TIFF, CBC partner on new screenwriting grant

The $10,000 award will help support underrepresented Canadian writers with the development of their feature project.

The Toronto International Film Festival and The CBC Breaking Barriers Film Fund are launching a new screenwriting grant for underrepresented Canadian writers.

The $10,000 TIFF-CBC Diverse Screenwriters Grant will be awarded to a Canadian scribe who is female, Indigenous, belongs to a visible minority or identifies with a disability, and will support the development of his or her feature project, according to a release.

To qualify, applicants must already have a writer or director credit on a feature film that has screened at TIFF. They must submit a screenplay between 85 and 120-pages in length before Aug. 21. The winner, who will be announced in November, will be selected by a jury based on the quality of the screenplay.

CBC launched the Breaking Barriers Film Fund in November 2016. The pubcaster committed to $7.5 million over three years to help finance feature-length projects from diverse Canadian creators.

Three projects have received financing through the project to date, including Mina Shum’s Meditation Park, Sook-Yin Lee’s Octavio is Dead! and Michelle DeRosier and Marie-Helene Cousineau’s Angelique’s Isle, the latter of which started production in June.