Jim Burt Screenwriting Prize

It’s a daily thing, you have to constantly ask yourself, have I missed someone? Have I missed a great talent? The volume of development is extremely important. It allows you to find who’s really good, to find what really works, and it allows you to find the surprises.Jim Burt

The call for entries is now open to both WGC members and non-members. Entrants must be Canadian Citizens residing in Canada, and possess a writing credit on a produced drama (including shorts) or webseries.

Screenplay entries must be unproduced longform, feature-length screenplays; an original work of the applicant and not based, in whole or part, on another author’s work; and not be under option prior to, or during, the competition.

New this year: The winner will receive a total prize worth $5,000 - a $3,000 cash prize, and $2,000 will be allotted for an experienced story editor approved by the jury in order to further develop their script. 

The Jim Burt Screenwriting Prize was created to continue the work of the late Jim Burt in recognizing and nurturing new longform talent. The winner of the best unproduced longform feature length screenplay will be announced at the Canadian Screenwriting Awards on April 24, 2017.

To see further entry criteria, and to access the entry form please click here. Deadline for entries is Friday, Feb. 10, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. EST.

In a 20-year career at the CBC, Jim’s championing of Canadian writers and their stories resulted in the production of some 75 longform dramas including Big Bear, The Boys of St. Vincent, Little Criminals and Million Dollar Babies. These productions met with national and international acclaim and embodied excellence in Canadian stories.

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 private donors as well as the following.





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