Calgary based screenwriter and author of the screenplay Sons of the Fathers, Steven Owad is the recipient of this year’s Alberta Screenwriters Initiative. Second and third finalists for the award are Aaron Langvand for Woman of Mars, and Jason McCulloch for It’s Been Almost. Now in its fifth year, the Alberta Screenwriters Initiative is presented as a joint partnership between the Writers Guild of Alberta (WGA) and the Alberta Association of Motion Picture and Television Unions (AAMPTU). The initiative is supported by proceeds from past Annual Film and Television Industry Wrap Parties.
Sons of the Fathers is a tightly woven script with some complex characters and a compelling storyline. A progressive drama that plays out the solutions to some thorny issues without ever pandering or becoming banal. Good dialogue, good action, well-paced. This screenplay should attract some serious attention.
The Alberta Screenwriters Initiative was created in 2007 to facilitate the development of screenwriters in this province. The Initiative recognizes the importance of story in the creation of filmed entertainment and the necessity to actively encourage and develop the voices of Alberta writers in film.This annual prize awards avid Alberta screenwriters a first prize of $1000 and a professional workshop with a carefully matched experienced story editor or screenwriter. The 2nd and 3rd place winners receives story notes, editorial feedback and $500.00 and $250.00 respectively.

For more information about the Alberta Screenwriters Initiative, please visit www.writersguild.ab.ca.