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The Film Incubator

The Film Incubator provided screenwriters and filmmakers with an opportunity to network, meet key industry leaders, and get peer feedback on scripts and film roughcuts.

Please read the guidelines before registering.

About the Inspired Film Incubator

For independent screenwriters and filmmakers who want to create their best work, the Inspired Film Incubator provides a positive, professional, creative environment to network, learn, and workshop scripts and film roughcuts. The script-to-screen format brings screenwriters and filmmakers together to connect and help one another. Each workshop will include networking and presenting scripts and film roughcuts followed by peer and mentor feedback. Most workshops will also include talks with industry experts, funders, or distributors to help participants create projects with their audiences and markets in mind. Participants agree to respect the copyright of presented projects.

Location: South Common Community Centre, 2233 South Millway, Mississauga

This is an accessible location with free parking and public transit.

Registration and submission guidelines:

Participants can submit one project but we encourage everyone to attend multiple workshops to network and help fellow artists. Space is limited. You must register to attend.

Participant eligibility:

The Inspired Film Incubator is for film, television, and digital screenwriters and filmmakers (emerging to established), of all genres, genders, and backgrounds who wish to have their independent projects workshopped or who can provide feedback for other artists’ projects. We welcome all experience levels: from emerging creators of one or a few projects to award-winning writers and director-producers. The common ground is that everyone has some knowledge of the screenwriting and/or filmmaking process so they can contribute to the conversations. We encourage voices from all communities and backgrounds. A mix of experiences and perspectives ensures innovative ideas and discussions.

  • Participants must have some experience or training in film, television, or media and can be of any experience level from student/emerging to established.
  • Participants can attend with or without a project to workshop. Those without a current project are encouraged to attend for networking, professional development, and to provide feedback to help their fellow artists.
  • Participants agree to adhere to the incubator’s positive, constructive approach when receiving or giving feedback.
  • Participants agree to respect the copyright and confidentiality of the workshopped projects.

Eligible screenplay submissions:

  • We accept films (features, shorts), television, and digital (webseries, etc.) scripts, partial scripts, and treatments of any genre. We have time to workshop a limited number of projects in each session. Scripts will be accepted on a first come basis with priority given to scripts that are completed drafts. We will not pre-select for content except to reject any script that violates copyright, promotes hate, or violates any laws. The chances of a particular script being workshopped will depend on the volume and completeness of submissions.
  • The script must be unproduced.
  • One submission per participant.
  • Script must be in PDF format. Script PDF filename should be formatted as: Name of Script by Author First Last Name.pdf — (example: My Awesome Script by Mary Writer.pdf)
  • Scripts must be in English. Other languages can appear (lines of dialogue, for example) but an English speaker should be able to follow the story.
  • Co-written scripts can be submitted as long as one of the writers participates.
  • Submitted scripts must be original (no adaptations) and the sole property of the applicant(s). We cannot accept commercials, corporate, or other client projects.

Eligible film submissions

  • We accept films (features, shorts) television, and digital (webseries, etc.) of any genre, including documentary. We have time to workshop a limited number of projects in each session. Films will be accepted on a first come basis with priority given to edited roughcuts. We will not pre-select for content except to reject any film that violates copyright, promotes hate, or violates any laws. The chances of a particular film being workshopped will depend on the volume and completeness of submissions.
  • Films can be at any rough-cut stage.
  • The film must be unreleased.
  • One submission per participant.
  • Co-directed films can be submitted as long as one of the directors participates.
  • Submitted films must be original and the sole property of the applicant(s).
  • Film file format for the workshop can be MP4 or .mov

Register now for the following workshop dates:

Workshop 1: Monday, October 28, 2019, 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Workshop 2: Monday, November 25, 2019, 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Workshop 3: Monday, January 27, 2020, 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Guest Speaker TBA

Workshop Speakers

Dale Andrews, Guest Speaker, October 28, 2019 Workshop

Dale is the Executive Producer at Ginger Cat Studios, specializing in short and feature length independent films. He has collaborated on several films but now takes this role on in order to promote stories that need to be heard. The first film, “Latched” was produced in 2016/17 and had its world premiere at TIFF in September 2017. In 2018, he produced the short film “Carved” for Fox Studios and Hulu, winning a worldwide filmmaking competition. Currently Dale is touring the film festival circuit with the award-winning feature film, “Making Monsters”.

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Kelly Payne, Guest Speaker, November 25, 2019 Workshop

Kelly Payne has 25 years’ experience in public and private organizations servicing the Film and TV Industry. She is a PromaxBDA winner and has worked on CSA nominated series. Ms. Payne is currently a Program Consultant at Ontario Creates where she leads strategies driving innovation and growth in Ontario’s creative industries. Her portfolio contains a wide range of programs and initiatives including the Feature Film Fund, The Marketing and Distribution Initiative and domestic and international business development. Kelly has held management positions with both Bell Media and Rogers and has served as a Team Lead for Ontario’s tax credits. Kelly also sits on the Board of Directors for Spacefy Inc.  which connects creative people with spaces for their projects and productions.

Dan Lyon, Telefilm

Dan Lyon, Guest Speaker, January 27, 2020 Workshop

Dan Lyon is Telefilm Canada’s Regional Feature Film Executive, for the Ontario & Nunavut Regions. Over 125 lower-budget feature films have been co-financed under his guidance. Originally an entertainment lawyer at Goodmans, Dan joined Astral Bellevue Pathe Inc. and ultimately became Executive Vice-President, Distribution for Astral and its successor companies Coscient, Motion and TVA. As a distributor, Dan was awarded the Golden Reel for “The Art of War”  (in respect of which he subsequently produced two sequels with Sony) and was the first independent buyer in the world (at the screenplay stage) for Roman Polanski’s “The Pianist” which went on to win the Palme D’Or. Credits as executive producer include “Ginger Snaps”, Jacob Tierney’s debut feature “Twist”, and “Everything’s Gone Green” written by Douglas Coupland. Additional awards include a Peabody (for “The Interrogation of Michael Crowe”). The first project he championed upon joining Telefilm in the fall of 2005 was “Away From Her”, which received two Academy Award nominations. Dan is a produced playwright, and co-author of the book PUBLIC STRATEGY AND MOTION PICTURES published by the Ontario Economic Council. His charitable activities include several terms as vice-president of the Board of the Performing Arts Lodge (PAL Toronto) and he is currently the president of Performing Arts FutureCare.

The Inspired Film Incubator Team

Cathleen MacDonald, Executive Director

Cathleen is a writer-director-producer of documentaries and scripted films, including “Working Animals” (Discovery), “Moving On: (CBC) “The Divided Brain” (Doc Channel).

Michelina Williamson, Registration

Michelina is a visual artist and art instructor who loves to get lost in a good story. She enjoys meeting fellow artists and hearing about their work.

Deepa Sareen, Outreach

Deepa is a writer-director of short films and documentaries. She is a published author and her works include “PourQoui Myiesha” – 2017

Brian Walsh, Program Facilitator

Brian is a writer, actor and educator whose love of watching a good film is only surpassed by his love of creating them.

Bill Thomson, Coordinator

Bill is the owner of Leda Communications in Mississauga specializing in production, online development, responsive websites, and branded promotional products and apparel.

The Inspired Film Incubator is provided with the generous support of the Mississauga Arts Council and Rama Amusements.