Jim Burt Screenwriting Prize

The Jim Burt Screenwriting Prize was created to continue the work of the late Jim Burt in recognizing and nurturing new longform screenwriting talent. The award provides development support to an exceptionally promising unproduced longform screenplay that tells a Canadian story.

The next Jim Burt Screenwriting Prize will be presented at the 2017 WGC Screenwriting Awards. Please continue to check the WGC website as we will post updated information as it becomes available.

In a 20-year career at the CBC, Jim Burt's championing of Canadian writers and their stories resulted in the production of some 75 longform dramas, including The War Between Us, The Boys of St. Vincent, The Arrow, Peacekeepers, and Nights Below Station Street. These productions met with national and international acclaim and embodied excellence in Canadian storytelling.

The winning screenplay is determined by a jury, which selects the best unproduced longform screenplay telling a Canadian story in the tradition of the projects Jim Burt championed.

Past recipients of the Jim Burt Screenwriting Prize: Adam Garnet Jones for his screenplay, Wild Medicine (2013), Denise Blinn for 1936 (2011), Riley Adams for Cold Rush (2009), Tony Elliott for Stranger Than You (2008), Ryan Redford for Bone (2007), Jason Hreno for Two Mountains (2006), Andrea Gutsche for Dead Sparrows (2005), Sherry White for Crackie (2004), Gordon Pengilly for Drumheller or Dangerous Times (2003), and Aubrey Nealon for Idaho Peak (2002).

The Jim Burt Award is made possible with the generous support of individual donors as well as:





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MAY 25, 2016
  • Writers Talking TV

MAY 25, 2016

Writers Talking TV

Writers Talking TV, details TBA.

MAY 27, 2016
  • T.O. Webfest
  • Deadline: CanCon Questionnaire

MAY 27, 2016

T.O. Webfest

The IWCC presents the 3rd annual T.O. Webfest, "to support, connect, promote and celebrate independent content creators from Canada and around the world."

Deadline: CanCon Questionnaire

Deadline to fill out the Government of Canada's "Canadian Content in a Digital World" pre-consultation questionnaire.

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