A full house gathered at the TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning’s Koerner Hall in Toronto last night for the 23rd annual WGC Screenwriting Awards gala. Not only were attendees treated to Sondheim and a spot-on Margaret Atwood impersonation from host Gavin Crawford, they also got to see the spotlight turned on Canada's top screenwriting talent.
Winners of the night’s big prizes included Sarah Dodd (Cardinal: Blackfly Season), Daegan Fryklind (The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco), Rupinder Gill (Schitt’s Creek) and Michael McNamara (Catwalk: Tales from the Cat Show Circuit). Congratulations to 2019’s talented winners and nominees!
WGC special awards were also presented at the gala, with the WGC Showrunner Award going to Emily Andras, the McGrath Service Award to Bruce Smith, the Sondra Kelly Award to Jinder Oujla-Chalmers, and Pat Holden and Amir Kahnamouee each receiving the Jim Burt Screenwriting Prize.
The WGC Screenwriting Awards were hosted by Gavin Crawford and written by Kyle Tingley, with awards presented by Noelle Carbone, Jennica Harper, Carol Hay, Jordan Johnson-Hinds, Elena Juatco, Adam Pettle, Kathleen Phillips, Sugith Varughese and Jennifer Whalen. The WGC would also like to thank our 2019 awards sponsors.
2019 WGC SCREENWRITING AWARDS WINNERS
BEST NEW SERIES SCRIPT
The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco “Presidio,” written by Daegan Fryklind
Wishfart “I Wear This Hat Ironically,” written by Josh Sager & Jerome Simpson
Schitt’s Creek “RIP Moira Rose,” written by Rupinder Gill
Catwalk: Tales from the Cat Show Circuit, written by Michael McNamara
Cardinal: Blackfly Season “Red,” written by Sarah Dodd
22 Chaser, written by Jeremy Boxen
MOW & MINISERIES
Odd Squad: World Turned Odd, written by Tim McKeon
SHORTS & WEBSERIES
We’ve Come to the End of Our Time, written by Alex Epstein & Lisa Hunter
TWEENS & TEENS
Star Falls “The Picnic Auction,” written by Cole Bastedo
JIM BURT SCREENWRITING PRIZE
Pat Holden for Mirsada and Amir Kahnamouee for Harbour House
McGRATH SERVICE AWARD
SONDRA KELLY AWARD
WGC SHOWRUNNER AWARD