The imagineNATIVE/HGF Indigenous Screenwriting Intensive

Deadline: December 8, 2017

The imagineNATIVE/Harold Greenberg Fund (HGF) Indigenous Screenwriting Intensive builds upon success imagineNATIVE’s Screenwriter Lab initiative in 2014, housed under and revamped as a year-round initiative at the new imagineNATIVE Institute.

Through an application process the Intensive will support four Indigenous screenwriters, two residing in Canada and two international. Through a year-long development program, a new screen-based, feature film work from each applicant will be developed - from treatment through draft and final writing stages to packaging and polishing. With a focus on potential optioning, the program will culminate in a live staged reading of script excerpts, sponsored by ACTRA Toronto, for general audience and Industry professionals at the 2018 imagineNATIVE Festival.

Indigenous story editors will support the writers’ projects at each stage, and develop the skills of a new Indigenous story editor - selected from the imagineNATIVE/HGF Indigenous Story Editing Mentorship  - throughout the process. Screenwriters in the program will receive financial support to dedicate themselves to the stages of script development, with stipends at the completion of key milestones.


Program timeline and components:

October 22 - December 8: Applications for imagineNATIVE/HGF Screenwriting Intensive open for submission

December 2017: Program recipients notified, treatments reviewed with feedback.

January – April 2018: 1st draft development

April 2018: 1-week Group intensive, Toronto Canada

May – August 2018: 2nd draft development

September – October 2018: Polish and Packaging

October 2018: ACTRA-supported live script excerpt reading to public and Industry producers for optioning possibilities.


Applicant Requirements: Screenwriter Intensive

  • Complete an application form
  • Include, via email to, the following elements:
    • Three (3) to Five (5) page treatment: Story, in prose
      • Submission of two to three pages of a scene(s) to illustrate dialogue
    • References - one (1) page, written and may include stills - that speak to the look and feel of the film
    • Writer’s Statement - where the treatment will go in the first draft, areas to develop in story, and final outcome desires through the program

The deadline for applications is Friday, December 8, 2017. The selected recipients will be notified by December 20, 2017. Questions regarding the application can be sent to Daniel Northway-Frank, dnf@imaginenative.org



The Harold Greenberg Fund/Le Fonds Harold Greenberg is a national funding organization that supports the development of Canadian dramatic feature films. Since 1986, we have invested almost $84 million in the Canadian film and television industry. http://www.bellmedia.ca/harold-greenberg-fund/