Short Film Writing

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
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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 four-part workshop will illuminate the key characteristics of a successful narrative short film. Participants who arrive with a basic story idea will have the opportunity to workshop their concept in-class with the goal of developing a beat sheet by the end of the fourth session. Topics covered—such as screenplay format, story structure, and scene construction—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 story idea by Tuesday June 6, 2017 and should be committed to spending some time developing their concept between classes. Please submit your story summary to with “LIFT Summer 2017: Short Film Writing” in the subject line.



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.