WIFTV PRESENTS: FROM OUR DARK SIDE
A national English language contest seeking the best in Canadian women-driven Genre Film ideas!
WIFTV is delighted to announce the winners of the second season! To know all about it, read our in-depth article here.
Applications will be open again for the third season in Fall 2016.
Sponsored by Super Channel, Telefilm Canada and Creative B.C.
Submit your maximum 3-5 page Genre Film outline by January 4, 2016 and win a mentorship package designed to help you get your feature length project to the next stage. No previous film writing experience necessary. Open to women writers only.
What’s genre film? Also known as Fantastic Film, Genre Film, as we define it, includes thrillers, science fiction, fantasy and horror – or any imaginative combination of these. The more imaginative, the better! Blood is optional. Characters include but are not limited to: Fairies, Mutants, Killers, Aliens, Zombies, Vampires, Werewolves, Cannibals, Psychopaths, Ghosts, Demons, Ghostly Demons, Body Snatchers. Plot elements may include but are not limited to: time travel, space travel, brain enhancing drugs, dystopian worlds, invading plants, prophecies, exorcisms, murders, carnivals and human sacrifice.
We’re looking for the strongest and most original concepts that really grab us –we suggest you let the creative genie out of her bottle.
Why just concepts and not full scripts? The seeds for Genre Film success are nurtured in the concept stage. Successful Genre Films need to provide fans with what they are expecting (for example, if it’s a Zombie film, you need to have a lot of Zombies), and really successful Genre Films do this with a unique or original twist, brilliantly executed (pun intended).
Why genre? Genre Film is a form that can explore a wide range of creative themes from politics to our darkest fears. It is also highly marketable, drawing critical attention, audience and box office revenue to its creators and production team. Women are already beginning to take ownership of the form, make serious inroads into the genre internationally, with original and empowered leads such as Katnis Everdeen of The Hunger Games, defying old stereotypes of women as hyper-sexualized, helpless victims.
The ultimate goal of the contest is to increase the participation of women in visionary leadership roles both on and off screen and to make some kick-ass films.
How does the contest work? Ten projects will be shortlisted and juried by top genre creators. Five projects will be selected for mentorship.
Each of the five projects will receive:
- a $500 cash prize
- project feedback and evaluation by an experienced genre film mentor
- consultation with a genre film writer/story editor
- consultation with a genre visual effects producer
- consultation with a digital marketing strategy expert
- consultation with a genre marketing artist to help with preliminary ideas for a film poster and marketing materials
- consultation with Raven Banner Entertainment Inc. regarding distribution and marketing
- a bluray prize pack courtesy of Raven Banner Entertainment Inc.
- full accreditation to the Montreal Edition of the Frontières International Co-Production Market, held in July alongside the Fantasia Film Festival and inclusion in the Co-Production Market guide
Winners will also be provided with a subsidy for travel costs to attend the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival in March 2016 where they will meet with potential funders and creative partners.
Projects will also be announced and promoted on the WIFTV website, genre film sites and social media to build interest and contacts for potential industry collaborators.
For details on how to register and submit your application click here.