Page to Pitch Deadline Extended
A note to screenwriters: the CMF has extended the deadline to apply to the Corus-CMF Page to Pitch program to June 30, 2015. The Page to Pitch program funds script development and activities related to acquiring pre-sale financing. English-language projects must be animation or animation-related.
National Forum Report
The WGC’s annual national forum was held at the end of April, with writer representatives from across the country attending. (Members, log on to the website to see the national forum reps here.) The assembled representatives, along with WGC President Jill Golick, Executive Director Maureen Parker, and guild staff, discussed issues facing screenwriters and went through the annual report, also available on the WGC website under "national forum."
New IPA: Print, Searchable Editions
The 2015-2017 Independent Production Agreement, which has been in effect since March 16, 2015, is now online in a fully hyperlinked, searchable HTML document, which you will find here. Bound copies of the agreement will be available from the WGC as of Monday, June 1. In an effort to reduce waste and postage costs, IPAs will not be mailed automatically to all existing members, but will be sent out to any member who requests one. Members, please direct your requests for a print version of the IPA to Cecelia Paris at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Canadian Screenwriter Summer Issue Available
The new edition of Canadian Screenwriter magazine is available now, at select bookstores, the WGC offices, and by subscription. This issue features X Company showrunners Stephanie Morgenstern and Mark Ellis, as well as features about writing for youth and the state of Canadian TV comedy. You'll find more information and samples from the magazine here. Previous issues of the magazine ar available to the public through our online digital archives.
WGC on Parliamentary Feature Film Review
The WGC has submitted written comments to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage as part of the committee’s review of the Canadian feature film industry. The WGC highlighted several issues relevant to screenwriters in feature film -- click here to read the entire submission.
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