Magee TV Diverse Screenwriters Award

The Magee TV Diverse Screenwriters Award presented by the Toronto Screenwriting Conference is a mentorship and bursary program designed for emerging diverse screenwriters. This opportunity will give bursary recipients the opportunity to complete a piece of writing, expand their network, sharpen their professional skills, work with established screenwriting professionals and producers, polish their pitching skills – all with an aim at bringing new perspectives to Canada’s creative industries.

Six diverse screenwriters will be awarded. The award provides each winner with a complimentary registration to the ninth annual Toronto Screenwriting Conference (TSC) (June 23-24/2018), plus two exclusive evening events with Magee TV founder Al Magee and the mentoring team, a three-month mentorship (total of five one-hour meetings, conducted in-person or remotely through Skype, or phone) with established Canadian screenwriting professionals, and an opportunity to pitch their concepts for feedback to Canadian Broadcast and Distribution executives.

Application Deadline: Monday, April 2, 2018 at 5:00pm EST.

Up to Six (6) applicants will be selected on the basis of the following four materials:

  • One original concept for an original TV series or feature film
  • One writing sample (ideally the project you would like to develop throughout the mentorship)
  • A letter of intent and interest outlining how you will use the opportunity to further your goals and what you would look to your mentor for
  • A current letter of reference (issued within one year of the application)

The goals of the awards are:

  • To create the opportunity for diverse screenwriters to attend the 2018 Toronto Screenwriting Conference free of cost, guaranteeing access to the programs and events at one of North American’s leading conferences for creative professionals
  • To connect with and receive mentorship from Al Magee, Founder of Magee TV, and another leading screenwriting professionals
  • To connect experienced Canadian television professionals with rising screenwriting talent
  • To create the opportunity for screenwriters to enhance and elevate their projects, actively contributing to an improved creative Canadian landscape

Eligibility

Emerging screenwriters must apply to the Program with an original concept for a television series, or feature film.

Applicants must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen, Permanent Resident, or Landed Immigrant
  • Must not be enrolled in any full-time school or university program
  • Must have ownership of creative rights, and be able to demonstrate proof of original concept
  • Must be available to attend the Toronto Screenwriting Conference (June 23-24), in Toronto (please note we are unable to cover the costs of travel)
  • Must be available to attend the evening events with Al Magee and the mentors (April 2018)
  • Must be available to participate in the Pitching Session (July 2018)

Application

Applicants are asked to include the following information in the form of a complete package. Please note that incomplete packages will NOT be reviewed by the jury.

Please provide the following enclosures in your application:

  • Completed Application Form (Including Signature), with declaration of ownership
  • A letter of intent and interest outlining how you will use the opportunity to further your goals and what you would look to your mentor for (maximum of 1 page)
  • A curriculum vitae that includes screen credits, relevant education and training
  • A two-page synopsis that describes your original concept, story, characters, genre, format and target audience (maximum of 2 pages)
  • Writing Sample: One (1) original script for a TV-series, or feature film
  • A reference letter from a recognized industry professional (issued within one year of the application

Submission

Applicants are asked to submit their full application package via email to: kim@torontoscreenwritingconference.com

When collating your application, please ensure that you submit your package in three PDFs.

1) Completed Application Form, 2) Enclosures: Letter of Intent/Interest, CV, two-page synopsis, reference letter, 3) Writing Sample

Award winners will be notified of selection by Monday, April 30, 2018.

Magee TV Inc. and Toronto Screenwriting Conference would like to thank you for your submission. Only those selected to receive the Magee TV Diverse Screenwriters Award will be contacted.

FAQs

How does the TSC define Diverse for the purposes of this application?

Applicants are encouraged to apply as diverse candidates based on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and physical abilities. Applicants are asked to self identify on the application form.

Who is the Jury?

The jury is comprised of the mentors. Each mentor will select the project/person that they will be working with. A full list of the mentors can be found below.

Does the writing sample need to be the same original concept?

Yes. The sample should represent your best work, and the project you would like to develop with your mentor. The program expects the writers to complete a piece of writing to a professional level to be pitched to industry professionals.

Will the TSC be able to cover the cost of travel?

No, however the TSC can make recommendations, and provide assistance in helping secure grants to attend the conference. The TSC also works with hospitality and travel partners to help reduce the cost of travel. More details will be made available to award winners.

What is involved with the pitching opportunity?

Part of the mentorship will be to work on your pitches. Polishing and perfecting your pitch skills, award winners will have the opportunity to pitch to broadcast and distribution executives for feedback. Award winners will learn to hone and perfect their pitching skills. The pitch session will be held towards the end of the mentorship at a private reception with all award winners, mentors, and the pitch jury.

What are the evening events with Al Magee and the mentors?

As a kick-off to the mentorship experience, Al Magee will host a dinner reception with all of the award winners, mentors, and key partners of the initiative. This gives our award winners the opportunity to connect and start to build working relationships with the team ahead of the mentorship commencement. The second evening is a pitching event at the end of the program.

When will I know if I received the award?

All award winners will be notified by the 7th of May. The TSC makes every effort to contact all applicants to let you know whether or not your application was successful.

Can I apply for the Magee TV Diverse Screenwriters Award and the Telefilm Canada New Voices Award?

Yes, applicants are encouraged to apply for both opportunities. Award winners may only receive one of the awards though. Separate juries adjudicate the two awards.

Can I submit more than one application to the Magee TV Diverse Screenwriters Award?

No, applicants may only submit one application so please make sure it represents your best work.

Should I buy my pass during Early Bird to secure the best rate in case I don’t win?

No. The TSC extends an Early Bird rate to all applicants (in the event that Early Bird closes before the call for applications closes).

Apart from winning the award, why else should I apply?

The jury selects six award winners, and selects six runners-up (making up a top twelve). Magee TV has sponsored a special discounted rate of $100 off of the cost of Early Bird rates for the six runners-up.

Can I apply this year if I applied last year and was unsuccessful?

Of course!

Can I get feedback on my script?

Due to the high volume of applications, we cannot give individual feedback on any script.

Is there ANY circumstance that would allow me to have an extension on the submission deadline?

No. To be fair towards everyone who submits, extensions will not be granted.

If I'm part of a writing team, do we each need to submit an application?

No, teams should submit ONE personal statement expressing their views.

MENTORS

Alejandro Alcoba

Alejandro Alcoba

Screenwriter

Alejandro Alcoba has been called many things, but for some reason “Handsome Alejandro” hasn’t stuck.  Alejandro is a CSA-winning writer, currently the supervising producer on DEGRASSI, has written on THE NEXT STEP, and wrote the upcoming CARMILLA feature. He’s attended Ryerson’s RTA, NSI’s Totally TV, and WGC’s Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters Program.  He’s happy to be on the Advisory Committee for the Toronto Screenwriting Conference.  He drinks a lot of coffee... maybe too much?


Marsha Greene

Marsha Greene

Writer/Producer

A graduate of the Canadian Film Centre Prime Time Television program, Marsha also has an Honours BA in Creative Writing from York University and a graduate certificate from Humber College’s TV Writing and Producing program, where she won the Brian Linehan Award for Outstanding Artistic Promise.

Marsha has lent her skills to both scripted and unscripted productions for Global, CBC, Discovery Channel, Food Network, Family Channel, and the award-winning documentary CHINEE GIRL.  In 2015, Marsha received a BravoFACT award for her short film IN THE ROOM, and was the Interactive Writer for the YTV/Teen Nick series OPEN HEART, which won the Digi Award for Interactive Content–Kids.

Marsha was a story editor on Global’s REMEDY and PRIVATE EYES, and a co-producer on MARY KILLS PEOPLE.  Currently, Marsha is a co-producer on TEN DAYS IN THE VALLEY, an upcoming drama for ABC.


Duana Taha

Duana Taha

Writer/Story Editor

Duana Taha is a Canadian television writer & story editor whose credits include hit programs LOST GIRL, LOST & FOUND STUDIOS, and the award-winning DEGRASSI: THE NEXT GENERATION.  She is the author of the bestselling book THE NAME THERAPIST, and a sought-after commentator on the intersection of names, culture, and identity. Her TEDxToronto talk, on the social value of names, is an upcoming feature on TED.com

Duana is a longtime contributor at Laineygossip.com, where she expounds on television, feminism, and pop culture of all types. She is alsothe co-host of the popular new podcast Show Your Work. Find her on Twitter at @duanaelise


Pat Mills

Pat Mills

Writer/Director/Actor

Pat Mills’s first feature film, the dark comedy GUIDANCE, which he wrote, directed and starred in, had its world premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. Picked up by Strand Releasing in the US and Search Engine Films in Canada, GUIDANCE was hailed as a “Grade A” comedy by the Los Angeles Times and was a New York Times Critics’ Pick. His performance as “David” was nominated for an Actra Award for Outstanding Male Performance.

An alumnus of NSI, CFC as well as TIFF’s Talent lab and TIFF Studio, Pat was named winner of TIFF’s Pitch This! for his second feature DON’T TALK TO IRENE. The screenplay won Best Comedy Screenplay at the Austin Screenplay Competition. Shot in Spring 2016, the film stars Michelle, McLeod, Bruce Gray, Scott Thompson and Geena Davis. DON’T TALK TO IRENE will be released in 2017.

More at www.pat-mills.com

Twitter: @patmills


Noelle Carbonne

Noelle Carbonne

Writer/Producer

Noelle Carbone is a screenwriter, producer and inadvertent activist who spent her formative writing years working on ABC/Global’s hit tv series, ROOKIE BLUE. She was also a writer and co-executive producer on SAVING HOPE, CARDINAL and WYNONNA EARP.

Carbone is one of the co-authors of the “Lexa Pledge” – a guideline for writers and creators who are committed to producing meaningful arcs for LGBTQ characters.

She is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario where she played varsity soccer and received a BA in Media, Information and Technoculture (whatever that is).

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