Brilliant tips from the Toronto Screenwriting Conference 2013

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NSI’s senior program manager Brandice Vivier shares LOADS of great tips from the recent Toronto Screenwriting Conference.

Anneli Ekborn’s Producer’s Corner part 1

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Informative and funny, Anneli Ekborn introduces her new blogging series, Producer’s Corner, in which she attempts to explain what a producer does.

Mickey Rogers guide to pitching released as ebook, paperback to follow

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Need help with pitching? Mickey Rogers has published an ebook: From Start to Screen – the Essential Guide to Pitching Creative Ideas.

Audio interview with NSI Drama Prize manager Joy Loewen

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NSI Drama Prize manager Joy Loewen explains why scripts are shortlisted for this short film training program and what makes for a rock-solid filmmaking team.

10 tips for emerging screenwriters by Elan Mastai

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From learning about the traditional three-act structure to repeated re-writes of your script, LA-based screenwriter Elan Mastai has ten tips to help budding screenwriters hone their work.

VIFF’s film programmers reveal the do’s and don’ts of festival submissions

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Programmers. As a filmmaker, they are those mysterious creatures who hold our fates in their hands. An invitation from a film festival programmer can renew your faith. A rejection can fill you with doubt. Their decisions seem so arbitrary when

Audio interview with Erica Hargreave & Susan Brinton: applying to the CMF (2)

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Part two of our interview with Erica Hargreave and Susan Brinton who talk about applying to the Canada Media Fund and share their tips and advice.

Audio interview with Erica Hargreave & Susan Brinton: applying to the CMF (1)

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Erica Hargreave and Susan Brinton talk about applying to the Canada Media Fund.

How Not to Make a Short Film videos from Roberta Munroe

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Roberta Munroe – author of the excellent book How Not to Make a Short Film – has begun posting a series of videos that highlight some of the stuff she tackles in her book. Roberta’s ‘video tips of the week’

10 tips for first-time producers

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Anneli Ekborn has some great advice for first-time producers.

Lessons from international filmmakers (part 3)

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Welcome to my third, and final, installment of the ‘ShortFilm TalkFest.’ In the first two installments, we heard from six Canadian filmmakers who shared the lessons they’ve learned traversing the short film festival circuit (read part one and part two

Lessons from Canadian filmmakers (part 2)

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We’re continuing this discussion with short filmmakers from coast to coast to find out how they’re collectively learning the ups and downs of making, distributing and managing a short film around the world. I’ve talked to the following filmmakers: Rob