The CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival's Screenplay Giveaway is Back!

The CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival, North America's largest short film festival, is proud to announce that the annual Screenplay Giveaway is back! The competition is an opportunity for one short film screenplay, selected by a jury of Canadian industry members, to receive a prize package that provides countless filmmaking resources. The winning screenplay will be announced at the festival awards picnic on June 10, 2012.

“The Screenplay Giveaway has proven itself to be quite a success, with many of its winners having a strong life on the festival circuit,” said Eileen Arandiga, Festival Director. “The prize package offers many critical filmmaking tools to give one quality screenplay its best possible shot at becoming a fully realized, quality short film.”

Valued at over $50,000, this year's prize package includes: post-production services from Deluxe Laboratories, studio time at Cinespace Studios, Kodak film stock, a lighting and grip package from William F. White International Inc., postcard and business card design by Agency 71, an insurance consultation with BFL Canada, two memberships and two programming passes courtesy of WIFT-T, legal counsel from Heenan Blaikie Barristers and Solicitors, a location support package courtesy of Location Equipment Supply Inc., story editing services by one of Canada's top story editors Marguerite Pigott, Creative Development Group Lead at Super Channel, as well as an ACTRA TIP consultation, and a consultation with CFC's Executive in Charge of Production and Post.

To be eligible, screenplays must have a director and/or producer attached. Entries will be reviewed by a team of industry readers. Selected scripts will then be put in front of a jury, who will decide the winner. The jury is comprised of: Walter Forsyth (producer, The Disappeared), Liz Janzen (former director of programming, National Screen Institute), and Kellie Ann Benz (The Shorts Report). Screenplays will be judged based on creativity, originality, quality of writing and overall story. Deadline for submissions is Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 6 pm.

The WSFF Screenplay Giveaway presents filmmakers a chance to be rewarded for the excellence of their work. Past recipients of the Screenplay Giveaway include: David Widdicombe's Wake (2011), Geoff Redknapp's Last Christmas (2010), Kate Hewlett's She Said Lenny(2009), and Dylan Akio Smith's Big Head (2008).

For full details and application information for the 2012 Screenplay Giveaway, please click here

About CFC Worldwide Short Film FestivalNow in its 18th year, the Canadian Film Centre's Worldwide Short Film Festival is the leading venue for the exhibition and promotion of short film in North America and is one of the premier short film festivals in the world. Taking place June 5th – 10, 2012, the WSFF will present over 275 films from over 30 countries. Offering one of the largest prize packages for short film in the world, top WSFF winners are eligible for both Academy Award® and Genie Award consideration. The WSFF Short Films, BIG IDEAS Symposium offers renowned professional development, while the WSFF Business Centre is home to the largest short film marketplace in North America. For more information please visit: shorterisbetter.com

The WSFF recognizes the generous support of: doug & serge Agency, Deluxe, Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Telefilm Canada.

Festival founded by Brenda Sherwood