Working for Canadian Screenwriters: The Writers Guild of Canada (WGC) represents more than 2,200 professional English-language screenwriters in Canada. These are the creators who write the distinctly Canadian entertainment we enjoy on our televisions, movie screens, radios and digital platforms.

"Truth Only Comes from a Free Voice"

The CRTC has released its decision in the review of the “Certified Independent Production Funds” (CIPFs). It contains some significant news for Canadian screenwriters specifically, and the Canadian screen-based industry in general: the minumum CAVCO point requirements for CIPFs to fund a production have been dropped from eight to six.

The WGC views this as part of a larger trend towards reducing the presence of Canadian talent in hopes of gaining more international funding. If a "star" screenwriter (or actor, or other key creative) from elsewhere is hired, instead of a Canadian, some believe that the production has a better chance of attracting this funding. In the big picture, it's whittling away at Canadian culture.

It seems timely to post this editorial by WGC president, Jill Golick, written for our own Canadian Screenwriter magazine and published in June 2016. It's called Truth Only Comes from a Free Voice. As Jill puts it: "Let the creator's voice ring out. Let us tell stories that have meaning and depth. Stories filled with truth. This is the route to attracting Canadian audiences: creating Canadian culture. It is also the only route to export success."

Read the entire editorial here.

Have Your Say: Ontario Film Industry Survey

Screenwriters are invited and encouraged to complete an anonymous online survey as part of a research project on the feature film industry in Ontario. The Focus on Features: The Future of Filmmaking in Ontario project has been launched to explore the underlying factors that shape professional and personal experiences of film directors, screenwriters, and producers.  

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TIFF 2016 Industry Conference Member Discount

WGC members interested in attending TIFF 2016 Industry Conference are eligible for a discount. The “industry pass” includes access to all professional development activities and screenings, and is offered to WGC members until the end of August for $683.65 (regularly $762.75). The “conference pass” includes all professional development activities (but limited screenings) and is offered to WGC members for $474.65 (regularly $514.15). Prices include taxes. Please note, registration closes Aug. 26, 2016.
When: Sept. 9-7
Where: TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King Street West, Toronto
To get your discount, please log in to our website with your member login ID and password.  

"Shoot The Book" Pitch Session

The Consulate General of France in Toronto met with the WGC earlier this summer to share information with guild members about an initiative called "Shoot the Book." It's a pitching session taking place during TIFF, on Monday Sept. 12 from 10a.m.-12 p.m.

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WGC Response to Group-Based Licence Renewals

The WGC has submitted its response to the CRTC regarding the renewal of television licences held by large English- and French-language ownership groups. (Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2016-225.) You'll find the intervention here, in the policy section of the WGC website. 

More Current News

Canadian Screenwriter summer 2016 (celebrating the WGC's 25th anniversary) is on newsstands now. View excerpts, and subscribe here.

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AUGUST 25, 2016
  • Montreal World Film Festival

AUGUST 25, 2016

Montreal World Film Festival

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