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Local Projects Receive 6 Screenwriting Award Nods

Posted on February 14, 2013

Four Manitoba projects have landed six nominations for the Writer’s Guild of Canada’s 2013 Screenwriting Awards. Those recognized include locally produced documentaries Surviving:) The Teenage Brain (Robert Lower) and We Were Children (Jason Sherman), as well as TV Comedies Less Than Kind (Denis McGrath, Mark McKinney and Kim Coghill) and Todd and the Book of Pure Evil (Ian Malone, Charles Picco and Craig David Wallace).

Manitoba received six out of a total of 30 Screenwriting Award nominations across Canada. Manitoba projects received all possible nominations in the TV Comedy category, and two out of three nominations in the Documentary category. This announcement comes on the heels of a very strong Manitoba showing in the nominations for the Canadian Screen Awards, where local projects received a total of 36 nominations.

“Manitoba is known across the country for the strength of its production industry, thanks in part to these high-level nominations,” said Carole Vivier, CEO/Film Commissioner of Manitoba Film & Music. “Our province doesn’t just punch above its weight - it has established itself as one of the strongest and most vibrant production centres in Canada.”

“This recognition of Manitoba productions speaks to the great creative talent in this province, says Nicole Matiation, Executive Director of On Screen Manitoba. "It confirms our reputation as a dynamic production centre with accomplished writers, directors and producers working in documentary, drama and comedy series. ”

The winners will be announced at the WGC Screenwriting Awards on Apr. 22 at Toronto’s Union Nightclub.


Surviving:) The Teenage Brain (for Nature of Things)
Written by Robert Lower

We Were Children
Written by Jason Sherman

TV Comedy
Less Than Kind “Danger, Wrestling”
Written by Denis McGrath

Less Than Kind “Fugue State”
Written by Mark McKinney

Less Than Kind “Jerk Chicken”
Written by Kim Coghill

Todd & the Book of Pure Evil “B.Y.O.B.O.P.E.”
Story by Ian Malone, Charles Picco & Craig David Wallace; Teleplay by Ian Malone & Craig David Wallace

Manitoba Film & Music (MFM) is a statutory corporation of government funded by the Province of Manitoba through the Department of Culture, Heritage and Tourism. MFM supports Manitoba film and music through our objectives, which are to create, stimulate, employ and invest in Manitoba by developing and promoting Manitoba companies, producing and marketing film, television, video and music recording projects as well as to promote Manitoba as a film location for off-shore production companies.

On Screen Manitoba (OSM) leads and supports the development of a dynamic media production industry that is recognized internationally for its world-class creative and technical talent. Manitoba companies work in all genres (in English and French) and have access to some of the best production incentives in Canada.

For more information please contact:

Ginny Collins
Communications and Marketing Director
Manitoba Film & Music
(204) 802 2845

Joy Loewen
Senior Manager
On Screen Manitoba
(204) 927 5891

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