Cineplex Film Program - Writers' Lab

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    IMPORTANT DATES

    APPLICATIONS OPEN: December 2, 2019 @ 1:00pm EST
    APPLICATIONS CLOSE: January 13, 2020 @ 5:00pm EST
    PROGRAM START: July 2020
    PROGRAM END: December 2020

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Writing is a rigorous, near-constant process of revising, reimagining and rewriting. The Cineplex 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


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.

This is national program and open to writers from across Canada. Applicants must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.


TUITION & FEES

Tuition for all 2020 Cineplex Film Program labs is $8,000.00.

If accepted into the program, you are eligible to apply for a CFC scholarship of up to $8,000.00 based on financial need.

Please note that there is a $100.00 application fee via PayPal for all Cineplex Film Program applications.


CONTACT

For questions and clarifications, please contact programs@cfccreates.com.

Program 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.


CONTACT

For questions and clarifications, please contact programs@cfccreates.com.

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APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

PART 1: COMPILED PDF

As part of the online application form, you will be asked to upload a single PDF file comprised of each document listed below in their respective order. Be sure to include your full name at the top of each page, as well as the title of the document.

1. LETTER OF INTENT (ONE PAGE)

This is our introduction to you! Please include a description of what your immediate and long term goals are as a writer. How might the lab specifically help you advance your craft and/or primary project?

2. RESUME/ CURRICULUM VITAE

A current and brief account of your previous work experience, education, and qualifications.

3. FILMOGRAPHY/ WRITING CREDITS

Please include a list of all your writing credits to date. This should include work from film and TV, theatre, novels, short stories, etc. Please include the year the piece was written, as well as its production status.

4. PROJECT SLATE 

A rundown of all film, television, documentary and web projects you are interested in exploring that have not yet been produced. Please include a brief synopsis (one paragraph per project), including genre, stage of development, funding history and key creatives (directors, producers), if applicable. Please include your primary feature project in your project slate.

5. TWO LETTERS OF REFERENCE

From anyone who is familiar with your work as a writer. 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.

PART 2: FEATURE SCREENPLAY

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, between 80-110 pages. This screenplay cannot be co-written. Your script should be proof-read and clearly marked with your name, feature title, and draft date on the cover page.

You will be asked to provide the current title of your screenplay, stage of development, as well as a brief description of your feature screenplay, including a summary of the plot, major characters and story points.

ARTIST STATEMENT

Why are you interested in telling this story and why now? What is your connection to the material? Please also indicate if your script is based on source material (play, short story, short film, graphic novel etc.), the source material author (if not you), and that you have the option and/or rights to adapt the material.


SELECTION PROCESS

APPLICATION

Please review the application requirements in advance of submitting.

All applicants will be notified via email of their application status no later than end of March. Due to the high volume of applicants, feedback will only be offered to shortlisted applicants.

INTERVIEW

A selection committee comprised of industry professionals and key program staff is assembled to create a shortlist of applicants who will be selected for an interview.

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 design and expectations.

The interview is structured as a conversation with the filmmaker and is intended to assist the committee in determining which candidates will best contribute to, and benefit from, the program’s design.

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

Applicants selected for the program are contacted shortly after interviews. 


CONTACT

For questions and clarifications, please contact programs@cfccreates.com.