OUTSTANDING SCREENWRITING TRAINING
Toronto Film School
Toronto is a thriving film center that is only getting hotter — it’s currently the No. 2 city on our list of the Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker. Toronto Film School’s Writing for Film & TV program is having a big moment as well — it’s led by Michelle Daly, who managed the creative development and production of hit shows Schitt’s Creek, Kim’s Convenience, Baroness von Sketch Show, Workin’ Moms, TallBoyz and This Hour Has 22 Minutes during her time as head of comedy at CBC, Canada’s public broadcaster. The school’s faculty includes industry veterans who offer not only the rules of the craft and tips on industry standards, but also real-world insights and credibility. Classes are designed to closely replicate professional writing rooms, and students also gain valuable experience in table reads and the art of showrunning. They also learn to pitch, write, produce and edit for all formats, and emerge from the program with finished scripts to show off their skills.
OUTSTANDING DIGITAL TRAINING
Toronto Metropolitan University
TMU’s forward-thinking approach is well represented by Walter Woodman and Patrick Cederberg, members of the shy kids filmmaking collective whose 2013 short film “Noah” won many awards and has been one of the most inspirational shorts in the screenlife film format, in which entire stories unfold on a computer screen. In their third years, TMU students can pursue an Integrated Digital course of study to focus on digital media. Toronto Metropolitan University was formerly Ryerson University, but changed its name this year to distance itself from 19th century education figure Egerton Ryerson due to his connection with the Canadian residential school system and its regretful history of “assimilating” Indigenous children. The name change reflects the school’s commitment to a better future.