22nd Calgary Underground Film Festival

April 17-27, 2025

12th CUFF.Docs Documentary Film Festival

November 20-24, 2024

Live Script Reading Call for Submissions


Once again, we will be hosting a Live Script Reading of a feature film from an Alberta scriptwriter. This is an annual event, which provides an opportunity to share your script in the early stages of development. The selected script will be part of the upcoming 21st Calgary Underground Film Festival, taking place April 18-28, 2024.

In partnership with the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA) Alberta, we will work alongside someone from your team (the project's screenwriter, producer or director) to cast the actors who will participate in the live script reading. There will be a Q&A following the reading, where the audience and local industry can provide feedback on the script. This is a great workshoping opportunity for the team selected. In addition to our support with casting (and paying an honorarium to the actors), we will work with you on ideas for the big screen, music and any added elements. The screenwriter selected will also be given a pass to attend the festival.

We’re looking for Alberta feature screenwriters to apply. The script must be ready to be presented publicly, and ideally in the stage of considering production opportunities. The script does not need to have a full team in place when submitting. 

The live script reading will be a free public event during the 21st Calgary Underground Film Festival. All participants receive an artist fee and tickets to the festival.

To apply, you must: 

  • Submit a completed draft of your feature length screenplay. (We are looking for scripts in the late stages of development that are still open to revisions and feedback)
  • Submit a 1-2 page treatment explaining the project's development history, any attached key creatives, your ideal timeline/release strategy, your target audience and any other important details.
  • Be an Alberta scriptwriter 
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