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Writers' Studio

Applications are now closed. Selected participants will be notified by late February 2022.

Since 2012, TIFF Writers’ Studio has provided Canadian participants with a fulsome, curated experience through a unique integration of public and private programming. As of 2020, TIFF has invited international screenwriters and writer-directors to apply. The programme offers a space for screenwriters to consolidate skills, exchange ideas, and discuss challenges, all within a collaborative five-day intensive lab at TIFF Bell Lightbox. Participants are supported to take their careers and projects to the next level as they participate in workshops, panel discussions, peer-to-peer mentorship, and one-on-one project development consultations guided by both Canadian and international experts.

Introducing the Renee Perlmutter Memorial Fellowship for Literary Adaptation, a new addition to Writers’ Studio 2022: One applicant focusing on adapting literary work for the screen will be selected to participate in the programme. The recipient of the Renee Perlmutter Memorial Fellowship will receive an additional $3,000 grant toward developing their project.

As part of Share Her Journey, the CHANEL Women Writers’ Network supports a year-round program to advance the careers of women and non-binary alumni of TIFF Writers’ Studio. CHANEL’s participation extends and enriches TIFF’s support for writers and writer-directors by providing funding to 2022 participants to facilitate the acceleration and development of their projects, and by offering opportunities to connect with a diverse network of mentors and peers year-round.

What’s Included

  • A five-day intensive lab — focused on screenwriting, the creative process, and the business of film — to take place in person March 21–25, 2022
  • Mentorship from TIFF programming teams and expert guests
  • Dedicated one-on-one discussions with script consultants/editors
  • Peer-to-peer mentorship with the selected participants
  • Access to the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival
  • Access to TIFF’s Industry Conference, Business Centre, and Delegate Resources
  • A complimentary one-year TIFF Membership, which includes discounts on film tickets at TIFF Bell Lightbox
  • Access to films and special events presented by TIFF during Writers’ Studio
  • Access to TIFF’s renowned Film Reference Library and archival collection

Key Dates

Applications open
November 17, 2021
Applications close
January 3, 2022
Participants notified of selection
February 21, 2022
Project draft due
February 21, 2022
Participants announced
March 1, 2022
TIFF Writers’ Studio Lab
March 21–25, 2022

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Thank you for your interest. Applications for 2022 have now closed.