WGC Screenwriting Awards
Every powerful show, movie and web series requires an equally powerful script crafted by a skillful, innovative writer. Writers Guild of Canada members are those writers.
Celebrate their talents by attending the 2023 WGC Screenwriting Awards on Monday, April 24, 2023, at Koerner Hall in Toronto. Hosted by Vance Banzo (pictured below), it's going to be a night to remember.
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The finalists have been announced!
Read our press release here to find out which screenwriters are finalists in the following categories:
- FEATURE FILM
- MOW & MINISERIES
- SHORTS & WEB SERIES
- COMEDY SERIES
- DRAMA SERIES
- TWEENS & TEENS
- JIM BURT SCREENWRITING PRIZE
- SONDRA KELLY AWARD, GENEROUSLY SPONSORED BY AFBS
- SHOWRUNNER AWARD
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All My Puny Sorrows
Odd Squad Mobile Unit
"H2 Oh No"
MOW & Mini Series
As Gouda As It Gets
Elinor Wonders Why, “Olive’s Tree”
My Pride: The Series, “Fire”
Bilal Baig & Fab Filippo
Sort Of, "Sort of Gone"
Tweens & Teens
The Parker Andersons I Amelia Parker, “Joy”
Tassie Cameron & Sherry White
Pretty Hard Cases, “Bananas”
Showrunners are the writers/producers who hold the creative vision for a television series. He or she controls all creative decisions and oversees the series from development, through prep and production, to the completion of post. The showrunner truly is the creative force driving the series, and the WGC Showrunner Award brings Canada’s best showrunners centre stage to be celebrated by their peers. The 2022 recipient is Anthony Q. Farrell.
McGrath Service Award
In 2017, the Writers Block Award was renamed the "Denis McGrath Award for Service to the WGC" to honour the tremendous contribution Denis McGrath made to the Guild. The award is for writers who have demonstrated a record of exceptional service to the Writers Guild of Canada and whose efforts have strengthened the Canadian screenwriting community as a whole. The recipient of award is determined by the Writers Guild of Canada council. The 2022 recipient is Michael Amo.
Sondra Kelly Award
The Sondra Kelly Award provides $5,000 to women screenwriters in mid-career for research/development on a self-initiated project.
Sondra Kelly was a longtime member of the Writers Guild of Canada. In 2007, she received the WGC Writers Block Award for her record of exceptional service to the WGC and for her work strengthening the Canadian screenwriting community. In addition to serving on the WGC council from January 1997 to December 2003, Sondra occupied the first WGC-designated seat on the Actra Fraternal Benefits Society (AFBS) board (1998-2003). Hers was the first writer’s voice on a board made up of actors, producers, and broadcasters at a time when a writer’s voice was much needed. The 2022 recipient is Carolyn Saunders.
Alex Barris Mentorship Award
Alex Barris was a writer, broadcaster, and journalist; a pioneer of Canadian television, and proud member of the WGC. He was also a wonderful mentor, giving his time and talent to new writers who were just getting started in the industry. The Alex Barris Mentorship Award was created after his death in 2004, to keep his name and spirit alive and to perpetuate the tradition of mentorship.
The award, granted biennially, acknowledges a mentor who has significantly helped a writer (or writers) get a start in the business. While the nominator must be a WGC member, the recipient need not be. The 2022 recipient is Matt Huether.
2021 WGC Award Winners
Mark De Angelis
Odd Squad Mobile Unit, “Slow Your Roll”
Schitt’s Creek, “Happy Ending”
Jonny Harris, Fraser Young, Graham Chittenden, Steve Dylan
Still Standing, “Rankin Inlet”
Michelle Latimer, Tony Elliott, Penny Gummerson
Trickster, “Episode 105”
Tracey Deer, Meredith Vuchnich
Becky Southwell & Dylan Neal
MOW & Miniseries
Gourmet Detective: Roux the Day
Dino Dana, “The Sound of Dinosaurs”
Simone Swan & The Affolter Brothers
Try to Fly
Joseph Mallozzi & R.T. Thorne
Tweens & Teens
Utopia Falls, “The World is Yours”