Writers' Lab

Writers' Lab

Writing is a rigorous, near-constant process of revising, reimagining and rewriting. The Cineplex Film Program Writers' Lab will elevate your cinematic storytelling skills through vigorous development, writing, story editing and workshopping a range of different concepts and properties. Please find additional information below, and if you have any questions, please contact programs@cfccreates.com.


This program is designed for writers who are deeply committed to expanding their craft and who are ready to engage in a demanding development and filmmaking experience. We are looking for writers with unique, inspired voices and a strong understanding of cinematic storytelling.

To apply, you must have at least a first draft of your feature screenplay that showcases your voice and approach, as well as several other feature project ideas to develop, a proven commitment to the craft and some exposure to the film and television industry.

You must be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada to apply.


Project Development

Through a series of highly productive workshops, writing assignments, story editing sessions and actor table reads, you will develop your feature script ideas and film projects. Writers are challenged to define and articulate the distinctive elements of scripts and the components that make a property viable and attractive in the international market.

The goal for each writer is to leave the program with an expanded project slate, including at least one solid, produceable feature script that champions your original voice.

Craft and Collaboration

Writers are immersed in a myriad of perspectives and approaches to story editing through a series of workshops, writing exercises, case studies and productions. Sessions are customized each year to meet the needs of the writers, both as a group and individually, as required.

Writers leave the program with a more comprehensive understanding of storytelling, screenwriting techniques and how to effectively engage with feedback on different levels.

Business and Marketplace

Writers are exposed to a variety of perspectives on the current landscape of filmmaking and writing. You will meet with producers, distributors, funders and other key players in the industry to gain a better understanding of various business considerations and expand your awareness of how these factors impact project slates and long-term career strategy.

Writers engage in a number of sessions focused on the business of writing and develop business plans that help define your long-term career goals. You will be challenged and coached on how to best represent yourself and your projects within the industry, bridging the gap between creative aspirations and the business of screenwriting.


Deadlines and Fees:

Applications for the 2019 Cineplex Film Program are now closed. If you would like more information on this program, please contact programs@cfccfreates.com

There is a $100 application fee via Paypal at the end of the application process.

Writers' Lab Application Requirements:

Letter of Intent: A one-page description outlining what you hope to achieve by attending the lab. Include your expectations of the program and touch on your immediate and long-term goals as they relate to strengthening your craft and how you feel this will support your creative vision.

Curriculum Vitae: Please provide a current CV.

Filmography: Outlining your writing experience, and development experience is valid whether for the screen or any other medium, and whether it has been produced or not; however, all non-writing experience is to be listed in your Curriculum Vitae.

Feature Screenplay: Submit the screenplay you believe best showcases your writing and original voice. Submissions should be an un-produced, feature length screenplay in proper screenplay format, 80-110 pages. This screenplay cannot be co-written. Script should be proof read and clearly marked with your name, feature title, and draft date on the cover page.

Please also indicate if your script is based on source material (play, short story, short film, graphic novel etc.) and that you have the option and/or rights to adapt the material.

Feature Screenplay Synopsis & Artist Statement: We ask that you submit a 1 paragraph synopsis of your submitted Feature Screenplay, along with a brief artist statement which outlines why this project and what you want to explore with it.

Project Slate: Writers spend significant time developing one to two feature projects over the course of the program. Please include a list of any other projects on your slate this can include Film, TV, and/or web projects to be further developed. Please submit 1 paragraph synopses of each project noting genre, stage of development, development/funding history (if applicable), and key creatives attached to the project (if applicable). Please list these ideas in order of which you’d prefer to develop further.

2 Letters of Reference: From anyone who is familiar with your writing ability. The letters should emphasize your proven commitment to your craft and be addressed to the ‘Writers’ Lab Selection Committee.’ These can be uploaded with the application, or emailed by the referee to programs@cfccreates.com.

Please note that at any time during the selection process, we may request additional materials. When uploading the above materials to the application, please include the following in a single PDF, with your name and title of the required document at the top of each page: Letter of Intent, CV/Resume, Filmography, Feature Screenplay Synopsis & Artist Statement, Feature Project Slate, and 2 Letters of Reference. Your Feature Screenplay should be uploaded as a separate PDF from the previously mentioned requirements. 


A selection committee comprised of industry professionals and key program staff is assembled and short-lists applicants for interviews.

All applicants will be notified no later than end of March of whether or not they have been short-listed for an interview. Applicants whose submissions are not short-listed will be notified by email. Due to the number of applications we receive, we are not able to give individual feedback at this stage of the process.

The interview is a conversation with the filmmaker about his or her work and who they are, and is intended to assist the committee in determining which candidates will best contribute to and benefit from the program’s design. Prior to the interview we will put you in touch with a recent alumnus or alumna to answer any questions you have about the program, expectations, and design.

Whenever possible, the CFC sets up in-person interviews with those applicants based outside of Ontario. At minimum, phone interviews are arranged.