Every great feature film begins with a well-written and dynamic screenplay.  As original ideas and highly developed scripts are key elements to the success of the screen industry, FIN is looking for the best and most talented writers from the Atlantic region to participate in our annual Script Development Program. Supported by RBC Emerging Artists Project, Telefilm Canada & The Harold Greenberg Fund, this program offers a unique opportunity for Atlantic Canadian writers to develop their feature film ideas from an outline into a treatment and finally into a rough first draft.



Congratulations to our 2018 Participants!



Carsten Knox



John Davie



Koumbie, Taylor Olson, and Rosie Hatton



Nicole Steeves and Struan Sutherland







The jury will select FOUR feature film outlines that will be developed into rough first drafts through three intensive weekend sessions under the guidance of MICHAEL MELSKI, one of Canada’s top story editors.  The writers will also attend a pitch workshop with Michael to hone their pitching technique.  All writers will also take part in the Script Pitch Event, during the 38th FIN: Atlantic International Film Festival, where the writers will pitch their feature film idea to a room of industry professionals with the aim of attaching a producer and/or director to the projects and to compete for the $10,000 development prize. Writers will be evaluated upon: the quality of the script; the demonstrated abilities of the writer within the entire curriculum of the program; and, the ability of the writer to articulate the attractiveness of the story in verbal form.







MICHAEL MELSKI’s screenwriting credits include the award-winning feature films GROWING OP, CHARLIE ZONE, MILE ZERO, TOUCH AND GO, PERFUME WAR and his upcoming supernatural thriller THE CHILD REMAINS. In addition, Michael has been a story editor/consultant on THE DISAPPEARED, BLACKBIRD, SABAH, FAITH FRAUD AND MINIMUM WAGE, RELATIVE HAPPINESS, HARD DRIVE, ROAMING, NOON GUN and others. He has also written for several Gemini-nominated television series including BLUE MURDER, SNAKES AND LADDERS, and STREET CENTS. A past writing resident at the Canadian Film Centre, Neptune Theatre, and the Shaw Festival, Michael has taught screenwriting at NSCAD, been a guest lecturer in Ryerson’s film department, and is the author of many published stage plays including HOCKEY MOM, HOCKEY DAD, and THE FLY FISHER’S COMPANION. He is currently based in Halifax, Nova Scotia.











FIN Atlantic International Film Festival would like to congratulate Rebecca Babcock, winner of the 2017 Script Development Program, presented by Telefilm Canada and The Harold Greenberg Fund. We would also like to recognize Lorna Kirk and Wanda Nolan for their contributions to the program.



Rebecca Babcock (Nova Scotia):



Becca Babcock is a writer and actor. Originally from northern Alberta, Becca moved to Nova Scotia in 2005 to pursue her PhD in English. She has published stories and articles in magazines and journals in Canada and internationally, and in 2012, she published a short story collection, Every Second Weekend (Blaurock Press). She has produced several festival-screened short films and one festival-screened documentary feature film, and she has written and staged plays in Edmonton and Halifax. She lives and works in Halifax.


                                                             Telefilm Canada & The Harold Greenburg Fund Script Pitch feat. 2018 winner Rebecca Babcock 







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FIN's annual Script Development Program is supported by the RBC Emerging Artists Project, Telefilm Canada & The Harold Greenberg Fund.