Movie Central’s Script to Screen call for submissions now open

Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central, along with the National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI), announce the call for submissions for the fourth year of Script to Screen.

Script to Screen is a writer-oriented, feature script development program funded by Movie Central and delivered by NSI. The program selects gifted writers and helps shape their ideas from the early stages of development through to a polished, production-ready script with market appeal.

The call for submissions is now open to the first 200 complete applications. Up to five selected writers will receive a development advance of up to $50,000.

“We are proud to continue to offer an incredibly popular fund that helps us establish important and valued relationships with talented feature film writers from across the country,” said Maria Hale, VP, Head of Content Distribution & Pay TV Corus Entertainment. “We are excited to continue our partnership with NSI while providing financial support and expertise to take an idea from its beginning stages to a market-ready polished script.”

“Our colleagues at Corus have been great to work with and it’s wonderful to be able to continue our partnership with Movie Central in delivering Script to Screen,” said John Gill, CEO of the National Screen Institute. “The popularity of this program and the speed with which we reach our submissions cap speaks to the industry demand for this kind of screenwriter development.”

Interested applicants can apply now. Submissions are open to the first 200 complete applications.

About 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, through Script to Screen, a writer-oriented feature script development program funded by Movie Central and delivered by NSI supports Canadian filmmaking. Visit the Movie Central website at

Movie Central is owned by Corus Entertainment Inc., 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. Experience Corus on the web at

About the National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI)

Renowned for having given many emerging filmmakers, television writers and producers their first breaks, the National Screen Institute provides training and production support through courses like NSI Totally Television, NSI Drama Prize, NSI New Voices, NSI Features First, NSI Lifestyle & Reality Series Producer, Movie Central Script to Screen, Shaw Media Diverse TV Director and NSI Aboriginal Documentary.

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

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Media enquiries

Owen McCorquodale | Corus Entertainment

Laura Friesen | National Screen Institute

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