Ivy Oldford at the CFC
asks me to remind my Canadian viewers that the deadline for applying to the Prime Time Television Program is May 16.
While I'm not that big on film school in the States, it's different up North. The program is very focused on the real challenges of starting a career writing for television. It's close to an apprenticeship en mass
in the industry. Participants get to meet with showbiz vets regularly; they even work developing a series with a showrunner. By the time they're done with the program, they've got specs and pilots and they know lots of people in the business. And, a shockingly high percentage of show people in Canada have gone to the CFC, so you've got a nice old boy network to rely on.
If you're in showbiz up North, you really, really want to go, or have gone, to the CFC.
So if you've got 6 months to spare in order to save yourself five years, send your application
in before May 16!
Q. I was looking into CFC as an alternative to the not-so-common television writing programs at film schools in the states. What do you feel about an American studying abroad and using what is learned back here in the states or getting a start in Canada?
I would feel very good about it, but the CFC doesn't take Yanks... Sorry.
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