Canadian Screen Award for Best Screenplay
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The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television presents one or more annual awards for the Best Screenplay for a Canadian film. Originally presented in 1968 as part of the Canadian Film Awards, from 1980 until 2012 the award continued as part of the Genie Awards ceremony. As of 2013, it is presented as part of the Canadian Screen Awards.
In their present form, two awards are presented for Best Original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay, although historically this division was not always observed. In the Canadian Film Awards era, two awards were usually presented in Feature and Non-Feature (television films, short films, etc.) categories, although on two occasions the feature category was further divided into separate categories for Original and Adapted Screenplay, resulting in the presentation of three screenplay awards overall, and on two occasions only one award for Non-Feature Screenplay was presented. Beginning with the 1st Genie Awards, permanent categories for Original and Adapted Screenplay were introduced, although in some years in the 1980s and 1990s they were again temporarily collapsed back into a single award for Best Screenplay.
The current division into Best Original and Adapted Screenplay has remained consistent since 1999.
20th Canadian Film Awards
|Phillip Hersch||Swing Low Sweet Chariot|
21st Canadian Film Awards
|Joan Finnegan||The Best Damn Fiddler from Calabogie to Kaladar|