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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

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Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.3/5.0)
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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

Contact contest for this year's deadline.

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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 Announces 2011/12 Winners

David Gott's An Incandescent Light has been name the winner of the 2011/12 Canadian Short Screenplay Competition.

Updated: 06/21/2012

CSSC Winners Announced

Jesse & Zachary Herrmann have been named co-winners of the Candiania Short Screenplay Competition for their short film script "Elijah the Prophet".

Updated: 05/29/2011

Canadian Short Screenplay Competition Announces Top 13 Finalist Screenplays

The Canadian Short Screenplay Competition has announced their top 13 finalists. One of the top three winners' script will also be produced into a short film later on this year. Last year's 2nd place script, "Minus Lara" (written by Surita Parmar), will receive its World premiere as an official selection of the Yorkton Film Festival. "Minus Lara" has also been nominated for the Golden Sheaf Ruth Shaw Award for Best in Saskatchewan.

Updated: 05/02/2011

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.

Updated: 04/19/2011

Canadian Short Screenplay Competition Winner Rusted Pyre to Bow at 17th Worldwide Short Film Fest

The Canadian Short Screenplay Competition's 2008 3rd place script 'Rusted Pyre" written by Daniel Audet will have it's world premiere bow as part of the 17th annual Canadian Film Centre's Worldwide Short Film Festival May 31-June 5, 2011 in Toronto.

Updated: 04/09/2011

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:
Screenwriter David Carey

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

Q: What's the title of the script you entered in this contest, and what's it about?

A: My screenplay is called "No Man's Land". It's about an Irish soldier marooned in no man's land during World War One's battle of the Somme. Nearby, there appears to be a German soldier in the same predicament as he, and over the course of just a few days their conversations turn them from enemies into kindred spirits. Yet, (it can't be that simple) all is not what it seems.

Q: What made you enter this particular contest? Have you entered any other contests with this script? If so, how did you do?

A: I found the Canadian Short Screenplay competition by pure chance on an Irish website about the arts, creativecareers.ie. I have never entered a contest before with this script. What made me enter this competition was the open nature of application. Nationality was not a restriction. Most of all however, I entered the competition with the hope of being in the top 3, so my story would be turned from paper into film.

Q: Were you satisfied with the administration of the contest? Did they meet their deadlines? Did you receive all the awards that were promised?

A: I entered prior to the deadline, if I recall rightly it was on the 11th of November, seeing as that was Armistice Day, and it fell upon the time that I had completed the script to my liking. I received payment as promised. As of yet the script has not been produced into a film, I am hoping that the production of my screenplay into film would come about this summer. Winning is great, but seeing actors speak the words is the ultimate goal.

Q: How long did it take you to write the script? Did you write an outline beforehand? How many drafts did you write?

A: I had originally written the script with the intention of animating it. Then I discovered I had neither the time nor talent to produce what I had envisaged, as I had a clear idea what it would look like and it would have taken probably a year to produce it to that standard. So I shelved the script along with many other works in progress, until I found a chance to use it in the competition. I studied online facts about WW1, trawling through hundreds of images to assist with the animated film idea, but the core aspect of the story and the first rough draft I wrote in a day. I later rewrote it to fit a live action format once I decided to enter the competition. It took me about three hours max to write it. I knew the story inside out by then. So in the end there was one rough draft and the polished final.

Q: What kind of software did you use to write the script, if any? What other kinds of writing software do you use?

A: I wrote the submitted script with celtx. I downloaded the software the day I wrote the script. I use basic word software most of the time for novels, but since celtx was so quick and helpful, I've used it ever since.

Q: Do you write every day? How many hours per day?

A: I wish I had the time to write every day. At present I'm studying 3D animation, something that eats up a day in the blink of an eye. When I have some time set aside I write, a lot, perhaps too much. Last Christmas I had two weeks free and I wrote for probably twelve hours or more a day. I would do that every day if I could, although my fingers may say differently after they drop off.

Q: Do you ever get writer's block? If so, how do you deal with that?

A: I rarely get writer's block. I'm lucky I guess, yet it's perhaps because I'm free to write what I want, due to the fact that I'm an amateur aspiring to be more. If I do hit a wall, or feel the writing is getting stale, I go for a walk in the countryside. Often it's on walks that I write in my head most of all, and I simply return to the computer to note it all down.

Q: What's your background? Have you written any other screenplays or television scripts?

A: My background is not necessarily a literary one, yet I have a Dip in Classical Animation, and have spent my entire life creating comics, cartoon strips, illustrated storybooks, writing novels and animating short films. All of which I have produced as an amateur. I have the view that in life one has to sometimes do every single aspect of what they wish to produce, so that's why I'm studying 3D animation. If my work does not get the thumbs up from busy editors, then it's up to me to be the writer, director and animator. The CSSC was effectively the first time my work was given recognition in an official manner, but I know there are thousands of talented people out there in the same situation as myself. We write because we love it.

Q: Do you live in Los Angeles? If not, do you have any plans to move there?

A: Well, I live in Ireland, so no, I have not been to LA, except that stopover flight to LAX, being frisked by a rotund security guard. But he was a real gentleman. I would move anywhere to pursue a career in writing. Yet I think where I live now has been a great inspiration to creativity. The more I travel the more I appreciate Ireland for the simple things.

Q: What's next? Are you working on a new script?

A: I am currently studying animation with AnimationMentor.Com, an online 3D animation school with mentors from the top of the industry. Such studios as Disney, Pixar, Dreamworks, ILM...the list goes on, are the day jobs of the mentors. It's eye opening but worth the sweat and tears. Regarding writing, I am writing a novel in the little spare time I have. I will complete my course in December and I hope to enter the tough world of Animation and gain more opportunities to write through such a career. Ultimately if I do not get scripts or novels taken up by the powers that be, I will merge my animation and writing into a creative hybrid.

Posted Tuesday, June 1, 2010