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in partnership with

the Kamloops Film Society

Thursday May 20th at 5:00pm via Facebook Live

Screenwriting Workshop for low-budget productions &

Filmmaker Panel featuring creators from VSFF and KFS communities

A workshop and panel event featuring BC filmmakers and writers.

Join us to learn the best tips and techniques for writing and editing stand-out no-budget content.

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Program Sponsor

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Event Partner

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On May 20th 2021, VSFF is partnering with the Kamloops Film Society for Screenwriting on a Budget, a workshop and panel event. 

Thursday May 20th / 5:00pm via Facebook Live
Screenwriting Workshop for low-budget productions, plus:

Creator Panel: featuring writers from VSFF and KFS communities

About the event:

Kick things off with a fast and furious Story Editing lecture. Hear from Kat Montagu and learn key strategies for writers editing their own no-budget shorts.

Directly following, we are joined by writers and filmmakers Ken Hegan, Mayumi Yoshida, and Kora Vanderlip from VSFF & KFS communities to chat with Kat about their best strategies, advice, experiences, and resources for writing and editing the best scripts for DIY projects. 

No-budget filmmakers, pandemic productions, anyone with a great idea but low on funds and wondering how to put it on screen? This session is for you.

Facilitator & Panel Moderator: Kat Montagu

Featured Panelists: Ken Hegan, Mayumi Yoshida, Kora Vanderlip



Kat Montagu

An award-winning screenwriting instructor and professor for many years, Kat has an MFA in Creative Writing and teaches full time at VFS. Kat Montagu also works in the film & television industry as a story editor. She also writes film, television, and historical fiction. In 2020, Kat published a best-selling book called The Dreaded Curse: Screenplay Formatting for Film & TV. The senior story editor for Crazy8s, what Kat loves most is helping writers to find their own voices and get their scripts out there.

Workshop Facilitator &

Panel Moderator

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Mayumi Yoshida

Filmmaker Panelist

Mayumi Yoshida is a Japanese Canadian Actor, Writer, Director based in Vancouver BC. As an actor she is known for her role as Crown Princess (The Man in The High Castle) which got her a nomination for Best Emerging Actor at UBCP Awards.

As an award winning writer/director she has been a leading force in emerging Asian-Canadian Cinema.“TOKYO LOVERS” has won Best Performance Award at Vancouver Asian Film Festival, Best short at Japan Film Festival LA. Her directorial debut film “AKASHI” has won Outstanding Writer out of 4500 films at NBCUniversal Short Film Festival, and many more internationally. She received 2019’s Newcomer award at Vancouver Women in Film Festival’s Spotlight awards for her success in multiple fields. In 2020 she filmed her first music video “Groupthink” with Amanda Sum which was featured on and Dusty Organ. Her latest Harold Greenberg funded short film “In Loving Memory” co-directed with Diana Bang and written/starring Andrea Bang, is currently on it’s festival run.

She is currently in development of her first feature film AKASHI, which she will be writing, directing and acting in.

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Ken Hegan

Filmmaker Panelist

Born & raised in Kamloops, Hegan was selected as the Vancouver Public Library’s first-ever Screenwriter in Residence and this fall 2021 he’ll be the TNRL’s first-ever Screenwriter in Residence in Kamloops. 


Hegan’s been a writer for Rolling Stone, GQ, MSN, The National Post, 20 TV shows & specials (CTV, TSN, CBC), and George Stroumboulopoulos’ CBC talk show. Ken is directing his first feature film, Outrunners, which he began filming in Kamloops in fall 2020. Outrunners is Hegan’s 6th feature screenplay.

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Kora Vanderlip

Filmmaker Panelist

Kora Vanderlip (she/her) is a writer, director and cinematographer currently based out of the interior of BC Canada. She has been creating films for over a decade, since her early teens. For as long as she can remember holding close to a mission statement of telling healing stories, she often explores themes of grief, identity, nature and growth among others in her work. In 2020 she co-founded Odd House Films with a long time collaborator and is currently developing projects through the production company, including a podcast Coffee Table Daydreams, that explores mental health + creativity, and an ongoing visual/poetry project called Ambience. 

About VSFF On The Road:
The Vancouver Short Film Festival is excited to present VSFF ON THE ROAD: an online event series connecting filmmakers across the province while staying apart. Sponsored by Creative BC.

VSFF is proud to partner with film organizations province-wide and connect with communities outside of Vancouver as we create unique educational and professional development opportunities for filmmaking in British Columbia. All events are available online, and are FREE and open to the public.

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