Telefilm Canada New Voices Award
As we reimagine how we deliver the 2021 Toronto Screenwriting Conference, the TSC together with Telefilm Canada are committed to continuing the Telefilm New Voices Award with some slight changes for this year.
The TELEFILM CANADA New Voices Award will be awarded to five emerging screenwriters from across Canada. Award winners will be connected with a mentor to: help develop the submitted script (a total of three one-hour meetings, conducted remotely through Zoom, or phone); attend a Professional Screenwriting and Television Writing Workshop hosted by award-winning playwright and screenwriter, Corey Mandell; and attend webinars hosted by industry professionals (a total of four). Award winners will receive a complimentary digital download of Final Draft (new program or upgrade) courtesy of Final Draft (TSC’s official screenwriting software) and complimentary registration to the next Toronto Screenwriting Conference (TSC).
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Monday, July 19, 2021 at 12:00pm ET
- Be a Canadian citizen, Permanent Resident, or Landed Immigrant
- Must have ownership of creative rights, and be able to demonstrate proof of original concept
- Must have written at least two (2) projects: digital series episode, TV episode, short film, feature film, or a play of which one (1) has been produced
- Must submit one (1) feature length screenplay or TV series pilot as part of your complete application
- Must not have previously been awarded the TELEFILM Canada New Voices Award
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 (maximum of 1 page)
- A curriculum vitae that includes screen credits, relevant education and training; please also include a short bio (maximum 300 words)
- A two-page synopsis that describes your script submission. Include story, characters, genre, format and target audience (maximum of 2 pages)
- Writing Sample: One (1) original script for a TV-series, or feature film
Scripts may be sent as attachments, or links. Please ensure you provide passwords for script uploads (where applicable). Please note your application attachments should not exceed 10MB
Applicants are asked to submit their full application package via email to: email@example.com
Please title your email “TSC Telefilm New Voices Award Application”.
When collating your application, please ensure that you submit your package in three (3) PDFs.
- Completed Application Form (download link below)
- Enclosures: Letter of Intent/Interest, CV, bio, two-page synopsis
- Writing Sample
Award winners will be notified of selection by Monday, Aug 30, 2021.
Telefilm Canada and Toronto Screenwriting Conference would like to thank you for your submission. Only those selected to receive the Telefilm Canada New Voices Award will be contacted.
Download Application Form
How does the TSC & telefilm define diversity for the purposes of this application?
Applicants are encouraged to apply as diverse candidates based on being a part of an underrepresented group: Black and People of Colour, Members of the LGBTQ2+ Community, Persons with disabilities, Women, Indigenous, and Members of the Official Language Minority. Applicants are asked to voluntarily self identify on the application form.
How are projects evaluated?
Applications are submitted and assigned to readers who provide critique and grade each script (out of ten). The top graded scripts are sent to a jury of industry professionals for a second reading. The jury will meet to discuss their top five scripts. As a group the jury will select the final projects selected to win the awards.
What does the mentorship look like if I win?
We will work with our award winners to find the best mentor based on your submission. Mentorship meetings will consist of three one-hour meetings in a one-on-one format. These meetings may take place by phone, or through a video conferencing platform.
When will I know if I received the award?
All award winners will be notified by Aug 30, 2021. The TSC makes every effort to contact all applicants to let you know whether or not your application was successful.
Can I submit more than one application to the Telefilm Canada New Voices Award?
Can I apply this year if I applied last year and was unsuccessful?
Can I get feedback on my 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. Please note that deadlines are Eastern Standard Time.
If I'm part of a writing team, do we each need to submit an application?
2020 Award Winners
Ian Steaman is a recovering music industry executive turned award-winning screenwriter with a passion for telling stories from the perspective of marginalised and underrepresented people & communities.
After a more than decade long career working in the New York City hip-hop industry and a two year stint at CBC Music where he helped script the DRAKE’S PLAN docuseries, he switched focus to writing for television.
In 2018 he was selected for the Magee TV Diverse Screenwriters Fellowship, then as a Breakthrough Artist at the Toronto Screenwriting Conference in 2019. In 2020, he was a Reelworld E20 participant and Resident in the CFC Bell Media Prime Time TV Program working with acclaimed, veteran showrunner, Bruce Smith on his new TV series project, JUDAS.
Currently, he is working on two one hour drama pilots and a half-hour workplace dramedy and was just selected for the Banff World Media Festival Corus Writer’s Apprentice Program.
Jessica Moss is a performer, writer, director and producer who creates emotional, female-centred comedies. Her plays include Polly Polly, Modern Love, Cam Baby, Next to Him, A Girl Lives Alone, I Will Miss You When You’re Gone, and more. Her work as been developed or presented at Roundabout Theatre, Great Plains Theatre Conference, Premiere Stages, Kitchen Dog Theatre, South Coast Rep, The Flea Theatre, the Samuel French OOB Short Play Festival, and at the Toronto Fringe, among others. Training: Juilliard. More: jessicamoss.ca
Josh Granovsky is a Toronto-based writer and student. He graduates this month with a B.A.H. in Film and Media from Queen’s University, and will start at the University of Southern California’s Writing for Screen and Television M.F.A. in the fall. He worked as an assistant to producer Kara Haflidson (Crave/Hulu’s LETTERKENNY) and writer Lara Shapiro (FX’s THE AMERICANS). His first short film, WYD?, premiered at the Kingston Canadian Film Festival in 2019, later screening at NSI Canada’s Online Short Film Festival, T.O. Webfest, and NoBudge. His scripts have placed in the second round of the Austin Film Festival Screenwriting Competition and the semi-finals of the Filmmatic Short Screenplay Competition. Josh also served as Lifestyle Editor of The Queen’s Journal, where his articles garnered a Canadian Community Newspaper Award and—more importantly—a Twitter follow from rapper Missy Elliott.
Paul Frank is an award-winning film and television editor and writer/director. His screenplays have placed in top competitions such as the Nicholl Fellowship, Austin Film Festival, ScreenCraft, BlueCat, Page, Big Break, WeScreenplay, Atlanta and LA Screenplay Awards. His editing credits include the films SLEEPING WITH OTHER PEOPLE, THE TO DO LIST, PAINT IT BLACK and PROSPECT. In addition to his film work, Paul has edited television shows for HBO, NBC, Comedy Central, FX, IFC and Funny or Die. He received his MFA in film from Columbia University. Paul is originally from New York City, but currently lives in Vancouver with his wife, two kids and a betta fish.
Fresh out of film school Simone Stock found her first job on a movie set. She worked her way up from catering to assisting Hollywood pros on features shot in her hometown of Toronto.
Mentors like Reginald Hudlin (DJANGO UNCHAINED), Ann Bancroft (THE GRADUATE), Liam Neeson (TAKEN), and Roger Spottiswoode (TOMORROW NEVER DIES) showed Simone the ropes. But it was director Claudia Weill (GIRLFRIENDS) who urged Simone to write.
TIFF nominated Simone for comedy short MOTOWN MORNING (made at AFI) for Best Short. Sci-fi short IRIS screened Cannes and won awards around the world. Screenplays LITTLE BIG FISH and RAE OF LIGHT won WFF’s China-Canada Screenplay Competition two years in a row.
Roger Spottiswoode upgraded Simone from assistant to 2nd Unit director on features THE JOURNEY HOME, SHAKE HANDS WITH THE DEVIL, THE CHILDREN OF HUANG SHI and A STREETCAT NAMED BOB.
Simone directed digital comedies EARTHLING HOUSE HUNTRESS (CBC), CLAIREVOYANT (Shaftsbury) and most recently viral spot STOP THE SPREAD! in response to the World Health Organization’s global call to creatives to help fight COVID19.
Producers Don Carmody & Spottiswoode boarded Simone’s Sci-fi feature STARLIGHT with partner Misha Skoric. The passion project (mentored by the Praxis Screenwriting Lab, WIDC & WIFT) is the story of a mother facing an impossible choice – letting her non-verbal son leave Earth with the aliens he can effortlessly talk to, or stay home safe, but silent.
2019 Telefilm New Voices Winners
Darren Anthony (Toronto)
Tony Faria (Toronto)
Lauren Greenwood (Toronto)
Jennifer Irons (Toronto)
James Stewart (Toronto)
2018 Telefilm New Voices Winners
Davida Aronovitch (Toronto)
Michael Hanley (Toronto)
Erin Hug (Toronto)
Kim Morrison (Toronto)
Lisa Rose Snow (Toronto)
2017 Telefilm New Voices Winners
Brandon Ash-Mohammed (Toronto)
Reem Morsi (Toronto)
JJ Neepin (Winnipeg)
Thomas Pepper (Toronto)
Adam Perry (Charlottetown)
Kenny Wong (Montreal)
2016 Telefilm New Voices Winners
Marie Dame (Toronto)
Ana De Lara (Vancouver)
Rebecca Hales (Vancouver)
Kim Izzo (Toronto)
John Ward (Vancouver)
2015 Telefilm New Voices Winners
Dennis Allen (Lethbridge)
Keith Davidson (Toronto)
Tommy Gushue (Toronto)
Vivian Lin (Toronto)
Carly Stone (Vancouver)
2014 Telefilm New Voices Winners
Jon Wayne Brown (St. John’s)
Katherine Di Marino (Toronto)
Elene Mekete (Toronto)
Lea Nakonechny (Montreal)
Ashley Park (Toronto)
2013 Telefilm New Voices Winners
Gloria Ui Young Kim (Toronto)
Margaret Rose Lester (Mississauga)
Maurey Loeffler (Toronto)
Piers Rae (Vancouver)
Nathalie Younglai (Toronto)