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.
Mentor: Noelle Carbone
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).
Mentor: Eva Thomas
In 2012, Eva won the imagineNATIVE (iN) Film Festival DRAMA QUEEN Pitch Competition for the project This is Skye. In 2016, she was selected to participate in the inaugural iN/Harold Greenberg Fund (HGF) Indigenous Story Editing Mentorship program where she received training in story editing, script reading, story consulting and other areas of feature film development. Eva was an Indigenous Story editor for the Story Room for Indigenous Writers at the 2016 iN Film Festival. Currently, Eva is the Indigenous Story Editor for the 2018 iN/HGF Indigenous Screenwriting Intensive, working with Indigenous writers through a year-long development program.
Mentor: Marsha Greene
Mentor: Duana Taha
Duana is the author of the bestselling book The Name Therapist, which was nominated for a 2016 Evergreen award. She has been quoted on names in The New Yorker, The Globe And Mail, The Observer, and appeared on programs across the country discussing the culture of first names. In 2016 her TEDx talk about names was featured on TED.com.
Duana is a founding contributor on www.laineygossip.com, where she expounds on the intersections of television, feminism, “Hamilton” and more, and writes the popular name column ‘Duana Names’. Duana is also one of the hosts of the hit podcast Show Your Work, where she and Elaine Lui discuss the work behind the magic of Hollywood. Find her on Twitter – @duanaelise
A graduate of Ryerson University for Television Production, Veronika has held a multitude of roles on major film and TV projects in Canada and the U.S – recently ALIAS GRACE (CBC/Netflix) and docu-series TRUE NORTH (NFB/Red Bull). Having studied sketch writing at Upright Citizens Brigade in New York, she brings her sharp wit and collaborative spirit to a wide variety of projects – from documentaries, to directing music videos, to creating and producing short-form content.
Mentor: Alejandro Alcoba
Alejandro Alcoba has been called many things, but for some reason “Handsome Alejandro” hasn’t stuck. Alejandro is a CSA-winning writer, a supervising producer on DEGRASSI: NEXT CLASS, has written on THE NEXT STEP, and wrote THE CARMILLA MOVIE. He’s attended Ryerson’s RTA, NSI’s Totally TV, and WGC’s Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters Program. He’s also on the Advisory Committee for the Toronto Screenwriting Conference, a mentor for the Magee TV Diverse Screenwriters Mentorship Award, and on the WGC’s Diversity Committee. He drinks a lot of coffee... maybe too much?
Mentor: Pat Mills
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. The film stars newcomer Michelle McLeod, Bruce Gray, Scott Thompson and Geena Davis. DON’T TALK TO IRENE had its world premiere at TIFF 2017. It won the Comedy Vanguard Feature Award and Audience Award at the 2017 Austin Film Festival, Audience Choice at the 2018 Kingston Canadian Film Festival and the Galet d’or (Grand Prize) at Festival du film Canadien en Dieppe. The film is now available in Canada and the US.
An alumnus of NSI, CFC, the WGC Diversity program, as well as TIFF’s Talent lab and TIFF Studio, Pat is represented by the Jennifer Hollyer Agency in Canada and Verve Talent and Literary Agency in the USA.
More at www.pat-mills.com Twitter: @patmills