Phase One Schedule

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


October 5 – FILM 5 Application Deadline
October 26 – Participants Informed of Acceptance
November 2 – Orientation Session
November 7 & 8 – Screenwriters’ Intensive
November 16 – FILM 5 Tuition Deadline – Pay Online Here
November 19  – Script Rewrites Deadline
November 14 & 15 – Producers’ Intensive
November 21 & 22 – Directors’ Intensive (Screening Nov. 20)
November 23 – Budgeting Tutorial Session
November 30 – Budget Rewrites Deadline
December 3 – Pitching Workshop
December 7 – Phase II Application Deadline
December 15  – Pitch to Jury

* All dates are subject to change

* Please note, due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19 the first phase of FILM 5 2020/21 is currently planned to be delivered online. A decision has not yet been made on the delivery-method of the second phase of the program.

Monday, November 2nd, 6pm

Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 7th & 8th, 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.

Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 14th & 15th, 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.

Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 21st & 22nd, 10am – 5pm (plus screening of Instructor’s work the night before, Nov. 20)
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.

Monday, November 23rd, 6pm
*required for producers, director attendance optional
Instructor: TBD

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.

Thursday, December 3rd, 6pm
Instructor: TBD
*required for writers, directors and producers

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

Week of November 30th – December 4th by appointment

During the week of the November 30th to December 4th, 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.

Tuesday, December 15th, 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