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 February 1, 2018. (the grant will only move forward if more than one application is received).

Congratulations to Glendon McKinney who was 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 (info@nbfilmcoop.com) 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.