at the Charlottetown Film Festival in October. The four films are: Hot or Not (Director – Ryan McCarvill, Producer – Matt Sherman),  SunnySide (Director – Jenna MacMillan, Producer – Bryde MacLean), Furball (Director – Jason Rogerson, Producer – Harmony Wagner), and Solastalgia (Director – Millefiore Clarkes, Producer – Emma Fugate).

Furball and Hot or Not screen in the Atlantic Shorts program on Sunday Sept 15th and Thursday Sept 19th. Solastalgia and SunnySide screen as part of the Atlantic Shorts Gala on Wednesday September 18th.

 The main goals of the Film4Ward program, which include workshops, mentorship and on-set training, are to build capacity in the film industry on PEI and fund projects that can lift local producers and directors to the next level of their creative careers.

Renee Laprise, ED of FilmPEI says “FilmPEI is extremely excited to share the Film 4Ward films with the world. All of the teams delivered films of high production value and quality storytelling. Film trainees have continued to work on films throughout the summer and there has certainly been a boost in local production.”

Film 4Ward 2019/20 will be very similar in structure to the first year and will launch in September with a submission deadline of November 18th, 2019. 

Film 4Ward is funded by the Department of Economic Development and Tourism, through Innovation PEI and the Culture Action Plan, with additional funding provided by Telefilm Canada and CBC, and led by FilmPEI.

A little bit about the four films:


Bats, a worker at a group home, is tasked with bringing Laura, a hardened teenager, to SunnySide, a facility that deals with tough cases, after Laura hurt a girl at the group home. Along the way, as Bats’ marriage falls apart, and Laura attempts to escape, the two come to understand personal and revelatory details about each other’s lives.

Director Jenna MacMillan says of the production “Our team brought all of their resourcefulness, curiosity, and creativity to set each day and together we told a story that is completely unique to the team that assembled to make it.”


When self-centred feline, Furball, faces losing his owner’s attention, he takes matters into his own paws and learns that, while relationships may change, the love remains, no matter what the species. Furball’s American premiere happens at the New York Cat Film Festival on November 3rd.


Jake and Hayley navigate the struggles of dating in a small Canadian city. Despite failure after failure, they lean on each other as they continue their doomed search for love.

Producer Matt Sherman found the Film4Ward program worked well to build film community: “Shooting Hot or Not was a great experience because there was a really good mix of seasoned pros and new faces on set.”


Solastalgia is a lyrical, dramatic film that explores the anguish that climate change and a global state of uncertainty can impart upon the human psyche. When the panic over global crises threatens to engulf her, Ava embarks on a vision-quest to put things in perspective.


FilmPEI Launches!


Celebrate our big move at the FilmPEI studio space!

FilmPEI is celebrating our expansion with an EPIC launch party curated by:

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This evening of PEI sound, film & media art will feature:

visuals by

Millefiore Clarkes, Becka Viau, Damien Worth, Ashley Anne Clark, Monica Lacey

with sound by

TenType, Jasmine Michel, Russell Louder and special guest Jaguar Knight

VIP PARTY – $25 (plus taxes and fees)

7pm (doors open at 6:30) refreshments and a special video

$10 (plus taxes and fees)

and sound presentation

AFTER PARTY – $10 (plus taxes and fees)

9pm to 12am (doors open at 8:30)

All Ages.

NOTE: If you are under 19 or bring someone under 19 please contact us.


FilmPEI is at 57 Watts Ave in Charlottetown. 

Contact Renee Laprise for more information:




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IMAC’s Mental Health Comedy Group presents a night of stand up comedy in the Gallery@theGuild
Sunday Nov 26th from 6 to 8 pm  (doors open at 5pm).
Very limited seating.  Pay what you wish.

The Island Media Arts Cooperative has embarked on a new peer program to support the creative expression of people living with mental illness and addictions. Over the last 2 months, program developer, Dave Hicks has spent time working with one group to develop filmmaking skills and another group to develop stand up routines. Next session Dave will be working with another group to develop sketch comedy skits and create comedy films.

IMAC is pround to support the creative development of the diverse voices of our community.

For more information on this program please contact Dave Hicks at

IMAC would like to thank Canada Council for the Arts and Skills PEI for the generous support of this program.

TELEFILM Micro-budget Production Program

Want to make a feature or webseries with Telefilm? Here’s how to qualify for their Micro-Budget Production Program (up to $127,500 from Telefilm).

The process is two-tiered. As a partner in this program IMAC is asked to recommend 1 feature film and 1 webseries project in English language and 1 feature film and 1 webseries project in French language. In order to do this fairly all submissions are reviewed by an IMAC jury. The filmmakers selected are then given notes to improve their application and that application along with a recommendation letter from IMAC are sent to the Telefilm jury where the final decision is made. Winners are typically notified by mid April.

The deadline for the IMAC jury is Jan 22, 2018. Please fill out the intake form and include with submission to NOTE: AN UPDATED INTAKE FORM WILL BE UP SHORTLY. 

Please contact IMAC if you have any questions.902- 892-3131 or

For more about the program go to the Telefilm Website

IMAC has had 3 of its applications to the program accepted over the last 5 years. The feature film ” Kooperman” Jason Rogerson/Harmony Wagner, the webseries “Lovely Witches Club” Renee Laprise/Patti Larsen and the webseries “Wharf Rats” Jason Arsenault/Jenna MacMillan.