Take action against bullying!

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Screenwriting competition to fight against bullying based on gender diversity and sexual orientation

Join forces and take action against bullying with Interligne's new contest : send us a short script about bullying and, if it is selected by our jury, we will produce your video and broadcast it on social media as an awareness-raising campaign about bullying!

Our organization

At Interligne, our mission is to help and support all people that feel concerned with sexual orientation or gender identity and gender expression. To talk about those realities, we use the term "LGBTQ+" : if you don't know this acronym, go to our vocabulary page to find out more about it!
We also help all people between ages 12 and 20 who wish to create a GISA in their school or their youth sector organization. A GISA is a safe space that is open to everyone, which allows you to raise awareness but also increase visibility of all of those who represent sexual and gender diversity!

Our contest is about issues surrounding gender and sexual orientation because helping people who feel concerned by those realities is our calling!

How can you enter the contest?

It's very easy to participate in the contest. All you have to do is:
  • Create a team of 3 to 8 people
  • Fill out an application form for your group
  • Check out our list of proposed themes and choose which one inspires you the most.
    From there, you and your team are free to imagine and create an original script that would make a great video clip to share on social networks for an awareness campaign. So don't hesitate, let your imagination speak, and send us a script to raise awareness about bullying and discrimination, and to share your ideas and solutions!

    Who can participate?

    All people between 12 and 18 years old can enter the contest. What's more, we encourage people from a traditionally marginalized group and people from diverse backgrounds to apply.
    Note: Being bullied can happen to anyone! Sometimes, heterosexual or cisgender people can suffer from the same discriminations as LGBTQ+ people, because bullies assume they are lesbian, gay, or trans people, for example. And that kind of discrimination is as reprehensible as any other!

    What you win if your script is selected

    If your script is selected, your video will be directed by professionals, and you could meet such famous personalities as Sophie Paradis and Gabrielle Boulianne-Tremblay.
    Thanks to the Grand Prix Desjardins, the winning teams will also be able to join the shoot that will take place in Montreal (transportation, accommodation and meals included) and even play in their own video if they wish. Activities will also be organized!

    So, if you have a creative spirit and the desire to be an agent of change, this contest is made for you!

    Our amazing jury

    Nicolas Ouellet, radio host and columnist
    Gabrielle Boulianne-Tremblay, poet and actor
    Simon Boulerice, comedian, writer and playwright
    PL Cloutier, youtuber and host
    Simon Déry, leader of the Desjardins LGBTQ+ committee and general director of the "Caisse Desjardins du Lac des Deux Montagnes"
    Pierre Couture, from Phil Communicatons agency
    Pascal Vaillancourt, Executive Director at Interligne
    Two Interligne counsellors

    Our partners

  • Ministère de la Famille
  • Fédération autonome de l'enseignement (FAE)
  • Fédération des syndicats de l'enseignement (FSE)
  • Fédération des établissements d'enseignement privé (FEEP)
  • Centrale des syndicats du Québec (CSQ)
  • Contest rules

    Click here for PDF format.

    1. Important dates

    Contest launch: October 2018.
    Deadline to send your script: February 3rd, 2019
    Announcement of the winners: February 11, 2019
    Video shoot: during the school break, from March 4 to March 8, 2019.
    Releasing of the videos on social networks: in the spring of 2019, the videos will be released as part of an awareness-raising campaign about bullying.

    2. Eligibility criteria

  • In order to apply to the contest, you have to be between 12 and 18 years old, and you must be currently living in Quebec.
  • Groups that are submitting a script must be made up of 3 to 8 people
  • The help of adults is permitted.
  • We encourage people from a traditionally marginalized group and people from diverse backgrounds to apply.

    3. How to participate

    You just have to complete the application form, which you can download right here, and send it to us by February 3rd, 2019, with your script, in one of the following two ways:
  • by email at: gisa@interligne.co
  • by mail at:
    Contest Take action against bullying!
    P.O. Box 1006, C Station
    Montréal (Quebec) H2L 4V2

  • Only one application form and one script will be accepted per group.
  • The application form must be fully completed and the information must be accurate.
  • You can also shoot an excerpt or a test video and send it to us with your application form, but it’s not mandatory.

    4. Prizes to be won

  • Attending the shoot of your very own video and/or participating in it with our spokespeople Sophie Paradis (actress and singer) and Nicolas Ouellet (radio host and columnist).
  • Playing a part in your video (if you wish).
  • A stay in Montréal with fun activities for you and your group.

    5. Terms and conditions of participation

    Five scripts will be selected by our jury from all selected applications. To be selected, here are the requirements:

    Duration :The videos are limited to three minutes maximum.
    Length of the script : Your text can’t be more than 150 words but you can include as much text as you’d like to describe places, characters and actions.
    Criteria to assess your script:
    Your script will be evaluated on the following criteria:
    Respecting the boundaries of the established theme; originality; the story’s structure and flow; writing style; description of places and characters; impact of the story’s conclusion/message; and feasibility of producing your script.

    Contents of the script :
  • Your storyline must be inspired by one of the themes in our Theme list and it needs to be about realities concerning sexual orientation, gender identity or expression and gender stereotypes. Scripts must be written in English or in French: this is a bilingual contest, which means the videos will be produced in the language in which they were written and will be subtitled in the other language.
  • All forms of writing are admissible, as long as the result is legible, clear and understandable: texts, dialogues, drawings, diagrams, etc.. We advise you to type your script on a computer and send us the printed pages as it will be easier for us to read. Remember: if the content is not clearly legible, your application will not be taken into consideration.
  • Your script can’t be just dialogue, you need to supply as many details as possible in order for us to fully understand the different scenes (by specifying where the action takes place in a park, school, street, etc..) and how many people you might need. This will help a great deal with the logistics of the video shoot.
  • Your script must be realistic and achievable: when you are writing it, remember that if it requires a dozen locations and thirty extras, it will be very difficult to achieve.
  • No plagiarism of any kind will be accepted. Your script must be an original.
  • You can act in your own video but it’s not mandatory. You have to specify if you wish to appear in your video and if possible what role you want to play. Ideally, those who want to play a part in their video should have acting skills, in order to ensure the quality of the videos. We will have auditions during the week of February 11 to 15 for the winners who are interested in playing a part in their video. Depending on where you live the auditions will be held in Montréal or by Skype.

    Terms and conditions :
  • By entering the contest you, your parent or legal guardian agree that your script--whether or not it is selected--cannot be returned and you must waive your intellectual property rights and the copyright immediately becomes the property of Interligne.
  • You grant Interligne a royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide permission to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, and publish your script in any way and in any form in any form electronic or printed documents related to the contest.
  • You waive all moral rights related to the script to Interligne
  • Should your script be selected by the panel of judges you permit Interligne to change the title and/or modify its’ content depending on adaptability to a short film format.

    6. Information for the selected candidates:

  • Groups that have been selected and wish to receive their prizes have to be available during the school break of March 4 to 8, 2019 - we will shoot the videos during this week. There is no need to attend the video shoot if you don’t want to perform in it or watch the production.
  • The videos will be shot in Montréal and the hotel, transportation, activities and food costs will be assumed by Interligne.
  • An adult aged 18 years or older is required to accompany and supervise the youth during the week of the shoot.
  • We will give every person under 18 years old a waiver form that a parent will be required to complete and sign, so that they participate in the activities and attend the shoot.
  • The five videos will be broadcasted on social networks as an awareness-raising campaign against bullying in the spring of 2019.

    7. Contact us

    If you need any more information or if you have any question about the contest, contact Salomé Wilmart, Youth Program Coordinator at Interligne at 514 866-6788 ext. #134 or by email at salome.wilmart@interligne.co.
  • Documents to download

    To enter the contest, you just have to check out our Theme list and choose one of the themes - the one that inspires you the most! Then, you and your team can write your very own scenario, as long as it's inspired by one of the themes. Once it's written, you can send it to us along with your completed Application form. It's that easy!

    Application form

    You can complete the application form at this page: gisa.interligne.co/en/application-form
    If you prefer filling in manually, you can print out the PDF version.

    Theme list

    Click here to download the PDF version.

    You don't improvise being a screenwriter, but you can learn it!

    1. Reference websites
  • How to write a screenplay
  • 7 Rules for writing short films
  • Writing a short film
  • How to write a short film scenario (Youtube video)

    2. Reference books
    Those books are great sources of information, they will make you discover the intricate wokings of screenwriting and guide you through the writing of your short film.
  • The Hero with a Thousand Faces, by Joseph Campbell
  • The Writer's Journey, by Christopher Vogler
  • Writing Drama, by Yves Lavandier
  • The Anatomy of Story: 22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller, by John Truby
  • Adventures in the Screen Trade, by William Goldman
  • The Art of dramatic writing, by Lajos Egri

    3. Examples of scripts
    Here are some script examples of some well-known films : that way, you can see what a real movie script looks like and how simple words can turn into masterpieces on the big screen.
  • Chronicles of Narnia : The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (formerly the Hundred Year winter) (2005) - Andrew Adamson
  • The Lion King (1994) - Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff

  • Bullying, violence and harassment situations in Canadian schools are increasing every year, and they take different forms depending on the context and the ages of the teens :

  • According to a survey conducted with secondary schools teens in 2011, over one third of the students has suffered of a form of bullying at least once: 42 % of the boys and 29% of the girls have been bullied at school or on their way to school. What's more, 7% of those young girls have suffered from cyberbullying, as well as 4% of the boys. (Enquête québécoise sur la santé des jeunes du secondaire, 2010-2011)
  • For LGBTQ+ student, those numbers are even more concerning : According to the Egale Canada survey, almost two thirds of LGBTQ+ (64 %) of LGBTQ+ students, and 61% of the students that have LGBTQ+ parents have declared that they don't feel safe at school. Moreover, 70% of all participants, whether they identify as LGBTQ+ or not, have declared hearing, on a daily basis, phrases such as “that’s so gay” and almost the majority of them (48%), hear often words like “pussy” and “dyke” at school.(Every class in every school, Egale Canada, 2011)
  • Despite a decrease of the rates linked to bullying in the last years of primary school, those numbers stay stable for secondary school teenagers, which means that there is no real improvement. According to this study, school is the place where the majority of primary and secondary schools students don't feel safe. For example, in secondary schools, lockers areas are the most feared places. (Enquête nationale sur la violence à l'école 2013-2015)

  • Helplines

    Organization that provides help and information to those concerned with sexual orientation and gender diversity. (and all of the LGBTQ+ realities)
    P.O. Box 1006, C Station
    Montréal (Quebec) H2L 4V2
    Telephone and text messaging (helpline): 1 888 505-1010
    Telephone (administration): 514 866-6788

    Kids Help Phone
    Helpline 24/7 for youth only
    Telephone (helpline) : 1 800 668-6868
    Telephone (administration) : 514 273-7007

    Helpline for youth only (Only available in French)
    P.O. Box 186, Place d’Armes Station
    Montréal (Quebec) H2Y 3G7
    Telephone (counselling): 1 800 263-2266
    Telephone (office): 514 288-1444

    Mobile apps and web resources

    Need help now / Aidez-moi SVP
    This website helps teens stop the spread of sexual pictures or videos and provides support along the way : it's a program of the Canadian Center for Child Protection.

    Cyberbullying on Facebook
    Facebook articles about cyberbullying
    What should I do if I'm being bullied, harassed or attacked by someone on Facebook?
    How can I help a friend being bullied or harrassed on Facebook?

    Plus fort (+ Fort)
    +Fort is a tool which aims to help youth who struggle with bullying or harassment : it has a lot of informations on how to get help, and allows parents and counsellors to support them. (Only available in French)
    Pavillon Lionel Groulx,
    3150, rue Jean-Brillant, bur. C-4099
    C. P. 6128, succ. Centre-ville
    Montréal (Québec) H3C 3J7

    Resources for supportive adults

    Canadian Red Cross
    Red Cross prevention programs for bullying and harrassment

    The Safe@School website offers teachers and the educational community a repertoire of relevant resources, as well as three different Professional Learning Modules.

    Suicide prevention services

    Centre for suicide prevention of Quebec
    (Only available in French)
    8180, Pierre-Bertrand North Bld
    Québec (Quebec) G2K 1W1
    Telephone (Helpline) : 418 683-4588
    Telephone (Helpline - free) : 1 866-277-3553

    Suicide Action Montréal
    2345, Bélanger East Street
    Montréal (Quebec) H2G 1C9
    Telephone (Helpline) : 514 723-4000
    Telephone (Helpline - free) : 1 866 277-3553

    Support centres

    Crime Victims Assistance Centre (CAVAC)
    Telephone : 1 866 532-2822