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Screenwriting Incubator

June 13, 2014 - June 15, 2014


Red River College – Princess Street Campus, Room W411Untitled


Group Sessions:

Friday, June 13th | 6 pm – 9:30 pm

& Sunday, June 15th | 2:30 pm – 5 pm


90-minute, One-on-One Meetings:

To be scheduled on Saturday, June 14th | between 10 am – 6 pm,                                                    

& Sunday, June 15th | between 10 am – 2:30 pm


Application Deadline – Wednesday, May 28th, 2014, at 4 pm

*To apply, please refer to the “Application Details” below. Chosen participants will be notified by Wednesday, June 4th and will be asked to make payment upon notification.



Manitoba-based writers with developed scripts or treatments will be invited to submit a project to this Screenwriting Incubator workshop.

During this workshop the participants will attend an introductory group lecture about story structure and the rewriting process. Participants will then receive a scheduled one-on-one meeting with the instructor for one and a half hours. The participants will work with the instructor to develop a rewriting strategy for their submitted project.

Following the workshop each participant will have a follow-up, one-hour phone meeting with the instructor to discuss the progress of their script (to be scheduled within 2 weeks of the workshop).


Day 1 – June 13th

  • Group lecture with question & answer; 6 pm – 9:30 pm

Day 2 – June 14th

  • Individual, one-on-one meetings with selected screenwriters (90 minutes each); to be scheduled between 10 am – 6 pm

Day 3 – June 15th

  • Individual, one-on-one meetings with selected screenwriters (90 minutes each); to be scheduled between 10 am – 2:30 pm
  • Group wrap-up session; 2:30 pm – 5 pm


Application Details:

Writers may submit treatments (12-15 pages), short scripts (6-30 pages), television scripts (22-60 pages), pitch-bibles for original series (20 page maximum), or feature film scripts (to a maximum of 80-125 pages).  Writers submitting bibles for original series may include a pilot episode.  Projects over the listed page counts will not be considered. Writers may only submit one project for this workshop.

The submission period is open from May 8th to May 28th and the call is open to the first 20 complete submissions, from which the instructor will select 8 participants/projects for the workshop.

To apply, please submit your script / treatment / bible, along with your resume and a brief introductory letter to: info@filmtraining.mb.ca

The instructor will be making the participant selections.  Chosen participants will be notified by Wednesday, June 4th, 2014 and will be required to make payment upon notification.


About the Instructor

Marlene Rodgers is a writer, producer, and story editor based in Vancouver, Canada, who loves to help other filmmakers bring their stories to fruition.   As a story editor, she has worked extensively with feature filmmakers on character-based drama, but has also brought her talents to comedy, documentary and lifestyle programming for the Food Network, OWN and Investigation Discovery.

Marlene began her career in film in Toronto in the late 80s, working as an executive at Telefilm, the Ontario Media Development Corporation, and the CBC Movies and Mini-series unit. Since returning to Vancouver, Marlene has focused on story editing and teaching screenwriting at organizations such as the Canadian Film Centre, the National Screen Institute and Praxis.

Marlene wrote and produced the short film, Foxy Lady, Wild Cherry, which played in several festivals including the Toronto International Film Festival and Clermont-Ferrand, and was sold to broadcasters internationally.  She also produced the short, Cleveland Wood’s Last Day On Earth, which was exhibited and broadcast internationally, and co-wrote the feature screenplay, Skin To Skin, which was shortlisted for the Sundance Writers Lab.



Film Training Manitoba Course Registration Policy

  •  Participants must be 18 years of age or older to register and attend the course.
  • Participants must register in advance of the course. No drop-ins.
  • Registration is on a first come, first served basis – unless otherwise specified. Enrollment may be limited.
  • Registration for all courses, including weekend workshops, must be done between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday (except holidays).
  • All registrations must be received and confirmed in-person or by telephone with an FTM staff member during office hours. We do not confirm or accept registrations via email.
  • Payment in full is required to secure a spot in an FTM course.


Course Registration

Registration can be done in one of two ways:


In Person – cash, cheque, VISA and MasterCard, and debit are accepted. (Please make cheques payable to Film Training Manitoba.) Our offices are located at 100 – 62 Albert Street, in Winnipeg’s Exchange District. We are open to the public Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.


By Phone – VISA and MasterCard only. Registrations are accepted via the main line at 204-989-9669. *We do not confirm or accept registrations via email.


Cancellation Policy

  • Participants must cancel up to 4 full business days prior to the course start date to receive an 80% refund.
  • No refund will be given to participants who cancel within 4 full business days before the course start date, or if they do not attend the course.
  • Film Training Manitoba reserves the right to cancel, or postpone, any course where a minimum registration level has not been met. Participants registered for a course that is canceled will receive a full refund.


Breaks and refreshments

All course participants are responsible for their own lunch.


June 13, 2014
June 15, 2014


Film Training Manitoba


Red River College – Princess Street Campus, Room W411
160 Princess Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 1K9 Canada
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