Janet Crystal Yorga was a creative writer and entrepreneur with a passion for storytelling. Born in Rockglen, Saskatchewan, she moved to Ottawa where she worked on a variety of creative projects, including a documentary series. She had completed a number of feature film scripts when she died of breast cancer on March 30, 2010, at the age of 43.
This bursary was created by Janet’s husband to honour her gift for writing, her determination in pursuing her passion under adverse circumstances, and her commitment to bringing more Prairie-inspired and Western Canada voices to the national stage.
*** EXTENDED BURSARY SUBMISSION: Friday April 25, 2014 by 5pm EDT***
About the 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 WIFT-T Development Incubator is a national competitive program designed to kick start market-driven feature films and support the next generation of Canadian feature film professionals. Up to six producer/writer teams receive the opportunity to work with Canadian and international producers, development executives and story editors. The full-day program takes place June 18-21, 2014, in downtown Toronto.
The bursary covers the full program fee and a $500 travel bursary for one 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 Eligibility & Guidelines
- Producer & Writer applicants must both:
- Be a: Canadian Citizen, Landed Immigrant, and at least one applicant must be Permanent Resident of Western Canada (Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta or British Columbia.
- 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.
Bursary Application Process
Bursary applicants submitting for the Janet Crystal Yorga Bursary 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 – Janet Yorga Bursary Application 2014” in the subject line). Bursary applications close Friday April 25, 2014 by 5pm EDT
- Application Form on Eventbrite
- Application Payment (provide copy of receipt)
- Letter of Intent: Indicate your expectations in the program and outline the importance of receiving this bursary. (2 pages max)
- 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
All bursary applications will be reviewed by an industry committee. One bursary team will be selected. All applicants will be notified in mid-May 2014. Applications not accepted for the bursary may be considered in the regular pool.
For more information contact:
Heidi Tao Yang, Program Manager
Letter from the 2011 Recipients
[The WIFT Development Incubator] was an incredibly beneficial experience for Teri and I, and we feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to participate. The workshop was first class in terms of its presenters, content, and overall organization. I truly feel that our experience was exactly what we needed at this stage in our careers to elevate us to the next level. It really couldn’t have come at better time for us!
We are deeply honored and grateful to have been the first awarded prairie team for the Janet Crystal Yorga Memorial Bursary. Without the financial support of the bursary, none of this would have been possible, and I can honestly say that this has been one of the highlights of my producing career. The lectures, training, networking and feedback we received on our project were first rate, incredibly informative, and essential to building the knowledge and confidence we need to move this project ahead into production.
This bursary gives the opportunity of a lifetime for young producer/writing teams to kick-start their careers, and can mean all the difference for future success in this industry. Thank you so much for this opportunity of a lifetime!
Stephen Huszar and Teri Armitage, Hulo Films
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