FilmPEI Digital Strategy – Request For Proposals

January 27, 2020

FILMPEI is seeking proposals from consultants to conduct research, assess digital maturity/needs and develop a four-year strategy for the organization.

Download RFP Here


Proposals must be received no later than 4:00PM, on Friday, February 7, 2020. All responses must be submitted digitally with the subject line FilmPEI DIGITAL STRATEGY PROPOSAL RFP RESPONSE. All submitters will be emailed a notice of receipt. If you do not receive a notice of receipt by 5:00PM Friday, February 7, 2020 please contact FilmPEI immediately either by email or by phone.


Proposals will not be accepted after the date and time stated above. Incomplete submissions that do not conform to the requirements specified herein will not be considered.

Thank you for your interest in working with FilmPEI on this project. We look forward to receiving your proposal.

Renee Laprise
Executive Director, FilmPEI

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 back to regular hours!

With our renos almost completed, we are ready to get back to our regular hours! So drop in weekdays 9 to 5  and see what we’ve been up to!

Also NEW extended TECH hours! Thomas will now be in from 9 to 5 on Mondays and Fridays. And he’s in from 9 to 2pm on Tues, Wed and Thurs.

Film 4Ward 2018 Winners Announced

Film 4Ward Program Winners Announced – $80,000 in funding distributed to Island Filmmakers

Minister of Economic Development and Tourism Chris Palmer (fourth from left) today joined Film PEI Executive Director Renee Laprise (fifth from left) to announce the recipients of Film 4Ward funding for 2018. The successful applicants include (from left to right) Millefiore Clarkes (and her son Henry), Emma Fugate, Harmony Wagner, Jason Rogerson, John Ross Fitzpatrick, Matt Sherman and Ryan McCarvill. Full details of the Film 4Ward funding can be found at . Missing from photo are recipients Jenna MacMillan and Jason Arsenault.

The Film 4Ward Program is pleased to announce the selected projects of its 2018 competition.

The Emerging selection is:

“Hot or Not” – Matt Sherman (producer), Ryan McCarvill (director), Katie Mac/ John-Ross Fitzpatrick (writers).

Logline – Hayley and Jake are best friends stumbling through modern dating, with endless hook-up options and very little hope for real love.

This team has been developing a script for a web series version of this project in the PEI Screenwriters’ Bootcamp and this past year their pitch won the Audience Choice Award in the ‘Pitch for Your Life’ competition.

The Mid-Career selections are:

‘Song of Forgiveness and Farewell’ – Emma Fugate (producer), Millefiore Clarkes (director), Millefiore Clarkes/Tanya Davis (writers)

Logline – When the panic over global crisis threatens to engulf her, Ava embarks on a vision-quest to put things in perspective.

Millefiore Clarkes is an award-winning filmmaker who’s most recent NFB documentary ‘The Song and the Sorrow’ is currently on the festival circuit. Emma Fugate is very active in the PEI film industry and will be adding producing to her repertoire of talents.

‘Furball’ – Harmony Wagner (producer), Jason Rogerson (director,writer)

Logline – Some sages have beards. Other have whiskers. Furball follows a day in the life of a cat as he reflects on the current state of the world, offers advice on how to best survive it, and reminds us about what’s truly important – love and respect.

This team has been the creative force behind several short films including Queen of the Crows and have two feature films under their belts, Kooperman and Singing to Myself.

‘The Weekend’ – Jason Arsenault (producer), Jenna MacMillan (director), Blaine Watters (writer)

Logline – After a group home is evacuated for repairs to a gas leak, a young social worker in a failing marriage is forced to take the most troubled kid in care with her on a much needed “couples getaway” with her husband.

The creative team of Jason Arsenault and Jenna MacMillan are currently in post-production with their webseries, Wharf Rats, the winner of the Telefilm Micro-budget Production Program Grant, The BellFund Grant and the Independent Production Fund.

Film 4Ward grew out of the PEI Culture Action Plan consultations with local filmmakers who identified the need for content and skill development in order for PEI filmmakers to access national and global film and TV markets. In response to this, the Province of PEI worked collaboratively with FilmPEI and a committee of several filmmakers to develop the Film 4Ward program.

Over the last 6 months FilmPEI hosted more than a dozen skills workshops designed to build capacity in the film and media community. Many of those workshops were also specifically focused on developing applications for the Film 4Ward program. Professionals with national and international success were brought in to teach and give notes on scripts.  Ultimately, the program had fifteen teams apply for funding.

A jury of four film industry professionals, three from off-Island and one from PEI, read through all the applications and deliberated for several hours to come to a consensus on the top four projects. This year the jury chose one emerging project and three mid-career projects. The emerging team will be working directly with the Film 4Ward committee to ensure the team is properly trained and mentored.  The mid-career winners will be working with the committee to build action plans that will engage PEI crew participate in on-the-job training on these projects.

“Our province’s film community is growing, not only in size, but in the experience and capabilities it possesses,” Economic Development and Tourism Minister Chris Palmer said. “The funding awarded today will give Island filmmakers even greater opportunity to hone their craft and bring their stories to life. I offer sincere congratulations to all the winners.”

The Film 4Ward committee is pleased with the number and quality of applicants who submitted to the program and encourage everyone to continue to develop their projects and skills in the upcoming workshops. “We have a lot of talent on this mighty island and we are excited to give creative teams the resources and training they need in order to create calling card films to forward their creative careers on a national and international stage”, notes Renee Laprise, Executive Director of Film PEI.

The Film 4Ward program is funded by Innovation PEI through the PEI Culture Action Plan, with additional funding provided by Telefilm Canada and CBC, and led by FilmPEI.


FilmPEI selects a new Technical Coordinator

FilmPEI would, firstly, like to thank our current Technical Coordinator Alexander Cairns for being so amazing and helping us through our huge transition. Alex came on as a student hire and delivered skill, knowledge and leadership well beyond what we could have ever hoped for. We are in such great shape as an organization in large part because of Alex’s problem solving skills and love for technology/filmmaking. He will definitely be missed by the staff here and by the membership but happily he’ll still continue to be an active member of FilmPEI!

Alex is handing over the reigns to well-respected member of the tech community, Thomas Mears. Thomas has more than a decade of experience working in the pro audio department at Long & McQuade Musical Instruments.  He enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, photography, and repairing vintage electronics.  Over the coming years he’s looking forward to growing with the film industry on PEI.

Thomas has spent some time with Alex to learn the system and find out what we have. He is a quick learner and will adapt to the position quickly. We are super excited to welcome him to team FilmPEI starting Tues, September 4th.

From Monday to Friday tech hours will now be switching to 9 to 2 and director hours will be from 10am to 5pm. Equipment will be able to be picked up and dropped off anytime between 9 and 5 but for specialty tech information and problem solving you can speak to Thomas from 9 to 2 daily during the week.

We hope you’ll support us during this transition and welcome Thomas to the FilmPEI family!


Province takes ‘action’ to grow film industry

The Province of PEI has made a huge announcement today that will affect the future of filmmaking on PEI.

From the Province’s press release:

Prince Edward Island’s independent filmmakers now have more support to help them produce quality content and grow the industry.

The provincial government has launched two new film initiatives – the Film Media Fund and Film 4Ward program. They are funded by $350,000 from the Department of Economic Development and Tourism.

“Government understands the significant impact that film and television makes to Prince Edward Island’s economy and cultural identity,” Economic Development and Tourism Minister Chris Palmer said. “One of the reasons we are the Mighty Island is that even though we are small, we surprise people with what we accomplish – including the volume and quality of film and TV produced here.

“By providing this steady and accessible funding,” he said, “we can continue to promote and grow our film industry and show what makes us the Mighty Island.”

The Film Media Fund, led by Innovation PEI, will support the development, growth and sustainability of homegrown, independent film in the private-sector film and television industry. In addition, the Film 4Ward program — led by FilmPEI — will support the film and television production sector by offering training opportunities through workshops, job shadowing, hands-on experience with production financing.

A key item from the provincial government’s Culture Action Plan was to initiate local film initiatives that support independent Island film and filmmakers. The action plan will see over $1.45 million invested to support cultural industries in government’s balanced 2018-2019 operating budget.

“A successful film and television industry benefits all Islanders by bringing investments, well-paying jobs, economic activity in multiple sectors, and ultimately allows us to showcase PEI to the world,” said Emma Fugate, president of the Film PEI board of directors. “The Film Media Fund triggers off-Island investments from broadcasters and federal funders to fund PEI produced projects, putting us on a more equal footing with the rest of Canada, while the Film 4Ward is going to give our emerging talent the opportunity to train with experienced professionals and create short films that can be the catalyst to successful careers. ”

To learn more about the Film Media Fund visit

FilmPEI will be releasing the guidelines and deadline for the Film 4Ward program by the end of July. Stay tuned!

Provincial Media contact:
Hillary MacDonald

FilmPEI contact: Renee Laprise

Masterclass in Cinematography with Becky Parsons

Becky Parsons is an award winning cinematographer (Rhonda’s Party) and fine art photographer (Kodak Achievement Award). A graduate of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, now with 18 years experience in the photographic and motion picture arts, Becky is based in Nova Scotia and England. Becky is director of photography and/or camera operator on a number of productions including the Bruce McDonald feature film ‘Weirdos’, nominated for six Canadian Screen Awards 2017. Becky was most recently named Rising Star of 2017 by American Cinematographer Magazine (

A cinematographer is responsible for all the visual elements of a film. In this masterclass you will learn the nitty gritty of how story is told with composition and movement, light and shadow, and colour. You’ll also learn best practices, set etiquette and how to break into the business. And of course the technical aspects like frame rate, lenses, lighting situations, getting into tight spaces, and what a cinematographer’s role can be in post production.

Date: Wednesday June 27th

Time: 10am to 4pm (bring a lunch or head out for a bite from 11:30 to 12:30)

Location: FilmPEI

FilmPEI is open to a pay what you can scenario but we encourage people to pay at least something to help help with the costs of running the organization. Please contact to discuss further or choose a donation ticket and pay what you can that way.


You can buy full price and pay what you can tickets on the eventbrite site or email