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WGC Screenwriting Awards

On Monday, April 26, 2021, the Writers Guild of Canada held its annual awards via a virtual celebration, hosted by Emma Hunter, to honour excellence in screenwriting in this country. 

The 2022 WGC Screenwriting Awards will take place on Monday, April 25. The 26th edition of the awards will also celebrate the 25th anniversary milestone reached in 2021 and are set to take place at Toronto's Koerner Hall.

The awards are open to WGC members only. 

Check out the full 2021 ceremony:

2021 WGC Award Winners
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Mark De Angelis

Children’s

Odd Squad Mobile Unit, “Slow Your Roll”

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Daniel Levy

Comedy Series
Schitt’s Creek, “Happy Ending”
 

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Jonny Harris, Fraser Young, Graham Chittenden, Steve Dylan

Documentary
Still Standing, “Rankin Inlet”

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Michelle Latimer, Tony Elliott, Penny Gummerson

Drama Series
Trickster, “Episode 105” 

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Tracey Deer, Meredith Vuchnich

Feature Film
Beans

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Becky Southwell & Dylan Neal

MOW & Miniseries
Gourmet Detective: Roux the Day

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J.J. Johnson

Preschool

Dino Dana, “The Sound of Dinosaurs” 

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Simone Swan & The Affolter Brothers

Shorts & Webseries
Try to Fly 

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Joseph Mallozzi & R.T. Thorne

Tweens & Teens
Utopia Falls, “The World is Yours”

2020 WGC Award Winners
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Mark Steinberg

Children's
Hotel Transylvania: The Series, “Better Know Your Mavis”

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Jann Arden & Jennica Harper

Comedy Series
JANN, “The Big House”
Story by Jann Arden & Jennica Harper, Teleplay by Jennica Harper

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Nance Ackerman & Ariella Pahlke & Teresa MacInnes

Documentary
Conviction

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Noelle Carbone

Drama Series
Coroner, “All’s Well”

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Laura Phillips

Feature Film
Sweetness in the Belly

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David Elver & Andrea Stevens

MOW & MINISERIES
Thicker Than Water

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J.J. Johnson & Christin Simms & Amish Patel

Preschool
Dino Dana, “Dino Prints” 

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Fabrizio Filippo

SHORTS & WEBSERIES
Save Me, “Birdie’s End”

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Emma Campbell

Tweens & Teens
Creeped Out, “The Takedown”

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WGC Showrunner Award

Showrunners are the writers/producers who hold the creative vision for a television series. He or she controls all creative decisions and oversees the series from development, through prep and production, to the completion of post. The showrunner truly is the creative force driving the series, and the WGC Showrunner Award brings Canada’s best showrunners centre stage to be celebrated by their peers. The 2021 recipient is Morwyn Brebner.

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McGrath Service Award

In 2017, the Writers Block Award was renamed the "Denis McGrath Award for Service to the WGC" to honour the tremendous contribution Denis McGrath made to the Guild. The award is for writers who have demonstrated a record of exceptional service to the Writers Guild of Canada and whose efforts have strengthened the Canadian screenwriting community as a whole. The recipient of award is determined by the Writers Guild of Canada council. The 2019 recipient is Bruce Smith.

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Sondra Kelly Award

The Sondra Kelly Award provides $5,000 to women screenwriters in mid-career for research/development on a self-initiated project.

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 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. The 2021 recipient is Kate Hewlett.

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Alex Barris Mentorship Award

Alex Barris was a writer, broadcaster, and journalist; a pioneer of Canadian television, and proud member of the WGC. He was also a wonderful mentor, giving his time and talent to new writers who were just getting started in the industry. The Alex Barris Mentorship Award was created after his death in 2004, to keep his name and spirit alive and to perpetuate the tradition of mentorship.

The award, granted biennially, acknowledges a mentor who has significantly helped a writer (or writers) get a start in the business. While the nominator must be a WGC member, the recipient need not be. The 2020 recipient is Nathalie Younglai.

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Jim Burt Screenwriting Prize

The Jim Burt Screenwriting Prize was created to continue the work of the late Jim Burt by recognizing his lifelong commitment to excellence in Canadian longform dramatic writing. The winning screenplay is determined by a jury, which selects the best original, unproduced longform script. The winner is presented with a total prize worth $5,000: a $3,000 cash prize and $2,000 for an experienced story editor (approved by the jury) to further develop the winner’s script. The 2021 recipient is Travis McDonald for Magnificent.