Documentary Screenwriting | In person

Documentary Screenwriting | In person






Documentary Screenwriting | In person

Workshop - Documentary Cinema - Fall 2022

Tuesday November 29, 2022 - Wednesday November 30, 2022
6 pm - 9 pm

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

Instructor | Jean-François Lesage, screenwriter and director (Prayer for a Lost Mitten, The Hidden River)

Member $105 | Non-member $150

This six-hour workshop (two 3-hour blocks) will cover documentary screenwriting: the starting hypothesis, the choice of a shooting approach, the intuition of an atmosphere, the characters descriptions, the anticipation of a few key scenes, and the elaboration of a visual and sound treatment. You will be accompanied by Jean-François Lesage who 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.

It is recommended that you send a short note describing your project no later than November 17th, 2022.
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Health measures related to COVID-19:

  • Wearing a mask is at the discretion of the participants. However, Main Film recommends that you wear it at least when you go inside.
  • Participants will be required to disinfect themselves upon entering the center and before touching the equipment. A hydroalcoholic solution will be provided.
  • Participants will be asked to limit their movements.
  • Participants may use the washrooms.

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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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Monday - Thursday 10am-5pm (Interac - VISA - Cash)

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