“Championing diversity is at the heart of what we do at Telefilm, and I’m delighted to see that the 18 projects selected this year offer a greater diversity of voices and stories than ever before—a large number of the selected projects, for example, are either produced, directed, or written by women. It is incredibly heartwarming for me to know that the future of Canadian culture is in such good hands. ”
Karine Vanasse, Talent Fund ambassador, further added: “I’m very proud to serve as Talent Fund ambassador and to contribute to its crucial role in fostering the next generation of Canadian creators. The Talent Fund gives them the confidence and, of course, the funding they need to tell their original stories in the way they want to tell them. This year’s finalists are a glimpse into what the future holds for Canadian culture, and I would encourage everyone to invest in that bright future by visiting www.thetalentfund.ca.”
Vancouver-based screenwriter SB Edwards (Travelers) has won the Idaho-based Sun Valley Film Festival’s High Scribe Award for her feature screenplay Nowhere. Chris Moore, producer of Manchester By the Sea and Good Will Hunting, chose Edwards’ script from a group of four finalists. As the winner, Edwards will receive one-on-one mentorship from Moore. Nowhere tells the story of a young woman who attempts to clear her twin brother’s name when he becomes the focus of a homicide investigation, only to discover he is tied to a string of unsolved murders.
The Sixth Annual Sun Valley Film Festival will feature a curated slate of more than 60 cutting-edge films and TV premieres, engaging Talks with top industry insiders,, fabulous parties and panels, a Screenwriters Lab led by award-winning writers – host Charles Randolph and #Oscar nominated Producer Chris Moore.
The winners are SB Edwards, Hank Isaac, Peter Cambor and Hannah Pittar.
The Whistler Film Festival and the Vancouver-based Praxis Centre for Screenwriters have announced the six Canadian screenwriters selected to participate in the WFF Praxis Screenwriters Lab, a joint feature script development program to be held during the 205 Whistler Film Festival + Summit.
Focused on advancing feature-length projects at the script stage into production by facilitating feedback and mentorship from industry experts across the business spectrum.
Edwards won for her half-hour comedy pilot Cannonball, which was written while she was part of the 2012 WGC Bell Media diverse screenwriters program.
Vanessa King and SB Edwards have won the 2013 Pilot Launch TV Script Competition. King won the drama category while Edwards won on the comedy side, each earning a free trip to Los Angeles for meetings with agents, managers and TV executives.
Their scripts beat out nearly 500 entries from around the world.
The Writers Guild of Canada (WGC) and Bell Media are proud to present a program that connects writers from diverse backgrounds with the Canadian television industry — and industry professionals with rising talent.
“Our mission is to recognize and award progressive, eye-opening, independent cinema and writing. After careful consideration, we are pleased to present the absolute best of the 2012 competition.” TELEVISION SCRIPT COMPETITION WINNER
1st Place - “Threeway” Written by SB Edwards