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Canadian Short Screenplay Competition

Canadian Short Screenplay Competition

Contact

#1108 - 33 Mill Street
Toronto, ON M5A 3R3

Web: Click here
Email: CSSC@yearoftheskunk.com

Contact: David Cormican, Founder
MovieBytes Interview: DAVID CORMICAN

Report Card

Overall: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars (5.0/5.0)
Feedback: n/a (0.0/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.3/5.0)
Report Cards: 4    
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Objective

The Canadian Short Screenplay Competition, administered by Year of the Skunk Productions (Regina), and established in 2008, is the premiere script contest for short film screenplays. With over $50,000 in prizing, CSSC is the single-most competitive, prestigious, short screenplay festival in Canada open to international writers, a champion for screenwriters everywhere and a launching pad for writers' professional careers. One of the top three winning screenplays will be produced by Year of the Skunk productions and premiered at film festivals worldwide. Past productions have screened in Cannes, Worldwide Short Film Festival, Yorkton Film Festival and on television. See website for additional information.

Deadline/Entry Fees

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Rules

All genres, short film (15 pages, or less) scripts only. Must be wholly original works. Online Application and credit cards accepted. See website for full details.

Awards

Over $50,000 worth in prizes.

1st Place (GRAND PRIZE): The ''Writer's Block'' Award. There will be one (1) ''Grand Prize'' title awarded to the screenplay deemed to be the overall best screenplay by the competition judges. The ''Grand Prize'' title also comes with an option and purchase agreement for One Thousand Five Hundred Canadian Dollars (CAD $1,500.00) cash prize, accreditation to attend the 2012 Yorkton Film Festival (including complimentary shuttle ground transportation from Regina airport to Yorkton and one (1) ticket to attend the Golden Sheaf Awards gala event), an Apple iPad, Writer's Block crystal award and additional prize package TBD and subject to availability from competition sponsors.

2nd PLACE PRIZE: The ''2nd Place'' Award. There will be one (1) ''2nd Place'' title awarded to the screenplay deemed to be the 1st runner-up to the Grand Prize by the competition judges. The ''2nd Place'' title also comes with an option and purchase agreement for Three Hundred Fifty Canadian Dollars (CAD $350.00) prize, accreditation to attend the 2012 Yorkton Film Festival (including complimentary shuttle ground transportation from Regina airport to Yorkton and one (1) ticket to attend the Golden Sheaf Awards gala event) and additional prize package TBD and subject to availability from competition sponsors.

3rd PLACE PRIZE: The ''3rd Place'' Award. There will be one (1) ''3rd Place'' title awarded to the screenplay deemed to be the 2nd runner-up to the Grand Prize by the competition judges. The ''3rd Place'' title also comes with an option and purchase agreement for Two Hundred Fifty Canadian Dollars (CAD $250.00) prize, accreditation to attend the 2012 Yorkton Film Festival (including complimentary shuttle ground transportation from Regina airport to Yorkton and one (1) ticket to attend the Golden Sheaf Awards gala event) and additional prize package TBD and subject to availability from competition sponsors.

Additionally, there are ten (10) finalist prizes:

Finalists will each receive One Hundred Canadian Dollars (CAD $100.00), accreditation to attend the 2012 Yorkton Film Festival (including complimentary shuttle ground transportation from Regina airport to Yorkton and one (1) ticket to attend the Golden Sheaf Awards gala event) and additional prize packages TBD and subject to availability from competition sponsors.

Canadian Short Screenplay Competition

Contact

#1108 - 33 Mill Street
Toronto, ON M5A 3R3

Web: Click here
Email: CSSC@yearoftheskunk.com

Contact: David Cormican, Founder
MovieBytes Interview: DAVID CORMICAN

Report Card

Overall: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars (5.0/5.0)
Feedback: n/a (0.0/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.3/5.0)
Report Cards: 4    
Have you entered?
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Canadian Short Screenplay Competition

Contact

#1108 - 33 Mill Street
Toronto, ON M5A 3R3

Web: Click here
Email: CSSC@yearoftheskunk.com

Contact: David Cormican, Founder
MovieBytes Interview: DAVID CORMICAN

Report Card

Overall: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars (5.0/5.0)
Feedback: n/a (0.0/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.3/5.0)
Report Cards: 4    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Contest News

Canadian Short Screenplay Competition Winner Rusted Pyre to Bow at Festival de Cannes Telefilm Screening

The Canadian Short Screenplay Competition's 2008 3rd place script Rusted Pyre, written by Daniel Audet, will bow as part of Telefilm Canada's Canadian Perspectives screening series taking place during the 2011 Film Festival in Cannes.

Rusted Pyre, originally a short film script penned by screenwriter Daniel Audet, was first entered as a screenplay to the Canadian Short Screenplay Competition in 2008, where it eventually placed third beginning its current journey and eventual production.

CSSC founder and producer David Cormican (Minus Lara, Seeing In The Dark), attached director Laurence Cohen (Rocket Man) to helm the genre piece. The team of three, working on Rusted Pyre, also picked up distinction as recipients of the National Screen Institute's Drama Prize, where the screenplay underwent additional development in Winnipeg in 2010 before being shot later that Fall in Havelock, SK.

The team received financial support from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts to shoot the prairie piece, about two girls, Brooke Palsson (Less Than Kind) and Samantha Somer Wilson (Nurse.Fighter.Boy), who venture out to an abandoned car in the middle of nowhere to endure a right of passage and a night of ghost story telling that turns terrifyingly all too real.

Following Cannes, Rusted Pyre will receive its North American debut later in May and June as part of this year's CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival presented by Telus in Toronto, ON.

When asked for his reaction to first finding out about the honour of a premiere as an official selection at WSFF, one of only three Canadian festivals accredited by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, granting specific award-winners eligibility for Academy Awards®, BAFTAs, and Genie Award consideration and then to find out later that same week that Rusted Pyre would also be getting a screening in Cannes, Cohen said "Wow. Mazletov. I just did a really big dance while making some, what I'm sure (were), pretty awkward sounds. This is an amazing honour!"

The Cannes bow will mark the first screening for Daniel Audet, David Cormican, Laurence Cohen and the Canadian Short Screenplay Competition at the Cannes Film Festival. The Canadian short program "Not Short On Talent", sponsored by Telefilm Canada will screen Monday May 16th, 2011 at 3h30pm in the Lerins 1 Theatre as part of the Festival de Cannes.

Updated: 04/19/2011
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Canadian Short Screenplay Competition

Contact

#1108 - 33 Mill Street
Toronto, ON M5A 3R3

Web: Click here
Email: CSSC@yearoftheskunk.com

Contact: David Cormican, Founder
MovieBytes Interview: DAVID CORMICAN

Report Card

Overall: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars (5.0/5.0)
Feedback: n/a (0.0/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.3/5.0)
Report Cards: 4    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Interviews

MovieBytes Interview: DAVID CORMICAN

An interview with DAVID CORMICAN regarding the Canadian Short Writing Competition.

Updated: 10/03/2010

MovieBytes Interview:Screenwriter David Gott

An interview with screenwriter David Gott regarding the Canadian Short Writing Competition.

Updated: 05/31/2012

MovieBytes Interview:Screenwriter Neil Graham

An interview with screenwriter Neil Graham regarding the Canadian Short Writing Competition.

Updated: 12/31/2010

MovieBytes Interview:Screenwriter Daniel Audet

An interview with screenwriter Daniel Audet regarding the Canadian Short Writing Competition.

Updated: 12/28/2010

MovieBytes Interview:Screenwriter Surita Parmar

An interview with screenwriter Surita Parmar regarding the Canadian Short Writing Competition.

Updated: 06/02/2010

MovieBytes Interview:Screenwriter David Carey

An interview with screenwriter David Carey regarding the Canadian Short Writing Competition.

Updated: 06/01/2010
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