Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Call for submissions: Script to Screen development funding program


New program provides screenwriters with funding to develop feature film scripts

Corus Entertainment today announced Script to Screen, a new program partnership with Corus’ western-Canada pay TV service Movie Central and the Winnipeg-based National Screen Institute (NSI). Script to Screen will provide established and emerging Canadian screenwriters with robust funding, creative support and industry guidance to fully develop feature film concepts for film and television, from script to screen.

“With the launch of the Script and Screen initiative in partnership with National Screen Institute, Corus has the opportunity to play an instrumental role in fostering screenwriting talent,” said Jocelyn Hamilton, Vice President, Original Programming, Kids, Comedy, Drama, Corus Entertainment. “In addition to providing Canadian screenwriters with robust funding, Script to Screen will offer support and expertise throughout the process.”

The Script to Screen initiative, which replaces Corus Made with Pay Fund, provides more hands-on involvement shepherding scripts from film treatment to a polished production-ready script with market viability. Through the partnership with NSI, selected candidates will also benefit from the learning and development expertise provided by the renowned Canadian film, television and media training institution. Submissions for consideration will open on Monday, June 11 with a deadline of August 15, 2012.

Further details can be found at the following: http://www.nsi-canada.ca/courses/script-to-screen/

Movie Central
Movie Central is a commercial-free premium pay TV service available in western Canada. Movie Central premieres the best in Hollywood, international and Canadian films across nine 24-hour movie channels, including dedicated high-definition feeds, a Movie Central On Demand service and exclusive HBO content on HBO Canada. Movie Central is also the first window for Showtime content and home to cutting-edge Canadian series. A major force in the Canadian independent film and television production industry, Movie Central, supports many critically-acclaimed and award-winning Canadian series and films. Visit the Movie Central website at www.moviecentral.ca.

Corus Entertainment Inc. is a Canadian-based media and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in specialty television and radio with additional assets in pay television, television broadcasting, children's book publishing and children's animation. The Company's multimedia entertainment brands include YTV, Treehouse, Nickelodeon (Canada), ABC Spark, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada), CosmoTV, Sundance Channel (Canada), Movie Central, HBO Canada, Nelvana, Kids Can Press and radio stations including CKNW AM 980, 99.3 The FOX, Country 105, 630 CHED, Q107 and 102.1 the Edge. Corus creates engaging branded entertainment experiences for its audiences across multiple platforms. A publicly traded company, Corus is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (CJR.B). Experience Corus on the web at www.corusent.com.

National Screen Institute (NSI)
Renowned for having given many emerging filmmakers, television writers and producers their first breaks, the National Screen Institute (NSI) provides training and production support through programs like NSI Totally Television, NSI Drama Prize, NSI New Voices, NSI Features First, and the upcoming NSI Aboriginal Documentary program.

NSI also offers national exposure through the NSI Online Short Film Festival, and provides vast resources and support to those in the film, television, and digital media industry at www.nsi-canada.ca.

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