Movie Central's Script To Screen Announce 3rd Year With Call For Submissions Now Open


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BANFF, AB, June 9, 2014 /CNW/ - Corus Entertainment's Movie Central, along with the National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI), announces the call for submissions for the third year of Script to Screen. Script to Screen is a writer-oriented, feature script development program funded by Movie Central and delivered by NSI. The program selects up to five gifted writers and helps shape their ideas from the early stages of development through to a polished, production-ready script with market appeal.

The call for submissions is now open to the first 200 complete applications. Selected writers will receive a development advance of up to $50,000. This year entrants are encouraged to submit family feature film proposals. To support this initiative, at least one of the five awards will go to a family-oriented project.

"Script to Screen moves into its third year, with a call for submissions from emerging and established Canadian talent," said Maria Hale, VP, Head of Content Distribution & Pay TV Corus Entertainment. "Since 2012, 10 writers have developed their scripts with support from Script to Screen. We are excited to continue partnering with NSI, while funding and supporting five new Canadian projects from concept to final draft." 

"We're pleased to continue partnering with Corus and Movie Central in delivering Script to Screen – seeing its continued demand and popularity is very rewarding," said John Gill, CEO of the National Screen Institute. "The calibre of the submissions is always exciting and we're looking forward to another round of quality applications this year."

The finalists selected for Script to Screen last year were Jason Filiatrault, Jessie Gabe, Ravi Steve and Jeff Geddis, Gerald Wexler and Doug Karr.

Apply now – submissions are open to the first 200 complete applications. Deadline for submissions is August 8, 2014. Visit http://www.nsi-canada.ca/courses/script-to-screen/ for more information.

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 nine 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 www.moviecentral.ca.

Corus Entertainment Inc.
Corus Entertainment Inc. is 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. The Company's multimedia entertainment brands include YTV, Treehouse, Nickelodeon (Canada), ABC Spark, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada), CosmoTV, Sundance Channel (Canada), Movie Central, HBO Canada, Nelvana, Kids Can Press and radio stations including CKNW AM 980, 99.3 The FOX, Country 105, 630 CHED, Q107 and 102.1 the Edge. Corus creates engaging branded entertainment experiences for its audiences across multiple platforms. A publicly traded company, Corus is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (CJR.B). Experience Corus on the web at www.corusent.com.

National Screen Institute (NSI)
Renowned for having given many film and television writers, directors and producers their first breaks, the National Screen Institute (NSI) provides training, development and production support through courses like NSI Totally Television, NSI Drama Prize, NSI New Voices, NSI Features First, NSI Aboriginal Documentary, and NSI Lifestyle & Reality Series Producer.

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

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For further information: Owen McCorquodale, Corus Entertainment, (416) 479-6068, owen.mccorquodale@corusent.com; Laura Friesen, National Screen Institute, (204) 957-2999, laura.friesen@nsi-canada.ca