The most beneficial thing about the Incubator is that it provides you with a 360-degree look at your project, including story, marketing, cast and budget. Between the instructors and other participants, you get amazing insight as to how your script is working and how to position your film in the marketplace. Geordie Sabbagh, Producer. Read more.
Regular Submission: Wednesday April 2, 2014 by 5pm EDT
Bursary Submission: Wednesday April 9, 2014 by 5pm EDT
About the Program
The WIFT-T Development Incubator (June 18 – 21, 2014) is a national initiative, designed to kickstart market-driven feature films and support the next generation of Canadian feature film professionals. Up to six emerging or mid-career producer/writer teams with feature length projects in development, receive the opportunity to work with Canadian and international producers, development executives and story editors.
This intensive 4-day incubator examines multiple aspects of feature film development—from writing, to financing, to marketing and distribution—through a series of small group sessions and one-on-one consultations with creative and business experts. Teams receive coaching and feedback instrumental to advancing their market-driven feature film projects to the next level.
Finally, the teams are matched with national story editors appropriate to their projects for services resulting in a revised draft within three months of the DI. Participants complete the program once they have submitted a revised script and final business reports.
|Dates||June 18, 19, 20, 21, 2014|
|Where||Technicolour | 49 Ontario Street, Toronto|
Schedule & Faculty
Benefits to Participants
- Incubator-style group sessions on script, development, financing and marketing
- One-on-one consultations with creative and financial experts
- Case studies on Canadian and international development, co-productions, and financing
- Networking with financiers, distributors, lawyers, agents and other key business partners
- Teams are matched with an international or national story editor to take the script to a second draft (usually 3 months of contact)
- Strengthened stories through editing sessions, and development of a more marketable script with stronger character and narrative arc
Eligibility & Guidelines
- Producer & Writer applicants must both:
- Be a: Canadian Citizen, Landed Immigrant, or Permanent Resident
- Have at least one feature film or long-form project in development
- Have at least two producing credits for feature films, television movies, short films, television series, television one-offs or documentaries
- Minimum five years’ professional experience in the industry is encouraged
- Be able to participate in all workshops and commit to working with a story editor during stated time frames
- Producer applicants:
- Must be Independent Producer
- Must submit the application
- Projects cannot be written by the producer applying
- Provide Chain of Title documentation that expires no earlier than December 31, 2014
- Writer applicants:
- Must have signed agreement with Producer to participate in program
Successful candidates must be prepared to submit a Non-Disclosure Agreement, produce a final report, and provide a testimonial on completion of the program.
$20 + HST + Eventbrite Fee
Register with Application Fee:
A one-time, non-refundable application fee is required to process all applications. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
WIFT-T Members: $337.50 + Eventbrite fee + HST
Non-Members: $450.00 + Eventbrite fee + HST
Upon acceptance into the program, each participant is required to pay a program fee on Eventbrite.
Applicants are asked to include the following information in the form of a complete package and email a single PDF document attachment of the application package to firstname.lastname@example.org (reference “Development Incubator Application 2014” in the subject line) by Wednesday April 2 , 2014 by 5pm EDT.
- Application Form on Eventbrite
- Application Payment (provide copy of receipt)
- Letter of Intent: Indicate your expectations in the program (1 page)
- Resume / CV (no more than 2 pages each of both Producer and Writer)
- Personal Bio (no more than 300 words each of both Producer and Writer)
- Synopsis (1 page)
- Development history, including strategy for long-term development of project
- Script (min 75 pages)
- Development Budget (topsheet)
- Chain of Title documentation
Up to 6 writer/producer teams with a feature film currently in development are selected — via a national competitive process adjudicated by an industry selection committee. All applicants will be notified by mid-May 2014.
Janet Crystal Yorga Memorial Bursary
The Janet Crystal Yorga Memorial Bursary supports one producer/writer team, with a feature-length project in development, for the WIFT-T Development Incubator. To be eligible for the bursary, at least one person in the applicant team (writer or producer) must be a woman, and both team members must be residents of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta or British Columbia.
The bursary covers the full program fee and a $500 travel bursary for the team. The bursary does not include accommodation in Toronto, or transportation to and from airports or the program venue. The program requires a minimum three night stay.
Bursary Submission Deadline
Bursary Submission: Wednesday April 9, 2014 by 5pm EDT
Bursary Application Process
For more information about the Janet Crystal Yorga Memorial Bursary application, click HERE.
If you cancel within ten (10) business days before the session or program start date, no refund will be offered. For all other cancellations (more than ten business days before the program), a refund minus a $5.00 administration fee per cancellation will be issued. WIFT-T reserves the right to reschedule a session and/or to substitute speakers when necessary. Should the program be cancelled, WIFT-T will issue a full refund.
For more information contact:
Heidi Tao Yang, Program Manager