Take action against bullying!
The winning teams have been announced! Find out more here!
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 organizationAt 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:
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 selectedIf 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 juryNicolas 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
Click here for PDF format.
1. Important datesContest 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
3. How to participateYou 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:
Contest Take action against bullying!
P.O. Box 1006, C Station
Montréal (Quebec) H2L 4V2
4. Prizes to be won
5. Terms and conditions of participationFive 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 :
Terms and conditions :
6. Information for the selected candidates:
7. Contact usIf 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 formYou 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 listClick here to download the PDF version.
You don't improvise being a screenwriter, but you can learn it!
1. Reference websites
2. Reference booksThose 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.
3. Examples of scriptsHere 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.
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)
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 resourcesNeed 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 adultsCanadian 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 servicesCentre 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 centresCrime Victims Assistance Centre (CAVAC)
Telephone : 1 866 532-2822