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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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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?
Please submit a Report card.

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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 Daniel Audet

An interview with screenwriter Daniel Audet 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: Rusted Pyre. It's about two teenage girls who spend a night in a haunted car abandoned in the empty countryside.

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 out about the contest because there was an article about David Cormican in the Lethbridge Herald (we are both from that area) and it mentioned how he was starting a short screenplay competition. I had just finished my first short script and thought it would be a great way to get a little feedback. This was the only contest I entered with Rusted Pyre.

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: Yes. Everything went according to plan. As promised Rusted Pyre went to camera this November and will be ready for festivals sometime in the spring or summer. It will be a fantastic credit on my resume and hopefully lead to some of my other scripts finding an audience.

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 was working as a security guard at the time so I had hours to daydream out ideas. I had been struggling with finding something that I could do as a short because all of my prior writing had been features. But once the idea clicked the actual writing of a first draft only took a few days. I submitted maybe my second or third draft but since then I've rewritten more drafts than I can count. As far as an outline goes I only do that for a feature length.

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 use Final Draft. Before that I agonized my way through Word and my formatting was unprofessional and random. Do yourself a favor and get decent software.

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

A: My time is divided between oil painting and writing. It seems to go in cycles. I'll be painting for a few months and then stop and do only writing for a few months. There are no set hours but having a normal person's job in addition to my art keeps my schedule regular enough that I don't need to make specific writing hours in order to get things accomplished.

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

A: As mentioned above when the writing wanes then it's time for me to paint. Or you don't want to paint you can just consume as many stories, video games, films, magazines, websites, blah blah blah, as possible until you're so saturated with ideas that you have to write something or burst.

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

A: Rusted Pyre will be my first produced screenplay. I have a slate of other projects that I'm working on in pretty much every medium.

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

A: No. I like Canada.

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

A: I'm working on a feature script about a young boy who lives next door to a monster called The Owl Man.

Posted Tuesday, December 28, 2010