WGC Awards Presenters Announced
April 18, 2016
The WGC Screenwriting Awards are coming up Monday May 2 and presenters include The F Word screenwriter Elan Mastai, What Would Sal Do? showrunner Andrew De Angelis with star Dylan Taylor, powerhouse couple Sudz Sutherland and Jennifer Holness (Shoot the Messenger), Mohawk Girls showrunner Cynthia Knight, documentary writer Michael McNamara (The Cholesterol Question), and Jessie Gabe, writer of Cas & Dylan. You can view this year's finalists here. In addition to the eight awards handed out at the gala, a full slate of special awards, including the WGC Showrunner Award, the Alex Barris Mentorship Award, and the Sondra Kelly Award, will also be presented. You can find awards ticket information here.
WGC Partners with TSC
April 5, 2016
The WGC has partnered with the Toronto Screenwriting Conference, bringing together the annual conference and the WGC Screenwriting Awards in one all-star weekend from Friday, April 29 to Monday, May 2, 2016. The weekend features speakers, workshops, and celebratory events aimed at screen-based industry professionals working in Canada and abroad, culminating in the WGC Screenwriting Awards on May 2. It will kick off with a joint organization reception in Toronto on Friday, April 29 from 7-10:00 p.m. Get more details here.
Toronto Screenwriting Conference Discount for Members
April 1, 2016
The WGC is partnering with the Toronto Screenwriting Conference (April 30-May 1) to create a weekend-long spotlight on screenwriters, with the TSC presenting speakers, workshops, and social events, culminating in the WGC Screenwriting Awards on Monday, May 2.
CMF program budget, guidelines
April 18, 2016
Recently the Canada Media Fund released its 2016-2017 program budget and guidelines. Perhaps most notable was the former, which saw a $4 million, or 1% overall decline, to $371.2 million from $375.2 million the year before.
Writing Room Intensive with Emily Andras
April 1, 2016
Six registered WGC delegates of the Toronto Screenwriting Conference 2016 will join Emily Andras, showrunner of Wynonna Earp, and past showrunner of Lost Girl, in a Writing Room Intensive on Friday, April 22, from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Participants will then join Emily on stage at the conference for a special session on Saturday, April 30, 2016. Applications closed April 11 and the writers selected will be informed by April 15. Get full details here.
2016 Federal Budget Ups Spending on Culture
March 23, 2016
The new Liberal government released its first federal budget on March 22, and it had a number of things to like from the perspective of the cultural sector. Perhaps most importantly, the budget reversed an overall trend of funding cuts to cultural institutions, artists, and creators — a trend which had held sway for the past eight years if not longer.
WGC Election Results
March 21, 2016
The Writers Guild of Canada is pleased to welcome back all of our dedicated current councillors to form the new 2016 to 2018 council. All of the current councillors have been returned to office and the WGC and all of our members will continue to benefit from the leadership of this exceptional group. The WGC also welcomes returning and new National Writers Forum delegates for the 2016 to 2018 term and is grateful to all of these talented writers for their time and assistance.
WGC Writers Win Big at CSAs
March 10, 2016
Congratulations to the WGC members who won in the writing categories at the Canadian Screen Awards gala. The event was held at the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto, hosted by Steve Patterson. And the winners are:
AFBS Insurance Options Deadlines
March 18, 2016
Members’ 2016 insurance statements have been posted online at AFBS, and the new benefits guide and renewal information packages are being mailed out. You can login to the AFBS website and review your statement at afbs.ca/login. The deadline to take advantage of any option on your statement is midnight Eastern Standard Time, March 31, 2016.
The 2016 WGC Screenwriting Awards Finalists
March 2, 2016
The Writers Guild of Canada celebrates 25 years of working for Canadian screenwriters, showcasing their talents at the 20th annual WGC Screenwriting Awards. This year close to 150 scripts were nominated, with 24 scripts chosen as finalists, and 32 screenwriters up for awards. Special awards, including the WGC Showrunner Award, the Alex Barris Mentorship Award, and the Sondra Kelly Award will also be presented.