Governments support new infrastructure and equipment upgrades for FilmPEI


MP Sean Casey, Minister Jordan Brown, Emma Fugate, Minister Chris Palmer, and Renee Laprise

A vibrant and professional film community creates opportunity for skilled workers from many disciplines, supports local businesses, and builds on existing tourism and cultural assets in the region. That is why the Government of Canada and the Province of PEI are investing in training and growth in the PEI film industry.

Sean Casey, Member of Parliament for Charlottetown, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency( (ACOA), together with the Honourable Chris Palmer, provincial Minister of Economic Development and Tourism, today announced support for FilmPEI to strengthen a key resource for the province’s film industry.

The Government of Canada, through Innovative Communities Fund (ICF) , is providing a non-repayable contribution of $118,250 to support infrastructure upgrades and equipment acquisition for the industry hub. The Government of Prince Edward Island is leasing space to the organization and, through Innovation PEI and Regional and Rural Development, is providing $66,920 in non-repayable contributions to support the move into the new space.

With a full sound stage, video, animation and sound equipment, as well as post-production resources, the facility will become a central training and production space for PEI filmmakers. It will also act as a venue for workshops and rehearsals, as well as an exhibition space for the wider cultural sector.

This investment builds on commitments made by the Government of Canada and the four Atlantic Provinces to drive economic growth in the region through the Atlantic Growth Strategy. The strategy focuses on building a strong culture of innovation by supporting creative and entrepreneurial people, and investing in state-of-the-art technology. This project also addresses the Atlantic Growth Strategy’s goal to enhance the region’s capacity to develop, deploy and retain a skilled workforce by addressing persistent and emerging labour market needs.


“A strong film industry provides major career support for artists, creators, technicians, and entrepreneurs. Beyond the many skilled workers employed on each shoot, film productions have wide-reaching impacts on a local economy, as businesses and tourism operators serve the needs of the production. A powerful opportunity to tell distinct stories from this region, film is an art form that can travel far beyond our shores.”

  • Sean Casey, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Member of Parliament for Charlottetown

“Prince Edward Island’s film community is growing and is benefitting from the boundless enthusiasm and incredible talent of the many Islanders who make up the industry. Film PEI will give these artists better opportunities to tell their stories and the story of our province, and will provide them with access to high quality equipment, technical support and training opportunities to better hone their craft.”

  • Honourable Chris Palmer, Minister of Economic Development and Tourism

“Creativity is becoming the currency of the future and this investment by the federal and provincial governments gives FilmPEI the space and resources to fulfill it’s mandate of supporting creative careers, while building PEI’s creative capital and economy.”

  • Emma Fugate, Board President, FilmPEI

Link to PEI Government Post.

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:



Harmony Wagner chosen for Five in Focus:Atlantic

Congratulations to PEI’s Harmony Wagner for being selected Five in Focus: Atlantic.

“Five in Focus: Atlantic” Directors Announced

OTTAWA (February 1, 2018) – Women in View announced the selected directors for the “Five in Focus: Atlantic” initiative at CMPA’s Prime Time in Ottawa today. Launched at Prime Time in 2017 as a three year initiative, Five in Focus illustrates the depth and diversity of directing talent by shining a spotlight on five women directors, each year. The program was designed to bring together producers and broadcasters to identify and promote Canadian women media creators.

“Five in Focus was one of the most professionally gratifying experiences for me. It was instrumental in helping me sign with an agent as well as getting me in front of producers which resulted in my first TV directing gigs.” said director Gloria Ui Young Kim, one of the 2017 Five in Focus directors. “This invaluable spotlight helped me to advance my career in the most meaningful way.”

For year two, Women in View has partnered with Women in Film and Television- Atlantic and Telefilm Canada to turn the spotlight on five women directors from the Atlantic region. “We have so many talented women in Atlantic Canada working outside the mainstream. It’s exciting to see our directors given the chance to step up and show the rest of Canada what they have to offer,” says Kimberlee McTaggart, WIFT-AT chair.

Each of the five directors will participate in an Industry Day organized by international consultant Jan Miller, in Halifax on March 2 where they will have customized one-on-one meetings with producers, and a Master Class with some of Canada’s most respected media creators. This will be followed by their full participation in WIFT-AT’s Women Making Waves conference which begins the evening of March 2 and continues March 3 with a remarkable line-up of talent. The Five in Focus 2018 directors are available for interviews.
Five in Focus: Atlantic is supported by the Status of Women Canada and Telefilm Canada.

FilmPEI Rebrand and Crowdfund Campaign launches

Island Media Arts Cooperative (IMAC) is now officially named FilmPEI. The name change reflects the growing role of the organization to support and sustain media arts and to build a vibrant film industry on Prince Edward Island.

Along with the new name, FilmPEI is getting a new home and asking Islanders to help them build it. They have launched a crowdfunding campaign ,
which runs from February 1 to 28, and hope to raise $10,000 to help pay for the rebrand and the move to the new space.

“With the Province of PEI’s recent funding announcement to develop the film industry, it is an exciting time for film on the Island,” says Renee Laprise, Executive Director of FilmPEI. “A strong film industry means more jobs for all parts of the industry, from actors and set builders, to caterers and drivers. It also means more customers for restaurants and local businesses all across the Island.”

FilmPEI’s new space will include a production studio, sound booth, animation studio, editing suite, event space and more. It will be the creative hub of PEI’s film community: a place to support and encourage filmmakers at all levels: to inspire excellence in film and video; and to act as a resource for the wider arts community of PEI.

“We have already received a number of fantastic videos of support, which we will share throughout the campaign,” says Laprise. “We hope more people will join in supporting FilmPEI to build PEI’s film future.”

FilmPEI (formerly Island Media Arts Cooperative) provides a pool of talent, resources, equipment and space for productions and to facilitate creative careers on Prince Edward Island.


Renee Laprise
Executive Director
(902) 892 3131

Soundseries 2 – Experimental Sound Jam


IMAC is proud to support this amazing project. It’s all ages so get yer butts out to it! You don’t have to play, you can just be a spectator to the awesome. The last time this happened it was PACKED!

Friday, Nov 17 at 8 PM – 12 AM
56 St Peters Rd, Charlottetown, PE C1A 5N5, Canada

From the Facebook Event:

“Searching out and bringing together a community of experimental music, sound art, and electro-acoustic noisemaking.

Performances and conversation followed by an open jam. Bring your ideas, your gear, and your friends.

Admission is by donation, proceeds will go towards rental of the space for this and future events. All ages are welcome.

A PA system will be available to plug in to if you are coming to jam. If you are interested in performing a set piece and/or talking about your experience, process, or sound please join this group and post a message to see if time is available:

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. 


Bluefin Documentary on the World Stage

Bluefin Documentary Trailer Director’s Cut from BLUEFIN A Film by John Hopkins on Vimeo.


Bluefin, the NFB feature documentary directed by PEI’s own John Hopkins, is screening at the Friday Harbour Film Festival, San Juan Island Washington State Nov. 3-5th, the Guelph Film Festival Nov. 11th and has been selected by Hot Docs to screen as part of its Film Changing the World series Dec. 19th at the Hot Docs Rogers Cinema, Toronto.


From Director John Hopkins on his journey and inspiration in getting Bluefin “out there” around the world over 2017:


I really feel driven by the experience of making this film and what I witnessed. It affected me strongly and feel it is my calling to reach out that vast oceans and its wildlife are in serious trouble. Bluefin is about what we have become as species and the urgent need to understand what we need to do to truly become part of the cycle of life, and not a top predator with no regard for that precious balance. In the end, short term greed will see us starving like the whales, tuna and sea birds are suffering off PEI right now. The festival circuit is a way to get a wider conversation going.


The global digital release of Bluefin this January to 100 digital platforms with a reach over 1 billion people is just fantastic news for relentlessly hunted bluefin and ocean wildlife. Only through greater understanding can we work together to preserve these creatures, truly provide sustainability and do something to counter sheer human greed and reckless ignorance.


Bluefin just goes to show you that you can make films on PEI exploring Island stories here, right under our noses, which can have profound international meaning and impact, not only for our own Island communities but for the world. PEI is rich in filmmaking talent and we can turn our cameras on our own society and explore it with the documentary medium, without feeling the real story is elsewhere.


Know anyone in the Guelph area? BF plays there next Sat!

Just finished screening at the Friday Harbour Film Festival, San Juan Island, Washington State. SOLD OUT! At the awards, the President of the NYC Explorer’s Club announced BF will presented upcoming as a Special Event in NYC.

Lovely Witches Club is heading to Nfld


lwc splash pageLovely Witches Club has been selected to participate in The [Interactive] Incubator Project (IIP) and initiative of the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival this coming October. “This is an exciting development for our project! We are very honoured and very excited to have been chosen,” Renee Laprise, Producer of the Lovely Witches Club web series, winner of the Telefilm/TalentFund Micro-budget Production Program.

The [Interactive] Incubator Project (IIP) was designed to help women kickstart their interactive, web-based or multi-platform projects. Launched in 2014, the IIP focuses on storytelling and connects creators with the expertise to help develop, focus and network their projects, ranging from webdocs, interactive documentaries to video games. The IIP is open to women creators from Atlantic Canada and Quebec.

This year’s winning participants will receive training, support and in-kind services, including:

• Accommodation and travel assistance to join us in St. John’s, NL from October 17-23.

• Festival Pass to the 28th annual St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival.

• Full access to attend all [Interactive] Film Industry Forum workshops, panels and industry training sessions.

• Exclusive invites to all VIP galas, networking events and parties.

• Private project consultations and guidance from leading industry experts to further strengthen your project concept and direction.

• 1-year subscription to Celtx Studio’s Full Production Plan.

• A secured spot in our Face 2 Face Pitch Session.