Instructor: Jillian Acreman
(Film Co-op Members are required to take at least one intro screenwriting course before they can take an advanced course, and direct their own projects through the Film Co-op)
8 Things I Wish I Knew When I Began Writing: The first step to making a great short film is to cultivate and perfect the script. This workshop intensive will help you take your scripts to the next level. Whether you’re just curious about screenwriting, seeking to develop your first short film, or looking to further hone your skills as a screenwriter, this workshop will help sharpen your writing abilities and aid you in feeling more comfortable and confident as a storyteller.
Jillian Acreman has directed six short films under the umbrella of Columbus Avenue Pictures which she founded in 2009. Acreman wrote and directed The Man Who Sold the World starring Golden Globe nominee Steve Railsback, and in 2014 she produced Pop (dir. Ryan O’Toole) which was selected by Telefilm Canada for the “Not Short on Talent” showcase at the Cannes Film Festival. Her short films Broke, The Editor, The Art of Decay, and North have previously been licensed to CBC for broadcast. Acreman’s short Marigolds premiered at the 15th Annual Silver Wave Film Festival, where it was awarded both Best NB Short Film, and the Viewer’s Choice Award. Most recently Acreman directed her first feature film Queen of the Andes through the Telefilm Talent to Watch program, and with the support of the Province of New Brunswick. Acreman has studied under Judith Weston in Los Angeles and Toronto, and is a full member of the Writers Guild of Canada, Film Independent, and the New Brunswick Filmmakers’ Co-operative. She is also a 2017 Reykjavik International Film Festival Talent Lab alumni.