The Sondra Kelly Award

The Sondra Kelly Award provides $5,000 to a female screenwriter in mid-career for research/development on a self-initiated project. This is the sixth year since its inception, and past recipients include Karen Walton (2009), Mina Shum (2010), Barbara Haynes (2011), Colleen Murphy (2012), and Cheryl Foggo (2013).

The winner of the 2015 Sondra Kelly Award is Alison Lea Bingeman, for her feature proposal, Emily and Sophie. The award was presented to Alison by WGC Executive Director Maureen Parker at the WGC Screenwriting Awards, held on April 27, 2015.

About the Sondra Kelly Award

Sondra Kelly was a longtime member of the Writers Guild of Canada. In 2007, she received the WGC Writers Block Award for her record of exceptional service to the WGC and for her work strengthening of the Canadian screenwriting community. In addition to serving on the WGC council from January 1997 to December 2003, Sondra occupied the first WGC-designated seat on the Actra Fraternal Benefits Society (AFBS) board (1998-2003). Hers was the first writer’s voice on a board made up of actors, producers, and broadcasters at a time when a writer’s voice was much needed.
This award in her memory honours Sondra’s dedication and contribution. We thank all those who entered the competition for the Sondra Kelly Award, therby helping us to celebrate Sondra’s life and achievements.

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