Seeking WGC Members for Script Read
June 11, 2015
The 13th annual Female Eye Film Festival is seeking seasoned screenwriters to participate in script readings on June 20 and 21, for the purpose of giving feedback to the writers whose scripts are being read. If you are interested, contact Li Robbins (email@example.com) for details.
WGC at FEFF's "Meet the Guilds" Panel
June 8, 2015
The 13th annual Female Eye Film Festival takes place from June 16-21 in Toronto. The WGC’s manager of agreement administration, Aaron Unrau, will be participating in the “Meet the Guilds and Agencies” panel on June 17 from 1-2:30 p.m. For more information about the festival in general, go to the Female Eye Film Festival website.
German Broadcaster Seeks Scripted Series
June 8, 2015
The commercial German broadcaster, ProSiebenSat.1 TV Deutschland, announces a call to the international TV market to "submit proposals for the development of international co-production of scripted series." WGC writers are invited to present concepts for series “with a broad and entertaining, cinematic appeal.” The company plans to invest in the development of up to fifteen projects, and the deadline is August 3. For full details, eligibility requirements and application forms, go to www.prosiebensat1.com/international
Page to Pitch Deadline Extended
May 28, 2015
A note to screenwriters: the CMF has extended the deadline to apply to the Corus-CMF Page to Pitch program to June 30, 2015. The Page to Pitch program funds script development and activities related to acquiring pre-sale financing. English-language projects must be animation or animation-related.
National Forum Report
May 29, 2015
The WGC’s annual national forum was held at the end of April, with writer representatives from across the country attending. (Members, log on to the website to see the national forum reps here.) The assembled representatives, along with WGC President Jill Golick, Executive Director Maureen Parker, and guild staff, discussed issues facing screenwriters and went through the annual report, also available on the WGC website under "national forum."
New IPA: Print, Searchable Editions
May 28, 2015
The 2015-2017 Independent Production Agreement, which has been in effect since March 16, 2015, is now online in a fully hyperlinked, searchable HTML document, which you will find here. Bound copies of the agreement will be available from the WGC as of Monday, June 1. In an effort to reduce waste and postage costs, IPAs will not be mailed automatically to all existing members, but will be sent out to any member who requests one. Members, please direct your requests for a print version of the IPA to Cecelia Paris at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Canadian Screenwriter Summer Issue Available
May 26, 2015
The new edition of Canadian Screenwriter magazine is available now, at select bookstores, the WGC offices, and by subscription. This issue features X Company showrunners Stephanie Morgenstern and Mark Ellis, as well as features about writing for youth and the state of Canadian TV comedy. You'll find more information and samples from the magazine here. Previous issues of the magazine ar available to the public through our online digital archives.
WGC on Parliamentary Feature Film Review
May 13, 2015
The WGC has submitted written comments to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage as part of the committee’s review of the Canadian feature film industry. The WGC highlighted several issues relevant to screenwriters in feature film -- click here to read the entire submission.
Members' Discount for TO Webfest
May 14, 2015
TO Webfest, presented by the Independent Webseries Creators of Canada, takes place May 22-24, and includes the Outstanding Screenplay Award sponsored by the WGC, which will be presented on May 23. TO Webfest offers panels and workshops, special events, awards, and free public webseries screenings. The festival is also offering WGC members a $10 discount off the two-day pass price of $60.00. To get your discount, please email Li Robbins, the guild's director of communications, at: email@example.com
WGC Before Senate re: Bill C-377
May 14, 2015
The WGC appeared before the Senate committee on legal and constitutional affairs earlier in May to speak about bill C-377. The guild, along with many other organizations, considers this bill a piece of anti-union legislation.