The Screenwriting Intensive program offers five Ontario-based, mid-career* screenwriters the chance to strengthen their storytelling skills through scriptwriting workshops, and mentorship, artistic, and professional development opportunities.
Each of the five selected screenwriters will be paired with a story editor; together they'll work to perfect their screenplays in Skype meetings over the course of seven weeks. During this time, story editors will provide invaluable advice on all aspects of the screenplay and help with any challenges the writers encounter.
On Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2, the story editors and screenwriters come together for a final review of their screenplays, and prepare for a live presentation in front of a jury and an industry audience on Saturday, June 22.
*Mid-career screenwriter: To apply, writers must have a script that is at least in its second draft and is ready to be reviewed with a story editor. Screenwriters must have written a minimum of one feature-length film or two short films.
Important note: The selected screenwriters need to be committed to write within the time frame of the program. All events will take place at TIFF Bell Lightbox.
Between Friday, May 10 and Friday, June 21, the screenwriters will hold up to four meetings with their mentors to prepare their screenplays. On Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2, screenwriters and story editors meet in person to finalize their screenplays and participate in workshops to discuss their process, share their feedback, and prepare for their pitch.
Part 1 - Preparation
Saturday, June 1
9am – 9:45am: Meet and Greet (coffee and tea reception)
9:45am – 12:30pm: One-on-one meetings
12:30pm – 1pm: Lunch
1pm – 2:30pm: Panel – “Writing a Good Sales Document”
Sunday, June 2
9:15am – 10am: Meet and Greet (coffee and tea reception)
10am – 12pm: Panel – “Taking a Script Apart”
12pm – 1pm: Lunch
1pm – 2:30pm: One-on-one meetings with other story editors
Part 2 - Presentation
Writers have three weeks to adjust their scripts according to the suggestions made in one-on-one meetings, and to prepare for a presentation in front of a jury and an audience comprised of producers, directors, and key industry professionals. Both the jury and audience will select a favourite script. The screenwriter selected by the jury will be awarded a cash prize of $5,000. The audience favourite will receive complimentary TIFF industry event access throughout the year and during the Festival.
Saturday, June 22
9:15am – 10am: Meet and Greet (coffee and tea will be available)
10am – 12pm: Mogul Session with Franklin Leonard
12pm – 1pm: Lunch and Presentation Preparation
1pm – 3pm: Creative Presentation
3pm – 3:30pm: Deliberation (jury and audience break off to select a winner)
3:30pm – 4pm: Announcement of Jury- and Audience-Award Winners
To apply, please click here
STUDIO is made possible through The Entertainment and Creative Partnerships Fund administered by the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC) on behalf of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture. The Programming Partners are: DGC, Ubisoft, WGC, WIFT-TO, ACCT and CMPA.