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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)
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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?
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 Neil Graham

An interview with screenwriter Neil Graham 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: The screenplay is called 'Something Pointless'.

It's about the idea that even unseen connections can bring light to even the darkest of days. It is about how your actions can bring purpose to other people - even if those actions seem pointless to you. It is about the unseen effects of our actions.

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

A: It was a fairly random decision to enter this contest! I was searching the internet looking for companies who accepted short screenplay submissions and found the CSSC web-site.

I have entered very few writing contests: but this one offered the chance to have the winning script made into a short film. So I decided to take a punt as the contest was open to international submissions. A lucky move on my behalf!

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, it was a very well ran contest. All deadlines were published and met: and there was regular communication from the organisers. In the final rounds there was a nice sense of suspense built up to see if you made the cut.

All prizes were received and the Writer's Block Crystal now sits on my bookcase in London. The script is now in development and will hopefully go into production in 2011. Again, the producers keep in touch and keep me informed about the development process. Everything about this contests has an air of professionalism about it. It really feels that the producers have my interests at heart and really want to make the best film they can from the script.

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

A: Writing it was straightforward and did not take very long. The first draft probably took about 30 minutes. It was written in one sitting back in 2006 and has sat in the drawer for a couple of years. I did not write an outline: being a short script it is easy to keep the structure in your head.

The version that won the contest however, was a 7th or 8th draft. Although, the core idea and structure did not change much from the first draft, there was a fair amount of polishing performed. Re-writing largely involved replacing dialogue with action and removing as much as possible to ensure a certain amount of ambiguity remained in the story. I did not want the core philosophy to be too black and white: life is more complicated than that!

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 always write the first draft using pen and paper. When I have done the creative bit I use Final Draft. I find it easy to use and like the way it takes care of the formatting and presentation so you do not have to worry about it.

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

A: No. I don't really consider myself as a writer. I work in a bank! I do enjoy writing a lot though and usually write one or two scripts a year. I tend to write in intense bursts.

If I get an idea I want to write about I tend to focus on it until I have at least a first draft. I once wrote a full length screenplay in one weekend: so I can work intensely if required.

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

A: No, but I only ever write about things I find interesting: so it is not something I really have to deal with. If I don't feel like writing then I don't write.

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

A: I live and work in London UK. I have been a huge film fan since I was a child. And still spend far too much time watching and reading about film. I have written and directed seven short films and have had two (unproduced) feature film commissions as a writer.

In total I have written seven features, a television series and about twenty shorts in total. Most of these I would not want anybody to see - particularly the early stuff!

However, it's not an easy profession in which to earn a living. So these days, screenwriting is more of a hobby for me.

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

A: No, I live in London UK. I don't plan to move to LA. There are not enough pavements in LA. I need to live somewhere were crossing the road on foot is less of an adventure.

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

A: Not sure what's next. I will wait and see what happens. I am really looking forward to attending the premiere of Something Pointless. It will give me an excuse to dig out the tuxedo.

I am not working on anything specific at the moment.

Posted Friday, December 31, 2010