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WIFTV PRESENTS:  FROM OUR DARK SIDE                       

A national English language contest seeking Canadian women writers and their best Genre Film ideas!

Applications for the new and improved third season are now closed!

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In partnership with Creative BC, Super Channel, Telefilm Canada and Telus. 

Submit your maximum 3-5 page Genre Film outline by January 6, 2017 and win an incubator program designed to help you better understand the genre market and get your idea for a feature length project to the next stage. No previous film writing experience necessary. Open to women writers only.

*Resubmissions welcome! 

**New this year! Winners will attend workshops at the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival AND receive a transportation subsidy to the Frontičres Genre Co-Production Conference in Montreal, where they will meet with potential producers and buyers to receive feedback on their projects.

What’s genre film?  Genre Film, as we define it, includes thrillers, western, science fiction, fantasy and horror – or any imaginative combination of these. Genre is filled character types like (but in no way limited to): Fairies, Mutants, Killers, Aliens, Elves, Zombies, Vampires, Werewolves, Cannibals, Psychopaths, Ghosts, Demons, Ghostly Demons (you get the idea). Expected plot elements or genre “tropes” could include: time travel, space travel, brain enhancing drugs, dystopian worlds, invading plants, prophecies, exorcisms, murders, carnivals and human sacrifice.

Why just concepts and not full scripts?  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) but to do this with a unique or original twist, brilliantly executed (pun intended). Whether or not you are a fan or previous writer of the genre, there will be likely much you can learn through this incubator. And concepts (rather than scripts) will have the most flexibility to take advantage of that learning.

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 because of the dedicated and passionate genre fanbases. 

To give a fresh take on these genre stock characters and tropes, we are currently seeing more reboots with female protagonists and points of view. Women are beginning to take ownership of the form, making serious inroads in genre internationally, with original and empowered leads such as Wonder Woman in her upcoming movie or the main character Amelia in the recent indie horror hit from Australia, The Babadook. These characters defy genre stereotypes of women as hyper-sexualized, helpless victims and play both with and against time tested genre tropes (which is key to genre success).

We want to help you to be a part of this rebirth of genre. And we are looking for women writers with the strongest and most original concepts to take advantage of this trend. From Our Dark Side sees limitless possibilities in genre for women storytellers. This incubator will help prepare you through better understanding of the market, the fans and the kinds of stories that will connect and kick some genre ass.

How does the contest work? A jury of top genre creators will shortlist ten projects and select five to win a $500 cash prize and to participate in a five-month incubator program from March to July 2017.  The program involves:  

  • Full accreditation and travel subsidy to the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival (VIWIFF) in March 2017, where winners will begin the program, participate in workshops and consultations with genre filmmakers, writers and producers, and meet with potential funders and creative partners
  • Full accreditation and travel subsidy (if certain creative milestones are met*) to the Montreal Edition of the Frontičres International Co-Production Market, held in July alongside the Fantasia Film Festival and inclusion in the Co-Production Market guide, where winners will consult with a variety of genre industry professionals including producers and distributors
  • Consultation with a genre film writer/story editor
  • Consultation with a digital marketing strategy expert

Graphic artist to initiate the design of marketing materials 

  • Consultation with Raven Banner Entertainment Inc. regarding distribution and marketing

Winners will also receive a bluray prize pack courtesy of Raven Banner Entertainment Inc.

Projects will be announced and promoted on the WIFTV website, genre film sites and social media to build interest and contacts for potential industry collaborators.

Confirmed FODS3 mentors include (with more to come):

  • Karen Lam, Horror Director, Stained, Evangeline, Mythos
  • Annelise Larson, Digital Marketing Strategist & Mentor,

*Winners are expected to work on their projects between March and July and have a fifteen page treatment, as well as a pitch and promotional package ready to take to the Frontičres International Co-Production Market in July. Guidance in the preparation of these materials will be provided through workshops and consultations given during VIWIFF.


For details on how to register and submit your application click here.

For details on how to register and submit your application click here.


 Supported by:

     Creative BC 1             Super Channel 

  Telefilm1           Telus



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