Working for Canadian Screenwriters: The Writers Guild of Canada (WGC) represents more than 2,200 professional English-language screenwriters in Canada. These are the creators who write the distinctly Canadian entertainment we enjoy on all screens.


Government's "Vision Statement" Sept. 28

Canadian Heritage will release its "vision statement" on Sept. 28, live on Facebook from 12-1 p.m. EST. Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, will "outline the Government of Canada’s vision for cultural and creative industries in a digital world." The Facebook event page includes the following statement. 


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Heritage Minister Joly's "Breakfast With Creators"

The WGC was pleased to attend a meet and greet during TIFF with Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly.  A number of WGC members and staff were able to personally thank Minister Joly for her part in sending back the flawed CRTC decision of May (reducing spending on Canadian programming) for reconsideration. As well, the gathering provided an opportunity to let the Minister know more about the current situation faced by Canadian screenwriters.
 
Photo: WGC Executive Director Maureen Parker, President Jill Golick, Canadian Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly, and Liberal MP Arif Virani

Harold Greenberg Fund Cuts

The Harold Greenberg Fund has played a significant part in helping to get Canadian films made, including features written by WGC members (Maudie and Meditation Park, among many others). The HGF has also helped fund Canadian TV shows such as Alias Grace and Book of Negroes, originally intended as features, to cite two examples.

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Screenwriters and Producers Extend Agreement

Canadian screenwriters and producers have agreed to extend the current agreement governing English-language screenwriting in Canada. The Writers Guild of Canada (WGC), the Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA), and the Association Québécoise de la Production Médiatique (AQPM) announced today that all parties have ratified an eighteen-month extension to the Independent Production Agreement (IPA), which will come into effect Jan. 1, 2018. This agreement maintains the current terms of engagement, with an increase of minimum script fees, and now expires on June 30, 2019. 

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CMF Annual Report Update

The Canada Media Fund (CMF) released its annual report recently, which covers the CMF’s fiscal year from April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017. The report includes information on the revenues received by the CMF from broadcasting distribution undertakings, or “BDUs” — the cable and satellite television services that contribute a portion of their revenues to the creation of Canadian programming, pursuant to CRTC regulation. 

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SEPTEMBER 20, 2017
  • Calgary International Film Festival

SEPTEMBER 20, 2017

Calgary International Film Festival

Calgary International Film Festival, Sept. 20-Oct. 1 calgaryfilm.com

SEPTEMBER 28, 2017
  • Edmonton Film Festival
  • Vancouver International Film Festival

SEPTEMBER 28, 2017

Edmonton Film Festival

Edmonton Film Festival, Sept. 28-Oct. 7 edmontonfilmfest.com


Vancouver International Film Festival

Vancouver International Film Festival, Sept. 28-Oct. 13 viff.org

SEPTEMBER 30, 2017
  • Daryl Duke Prize Deadline

SEPTEMBER 30, 2017

Daryl Duke Prize Deadline

The Daryl Duke Prize is for excellence in a screenplay for an unproduced longform dramatic film. Details at daryldukeprize.ca

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