Thursday, May 20, 2010

Praxis Centre for Screenwriters - Fall 2010 Workshop

The Praxis Centre for Screenwriters has put out a call for submissions for its Fall 2010 workshop. The deadline is in late June 2010 (their website lists both June 25 and June 30 as the deadline). They only accept complete screenplays and select between four and six for the one-week intensive workshop in November.

Here are the details from their site

Spring/Fall Competitions
Praxis holds two feature film script competitions each year, one in the Spring (deadline November 15th) and one in the Fall (deadline June 30th).

We receive approximately 200 scripts a year. From each competition we select 4 - 6 scripts to be workshopped with a veteran story editor or screenwriter. Admission to the workshops is highly competitive.

We are looking for feature film scripts of any genre. Each writer remains anonymous to the jury until a short list has been identified. Each script selected is carefully matched with an advisor, in consultation with the writer. The advisors and fellows meet in Vancouver for three days over a one week period. During this time they work together intensively, analyzing the writer's intentions, rewriting, rethinking, and charting a course for further development. The writer should leave these private meetings with a clear plan of how to proceed through the next draft. If others are involved with the project (producer, director or co-writers), they are invited to participate as well.

During these workshops we may schedule additional group sessions with producers and development personnel to help address practical concerns necessary to move the project toward production.

In order to attract the best scripts in the country, we cover all workshop costs. There are no fees for the workshop except an application fee of $75; in some instances, out-of-town participants' transportation and accommodation expenses are covered. Writers must be Canadian citizens or Landed Immigrants. All rights remain with the writer. Praxis has no proprietary interest in any of the projects.
Workshop takes place: 1 week in early November (approx.)
*Deadline for application: June 25, 2010
Workshop takes place: 1 week in early March (approx.)
*Deadline for application: November 15, 2010
Praxis requires:

  1. Three bound copies of a completed first draft of a feature film script. (These must be three-hole punched with brads, and your name and address removed.).
  2. Information regarding all relevant rights and option agreements if the script is not based on original material.
  3. A non-refundable application fee of $75.00 enclosed for each title.
  4. A completed application form with all relevant support material, a resume, and/or biographical information.
Note: Treatments will not be considered.

Praxis will mail notification of results to all those who submit. We will mail your scripts back if you include a self-addressed envelope with sufficient postage, or you may pick up your script at Praxis. Notification letters will indicate the date by which scripts must picked up; after this date, scripts will be discarded.

Due to the number of screenplays we receive, we regret that we cannot provide any feedback on an individual submission.

Send complete application package and payment to:
Praxis Centre for Screenwriters
Suite 3120, 515 W. Hastings St.
Vancouver, BC   V6B 5K3

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