Errol Williams Documentary Award

Purpose: To support the production of a short documentary film. (no longer than 10 minutes)

Background: Errol Williams was a pioneer filmmaker who was introduced to filmmaking at the NB Film Co-op in the late 1980’s. His dramatic and documentary films were screened at festivals around the world, and his international success helped shine a spotlight on the NB Film Co-op. He had a particular gift for documentary filmmaking and after his successful production of Echoes in the Rink: The Willie O’Ree Story (1997), he went on to produce two successful and influential documentary feature films in Bermuda When Voices Rise and Walking on a Sea of Glass. After his untimely death in 2007, a special award was set up in his honour and was presented to the winner of the Best low-budget NB Documentary film at the Silver Wave Film Festival. After the 2011 Silver Wave Awards, it was decided to use the award to help fund a short documentary project and hence the creation of this award. Sponsors: New Brunswick Filmmaker’s Co-op & Errol Williams Fund.

Process: There will be a call for submissions once per year. The deadline for entries is April 3, 2017.

Congratulations to Glendon McKinney who was recently awarded this grant in 2017.

Eligible applicants: Full members in good standing at the NB Filmmakers’ Co-op. (must have been full members for at least one year)

Award composition: $400 cash from Errol Williams Fund, $300 cash from the NB Film Co-op, $500 equipment deferral and 6 professional development workshops from the NB Filmmakers Co-op (specific required workshops).

Submission Process: Applicants will submit the following materials to the NB Film Co-op by email only to ( in electronic form (word or PDF documents) :

  • Treatment for documentary
  • Budget
  • Director Statement (the person applying must be the director/writer on the project)
  • Crew list (for equipment deferral, only co-op members can use co-op gear)

NOTE: The project submitted must be a small attainable project that can done specifically with this grant, and not a bigger project that requires more funding to happen.