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Praxis Screenplay Competition

Praxis Screenplay Competition


Suite 3305, 149 W. Hastings St.
Vancouver BC Canada V6B 1H4,
604-268-7880 (voice)
604-268-7882 (fax)


Contact: Michael Boucher, Program Manager

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Praxis Centre for Screenwriters is a non-profit organization devoted to the professional development of Canadian screenwriters and filmmakers. Located in Vancouver, Canada, we serve to support and stimulate the production of innovative Canadian feature films though screenplay and screenwriter development. We run the compeition twice a year, with deadlines of June 30th and Dec. 1st.

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Expired. Previous Deadline: 06/22/2012

Notification: Approx. two months following deadline.


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News: Praxis Screenplay Competition

Praxis Announces Spring 2007 Winners

After intense deliberation the jury has decided on the following writers and projects for the upcoming Praxis Spring 2007 Workshops to be held in Vancouver from March 7th to March 11th. The finalists are:

Shadow and the Man by Lindsey Connell, Toronto, ON.
Bannock and Bratwurst by Shannon Masters, Toronto, ON
Karma by Grant McKenzie, Gibsons, BC
Hour Glass Gods by Chris Gramble, Toronto, ON
Goalie of Poplar Hill by Rachel Dunnet, Vancouver, BC
A Wedding in Niagara Falls by Alan Barkley, a Canadian living in Lyme, Connecticut.

The following projects made the jury's shortlist and will each be awarded a detailed Praxis Reader's Report.

The Gift by Paul Nelson of Toronto, ON.
The Fringe by Dane Clark of Torontro , ON
Kindest Thing by Michele Adams, Vancouver, BC
Mud by Linda Theodosakis, Penticton, BC

In brief here is a short profile of each of our 2007 Praxis Spring Fellows and their respective projects.

Shadows and the Man is the story of an eleven year old girl plagued by nightmares of a nuclear holocaust. Obsessed, she mobilizes herself with finding ways to halt the inevitable pressing of the button in ways that are simplistic, symbolic and powerfully reflective of our primal fears. Lindsey Connell is a graduate of London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. Her professional acting credits include: Black Harbour, Queer as Folk, Forever Knight, Nikita, Jerry and Tom. She is a recipient of a Toronto Arts Council Emerging Artists Grant for her short story writing and is slated to shoot two short films in the near future.

Bannock & Bratwurst is a comedic misadventure involving Simon, a teen who devises a plan to get off the reservation by becoming an exchange student. His plan is foiled when his family decides to host a German student by the name of Gunter instead. What follows is a hilarious clash of cultures, ensuring that neither Simon, Gunter nor the rez will ever be the same.

A graduate of the Canadian Film Centre's 2005 Film Resident Program Writer's Lab, Shannon Masters is a mixed Cree Canadian screenwriter who focuses mainly on telling Native Canadian stories. Infusing humour with themes of identity and spirituality, her work bridges the gap between Native Canadians and rest of Canada, creating a novel picture of this vast country and the real people who live here. Shannon is currently in development with Treasure House Productions on the adaptation of the 1950' s Hubert Evans' novel, Mist on the River.

K.A.R.M.A. is an avenging tale of murder and deceit triggered by the arrival of a mysterious e-mail. A group of young abuse victims use the Internet to exact bloody revenge against their tormentors. In covering the first murder, a photojournalist and his ambitious girlfriend become pawns in the groups 's plans, unwittingly placing their own lives in jeopardy.

Grant McKenzie is a well established west coast journalist who writes for some of Canada's major daily newspapers. He is also a published fiction writer- Avalanche on the Prairie. A new short story Ragamuffin Girl is to be published in Spinetingler 's Summer 2007 magazine. K.A.R.M.A. is his first screenplay.

Hourglass Gods is a sci-fi drama about an embittered security guard who seeks the help of a mysterious band of time-travelers to bring back his murdered lover randomly killed in a mall robbery in which he was miraculously spared. Correcting the past however has is not a one way street when the time-travellers reveal their true intentions.

Chris Gamble is a Graduate of Queen's University Film and Theatre Program. He wrote and directed his first feature, Versus Ivan, which he shot entirely in his hometown of Yellowknife, NWT. Chris is also a recent graduate of the December 2006, Canadian Film Centre Writer's Lab.

The Goalie of Polar Hill is a story of redemption. Will Callum is loveless, drift-less and without a passion. Haunted by broken dreams of a star hockey career, Will lives day to day in a Demerol haze, barely holding onto his job as a funeral director. The dead are more alive it seems to him in this small town. Entrapped by his short lived glory days, desperately wanting out, he abuses the very people who can help him the most. His epiphany comes at a most timely yet unpredictable moment.

Rachel Dunnet is a graduate of Vancouver's Film School Writing and Television Program. She herself is a star athlete and Bronze Medalist representing Canada in the 2003 World Rowing Championships. Disappointed from not making the Olympic team, Rachel parlayed her Olympic disappointment into her other passion - writing. She has writing written a black comedy which premiered at Vancouver's Cold Reading Series to rave reviews. On a full athletic scholarship she earned a degree in English Literature at the University of Washington. She freelances as a journalist. How to be a Whore

A Wedding at Niagara Falls On the eve of her wedding in Niagara Falls a young woman discovers that her grandmother’s own romantic future was affected 50 years ago by a chance encounter with Marilyn Monroe on location for the film feature, Niagara. .

Alan Barkley is Dean of Lyme Academy of Fine Arts in Connecticut. He is a 2006 finalist for the Gimmee Credit Screenplay Competition for his other screenplay Bar Flies and a finalist in the Competition for Don Junior. He is a graduate of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.

Each writer will work intensively with an accomplished story advisor and also meet with an industry producer over a four day period.

Updated: 08/01/2007
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