Movie Central and the National Screen Institute announce 2015 Script to Screen selected projects

About Script to Screen

Corus Entertainment and the National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) announce today the 2015 projects selected for Script to Screen, a development fund partnership with Corus’ Western Canada pay TV service, Movie Central and the Winnipeg-based NSI. The selected applicants were announced today following the application process which started in June. The Script to Screen initiative provides hands-on involvement with Movie Central’s expertise; shepherding scripts from film treatment to a polished, production-ready script with market viability.

“We welcome these new candidates to the program and look forward to working with them in the months ahead,” said Maria Hale, Vice President, Head of Content Distribution & Pay TV, Corus Entertainment.

“Shereen Jerrett [Script to Screen program co-manager] and I are looking forward to working with the winners on their scripts over the coming year,” said Brendon Sawatzky, NSI programming director and program co-manager. “Their work has a lot of potential and it will be exciting to see it strengthened through the course of the program.”

Script to Screen provides Canadian screenwriters with robust funding, creative support and industry guidance from the development team at Movie Central. The aim of the fund is to fully develop feature film concepts with Canadian creators. Through the partnership with NSI, selected candidates will also benefit from the learning and development expertise provided by this renowned Canadian film, television and digital media training school.

The following are names of the projects and screenwriters selected for this year’s Script to Screen initiative:

  • The Shame Sisters by Kim Izzo

“I’m thrilled and honoured that my project was chosen for this year’s Script to Screen program,” said Kim Izzo. “The Shame Sisters is a story that I have long wanted to tell and I’m over the moon to have the opportunity to develop it with organizations as prestigious as NSI and Movie Central.”

  • Halifax Ghost Company by Chris Dickie

“I’m thrilled that Halifax Ghost Company will be part of Movie Central and the National Screen Institute’s Script to Screen program,” said Chris Dickie. “As an ex-pat Haligonian, maritime stories, especially ghost stories, have always been close to my heart so I’m very excited that this tale of three young entrepreneurs and their ghost walk business will finally get the opportunity to move forward.”

  • Ex-GFs by Robert Chomiak

“At a time when script funding across the country is on the decline, often leaving writers to shoulder much of the development process, the generous support from NSI and Movie Central with the Script to Screen program is a testament to their respect for the crucial first stage of the filmmaking process,” said Robert Chomiak.

About Movie Central

Movie Central is a commercial-free premium pay TV service available in western Canada. Movie Central premieres the best in Hollywood, international and Canadian films across eight 24-hour movie channels, including dedicated high-definition feeds, a Movie Central On Demand service and exclusive HBO content on HBO Canada. Movie Central is also the first window for Showtime content and home to cutting-edge Canadian series. A major force in the Canadian independent film and television production industry, Movie Central, through Script to Screen, a writer-oriented feature script development program funded by Movie Central and delivered by NSI supports Canadian filmmaking. Visit the Movie Central website at moviecentral.ca.

Movie Central is owned by Corus Entertainment Inc., a Canadian-based media and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in specialty television and radio with additional assets in pay television, television broadcasting, children’s book publishing and children’s animation. Experience Corus on the web at corusent.com.

Further details can be found on the Corus website.

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About the National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI)

Renowned for having given many emerging filmmakers, television writers and producers their first breaks, the National Screen Institute provides training and production support through courses like NSI Totally TelevisionNSI Drama PrizeNSI New VoicesNSI Features FirstNSI Aboriginal Documentary and Movie Central Script to Screen.

NSI also offers exposure through the NSI Online Short Film Festival and provides vast resources and support to those in the film, television and digital media industries at nsi-canada.ca.

Media inquiries

Owen McCorquodale
Corus Entertainment
(416) 479-6068
owen.mccorquodale@corusent.com

Laura Friesen
National Screen Institute
(204) 957-2999
laura.friesen@nsi-canada.ca

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