Realscreen Summit — Producer Mission

The deadline to apply is November 25th

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Screen Nova Scotia is now accepting applications from mid-to-senior level Nova Scotia documentary/factual producers to join a Pan-Atlantic business delegation to New Orleans, USA from January 27-30 that takes place during Realscreen Summit 2020. 

Delegation: Five Nova Scotia producers, along with a representative from Screen Nova Scotia and producers from Newfoundland & Labrador, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick, will be selected to attend Realscreen Summit, the definitive global market and conference for the business of unscripted and non-fiction entertainment. Launched in 1999, the 22nd edition returns to the vibrant and culture-rich city of New Orleans, and will bring together creators, buyers and distributors of unscripted and non-fiction programming for four days of panels, pitching and networking. For more information on Realscreen, click HERE.

Registration: Screen Nova Scotia will cover 75% of the reduced Realscreen registration fee of $1,299 USD. The remaining $324.75 USD (approximately $430 CAD) must be paid to Screen Nova Scotia for participation in this delegation. Producers who have already registered for the Realscreen market are encouraged to apply and, if selected, will be reimbursed 75% of their registration fee ($974.25 USD).

Travel Assistance: Nova Scotia producers can apply for travel assistance (flights, accommodation and ground transport) via NSBI’s Export Growth Program. If this will be your first time applying, we recommend contacting Yuliya Demish, Export Development Executive, for more information on the application process: (t) 902-424-5054 / (e)

Flights & Accommodations: Filmmakers will be responsible for booking their own travel and accommodations for this trip. The delegation must be on the ground, for meetings in New Orleans by the morning of January 27th, 2020. SNS will provide a discount code for Air Canada (details to follow).

Application Process: To be considered for the Realscreen Summit mission, producers must submit all support materials by end of day on Monday, November 25. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Participants will be selected based on specific criteria, and through a competitive application process. Members of an independent selection committee (comprised of experienced and respected members of the national screen industry) will review applications and select the participants. SNS will notify all applicants of the status of their application by email following the jury meeting, in late-November.

Please forward your complete application package to Melanie Solomon, Industry Services & Locations Manager ( with the email title “Realscreen Application 2020”. There is no fee to apply or participate in the mission.

Mandatory Support Documents: The following documents must be submitted electronically as individual PDF files in order for your application to be considered by the jury.

  • Personal resume: please include relevant film, television & new media production credits, list of projects currently in development, and list of past international market or festival participation (can include provincially led business development trips/trade missions);
  • Company and personal biography.

Producer Criteria: Mid-to-Senior Level Documentary/Factual Producers

  • Must have a minimum of two full producer credits on completed productions within the last five (5) years of the following nature:
    • Television one-off production with a minimum broadcast length of 30 minutes (unscripted)
    • Television series production (unscripted)
    • Documentary Feature film that a) received financing from Telefilm Canada, Film & Creative Industries Nova Scotia or NSBI or b) had a budget of $1 million or greater.

*If you feel you do not meet the criteria and are still interested in attending the mission, please contact Industry Services Manager, Melanie Solomon: / (902) 229-1499.