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

In Vancouver, the creative economy is absolutely booming. In fact, the entertainment arts and creative media industries have some of the fastest growing economies in the world. And, VFS plays a major role across the world’s creative and cultural sectors. In just the past year alone, VFS alumni participated in more than $19 billion in global box office and sales of film, television & gaming entertainment production. 

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 kids of awards and honours, and leading today’s creative economy.

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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 two specialized streams below for their final project.

Writing for Feature Films

Writing for Television

Writing for Games

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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 film genre and use references to other movies to explain how you would make the film. Explain the concept, vision, or idea. In addition, provide a minimum of two and maximum of four other creative writing samples in their original form (no more than 20 total pages should be submitted). 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

Discover the Writing for Film, Television + Games program

Our talented and dedicated faculty talk about the program, and why VFS is the best option for launching a screenwriting career.

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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