In October 2020 I received the Creative Relief Fund Grant from Women in Film and Television Alberta along with five other filmmakers.
The cash awarded is certainly an important economic relief, however, the recognition from this community is what I have found truly empowering. It is a reminder that there is a community surrounding me even if I am alone writing in my office or working through post-production. Additionally, the mentorship opportunity that WIFT-A has provided is extremely valuable as they paired me with accomplished screenwriter and novelist Susie Moloney.
Having completed the research and outlining phase prior to receiving the mentorship I was ready to dive into the writing process. Susie provided me with valuable genre advice, storytelling notes, and most importantly: a DEADLINE. I am pleased to say that with encouragement and support from Susie I met the 30-day deadline produce a “vomit draft” of my feature length screenplay on December 1st, 2020.
Susie continues to motive and inspire me as I take my writing journey to the next steps. I am rewriting the screenplay outline and addressing story and formatting notes from Susie. I look forward to continuing to work with her over the next couple of months because I know it will greatly improve my project and help me hone my writing skills. Writing a feature length screenplay is difficult and daunting, but it is less so with Susie in my corner!
I am humbled to be in great company among the WIFT-A Membership and other Creative Relief Fund Recipients. This community is one of the most collaborative, inspiring, and supportive that I have ever been part of. Filmmakers are stronger together and I am excited to see where our passions take us in 2021 and beyond.