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TIFF and CBC Breaking Barriers Film Fund yesterday announced a new screenwriting grant created to support Canada’s diverse screenwriting talent, and discover a great Canadian screenplay.  The TIFF-CBC Diverse Screenwriters Grant will provide $10,000 to a Canadian writer of an outstanding feature film screenplay, supporting them to further develop their project.

The TIFF-CBC Diverse Screenwriters Grant is open to screenwriters who are female, Indigenous, belong to visible minorities, or identify with a disability. Applicants must have an existing writer or director credit on at least one feature film that has been presented at TIFF. Full eligibility requirements and application details are available at tiff.net/industry.

“Our stories are only as rich and authentic as the voices that tell them. Screenwriting is a key focus of TIFF’s talent development activities, and this grant recognizes the tremendous value that diversity brings to the film-writing process, while celebrating outstanding Canadian storytelling,” said Kathleen Drumm, TIFF Industry Director.

“With their reputation for showcasing great Canadian creators, TIFF is a natural partner for CBC to work with to further our shared commitment to nurture and promote underrepresented storytellers in this country,” said Helen du Toit, Interim Senior Director, CBC Breaking Barriers Film Fund. “Through this new grant, we hope to discover the next great Canadian story that will celebrate Canada’s rich, diverse culture and resonate both at home and abroad.”

Submissions for the grant are now open (for screenplays between 85 and 120 pages) and will close on August 21, 2017. A jury will determine the winner based on the quality of the screenplay. The winner will be announced in November.

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