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Writers Guild Announces Finalists for Screenwriting Awards

The Writers Guild of Canada today announced the finalists for the 16th annual WGC Screenwriting Awards. Honouring excellence in screenwriting, the WGC Screenwriting Awards will celebrate the winning words of Canada’s screenwriters on April 23 in Toronto.

This year, more than 175 scripts were nominated for awards. First-round judging put forward 28 finalist scripts across the Awards’ seven categories. 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 the screenwriters behind such TV favourites as Flashpoint, Murdoch Mysteries, Dan for Mayor and more. Scripts for shows new to the Awards include Michael: Tuesdays and Thursdays, Todd and the Book of Pure Evil, Sanctuary, and the youth series My Babysitter’s a Vampire. Bruce Smith received a nod for the CBC movie John A: Birth of a Country, and previous WGC Screenwriting Award-winner Sarah Polley returns as a finalist for Take This Waltz. A complete list of finalists follows.

The winners will be announced at the 2012 WGC Screenwriting Awards on Monday, April 23, 2012, at Maro in Liberty Village, Toronto.

 Hosting the WGC Screenwriting Awards this year is award-winning comedian and co-creator of Almost Heroes, Ryan Belleville. The Awards will be written by Bob Kerr (22 Minutes) in collaboration with Mr. Belleville.

2012 WGC Screenwriting Awards Finalist List


Franklin and Friends “Franklin and the Creepy Clock” • Written by Karen Moonah

Kid vs. Kat “Hit the Road” • Written by Shane Simmons

Scaredy Squirrel “Nothing But the Tooth” • Written by Darrin Rose

Sidekick “Henchman for a Day” • Written by Richard Clark

Sidekick “Ye Olde Sidekick Village” • Written by Dan Williams & Lienne Sawatsky

Children and Youth

Connor Undercover “Escape Artist” • Written by Evan Thaler Hickey

My Babysitter’s a Vampire “Blood Drive” • Written by Ken Cuperus

My Babysitter’s a Vampire “Friday Night Frights” • Written by Ben Joseph

My Babysitter’s a Vampire “ReVamped” • Written by Alice Prodanou


Myth or Science (for The Nature of Things) • Written by Dugald Maudsley

Prosecutor • Written by Barry Stevens

Waking the Green Tiger, A Green Movement Rises in China • Written by Gary Marcuse

Movies and Miniseries

Afghan Luke • Screen Story by Patrick Graham & Douglas Bell • Screenplay by Patrick Graham & Douglas Bell and Mike Clattenburg & Barrie Dunn

John A: Birth of a Country • Written by Bruce M. Smith

Take This Waltz • Written by Sarah Polley

Shorts and Web Series

Murdoch Mysteries: The Curse of the Lost Pharaohs “The Vanished Corpse” • Written by Patrick Tarr

Ruby Skye P.I.: The Spam Scam “Chapter 12–Duhn Duhn Duhn” • Written by Julie Strassman-Cohn & Jill Golick

Tights and Fights: Ashes “In Search of a New Barry” • Written by Scott Albert

TV Comedy

18 to Life “One Is the Loneliest Number” • Written by Derek Schreyer

Dan For Mayor “Ethical Dilemma” • Written by Mark Farrell

Michael: Tuesdays and Thursdays “Bridges” • Written by Matt Watts

Todd and the Book of Pure Evil “A Farewell to Curtis’ Arm” • Written by Craig David Wallace

TV Drama

Flashpoint “The Better Man” • Written by Michael MacLennan

Flashpoint “Day Game” • Written by Aubrey Nealon

Flashpoint “A Day in the Life” • Written by Mark Ellis & Stephanie Morgenstern

Flashpoint “Shockwave” • Written by Larry Bambrick

Murdoch Mysteries “Kommando” • Written by Graham Clegg

Sanctuary “Metamorphosis” •Written by Alan McCullough