Phase One Schedule

Once admitted into the FILM 5 program you will take part in the following development workshops throughout the fall.

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE – 2019/20 *

September 23 – FILM 5 Application Deadline
October 14 – Participants Informed of Acceptance
October 22 – Orientation Session
November 2 & 3 – Screenwriters Intensive
November 11 – FILM 5 Tuition Deadline – Pay Online Here
November 14 – Script Rewrites Deadline
November 9 & 10 – Producers Intensive
November 16 & 17 – Directors Intensive (Screening Nov. 15)
November 19 – Budgeting Tutorial Session
November 26 – Budget Rewrites Deadline
TBD – Pitching Workshop
December 2 – Phase II Application Deadline
December 10  – Pitch to Jury

* all dates are subject to change

ORIENTATION SESSION
Tuesday, October 22nd, 6pm

SCREENWRITERS’ INTENSIVE
Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 2nd & 3rd, 10am – 5pm
Instructor: Bretten Hannam
*required for writers, directors and producers

This workshop is a unique opportunity to learn and get direct feedback from a professional story editor. The instructor will lead a story editing session providing screenwriters with direct feedback on their scripts. Each script will receive script notes from the instructor and examination in a round-table editing situation.

Class members will participate in the discussion of each other’s projects, developing the practical and theoretical tools to complete a more fully realized script. Participants will come away from this workshop with a fresh perspective on the script development process and a clear idea of how to further develop their short.

Bretten Hannam is a two-spirit L’nu filmmaker living in Kespukwitk, Mi’kma’ki (Nova Scotia) where they were raised. Their films deal with themes of community, culture, language, and tradition with a focus on two-spirit and LGBTQ identity. They co-wrote the short CHAMPAGNE which premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, and wrote/directed NORTH MOUNTAIN, a two-spirit thriller that won Best Original Score at the Atlantic Film Festival and the Screen Nova Scotia Award for Best Feature. They are also a Fellow of the Praxis Centre for Screenwriters, Outfest Screenwriting Lab, Whistler’s Indigenous Filmmaker Fellowship, and the CFC writer’s lab.

PRODUCERS’ INTENSIVE
Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 9th & 10th, 10am – 5pm
Instructor: Marc Tetreault
*required for producers only, director attendance optional.

Part professional development, part project development, this workshop will walk through the producer’s role in the filmmaking process, both in the feature film world as well as for short films. Topics covered will include: development, financing, producer/director relationships, production, distribution and promotion, pitching and the producer’s contribution to the creative process.

Marc is an independent producer and writer based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is a producer and co-owner of Shut Up & Colour Pictures Inc with his partner Jason Levangie. At S&C Marc has produced countless music videos, including the Prism Prize winner “Brian Wilson is A.L.i.V.E.” by Rich Aucoin, a handful of short films including “Benjanmin” (TIFF ’16) and “I Am Coming to Paris to Kill You” (CUFF ’16) In 2013 Marc premiered his Spanish-language feature film “Saudade” which in 2015 sold to Starz in the US. In 2014 Marc was accepted and completed the Canadian Film Centre’s Cineplex Entertainment Film Program Producer’s Lab where he spent six months developing feature and television projects with experienced producer mentors from all over the world. Out of that program, Marc developed and produced the feature film “Suck It Up” by director Jordan Canning, which just premiered at Slamdance 2017. In 2016 Marc was co-Producer of festival darling and multiple Canadian Screen Award winner “Weirdos” directed by Bruce McDonald. “Weirdos” went on to premiere at TIFF ’16 and play Berlin ’17. In 2019 Marc will be premiering “Spinster” directed by Andrea Dorfman and starring Chelsea Peretti. Also in 2019 Marc premiered the Newfoundland co-production “A Fire In The Cold Season” directed by Justin Oakey. Currently Marc is in post-production on the first time feature from Stephanie Clattenburg “Night Blooms” starring Jessica Clement and Nick Stahl.

DIRECTORS INTENSIVE
Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 16th & 17th , 10am – 5pm
Instructor: Deanne Foley

This two-day intensive will provide emerging directors with a detailed introduction to the production process and how to work with actors. The workshop will focus on the tools at the director’s disposal when crafting his/her film and how to communicate his/her vision to the cast and crew.

Deanne Foley is a Canadian feature film & TV director and writer.  She is best known for the critically acclaimed feature film, AN AUDIENCE OF CHAIRS. The film picked up four awards at FIN: Atlantic International Film Festival 2018 including Best Director & Best Picture. Her sophomore feature, RELATIVE HAPPINESS, was nominated for Best Picture at the 2015 Directors Guild of Canada Awards, and the ‘Borsos’ Best Canadian Feature at Whistler Film Festival. BEAT DOWN, her debut feature film, garnered three Canadian Comedy Award nominations including Best Direction. She has directed on CBC’s one-hour Republic of Doyle and most recently, she directed the Lifetime TV Movie CHRISTMAS RESERVATIONS starring Melissa Joan Hart (Sabrina The Teenage Witch) on location in the USA. She is a member of the Directors Guild of Canada & Writers Guild of Canada. Deanne was awarded BMO Artist of the Years by Arts NL in 2015.

BUDGETING TUTORIAL
Tuesday, November 19th, 6pm
*required for producers, director attendance optional
Instructor: Melani Wood

This informal session will address the details of preparing and refining a short film budget for the FILM 5 program. Bring specific questions that you have about your budget as it relates to your proposed production.

Melani is a Producer of Documentary, Branded Content and Narrative Films. In 2015 Melani was one of eight recipients in Canada to be granted the Hot Docs: Documentary Channel “Doc Accelerator” scholarship. She also has seasons of experience production managing both Film and Television, including the History Channel’s “The Curse Of Oak Island”. Melani has wrapped production on her first feature film “Bone Cage”, directed by Taylor Olson and produced through Telefilm. She has started pre production on a feature documentary set to go to camera in Spring of 2020.

PITCHING WORKSHOP
Sunday, November 24th, 1 – 6pm
Instructor: Jan Miller
*required for writers, directors and producers

Intensive workshop to help teams prepare and practice for the Phase II jury pitch.

INDIVIDUAL TEAM MEETINGS
Week of November 25th – 29th by appointment
AFCOOP Office

During the week of the November 25th to the 29th, teams will meet with the FILM 5 Production Coordinator one-on-one to review their applications prior to applying to Phase II. These meetings will be set according to team and coordinator availability.

PHASE II JURY PITCH
Tuesday, December 10th, 5pm – 10pm

Each team will be given a 20 min interview slot. Teams will have 5 mins to pitch their project to the jury and then the jury will have 15 mins to ask clarifying questions.

More Info: Phase One DeliverablesPhase One PrinciplesPhase TwoTrainee Component

Once admitted into the FILM 5 program you will take part in the following development workshops throughout the fall.

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE – 2019/20 *
September 23 – FILM 5 Application Deadline
October 14 – Participants Informed of Acceptance
October 22 – Orientation Session
November 2 & 3 – Screenwriters Intensive
November 14 – Script Rewrites Deadline
November 11 – FILM 5 Tuition Deadline – Pay Online Here
November 9 & 10 – Producers Intensive
November 16 & 17 – Directors Intensive (Screening Nov. 15)
November 19 – Budgeting Tutorial Session
November 26 – Budget Rewrites Deadline
TBD – Pitching Workshop
December 2 – Phase II Application Deadline
December 10  – Pitch to Jury

* all dates are subject to change

ORIENTATION SESSION
Tuesday, October 22nd, 6pm

SCREENWRITERS’ INTENSIVE
Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 26th & 27th, 10am – 5pm
Instructor: TBA
*required for writers, directors and producers

This workshop is a unique opportunity to learn and get direct feedback from a professional story editor. The instructor will lead a story editing session providing screenwriters with direct feedback on their scripts. Each script will receive script notes from the instructor and examination in a round-table editing situation.

Class members will participate in the discussion of each other’s projects, developing the practical and theoretical tools to complete a more fully realized script. Participants will come away from this workshop with a fresh perspective on the script development process and a clear idea of how to further develop their short.

PRODUCERS’ INTENSIVE
Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 9th & 10th, 10am – 5pm
Instructor: TBA
*required for producers only, director attendance optional.

Part professional development, part project development, this workshop will walk through the producer’s role in the filmmaking process, both in the feature film world as well as for short films. Topics covered will include: development, financing, producer/director relationships, production, distribution and promotion, pitching and the producer’s contribution to the creative process.

DIRECTORS INTENSIVE
Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 16th & 17th , 10am – 5pm
Instructor: TBA

This two-day intensive will provide emerging directors with a detailed introduction to the production process and how to work with actors. The workshop will focus on the tools at the director’s disposal when crafting his/her film and how to communicate his/her vision to the cast and crew.

BUDGETING TUTORIAL
Tuesday, November 19th, 6pm
*required for producers, director attendance optional

This informal session will address the details of preparing and refining a short film budget for the FILM 5 program. Bring specific questions that you have about your budget as it relates to your proposed production.

INDIVIDUAL TEAM MEETINGS
Week of November 25th – 29th by appointment
AFCOOP Office

During the week of the November 25th to the 29th, teams will meet with the FILM 5 Production Coordinator one-on-one to review their applications prior to applying to Phase II. These meetings will be set according to team and coordinator availability.

PITCHING WORKSHOP
TBD
Instructor: TBA
*required for writers, directors and producers

Intensive workshop to help teams prepare and practice for the Phase II jury pitch.

PHASE II JURY PITCH
Tuesday December 10th 5pm – 10pm

Each team will be given a 20 min interview slot. Teams will have 5 mins to pitch their project to the jury and then the jury will have 15 mins to ask clarifying questions.

More Info: Phase One DeliverablesPhase One PrinciplesPhase TwoTrainee Component