Writers Guild announces screenwriting award nominations

From a media release:

Outstanding list of finalists announced for the 2011 WGC Screenwriting Awards

The Writers Guild of Canada (WGC) today announced the finalists for the 15th Annual WGC Screenwriting Awards. The WGC Screenwriting Awards honours excellence in screenwriting, and will celebrate the winning words of Canada’s screenwriters on April 11 in Toronto.

This year, 150 scripts vied for the judges’ attentions. First-round judging narrowed the field to 27 finalist scripts across the Awards’ seven categories, including Movies & Mini-Series, TV Drama, TV Comedy and more. In all, 34 screenwriters are up for awards. Several special awards, including the WGC Showrunner Award, will also be handed out at the event.

Among this year’s finalists are such TV favourites as Flashpoint, Durham County, and Less Than Kind. Newcomers to the list include Rookie Blue, Kids in the Hall: Death Comes to Town, and the youth show Wingin’ It. The screenwriters behind several of Canada’s most celebrated films of the year fill out the movies category: included are Michael Konyves for Barney’s Version, Adriana Maggs for Grown Up Movie Star and Dennis Foon for Life, Above All.

The winners will be announced at the 2011 WGC Screenwriting Awards on Monday, April 11, 2011, at Maro in Liberty Village, Toronto.

2011 WGC Screenwriting Awards Finalists


  • League of Super Evil “All You Can Eat” Written by Edward Kay
  • League of Super Evil “Voltina” Written by Philippe Ivanusic-Vallee & Davila LeBlanc
  • The Cat In The Hat Knows A Lot About That “The Cat…Knows A Lot About Maps” Written by Karen Moonah
  • Total Drama World Tour “Broadway Baby” Written by Alex Ganetakos
  • Zeke’s Pad “Fetch a Sketch” Written by Hugh Duffy

Children and Youth

  • How To be Indie “How To Fight For Your Rights” Written by Vera Santamaria
  • The Latest Buzz “The Extreme Shakespeare Issue” Written by Barbara Haynes
  • Wingin’ It “She Blinded Me With Science” Written by Ramona Barckert
  • Wingin’ It “The Spinner And The Saint” Written by Conor Casey & Lyndon Casey


  • How to Boil a Frog Written by Jon Cooksey
  • Outbreak: Anatomy of a Plague Written by Jefferson Lewis
  • The Pig Farm Written by Christine Nielsen

Movies and Miniseries

  • Barney’s Version Written by Michael Konyves
  • Grown Up Movie Star Written by Adriana Maggs
  • Life, Above All Written by Dennis Foon

Shorts and Web Series

  • Hot Wheels Battle Force Five “Splashback” Written by Cole Bastedo & Matt Huether
  • Ruby Skye P.I. “Caught Ruby Red Handed” Written by Julie Strassman-Cohn & Jill Golick
  • You Are So Undead Written by Lisa Hunter

TV Comedy

  • Kids in the Hall: Death Comes To Town “Cause of Death” Written by Bruce McCulloch & Mark McKinney
  • Less Than Kind II “Coming Home” Written by Chris Sheasgreen
  • Less Than Kind II “The Deluge” Written by Garry Campbell & Jen Beasley
  • Less Than Kind II “Fasto Loves Lebso” Written by Jenn Engels

TV Drama

  • Durham County “Distance, Hunting and Home” Written by Laurie Finstad-Knizhnik
  • Flashpoint “Acceptable Risk” Written by Pamela Davis
  • Flashpoint “Jumping at Shadows” Written by Mark Ellis & Stephanie Morgenstern
  • Rookie Blue “Girlfriend of the Year” Written by Tassie Cameron
  • Rookie Blue “Hot and Bothered” Written by Russ Cochrane