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Emma Hunter to Host WGC Awards, Jim Burt Nominees Named


The Guild is delighted to announce that award-winning Canadian actor, writer, comedian, and WGC member, Emma Hunter is writing and hosting the 2021 WGC Screenwriting Awards ceremony, which will take place over Zoom on Monday, April 26 at 8:00 p.m. ET.

Most recently, Emma completed filming her star turn as Nora in the first season of CBC drama Feudal created by WGC member Sheri Elwood, and she was a co-host and writer for three seasons on CTV’s The Beaverton. Leaning into her comedic talent, Emma has a snappy, fun-filled show planned for attendees. Additionally, award winners will be invited to accept their prizes in real-time to maintain that true element of surprise.

The WGC is also pleased to name 2021’s nominees for the bi-annual Jim Burt Screenwriting Prize awarded for best unproduced longform script:
Goners I Written by Ken Hegan
Magnificent I Written by Travis McDonald
Sluggy and Bogie I Written by Tommy Gushue
Struck I Written by Lynne Kamm
Tall Grass I Written by Bri Proke

The 2021 awards mark the WGC’s 25th annual celebration of Canadian screenwriters and their scripts. The milestone will be formally recognized at a planned live ceremony in 2022. This year, special awards include the Jim Burt Screenwriting Prize, the Sondra Kelly Award and Showrunner of the Year — previous winners of this prestigious prize include Dennis Heaton (The Order), Emily Andras (Wynonna Earp) and Michael MacLennan (The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco). The complete list of 2021 script category finalists is available on

To register for the 2021 WGC Screenwriting Awards: 
Members are encouraged to sign up on the event’s registration page HERE. The ceremony is free to attend, but capacity is limited and priority will be given to WGC members.

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