Alex Barris Mentorship Award
2014 Nominations Now Open
Recognizing the critical role of mentorship
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 just starting out 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 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.
To nominate your mentor, please click here for the nomination form and instructions. A jury will select the winner, and an award will be presented at the WGC Screenwriting Awards on April 28, 2014.
Please note: past nominees who did not win the award are eligible to be re-nominated.
Deadline for entries: Friday, February 21, 2014, 5:30 p.m. EST
The 2012 recipient of the Alex Barris Award is Barbara Samuels. As Adam Barken (Flashpoint) points out, Barbara's career is celebrated in its own right, with credits including North of 60 & Black Harbour: "Her work supporting newer writers at the CFC and Humber College is just as valuable to our community."
The 2012 Alex Barris Mentorship Award was presented to Barbara Samuels for her work challenging and nurturing young writers, and for helping them shift from "writer" to storyteller.
Previous winners of the Alex Barris Award include David Peddie (2005), Josh Miller (2006), Ilana Frank (2007), Allan Magee (2008), and Peter Mitchell (2010).
The WGC nominations for the 2014 Alex Barris Mentorship Award are now open.