Deadline: September 26th, 11:59pm


In partnership with WIFT: Atlantic, AFCOOP is presenting ‘writing small,’ a program that will focus on writing screenplays specifically for micro-budget narrative films. The program will take place over the course of three months during which participants will be guided through the process of taking their film idea from synopsis to script.


This program is aimed at assisting potential applicants to the Telefilm Talent to Watch micro-budget feature film competition (for which both AFCOOP and WIFT: Atlantic are nominating partner organizations). Up to ten people will participate and 50% of the seats are reserved for people who self-identify as women. 


Screenwriting Training: writing small will take place over 3 months and will provide training and peer feedback, which will take participants from initial idea, through to a treatment and finally to a first draft of a screenplay. The sessions will be open to 10 writer/directors and will be lead by AFCOOP staff person and established screenwriter and director, Iain MacLeod. 


Panels: In addition to screenwriting workshops, AFCOOP will host two panels to help teams prepare their applications to the Talent to Watch program. The first will be a panel of past micro-budget directors and producers who will talk about their recent experience making a low-budget film and will share tips and tricks for success. The second will be a business affairs panel that will include some of the professionals that teams will engage with should they be successful in receiving funding for their project.


Timeline: The project will run in the fall of 2019 leading up to the call for submissions to Talent to Watch in winter of 2020. The weekend workshops will be held on: October 20, November 30, and January 11. 


Eligibility: The screenwriting component will be open to writers and writer/directors who have written or directed at least one short film and who are serious about pursuing a career in the screen based industries. The panels will be open up to the wider filmmaking community. 


As this program is designed specifically for people intending to apply to Talent to Watch, applicants who meet its eligibility guidelines will be given priority. Please review the guidelines below:


Application: To apply please fill out the online application form below including up to three feature film ideas. 


Note: participants should be prepared to make significant changes to their story ideas based on the realities of micro-budget filmmaking. In order to get the most out of the program, participants should be open to this process, and not overly committed to their projects as they now exist.