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PEI Screenwriters' Bootcamp starting Saturday

Halifax screenwriter Kathy Mutch, right, pitches her feature film project to Alan Bacchus of the Harold Greenberg Fund.
Halifax screenwriter Kathy Mutch, right, pitches her feature film project to Alan Bacchus of the Harold Greenberg Fund. - Submitted

The 12th PEI Screenwriters’ Bootcamp kicks off Saturday with 34 participants — its largest group yet — and also kicking off FilmPEI’s planned events to bring media-based companies and creatives together to grow the industry in P.E.I.

Running until Wednesday, May 23, this year’s bootcamp offers workshops for writers that will help in the advancement of local features and series. The clinic is comprised of five producer-writer teams who will develop projects in the Road to Production workshop with Brian Sharp and Donna Davies and compete for $15,000 in production funding.

There will also be a second workshop: Production Management 101 with Deb Patz will give six people the opportunity to study the specialized administrative side of film and video production.

“We are excited at the prospect of seeing our incubator approach working,” said Louise Lalonde, project co-ordinator, “particularly now that there is industry support from the province, which means that we can leverage this funding to attract other sources and build our industry one story at a time.”

The three screenwriting workshops planned are: IPF Writing a Dramatic Series with Bob Wertheimer; Writing the Next Draft with Sharon Buckingham; and Getting Your Story Straight with Tom Shoebridge.

The last day will see five P.E.I. participants pitch their projects ranging from feature films to web series to a jury of industry representatives and guest producers. The audience will be invited to vote for their favourite pitch, and the winner of the $15,000 prize will be announced during Show Canada on June 4.

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