Documentary Screenwriting #2

Documentary Screenwriting #2






Documentary Screenwriting #2

Workshop - Documentary Cinema - Fall 2023

Tuesday December 5, 2023 - Wednesday December 6, 2023
6 pm - 9 pm

Main Film
2025 Rue Parthenais #301, Montréal, Quebec, H2K 3T2, Québec

With Jean-François Lesage (Prayer for a Lost Mitten, The Hidden River)

Member $120 | Non-member $160

This six-hour workshop will cover documentary screenwriting: starting hypothesis, choice of a shooting approach, intuition of an atmosphere, characters descriptions, and elaboration of a visual and sound treatment. Jean-François Lesage will present examples from his own practice and those of other filmmakers who are exploring new forms of documentary screenwriting.

Following this workshop, you will be able to better structure your ideas, define your intentions and successfully convey them while developing your narrative style. The workshop is based on group discussions, excerpt screenings and project analysis.

Workshop is given in French but questions may be asked in English.

Material to send before November 27th 2023:

  • Short descriptive note of your project

Participants will be asked to give a brief presentation of their documentary project in the second block.

For more information, please contact

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Jean-François Lesage

After studying law, Jean-François Lesage became a television journalist in Western Canada and then moved to Beijing, where he shot his first film, A Night in China. Since his return to Quebec, he has directed Conte du Mile End, as well as La rivière cachée and Un amour d’été, both of which won awards at RIDM. In 2020, his feature film Prayer for a Lost Mitten won the award for best Canadian documentary at Hot Docs.


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