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 female, or who are Indigenous, or who belong to a visible minority, or who identify as having 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 2020 Award was Elyse Friedman, for her screenplay The Relationship Experiment.
Elyse Friedman has written for screens large and small, radio, magazines, and the stage. Her recent novel The Answer to Everything was published by HarperCollins Canada. Her work has been shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award, the Toronto Book Award, the ReLit Award, and numerous National Magazine Awards. Her story The Soother won the Gold National Magazine Award for Fiction. Friedman is a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre. She has had two feature films produced, one of which premiered at TIFF in 2001. In 2019, her screenplay Better Now won the TIFF–CBC Films Screenwriter Award Jury Prize.
Eligible applicants must:
Submissions must be original works in English, written solely by the Applicant. Adaptations of books, plays, or magazine articles are eligible, provided the applicant has secured the necessary legal rights. There is a limit of one submission per applicant.
In order to be considered for the Award, the Applicant must submit all of the application materials listed below via the online application by 11:59pm EST on Wednesday, December 4, 2019:
Terms and Conditions Applicants should carefully review and abide by the Terms and Conditions set out here.
Thank you all that applied. Applications for 2020 have now closed.
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