Short Film Writing

Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Enrolment is limited to: 

A short film is often viewed as a stepping-stone towards a long form narrative but like a short story or a poem it can be an art form with its own language. Through film screenings, lecture and group discussion, this workshop will focus on the unique characteristics of the short film, its constraints and its freedoms, structural conventions and departures. Participants will learn story editing and workshop each other’s work with the mentorship of industry professional Maureen Dorey.
Participants must submit a brief description (2 paragraph maximum) of their short script by Monday September 30, 2013 and must come on the first day with a short script in some written stage of development. Please submit to with “LIFT Fall 2013: Short Film Writing” in the subject line.


Maureen Dorey is a free-lance story editor and script analyst whose produced credits include: Siddarth, written and directed by Richie Mehta (TIFF 2013), Blackbird, written and directed Jason Buxton (TIFF 2012, Genie-nominated, winner of the Youth Jury Prize at Cannes), In Darkness, written by David Shamoon, directed by Agnieska Holland, (TIFF 2011, nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay Genie), the Genie-nominated  NURSE.FIGHTER.BOY (2008), AMAL, the Genie-nominated film written by Shaun and Richie Mehta (2007).  Her television work includes Moccasin Flats, Random Passage, an eight-hour mini-series directed by John N. Smith, produced by Passage Films and Cité-Amérique for broadcast on CBC and RTE (Eire),  Other produced credits include The War Between Us; Lyddie, Violet and On My Mind. She has worked with writers across Canada.
For the past 10 years, she has been the Story Editor in Residence at the Canadian Film Centre, engaged in developing feature film scripts with residents of its Writers Lab, and consulting with residents in the Directors, Producers and Editors Labs, as well as providing mentorship to the new Actors Conservatory progamme. She has acted as story editor on several CFC Features projects. She now teaches Feature Screenwriting at York University. She has also acted as consultant and instructor to Women in Film and Television, the National Screen Institute, Praxis Film Works, NIFCO and B.C. Film.