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WGA doc award returns for February reception

Guild sets Feb. 1 for reception

The Writers Guild of America has set Feb. 1 at the Hollywood Roosevelt for the reception for its documentary screenplay award.

The guild created the separate kudo last year with the twin goals of building community among nonfiction writers and bringing more documentaries under WGA contract.

It gave the first trophy to Morgan Spurlock for “Super Size Me” at ceremonies in February at the Roosevelt.

Submissions for the award will be accepted from Wednesday through Dec. 15. Documentaries must contain an onscreen writing credit and have been exhibited theatrically in either New York or Los Angeles for one week in 2005.

To be considered, the credited writers are required to join the WGA West’s Nonfiction Writers Caucus or WGA East Nonfiction Writers Caucus. Scripts do not have to be written under WGA jurisdiction but must be feature length (over 45 minutes); docus that received their first public exhibition on broadcast or cable TV are not eligible.

Foreign-language films are not eligible but films covered by the Intl. Alliance of Writers Guilds will be considered.

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