Short Film Writing

Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 6:00pm - 10:00pm
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Whether intended as a stand alone piece of art or a calling card to showcase new storytelling talent, the short film is a fascinatingly flexible format. Through screenings, lectures and group discussions, this workshop will identify the key characteristics of a successful narrative short film. Participants will learn screenwriting techniques that chart a path from initial concept to production-ready screenplay and will have the opportunity to workshop their ideas and writing in-class. Topics covered—such as screenplay format and story structure—are equally relevant to writers interested in long-form narratives such as feature films and television.

Participants must submit a brief description (two paragraphs maximum) of their short story by Thursday February 9, 2017. Please submit to with “LIFT Winter 2017: Short Film Writing” in the subject line. This course is recommended as a companion to the Story Development and Worldbuilding for Storytellers workshops.



Originally from the UK, Stephen Davis is a graduate of the MFA Screenwriting program at the American Film Institute (AFI) in Los Angeles. He has worked as a script reader for companies in Los Angeles, Toronto and the UK. In 2014, he was selected for Script Room 4, a BBC program for developing new talent. His most recent feature film screenplay has received development funding from the British Film Institute (BFI) and Film Wales and was selected for the Black List Mini-Lab at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. In 2016, he was the runner-up for the Red Planet Prize for new television writing. Passionate about screenwriting education, Stephen also spent a year in the School of Theatre, Film and Television at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and tutored a number of film courses and workshops at York University in Toronto while earning a second Master’s degree in Screenwriting.