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TIFF–CBC Films Screenwriter Award

Applications are now closed. The winner of the Award will be notified by late February 2022.

The TIFF–CBC Films Screenwriter Award will provide $15,000 to a Canadian writer of an outstanding feature-film screenplay, supporting them to develop their project. The Award is open to experienced screenwriters who are women, and/or who belong to an equity-seeking group, and/or who identify as a person with a disability. Applicants must have a writer or director credit on a feature film that has been presented at one of this Award’s recognized festivals. Our commitment is to fund the development of high-quality productions that reflect, represent, and reframe diverse perspectives through character-driven stories at the centre of the Canadian experience.

The winner of the 2021 Award was Melanie Jones, for her screenplay Switchback.

What’s Included

  • A $15,000 award for the development of the submitted feature-film project
  • Mentorship from a script consultant
  • Mentorship from TIFF’s programming team
  • A complimentary one-year TIFF Membership, which includes discounts on film tickets at TIFF Bell Lightbox
  • Access to the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival
  • Access to TIFF’s Industry Conference, Business Centre, and Delegate Resources

Key Dates

Applications open
November 17, 2021
Applications close
January 3, 2022
Winner notified by
February 25, 2022
Winner announced
March 1, 2022

Thank you for your interest. Applications for 2022 have now closed.

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