The DHX Experience

Writing for Animation Bootcamp


The DHX Experience integrates kids/tween/family skills development and content creation into CFC’s existing film, TV, music and acting programs, engaging more than 40 screen-based entertainment industry professionals a year, comprised of CFC residents and select CFC alumni, by introducing them to the family/kids market through in-depth workshops, bootcamps and practical exercises. 

Over the next four years, The DHX Experience will ensure that CFC talent coming through our film, TV, acting and music programs will: 

  • Be exposed to the opportunities that exist in the kids/tween/family marketplace
  • Explore different creative processes and best practices for kids/tween/family content creation
  • Foster the development of new projects destined for the kids/tween/family marketplace
  • Broker new creative and business opportunities
  • Offer access to key industry professionals, mentors and creative leaders in the kids/tween/family space 

The DHX Experience is primarily aimed at developing skills and talent across the CFC’s core training programs, but also extends its offerings to help develop British Columbia-based acting talent through voice for animation workshops and a kids/tween/family showrunner bootcamp. 

For any additional questions concerning The DHX Experience, please email


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,


Writing for Animation Bootcamp

Are you a CFC alumni who writes? Do you want to break into animated comedy television?

The Canadian Film Centre and DHX Media are proud to present the Writing for Animation Bootcamp, a day-long workshop for 25 alumni. Led by Stephanie Betts, SVP, Development and Current Series at DHX Media, and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs co-executive producers, Mark Evestaff and Alex Galatis, the workshop will look at the nuts and bolts of animation, the pitching process, as well as what makes up an animated writers' room, and the ins and outs of production.

Participants will also partake in a case study on Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and are required to read a script in advance. As a group, writers will watch the episode in class, examine the idea and deconstruct the elements that contribute to making this show a successful animation series.

Using the tools they acquired in the workshop, the 25 participants will be invited to submit 2 episode premise pitches for the series for a chance to participate in a mock-animated story room on June 5th & 6th, 2018 with Mark and Alex. 

Only 6 writers have a chance to participate in the story room, and will be asked to prep several new ideas to pitch for the first day in the room. Mark and Alex will lead a roundtable to discuss each pitch premise and select the top ideas to move forward with. Writers will be assigned outlines to turnaround overnight in order to be further workshopped the next day.

Writers will gain a better understanding of creative and practical aspects of writing for an animated comedy/adventure series, and can walk away with a sample 1-2 page pitch that could be optioned by DHX Media. Writers will learn what it means to work in an animated story room, and have a chance to impress two top showrunners. 

If you are a CFC alumni who writes, please register by emailing by 5pm on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. Spots are limited. CFC will be in contact to confirm your participation and further details. 

Day-long workshop: May 15, 2018 (25 participants)
Two-day story room: June 5 & 6, 2018 (6 participants selected)

As Senior Vice President of Development and Current Series, Stephanie Betts is responsible for fostering, managing and expanding the kids and family development slate at DHX Studios, while also taking an active role in the creative oversight of all original DHX Media content. Stephanie’s expertise lies in building strong, creatively driven teams, and in developing series that appeal to domestic and international broadcasters – and most importantly, to kids! Drawing on more than a decade of experience producing and developing award-winning series, Stephanie has spearheaded the development of more than a dozen successful DHX series, including Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Inspector GadgetTeletubbies, Supernoobs, and Make It Pop. Prior to joining DHX Media, Stephanie worked for more than six years as a Producer and Development Executive at Breakthrough Films and Television, and at Atomic Cartoons. 

A graduate of the MFA program at Parsons School of Design, Mark has produced animated segments for Sesame Workshop, and worked as a creative consultant for Comedy Central, VH1, and Nelvana. After teaming up with Breakthrough Entertainment, Mark developed and produced Jimmy Two-Shoes for Disney XD, as well as the award-winning animated series Rocket Monkeys for Teletoon. He currently serves as showrunner and Executive Producer for Sony’s series adaptation of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs for DHX.

Alex Galatis is an executive story editor and writer with over 200 hours of produced work. Alex has worked in children’s, teen and adult live-action as well as animation. As a writer, he has written over 100 hours of episodic TV, animation, live action half-hours and TV movies that have aired on CBC, TVO, Teletoon, Showcase, W and YTV in Canada, and on Cartoon Network, Disney XD, Nickelodeon in the U.S. and CBBC in England.

Recently, Alex has focused primarily on animation. He has worked as the executive story editor for three seasons of Atomic Betty, three seasons of Jimmy Two Shoes as well as the inaugural season of Dr. Dimensionpants and the first three seasons of Rocket Monkeys. Alex’s latest project as executive story editor is the first two seasons of DHX Media and Sony Pictures Animation’s TV series, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.