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February 22 & 23, 2020

Organization: Black Women Film!

Event: Screenwriters Retreat with WGC members Gillian Muller & Motion

This event was part of the ELEVATE MASTER CLASS SERIES for established and mid-career Black women-identified filmmakers, artists and content creators and led by Gillian Muller and Motion. The retreat built on past short script writing and content development workshops previously hosted by the pair of screenwriters at the prestigious leadership program they run each year. Participants are directly engaged in the industry and seeking a community of support to take their projects and creative endeavours to the next level.

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Coroner

January 8, 2020
Organization: BIPOC TV & Film
Event: Inside the Coroner Writers' Room

The panel focused on how Coroner showrunner Morwyn Brebner built one of the most diverse writers' rooms in Canadian TV and how its members worked together in creating the second season of the hit CBC drama. The panel featured Brebner, Noelle Carbone (Co-Executive Producer), Seneca Aaron (Co-Producer), Shannon Masters (Co-Producer), Nathalie Younglai (Co-Producer) and Motion (Executive Story Editor).

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eggplant

November 14, 2019
Organization: Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival
Event: Canadian Spotlight Gala
The event included a live script reading of WGC member Yung Chang’s feature film script Eggplant and a conversation between Chang and fellow WGC'er Vivian Lin.

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YMA

November 6, 2019
Organization: Youth Media Alliance
Event: Children, Youth & Media Conference
WGC sponsored the panel, "The Opportunity to Increase Diversity & Inclusion in Our Productions," which featured WGC membe Richard Young (moderator) and panelists Ali J. Eisner, Natalia Escobar (WGC Director of Strategy and Research), JP Larocque (WGC member), Michelle Melanson, David Seymour and Gabrielle Zilkha.

The panel discussed how the Canadian children's media landscape has changed regarding diversity in the past five to 10 years, why children's media needs to be more inclusive, some of the obstacles to inclusion right now, and how to address them. 

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imagine

October 25, 2019
Organization: ImagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival
Program: imagineNATIVE Originals
imagineNATIVE Originals, sponsored by the WGC in 2019, featured the world premieres of works commissioned through the Festival by new and rising Indigenous storytellers in Toronto, New Brunswick and Calgary. The shorts were shown and screened throughout the imagineNative festival.
 

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reel

October 18, 2019
Organization: Reelworld Film Festival
Event: Writers & Agents panel
This panel was designed to help screenwriters in attendance understand how to pick, work with and communicate with an agent. Panelists included Charles Northcote (Core Literary Agency), Alejandro Alcoba (WGC member), Vivian Lin (WGC member) and Aaron Bala (WGC member).

 

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brunch

December 10, 2018
Organization: Reelworld Film Festival
Event: Issues of Women of Colour in the Entertainment Industry, brunch

Attendees included women producers, directors, screenwriters, actors, crew and other behind-the-camera talent, who got together to network and discuss issues they face in the Canadian entertainment industry. 

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showrunner

October 12, 2018
Organization: Reelworld Film Festival
Event: The Showrunner panel
Joan Jenkinson moderated this panel, featuring showrunners and WGC members Ins Choi, Marsha Greene and Samantha Wan, that examined the role of the showrunner as the true creative driving force behind a television series. 
 

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October 10, 2018
Organization: imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival
Event: Indigenous Feature Script Showcase
In partnership with ACTRA, the WGC sponsored this live script reading that closed the first year-round screenwriting intensive organized by imagineNATIVE. The program supported four indigenous screenwriters through the development of a feature film script.

Over the course of the year, each participant developed a feature film script from concept/treatment to final draft.  Indigenous story editors supported the writers’ projects at each stage, providing feedback, advice and writing resources. Screenwriters in the program received financial support throughout the Intensive, with stipends at the completion of key milestones. 

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mix

November 7, 2017
Organization: BIPOC TV & Film
Event: Mixer for showrunners and BIPOC writers

BIPOC writers and WGC showrunners, including Emily Andras (Wynonna Earp - pictured) gathered for a fun networking opportunity in downtown Toronto.