Marlane O’Brien (left) and Mark Fraser portray Nora and Amos in director Sarah Segal-Lazar’s PEI short film Elvira.

Looking back and 4Ward

Applications for 2022 short film fund are open

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Applications for the Film4Ward program’s 2022 stream of short film production funding is open. Short films are often considered the calling cards of a filmmaker’s career and, since its launch in 2018, Film4Ward has funded and supported the production of 15 PEI-made short films.

This year, emerging and professional filmmaking teams are eligible to apply for up to $20,000 of funding toward their narrative or documentary project’s production. The four successful teams will also have access to on-the-job training opportunities and workshops facilitated by FilmPEI, as well as targeted mentoring opportunities by industry professionals.

If you’re planning to apply but you’re still in need of a producer/director/writer, then contact FilmPEI so you can be added you to the matchmaking list (
Writers: Send your story logline and explain whether you’re looking for a producer, a director or both.
Directors/Producers: Send a note if you’re looking for a project to work on.
Loglines will be sent anonymously to producers and directors who have approached FilmPEI to be matched, then, writers will be contacted if their project is selected. For more grant information, visit:

“Film4Ward has been integral to building crew capacity in PEI’s film sector,” Renee Laprise, executive director of FilmPEI, said. “It’s also helped to develop the creative visions of new and established local storytellers. We can’t wait to see what our filmmakers come up with this year.”

For a glimpse of the 2020 and 2021 productions, check out the two-minute highlight reel:

The deadline to apply for the 2022 Film4Ward stream is January 17.