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Alfred P. Sloan Commissioning Grant and Fellowship: an annual cash award for a science- or technology-related narrative project that is at an early stage, such as full treatment or early screenplay draft. This grant also includes a small stipend for a science advisor to provide support through consultation and feedback, as well as the possibility of inclusion in a Screenwriters Lab.


TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fundprovides grants in support of narrative feature film projects that explore scientific, mathematical, or technological themes in their storylines, or that feature a leading character who is a scientist, engineer, innovator or mathematician. The fund is open to both established and emerging writers, directors and producers.



Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters Program (Vancouver session): offers emerging and mid-career writers from diverse backgrounds the chance to hone the skills they need to become successful professional screenwriters. (Canada)


NSI Features Firstseeks Canadian filmmaking teams working on their first or second feature film to apply for training. Run by National Screen Institute, the program prepares filmmakers for production through customized, intensive training and mentoring with industry professionals. It aims to help filmmakers hone their script while also understanding many other aspects of feature film development. (Canada)


Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters Program (Toronto session): offers emerging and mid-career writers from diverse backgrounds the chance to hone the skills they need to become successful professional screenwriters. (Canada)


Canadian Film Centre Writers' LabThe Writers' Lab takes writers out of the isolated world of writing into the creative, collaborative and business aspects of professional screenwriting. Writers are writing nonstop, developing and workshopping many different projects through an intensely productive program. They manage the practical realities of formal development and production, what it means to be produced, and how to interact and interpret the demands of the international marketplace. Through case studies and workshops with international guests, writers also learn how to balance the business of screenwriting with their own creative process, how to develop strong professional and creative relationships, and how to best represent themselves and their work. Writers deliver a significantly expanded project portfolio which showcases their talent, creative vision and projects to the industry.


Film Independent's Screenwriters Laban intensive five-week program running two to three evenings a week in Los Angeles in August and September. The Lab is designed to help screenwriters improve their craft, develop their voices as writers, and take their current scripts to the next level. During the Lab, Fellows receive feedback on their scripts from the Lab Mentor, outside advisors, and the other writers in the program. A maximum of ten projects are selected for the Lab. Writing partners are welcome to apply as teams. All applicants to the Screenwriters Lab will receive written coverage on their submission regardless of acceptance.



Tribeca All Access: provides grants, one-on-one meetings with industry representatives, career development workshops and informational panels to ten exceptional filmmakers, from traditionally under-represented communities, working in narrative and documentary. The TAA Creative Promise Awards, presented by Time Warner, come with a total prize of $20,000: $10,000 for narrative and $10,000 for documentary, as well as an original piece of art from a contemporary artist.


Canadian Film Centre / Tribeca All Access: supports directors, screenwriters and producers from traditionally under-represented communities in the film industry by serving as a year round networking and career development forum that provides access to industry representatives looking for new projects in development. Each year, a diverse group of emerging and established filmmakers are selected from an open call for submissions to participate in a series of workshops and panels, before pitching their narrative scripts or documentary works-in-progress in a series of one-on-one business meetings with industry executives during the Tribeca Film Festival. (Canada)