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WGC Screenwriting Awards at Koerner Hall

The WGC Screenwriting Awards

The 22nd annual WGC Screenwriting Awards, hosted by Gavin Crawford and written by Kyle Tingley, took place on April 30, 2018, at Koerner Hall in Toronto. Congratulations to all of the finalists and, of course, to the winners! (Winners are noted in bold, below.) 

Don't miss the 2019 WGC Screenwriting Awards, coming up on Monday April 29, 2019, also at Koerner Hall.

2018 Winners and Nominees

Column 1

CHILDREN’S

The Bagel and Becky Show, Season 1 “The 12 Quadrillion Days of Christmas”

Written by Evan Thaler Hickey

Mysticons, Season 1 “Heart of Gold”

Written by Elize Morgan

Mysticons, Season 1 “Sisters in Arms”

Written by Sean Jara

 

DOCUMENTARY

The Hundred-Year-Old Whale

Written by Mark Leiren-Young

The Road Forward

Written by Marie Clements

The Taming of the Queue

Written by Josh Freed

 

FEATURE FILM

Allure

Written by Carlos & Jason Sanchez

Entanglement

Written by Jason Filiatrault

Indian Horse

Written by Dennis Foon

The Man Who Invented Christmas

Written by Susan Coyne

 

MOW & MINISERIES

Alias Grace “Part 5”

Written by Sarah Polley

Anne of Green Gables: Fire and Dew

Written by Susan Coyne

Bruno & Boots: This Can’t Be Happening at Macdonald Hall!

Written by Adam Barken & Mike McPhaden

Bruno & Boots: The Wizzle War

Written by Mike McPhaden

Column 2

BEST SCRIPT FROM SEASON ONE

Anne, Season 1 “I Am No Bird, and No Net Ensnares Me”

Written by Moira Walley-Beckett

Bellevue, Season 1 “You Don’t Understand Me At All”

Written by Jane Maggs

Ghost Wars, Season 1 “Whatever Happened to Maggie Rennie”

Written by Rachel Langer

 

SHORTS & WEBSERIES

The Drop In

Written by Naledi Jackson

Hotel Transylvania: “Who’s the Boss?”

Written by Mike D’Ascenzo

Spiral, Episode 101 “The Girl in the Dream”

Written by Karen McClellan

 

TV COMEDY

Kim’s Convenience, Season 2 “Business Award”

Written by Matt Kippen

Kim’s Convenience, Season 2 “Resting Place”

Written by Anita Kapila

Letterkenny, Season 2 “Relationships”

Written by Jared Keeso & Jacob Tierney

Still Standing, Season 3 “Fort McMurray”

Written by Jonny Harris, Fraser Young, Graham Chittenden and Steve Dylan

 

TV DRAMA

Cardinal, Season 1 “John Cardinal”

Written by Aubrey Nealon

Mary Kills People, Season 1 “Bloody Mary”

Written by Tara Armstrong

Pure, Season 1 “Ordination”

Written by Michael Amo

X Company, Season 3 “Promises”

Written by Nicolas Billon

 

TWEENS & TEENS

Degrassi: Next Class, Season 4 “#FactsOnly”

Written by Courtney Jane Walker

Degrassi: Next Class, Season 4 “#RollUpToTheClubLike”

Written by Matt Huether

Raising Expectations, Season 1 “Food Fight at the Algonquin”

Written by Barbara Haynes

The Stanley Dynamic, Season 2 “The Stanley Cheer”

Written by Matt Kippen

Michael MacLennan Accepting the WGC Showrunner Award 2018

Special Awards

WGC SHOWRUNNER AWARD
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 2018 recipient is Michael MacLennan.

DENIS MCGRATH AWARD FOR SERVICE TO THE WGC
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 2018 recipient is Mark Ellis.

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. The 2018 recipient is Sherry White.

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 2018 recipient is Sarah Dodd.