writing small
Deadline: Friday, November 26th, 11:59 p.m.

AFCOOP is once again 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 ideas 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 AFCOOP is a nominating partner organization).

Up to ten people will participate and 50% of the seats are reserved for people who self-identify as either female/non-binary or coming from an underserved community. 

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 writers/directors and will be led by AFCOOP staff person and established screenwriter and director, Iain MacLeod.

Panel: In addition to screenwriting workshops, AFCOOP will host a panel to help teams prepare their applications to the Talent to Watch program. This panel will feature past micro-budget directors and producers who will talk about their recent experiences making a low-budget film and will share tips and tricks for success.

Timeline: The project will run in the winter of 2022 leading up to the call for submissions to Talent to Watch in the spring of 2022. The weekend workshops will be held on January 15, February 12 and March 19.

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 panel will be open 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 HERE.

Application: To apply, please fill out the online application form below including your 1-3 page outline for a micro-budget feature film. 


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.


AFCOOP is now accepting applications for its 2022 Telefilm Talent to Watch nomination. Apply to have your project considered by AFCOOP before the application deadline: March 29, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. Nomination decisions will be made by a peer jury.

Click HERE for application details.