Events Year-round

Program of Events for 2018

The Sunrise Film Festival will host a number of events this year.  See details below:-

SCRIPT WRITING SEMINAR -  Saturday June 16th 2018 - Price $35

A one day intensive Script Writing Seminar conducted by novelist, playwright, and screenwriter Gary Blackwood.  Though the Festival's film screenings won't take place until early September, the script writing seminar is scheduled for Saturday, June 16 at the Grace Jollymore Joyce Arts Centre in Tatamagouche, from 10 am to 5 pm.  All ages from teens to seniors are welcome, but registration is limited to 10, so book early. For more information and to reserve a place, email: or call 902 701 2483. Prices are $35 per person and include tea, coffee, snacks throughout the day. Participants should bring their own laptop to get the best out of the seminar.

Participants will learn how to come up with non-cliche ideas; how to center the storyline around a strong conflict; how to structure a screenplay/stage play; how to create convincing characters and dialogue.  They'll also be introduced to such nuts-and-bolts topics as proper script format, creating an intriguing logline/synopsis, and where and how to submit scripts.  Though the emphasis will be on creating film and stage scripts, most of the same techniques taught in the seminar are essential for writing novels and short stories.

Gary has taught screenwriting and playwriting to students from elementary school to university, as well as to adults.  His plays have won numerous awards and appeared in theatres from California to Spain.  The script for the feature film The Seer received an Award of Merit from Cinema WorldFest.  The stage adaptation of his bestselling young adult novel The Shakespeare Stealer has been produced by most of North America's top children's theatres; the screenplay version was optioned by the producer of Supernatural.  Gary is also the author of 35 novels and non-fiction books.  



We are lucky to be able to offer a truly exciting workshop on film and TV make-up - including Special Effects make-up - which will be taught by talented professional make-up artist Colleen Patterson.

Colleen graduated from the Blanche MacDonald Centre - Canada's number 1 make-up school - and has worked on many film and TV productions.

The course is likely to take place in June in Toney River, and we encourage anyone interested to get in touch as soon as possible as places are limited.