Thursday, March 10, 2011

Call for submissions: Praxis 2011 Feature Film Screenplay Competition

As mentioned recently, the call would be put out soon for the Praxis 2011 Feature Film Screenplay Competition. It has come sooner than expected.

The Praxis Centre for Screenwriters is a program of Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts. The competition is for writers with feature-length screenplays to participate in their screenwriting workshop in Vancouver. They will select eight applicants to work with an advisor to develop further develop the script. Aside from the application cost, there is no charge for the program.

The program is open to all Canadian citizens or landed immigrants. Some out-of-town participants may be able to have their transportation and accomodation expenses partially covered. 

The deadline for applications is June 25, 2011.

Praxis 2011 Feature Film Screenplay Competition
Each year, Praxis holds a national call for entries seeking new screenplays by Canadian writers.  Following careful jury selection, approximately eight entrants are invited to our Fall Screenwriting Workshop in Vancouver, B.C.

During the Fall Workshop, each selected script is carefully matched with an "advisor" (veteran screenwriter or story editor), in consultation with the writer. The advisors and writers meet in Vancouver for three days over a one week period (scheduled for November 2011). 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.

Writers who complete our Fall Screenwriting workshops are given an invitation-only opportunity to apply for our Summer Readings, an annual event where their new screenplay drafts are professionally cast for table readings.

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

Over thirty Praxis scripts have been produced - most recently Jacob Tierney's The Trotsky.  Our Advisors include numerous highly accomplished screenwriters and story editors. 

Deadline for application: June 25, 2011

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