NIFCO - Newfoundland Independent Film Makers Co-operative
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Situated in historic downtown St. Johns, The Newfoundland Independent Filmmakers Co-Operative (NIFCO) is an association of independent filmmakers. Members originate and execute film projects using NIFCO equipment and facilities. There is a strong emphasis on sharing experiences and providing assistance to first time filmmakers.
In addition to these primary objectives, NIFCO also:
- Sponsors research projects and publications dealing with film in the province;
- Brings to local audiences a refreshing view of independent film by artists from other areas;
- Assists members to obtain production financing for their films;
- Works with other artists and arts groups and institutions to encourage the development of indigenous cultural expression;
- Co-operates with other groups and institutions to encourage the development of film as an art and a cultural industry in Newfoundland and Labrador;
- Provides a meeting space for filmmakers and media artists.
NIFCO, The Newfoundland Independent Filmmakers Co-operative, was founded in 1975 by a group of filmmakers who wanted to ensure that the means of film production were available to artists working in the province.
In the beginning the co-op was housed in the rear of the old NFB building in Pleasantville, with basic 16mm production and editing equipment, much of it borrowed. Gradually more equipment was acquired, and in 1980 NIFCO moved downtown to its present location. The co-op now houses a post production facility and production equipment for its programs. NIFCO members have now produced over 300 films, ranging from short animations to feature length dramas, television series and documentaries.
NIFCO Membership is open to residents of Newfoundland and Labrador by approval of the NIFCO Board of Directors.
An applicant must either:
Have screen credits in three NIFCO films or;
Have screen credits in six non-NIFCO films or;
Present at a general meeting a film he or she has produced or directed or;
Have attended four general meetings, two of them consecutively.
Applicants are encouraged to take advantage of the First Time Filmmakers Program to produce a film, which will qualify them for membership.