Micki Moore Residency

A new residency program for outstanding Canadian female feature film screenwriters has been established to elevate and support talent. Each year, one female writer will be provided with the opportunity to live, work, and be mentored in the heart of Toronto’s dynamic downtown district, so she may develop her feature-film screenplay. A jury of leading screen industry professionals will decide the winner. The program will begin in 2018, running annually for five years until 2022. The Micki Moore Residency is generously supported by Toronto-based broadcaster, journalist and actor Micki Moore, in tandem with TIFF’s Share Her Journey campaign.

What’s included

  • 10-week feature-film screenwriting residency from September to December 2018
  • Fully equipped apartment at a location in downtown Toronto
  • $3,000 stipend
  • Mentorship from TIFF’s programming teams and expert guests
  • Complimentary access to the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival
  • Complimentary pass for the Festival Industry Conference, Business Centre, and delegate resources
  • Access to Breakfast at TIFF during the period of the residency
  • Access to films screened at TIFF Bell Lightbox during the residency
  • Access to TIFF’s renowned Film Reference Library and archival collection
  • Live read-through of the screenwriter’s feature screenplay with up to four actors, in front of a select industry audience towards the end of the residency


Female candidates for the program will represent the industry’s brightest emerging talent with a narrative feature-film project. The selected resident must be a writer whose existing work has gained some attention. This could include: online or television work with significant audience views; a short or feature that has been selected for major festivals; a project that has been developed through a leading international script lab; or a feature that has gained momentum through box office or foreign sales. Applicants must reside in Canada and be Canadian citizens or permanent residents.


Submissions are due by April 27, 2018. The Micki Moore Resident will be announced in mid-June 2018. The residency will take place for 10 weeks, from September to December 2018.

Application process

With your application, please include the first 15 pages of your feature-film script, and a synopsis of your project (max. 500 words). Submissions should also include a creative vision for the project, a log line, and information on any above-the-line attachments.

Selection criteria

  • The quality of the writing;
  • The clarity of the idea and vision for the project;
  • The likelihood that the project will get made and find an audience;
  • Commitment to the residency and to the delivery of a completed draft at the conclusion;
  • Commitment to a live read-through with actors towards the end of the residency.

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