Cineplex Entertainment Film Program

2017 Cineplex Entertainment Film Program

Overview
Writers' Lab
Directors' Lab
Producers' Lab
Editors' Lab
Supporters

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The Cineplex Entertainment Film Program champions original voices, entrepreneurism and collaboration. We encourage filmmakers to take creative risks and help them develop and package original content for the global entertainment market. Please find additional information below, and if you have any questions, please contact programs@cfccreates.com.


IMPORTANT DATES

Applications for the 2019 Cineplex Entertainment Film Program will open in December 2018 and close at the end of January 2019. Program start and end dates: July 15 2019 to December 13, 2019.


PROGRAM DESIGN

This is a full-time, five-and-a-half month professional program for producers, writers, directors and editors that balances artistic vision with the demands of a shifting industry.

Core Components
  • Articulating your creative vision
  • Building business and marketplace strategies
  • Elevating craft, collaborative and entrepreneurial skills
  • Accelerating project development
Outcomes
  • Brokers countless creative and business opportunities by offering access to over 100 international mentors, creative advisors and industry professionals
  • Inspires creativity through high-level case studies and workshops
  • Delivers a series of complex production and post-production exercises
  • Develops, workshops and packages over 15 feature projects a year
  • Expands your film reel and portfolio
  • Actively engages filmmakers in an exploration of the evolving entertainment landscape
  • Deepens your understanding of the marketplace and how best to position yourself within the business
  • Incites entrepreneurial spirit
Tuition

Tuition for 2018 is $7,000.00 for all labs. There is a $100 application fee to apply.

If accepted into the program, you will be eligible for a scholarship up to the full tuition amount, based on financial need. We will also provide you with support and resources for other scholarship opportunities from across Canada.

For any additional questions concerning the Cineplex Entertainment Film Program, please email programs@cfccreates.com.


ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT

The CFC is committed to providing accessible practices that are in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require accommodation at any stage of the application process or have any questions regarding appropriate accommodations please contact Deborah Fallows, CHRO, at: dfallows@cfccreates.com.


PROGRAM PARTNERS

Writers' Lab

Writing is a rigorous, near-constant process of revising, reimagining and rewriting. The Cineplex Entertainment Film Program Writers' Lab will elevate your cinematic storytelling skills through vigorous development, writing, story editing and workshopping a range of different concepts and properties. Please find additional information below, and if you have any questions, please contact programs@cfccreates.com.


ELIGIBILITY

This program is designed for writers who are deeply committed to expanding their craft and who are ready to engage in a demanding development and filmmaking experience. We are looking for writers with unique, inspired voices and a strong understanding of cinematic storytelling.

To apply, you must have at least a first draft of your feature screenplay that showcases your voice and approach, as well as several other feature project ideas to develop, a proven commitment to the craft and some exposure to the film and television industry.

You must be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada to apply.


LAB DESIGN

Project Development

Through a series of highly productive workshops, writing assignments, story editing sessions and actor table reads, you will develop your feature script ideas and film projects. Writers are challenged to define and articulate the distinctive elements of scripts and the components that make a property viable and attractive in the international market.

The goal for each writer is to leave the program with an expanded project slate, including at least one solid, produceable feature script that champions your original voice.

Craft and Collaboration

Writers are immersed in a myriad of perspectives and approaches to story editing through a series of workshops, writing exercises, case studies and productions. Sessions are customized each year to meet the needs of the writers, both as a group and individually, as required.

Writers leave the program with a more comprehensive understanding of storytelling, screenwriting techniques and how to effectively engage with feedback on different levels.

Business and Marketplace

Writers are exposed to a variety of perspectives on the current landscape of filmmaking and writing. You will meet with producers, distributors, funders and other key players in the industry to gain a better understanding of various business considerations and expand your awareness of how these factors impact project slates and long-term career strategy.

Writers engage in a number of sessions focused on the business of writing and develop business plans that help define your long-term career goals. You will be challenged and coached on how to best represent yourself and your projects within the industry, bridging the gap between creative aspirations and the business of screenwriting.


APPLICATION PROCESS

Deadlines and Fees:

Applications are now closed for the 2018 Cineplex Entertainment Film Program Writers' Lab.

There is a $100 application fee via Paypal at the end of the application process.


Writers' Lab Application Requirements:

Letter of Intent: A one-page description outlining what you hope to achieve by attending the lab. Include your expectations of the program and touch on your immediate and long-term goals as they relate to strengthening your craft and how you feel this will support your creative vision.

Curriculum Vitae: Please provide a current CV.

Filmography: Outlining your writing experience, and development experience is valid whether for the screen or any other medium, and whether it has been produced or not; however, all non-writing experience is to be listed in your Curriculum Vitae.

Feature Screenplay: Submit the screenplay you believe best showcases your writing and original voice. Submissions should be an un-produced, feature length screenplay in proper screenplay format, 80-110 pages. This screenplay cannot be co-written. Script should be proof read and clearly marked with your name, feature title, and draft date on the cover page.

Please also indicate if your script is based on source material (play, short story, short film, graphic novel etc.) and that you have the option and/or rights to adapt the material.

Feature Screenplay Synopsis & Artist Statement: We ask that you submit a 1 paragraph synopsis of your submitted Feature Screenplay, along with a brief artist statement which outlines why this project and what you want to explore with it.

Project Slate: Writers spend significant time developing one to two feature projects over the course of the program. Please include a list of any other projects on your slate this can include Film, TV, and/or web projects to be further developed. Please submit 1 paragraph synopses of each project noting genre, stage of development, development/funding history (if applicable), and key creatives attached to the project (if applicable). Please list these ideas in order of which you’d prefer to develop further.

2 Letters of Reference: From anyone who is familiar with your writing ability. The letters should emphasize your proven commitment to your craft and be addressed to the ‘Writers’ Lab Selection Committee.’ These can be uploaded with the application, or emailed by the referee to programs@cfccreates.com.

Please note that at any time during the selection process, we may request additional materials. When uploading the above materials to the application, please include the following in a single PDF, with your name and title of the required document at the top of each page: Letter of Intent, CV/Resume, Filmography, Feature Screenplay Synopsis & Artist Statement, Feature Project Slate, and 2 Letters of Reference. Your Feature Screenplay should be uploaded as a separate PDF from the previously mentioned requirements. 

SELECTION PROCESS

A selection committee comprised of industry professionals and key program staff is assembled and short-lists applicants for interviews.

All applicants will be notified no later than end of March of whether or not they have been short-listed for an interview. Applicants whose submissions are not short-listed will be notified by email. Due to the number of applications we receive, we are not able to give individual feedback at this stage of the process.

The interview is a conversation with the filmmaker about his or her work and who they are, and is intended to assist the committee in determining which candidates will best contribute to and benefit from the program’s design. Prior to the interview we will put you in touch with a recent alumnus or alumna to answer any questions you have about the program, expectations, and design.

Whenever possible, the CFC sets up in-person interviews with those applicants based outside of Ontario. At minimum, phone interviews are arranged.

Directors' Lab

The responsibilities of a director are constant and all-encompassing. The Cineplex Entertainment Film Program Directors' Lab challenges you to maintain your creative vision, both on and off the floor, as you develop and workshop a number of projects. Please find additional information below, and if you have any questions, please contact programs@cfccreates.com.


ELIGIBILITY

This program is designed for directors who are deeply committed to expanding their creative toolbox and broadening their scope as cinematic storytellers. We are looking for directors with a distinct POV and a strong desire to collaborate. You should be actively working toward your first, second or third feature film.

To apply, you must have a reel showcasing your directing talent and voice, experience in the film and television industry, a proven commitment to the craft of directing and a feature film project at some stage of development.

You must be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada to apply.


LAB DESIGN

Project Development

For maximum impact, the development of each director’s feature film is on an individual basis. Projects will be developed through a series of rigorous and highly productive workshops, writing assignments and story editing sessions. You will be challenged to articulate what makes your feature distinctive and the factors that make it attractive in the international marketplace.

The goal for each director is to complete the lab with a feature project that champions your original voice, is in an advanced stage of development and that is viable in the evolving media landscape.

Craft and Collaboration

The program offers a chance to explore and push your creative boundaries through a series of complex production exercises, workshops and case studies. These are designed to inform and help shape your creative and collaborative choices. Sessions are customized each year to meet the needs of the directors, both as a group and individually, as required.

Business and Marketplace

Directors are exposed to a variety of perspectives on the current landscape of filmmaking and directing. This includes meeting with producers, distributors, funders and other key players in the industry to gain a better understanding of production and business considerations and how these factors impact project slates and long-term career strategy.

You will also be coached and guided on the best way to successfully represent yourself and your projects within the industry, bridging the gap between your creative aspirations and the business of filmmaking.


APPLICATION PROCESS

Deadlines and Fees:

Applications are now closed for the 2018 Cineplex Entertainment Film Program Directors' Lab.

There is a $100 application fee via Paypal at the end of the application process.


Directors' Lab Application Requirements:

Letter of Intent: A one-page description outlining what you hope to achieve by attending the lab. Include your expectations of the program and touch on your immediate and long-term goals as they relate to strengthening your craft and how you feel this will support your creative vision.

Curriculum Vitae: Please provide your current CV.

Filmography: Outlining your directorial experience in the film industry. All writing, development, production and post-production experience is valid; however, all non-directorial experience is to be listed in your Curriculum Vitae. And only produced projects should be included.

Visual Support Materials: Visual support materials submitted should showcase your directing talent, demonstrating the strength of your directorial vision as well as your ability to tell a compelling story. 

This can include film, TV, doc, web, commercials, and/or music videos. All pieces submitted for review must be in their entirety, including shorts and/or feature films (please do not submit demo reels, clips or trailers).

Provide a link to either a Playlist or Album of projects (in their entirety) in order of preferred viewing, as the selection committee may have limited viewing time and we want to ensure we prioritize what you believe is your strongest work; please specify scenes (time codes) to be viewed from these materials in the Visual Support Synopses.

Please note: we prefer to receive a link to view your materials online, but if that isn’t possible please send us 3 copies on DVD via mail. If you would like your DVDs returned, please include a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Visual Support Synopses: Provide short synopses (1-2 sentences) of all visual support materials. Include year produced, the running time and a list of key creatives credited on each piece (writer, director, producer, editor) and distribution status (any festival/broadcast/online to date).

Feature Project Synopsis & Artist Statement: Directors spend significant time developing a feature project over the course of the program. We ask that you submit a 1 paragraph synopsis of the project you are most keen to develop/workshop through the Lab along with a brief artist statement which outlines why this project and what you want to explore with it. Please be sure to also include a brief summary of any development history with the project (i.e. funding, producers, development initiatives).

Please also indicate if your feature is based on source material (play, short story, short film, graphic novel etc.) and that you have the option and/or rights to adapt the material.

Project Slate: We also ask directors to include a project slate with their application. Slates can include Film, TV, documentary and/or web projects. Please submit 1 paragraph synopses of each project noting genre, stage of development, development/funding history (if applicable), and key creatives attached to the project (if applicable).

2 Letters of Reference: From anyone who is familiar with your directing ability. The letters should emphasize your proven commitment to your craft and be addressed to the ‘Directors’ Lab Selection Committee.’ These can be uploaded with the application, or emailed by the referee to programs@cfccreates.com.

Please note that at any time during the selection process, we may request additional materials. When uploading the above materials to the application, please include the following in a single PDF, with your name and title of the required document at the top of each page: Letter of Intent, CV/Resume, Filmography, Visual Support Synopses, Feature Project Synopsis & Artist Statement, Project Slate, and 2 Letters of Reference. 

SELECTION PROCESS

A selection committee comprised of industry professionals and key program staff is assembled and short-lists applicants for interviews.

All applicants will be notified no later than end of March of whether or not they have been short-listed for an interview. Applicants whose submissions are not short-listed will be notified by email. Due to the number of applications we receive, we are not able to give individual feedback at this stage of the process.

The interview is a conversation with the filmmaker about his or her work and who they are, and is intended to assist the committee in determining which candidates will best contribute to and benefit from the program’s design. Prior to the interview we will put you in touch with a recent alumnus or alumna to answer any questions you have about the program, expectations, and design.

Whenever possible, the CFC sets up in-person interviews with those applicants based outside of Ontario. At minimum, phone interviews are arranged.

Producers' Lab

Producers need to see the big picture. This program constantly exercises your creative and business acumen while you develop and workshop a number of projects and business strategies. Please find additional information below, and if you have any questions, please contact programs@cfccreates.com.


ELIGIBILITY

Designed for producers with a strong creative vision, commitment to team leadership and entrepreneurial instincts, the Cineplex Entertainment Film Program Producers' Lab is for individuals intent on establishing viable business opportunities in the screen industry.

To apply, you must have producing or production experience, an understanding of the current film and TV marketplace and a project slate which includes a feature-length project at some stage of development.

You must be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada to apply.


LAB DESIGN

Project Development

With an individualized focus, you will refine your ability to manage the development process and exercise creative feedback through workshops, writing assignments, story editing sessions and providing notes. Producers will be challenged to identify and articulate the distinctive elements of specific projects while showcasing viability, marketability and saleability within the competitive international marketplace.

Whether your development slate includes dramatic features, documentaries, TV or web series, with the counsel and expertise of international industry experts, you will professionally package key projects. The goal is for you to complete the program with your project at a more advanced stage of development, and the requisite skills to support and package's existing and future properties.

Craft and Collaboration

You will learn how to best support the creative vision of your project while balancing competing practical considerations. Through a series of workshops, simulations, hands-on production exercises and case studies, producers are exposed to a variety of perspectives on the current business landscape.

Each year sessions are customized to meet the needs of the producers, both as a group and individually, as required. You will put into practice your ability to produce and deliver content to the market and leave the program with a more comprehensive understanding of industry expectations and the entire script-to-screen process.

Business and Marketplace

Producers meet regularly with industry leaders working in production, distribution, financing and sales to gain valuable insights on key business considerations. Top experts share knowledge and counsel on best practices, evolving business models and changes in the entertainment and media industries. You will also define your long-term goals and create a strategic business plan to position yourself, and your creative properties, within the global market.


APPLICATION PROCESS

Deadlines and Fees:

Applications are now closed for the 2018 Cineplex Entertainment Film Program Producers' Lab.

There is a $100 application fee via Paypal at the end of the application process.


Producers' Lab Application Requirements:

Letter of Intent: A one-page description outlining what you hope to achieve by attending the lab. Include your expectations of the program and touch on your immediate and long-term goals as they relate to strengthening your business and creative vision.

Curriculum Vitae: Please provide a current CV.

Filmography: Outlining your producing credits or relevant productions and post production credits in the film/TV industry. All writing, development, production and post-production experience is valid; however, all non-producing experience is to be listed in your Curriculum Vitae. Only produced projects should be included.

Visual Support Materials: Visual support materials submitted should showcase your producing talent, demonstrating the strength of your vision as well as your ability to tell a compelling story. 

This can include film, TV, doc, web, commercials, and/or music videos.
All pieces submitted for review must be in their entirety, including shorts and/or feature films (please do not submit demo reels, clips or trailers).

Provide a link to either a Playlist or Album of projects (in their entirety) in order of preferred viewing, as the selection committee may have limited viewing time and we want to ensure we prioritize what you believe is your strongest work; please specify scenes (time codes) to be viewed from these materials in the Visual Support Synopses.

Please note: we prefer to receive a link to view your materials online, but if that isn’t possible please send us 3 copies on DVD via mail. If you would like your DVDs returned, please include a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Visual Support Synopses: Provide short synopses (1-2 sentences) of all visual support materials. Include year produced, the running time and a list of key creatives credited on each piece (writer, director, producer, editor) and distribution status (any festival/broadcast/online to date).

Feature Project Producer Statement: Producers spend significant time developing and packaging a feature project over the course of the program. We ask that you submit a 1 paragraph synopsis of the project you are most keen to develop/workshop through the Lab along with a brief producer statement which outlines why this project and its marketplace potential. Please be sure to also include a brief summary of any development history with the projects (i.e. funding, producers, development initiatives).

Please also indicate if your feature is based on source material (play, short story, short film, graphic novel etc.) and that you have the option and/or rights to adapt the material.

Project Slate: We also ask producers to include a project slate with their application. Slates can include Film, TV, documentary and/or web projects. Please submit 1 paragraph synopses of each project, noting genre, stage of development, development/funding history (if applicable), and key creatives attached to the project (if applicable).

2 Letters of Reference: From anyone who is familiar with your producing ability. The letters should emphasize your proven commitment to your craft and be addressed to the ‘Producers’ Lab Selection Committee.’ These can be uploaded with the application, or emailed by the referee to programs@cfccreates.com.

Please note that at any time during the selection process, we may request additional materials. When uploading the above materials to the application, please include the following in a single PDF, with your name and title of the required document at the top of each page: Letter of Intent, CV/Resume, Filmography, Visual Support Synopses, Feature Project Producer Statement, Project Slate, and 2 Letters of Reference. 


SELECTION PROCESS

A selection committee comprised of industry professionals and key program staff is assembled and short-lists applicants for interviews.

All applicants will be notified no later than end of March of whether or not they have been short-listed for an interview. Applicants whose submissions are not short-listed will be notified by email. Due to the number of applications we receive, we are not able to give individual feedback at this stage of the process.

The interview is a conversation with the filmmaker about his or her work and who they are, and is intended to assist the committee in determining which candidates will best contribute to and benefit from the program’s design. Prior to the interview we will put you in touch with a recent alumnus or alumna to answer any questions you have about the program, expectations, and design.

Whenever possible, the CFC sets up in-person interviews with those applicants based outside of Ontario. At minimum, phone interviews are arranged.

Editors' Lab

Editing is an integral part of the storytelling process. Through intensive editing projects and workshops, the Cineplex Entertainment Film Program Editors' Lab affords you the opportunity to cut a significant volume and variety of content improving your technical craft and elevating your sense of story. Please find additional information below, and if you have any questions, please contact programs@cfccreates.com.


ELIGIBILITY

This program is designed for editors with strong creative instincts, a deep commitment to expanding their craft and a desire to engage in a satisfying, collaborative filmmaking experience. We are looking for editors with a strong understanding of cinematic storytelling and solid technical editing skills.

To apply, you must have experience in the film and television industry, a portfolio showcasing your editing talent, at least two years experience in post-production and a proven commitment to editing.

You must be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada to apply.


LAB DESIGN

Craft and Collaboration

Editing exercises, case studies and production workshops are designed to increase your technical, collaborative and creative storytelling skills. Editors are immersed in a myriad of perspectives and approaches to editing to enhance their role in the storytelling process.

Working alongside the other Cineplex Entertainment Film Program labs, you will gain experience working with different material and creative partners, while sharpening your editing and collaborative skills. Exercises are customized each year to meet the needs of the editors, individually and as a group, as required.


Business and Marketplace

To help define long-term career goals, professional strategy and ensure you are equipped to manage changes in the post-production arena, you will engage in a number of sessions focused on the business of editing.


Key Project: Cutting the Feature

This component puts into practice the dramatic, organizational and professional skills required for an editor to successfully tackle cutting a feature. Over the course of the program, you will be tasked with editing a produced feature film while receiving high-level feedback and mentorship.The goal is for each editor to leave with the skills and confidence necessary to seek out, secure and execute a feature or TV series gig.


APPLICATION PROCESS

Deadlines and Fees:

Applications are now closed for the 2018 Cineplex Entertainment Film Program Editors' Lab.

There is a $100 application fee via Paypal at the end of the application process.


Editors' Lab Application Requirements:

Letter of Intent: A one-page description outlining what you hope to achieve by attending the lab. Include your expectations of the program and touch on your immediate and long-term goals as they relate to strengthening your craft and creative vision.

Curriculum Vitae: Please provide your current CV.

Filmography: Outlining your editing credits experience in the film/TV industry. All writing, development, production and post-production experience is valid; however, all non-editing experience is to be listed in your Curriculum Vitae. Only produced projects should be included.

Visual Support Materials: Visual support materials submitted should showcase your editing talent, demonstrating the strength of your vision as well as your ability to tell a compelling story.

This can include film, TV, doc, web, commercials, and/or music videos. All pieces submitted for review must be in their entirety, including shorts and/or feature films (please do not submit demo reels, clips or trailers).

Provide a link to either a Playlist or Album of projects (in their entirety) in order of preferred viewing, as the selection committee may have limited viewing time and we want to ensure we prioritize what you believe is your strongest work; please specify scenes (time codes) to be viewed from these materials in the Visual Support Synopses.

Please note: we prefer to receive a link to view your materials online, but if that isn’t possible please send us 3 copies on DVD via mail. If you would like your DVDs returned, please include a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Visual Support Synopses: Provide short synopses (3-5 sentences) of all visual support materials. Include the running time and a list of key creatives credited on each piece (writer, director, producer, editor) and distribution status (any festival/broadcast/online to date). Please be sure to also include the scenes (time codes) for each project that best exemplify your strengths and talents.

2 Letters of Reference: From anyone who is familiar with your editing ability. The letters should emphasize your proven commitment to your craft and be addressed to the ‘Editors’ Lab Selection Committee.’ These can be uploaded with the application, or emailed by the referee to programs@cfccreates.com.

Please note that at any time during the selection process, we may request additional materials. When uploading the above materials to the application, please include the following in a single PDF, with your name and title of the required document at the top of each page: Letter of Intent, CV/Resume, Filmography, Visual Support Synopses, and 2 Letters of Reference. If you are shortlisted, you will be required to complete an editing exercise during the selection process. 

SELECTION PROCESS

A selection committee comprised of industry professionals and key program staff is assembled and short-lists applicants for interviews.

All applicants will be notified no later than end of March of whether or not they have been short-listed for an interview. Applicants whose submissions are not short-listed will be notified by email. Due to the number of applications we receive, we are not able to give individual feedback at this stage of the process.

The interview is a conversation with the filmmaker about his or her work and who they are, and is intended to assist the committee in determining which candidates will best contribute to and benefit from the program’s design. Prior to the interview we will put you in touch with a recent alumnus or alumna to answer any questions you have about the program, expectations, and design.

Whenever possible, the CFC sets up in-person interviews with those applicants based outside of Ontario. At minimum, phone interviews are arranged.


Supporters

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The Government of Ontario


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