Script Competition Showcases Canadian Talent

The China Canada Gateway for Film® Script Competition is an exciting opportunity for Canadian screenwriters and producers to team up and pitch their scripts for feature Chinese films. The competition is a result of a three-year part­nership between the Whistler Film Festival Society, Telefilm Canada, and the China Film Group in 2011. The China Gateway for Film’s goal is to increase co-productions between Canada and China.

There are two years left in the competition. A selection committee screens each script to determine which team will be given the chance to pitch their ideas to international experts and Chinese studios. There is up to 15 million dollars in production funds available for a total of nine approved projects.

“This is an opportunity of a lifetime,” says Heidi Foss, one of the 2012 finalists out of 109 entries. She is not just thrilled to be given the chance to pitch her own script though. “Anything that puts Canadian talent on the world stage is a great idea. There is so much talent in this country, and this initiative allows it to be tapped into, cultivated, and showcased internationally.”

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