Writing for Film, Television & Games

How to Apply

Develop an absolute command of the craft of storytelling, and a deep understanding of the world of film, television and games.

Creative Economy

VFS’s signature programs and facilities are at the heart of a creative economy worth $3.4 billion in B.C. alone. From film production and 3D animation to game, digital, and VR/AR design, VFS is helping shape the entertainment and media industries’ transformation. In 2021, VFS alumni were credited on 8 of the 15 highest grossing films and on 5 of the 10 best-selling video games worldwide, in a global industry set to generate US$2.1 trillion in revenues in 2021.

Alumni Success

Vancouver Film School grads are some of the most successful and sought-after professionals in the entire screenwriting industry. You will find our alumni working all over the globe, pushing boundaries, discovering new frontiers, winning all kinds of awards and honours, and leading today’s creative economy.

VFS Alumni


I attended VFS in 2010 and can't say enough good things about this program. The courses here helped me develop many of the skills and tools that are often overlooked when trying to break into screenwriting. Great teachers and community.

Tyler Burton Smith

Writing for Film, Television & Games Graduate

Writer of Kung Fury 2, Boy Kills World, and Child's Play

Such an amazing school! The Writing for Film, Television & Games program is brilliant. Teachers are very supportive and course content is superb. Loved my time here!

Jillian Mannion

Writing for Film, Television & Games Graduate

Writer on Blood, Sex & Royalty and winner of the Best Long Running Series Award from the WGGB for River City

I attended looking for a way to get a firm grasp of the base principles of good storytelling in a variety of mediums, and was very satisfied with the results. I personally thrived in this highly structured and intensive program.

Zachary Pope

Writing for Film, Television & Games Graduate

Narrative on The Necromancer's Tale and QA Specialist at DYSYS

I graduated from the Writing for Film, TV and Games program in 2022, and this school changed my life. I always knew what I wanted to do, but it was VFS that gave me the skills and confidence to do it. The staff are kind, friendly and always willing to go the extra mile to help out.

Daniel McGrath

Writing for Film, Television & Games Graduate

Script Reader at The Golden Script Competition

VFS has been the greatest experience of my life. I not only developed an amazing creative skill to tell stories but I learned how to work as a team player with other incredible writers. My native language is Spanish, so I also developed a sense of confidence while writing and working in another language.

Antonio Barrón Toro

Writing for Film, Television & Games Graduate

Storyteller at Taringa!

A VFS Writing for Film, Television & Games Education

In 12 months you will graduate with:

  • A diploma in Writing for Film, Television & Games
  • A diverse portfolio of your work, designed to open doors
  • Access to the VFS Alumni Directory & Job Board
  • Industry connections that will help guide your career

Term 01

Develop fundamental skills in visual storytelling, structure, character, format, and genre.

Term 02

Commit to story and character development for your first feature screenplay.

Term 03

Workshop the first drafts of your feature and TV scripts.

Term 04

Specialize in film, TV or games writing, and begin work on your final project.

Term 05

Electives include writing for comics, video games, and writing for commercials.

Term 06

Complete drafts of your final feature film script or TV pilot for your final project, and polish it through intense workshopping.

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In the final half of the year, students choose to focus one of the three specialized streams below for their final project.

Writing for Feature Films

Writing for Television

Writing for Games

Discover our new Games stream

VFS is now one of the only schools in the world to offer an innovative new specialization stream in games within our current Writing program. Learn more by watching this video.

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You will be asked to submit one of the following along with your application. Your advisor can help with selecting the best option.

Write a one-page (maximum) synopsis. Provide the genre and use references to other movies, television shows or games to explain how you would write the project. Explain the concept, vision, or idea. In addition, provide a minimum of two and a maximum of four other creative writing samples in their original form (maximum 20 total pages). You’ll find information on how to send your work in the application form, or you can ask your Advisor.

When you talk to your Advisor, let them know that you've completed the Foundation program and they will put a copy of your diploma in your file for you.

For more about language requirements and other information for international students, visit the International Students page.

Student Work

While training at VFS, students are immersed in the Writing for Film, Television & Games industry, and spend a lot of hands-on time creating professional-quality work. And, nothing is a greater testament to the incomparable industry resources and career preparation that define VFS’s education model, than the top quality work our students produce. Here, a portfolio of outstanding work is just the beginning. Just take a look.

Dos Pesos


Written and Directed by Cristina Martínez

A Rabbit Called Jack


Written and Directed by Sofia Auza



Created by Jonas Roy Bjarnason

Industry Partners

VFS doesn’t just teach you about the industry, it IS the industry. With veteran instructors, mentors and an education Advisory Board recruited straight from the professional world, we are able to constantly update our award-winning curriculum to keep up with an ever-evolving industry. Plus, students also have lots of opportunities to connect and network with industry leaders during special workshop sessions, training presentations, and industry social events hosted by VFS.

Campus Life

Your year inside Writing for Film, Television & Games will put you in close contact with students in a host of other VFS programs, from actors and filmmakers to makeup artists and animators. This downtown campus features near round-the-clock access to computers, production space, and an extensive library of screenplays. You'll also be surrounded by the city's best cafes, restaurants, and cultural attractions – not to mention some of the leading film and television production studios.


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