Corus Entertainment and the National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) are pleased to announce the projects selected for the 2016 edition of Script to Screen, a development fund partnership with Corus’ Western Canada pay TV service, Movie Central and the Winnipeg-based NSI.
The Script to Screen initiative provides hands-on involvement with Movie Central’s expertise, shepherding scripts from film treatment to a polished, production-ready script with market viability.
Selected this year are Girlfriend by Ramona Barckert of Guelph and Minding the Manners by Daphne Ballon and Jeff Copeland of Toronto.
“Congratulations to Ramona, Daphne and Jeff on their winning scripts,” said Brendon Sawatzky, NSI programming director and program co-manager. “Shereen [Jerrett, program co-manager] and I are excited to work with them to refine and polish their projects.”
Script to Screen provides Canadian screenwriters with robust funding, creative support and industry guidance from the development team at Movie Central. The aim of the fund is to fully develop feature film concepts with Canadian creators. Through the partnership with NSI, selected candidates will also benefit from the learning and development expertise provided by this renowned Canadian film, television and digital media training school.
“I’m thrilled that Girlfriend has been selected. Sustaining a feature film writing career can be difficult and a program like Script to Screen benefits writers and the Canadian industry in so many ways,” said Ramona. “I can’t wait to dive in and develop this project further with Movie Central and the NSI team.”
“There’s a real need for family-oriented feature films. To develop this project with creative and experienced industry support is an amazing opportunity, and we couldn’t be happier about it,” said Daphne and Jeff.