Phase One Schedule

The application deadline for the 2022/2023 FILM 5 term is September 19, 2022.

Once admitted into the FILM 5 program you will take part in the following development workshops throughout the fall. This year’s schedule has not been locked and the dates below from last year are only a reference. 


September 20 – FILM 5 Application Deadline

October 12-15 – Shortlisted teams Interviewed by Jury

October 18 – Participants Informed of Acceptance
October 25 – Orientation Session
October 30 & 31 – Screenwriters’ Intensive
November 8 – FILM 5 Tuition Deadline – Pay Online Here
November 12  – Script Rewrites Deadline
November 13 & 14 – Producers’ Intensive
November 20 & 21 – Directors’ Intensive (Screening Nov. 19)
November 29 – Budgeting Tutorial Session
December 6 – Budget Rewrites Deadline

* All dates are subject to change

* Please note, due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19 the first phase of FILM 5 2021/22 is currently planned to be delivered in-person. A decision has not yet been made on the delivery-method of the second phase of the program.

Monday, October 25th, 6pm

Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 30th & 31st, 10am – 5pm
Instructor: TBC
*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. 13th & 14th, 10am – 5pm
Instructor: TBC
*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. 20th & 21st, 10am – 5pm (plus screening of Instructor’s work the night before, Nov. 19)
Instructor: TBC

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 29th, 6pm
*required for producers, director attendance optional
Instructor: TBC

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.

Week of November 29th – December 3rd by appointment

During the week of the November 29th to December 3rd, 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.

More Info: Phase One DeliverablesPhase One PrinciplesPhase TwoTrainee Component