Industry’s top screenwriters recognized at highly anticipated 7th consecutive event in Whistler.

Whistler, B.C. (November 7, 2018): The Whistler Film Festival (November 28 – December 2) is proud to host Variety’s 10 Screenwriters to Watch for the 7th consecutive year. This year’s honoured screenwriters will share their personal stories and challenges related to succeeding in today’s film industry at an afternoon conversation on December 1 as part of WFF’s Signature Series as well as receive their coveted award at WFF’s Awards Celebration on December 2.

Hosted by Canadian broadcast veteran George Stroumboulopoulos, festival goers will join this prestigious class of film scribes as they discuss tips and tricks for navigating the film landscape in 2018. The group will also share a behind the scenes look at their current and future projects during this intimate conversation.

Variety’s class of 2018 screenwriters and notable credits include:

  • Joe Robert Cole, BLACK PANTHER
  • Bryan Woods and Scott Beck, A QUIET PLACE
  • Jay Longino, UNCLE DREW
  • Elizabeth Chomko, WHAT THEY HAD
  • Christy Hall, DADDIO
  • Jac Schaeffer, THE HUSTLE
  • Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster,  YOU ARE MY FRIEND
  • Charlie Wachtel and David Rabinowitz, BLACKKKLANSMAN

“As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of Variety‘s 10 Screenwriters to Watch, it’s clear that one thing hasn’t changed: the importance of the screenwriter,” says Steven Gaydos, Vice President & Executive Editor of Variety. “Whether it’s finding ways to rejuvenate and reinvent the big action franchise films or insuring the inclusion of fresh and diverse voices needed to fully explore the world around us, the screenwriter remains at both the beginning and at the center of the creative filmmaking process.”

“The Whistler Film Festival is delighted to collaborate for the seventh consecutive year with respected entertainment industry authority Variety to honour their 10 Screenwriters to Watch class of 2018. With Variety showcasing the brightest and most promising writers of the year, the chance to meet and hear their stories first-hand makes this a must-attend event in Whistler for both film fans and aspiring filmmakers,” says Shauna Hardy Mishaw, Whistler Film Festival Executive Director. “We are also honoured to present the Canadian premiere of ON THE BASIS OF SEX from 2017 Variety 10 Screenwriter to Watch Daniel Stiepleman.”

Writers who have appeared on the 10 Screenwriters to Watch list in years past include Oscar winners Jennifer Lee (FROZEN), Geoffrey Fletcher (PRECIOUS), Charlie Kaufman (ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND) and Julian Fellowes (GOSFORD PARK) as well as Emmy winner Lena Dunham (“Girls”), Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen (THIS IS THE END), Ken Daurio and Cinco Paul (DESPICABLE ME” 1 & 2), Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (STAR TREK), and Danny Strong (Lee Daniels’ THE BUTLER).

Variety’s class of 2017 screenwriters and notable credits honoured at WFF included: Liz Hannah (THE POST); Taylor Allen and Andrew Logan (CHAPPAQUIDDICK); Hallie Meyers-Shyer (HOME AGAIN); Maggie Betts (NOVITIATE); Tracy Oliver (co-wrote GIRLS TRIP); Daniel Stiepleman (ON THE BASIS OF SEX); Dorothy Blyskal (THE 15:17 TO PARIS); Sarah Ruhl (MY LIFE ON THE ROAD); Samuel V. Franco and Evan Kilgore  (co-wrote KEEPER OF THE DIARY); and John Whittington (LEGO/BATMAN).

Variety’s class of 2016 screenwriters and notable credits honoured at WFF included: Noah Oppenheim (JACKIE); Allison Schroeder (HIDDEN FIGURES); Luke Davies (LION); Celine Sciamma (MY LIFE AS A COURGETTE); Pamela Ribon (MOANA); Olivia Milch (OCEAN’S EIGHT); Kristina Lauren Anderson (CATHERINE THE GREAT); Jojo Moyes (ME BEFORE YOU); Todd Komarnicki (SULLY); and Jonas Cuaron (DESIERTO).

Variety’s class of 2015 screenwriters and notable credits honoured at WFF included: Alice Winocour (DISORDER); Bryan Sipe (DEMOLITION); Emma Donoghue (ROOM); John Pollono (STRONGER); John Scott III (MAGGIE); Jon Herman (STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON); Josh Golden (ROAD TO OZ); Meg LeFauve (INSIDE OUT); Mike Le (PATIENT ZERO); and Yared Zeleke (LAMB).

Variety’s class of 2014 screenwriters and notable credits honoured at WFF included: Ben Schwartz (MAJOR!); Chris Bowman and Hubbel Palmer (LOOMIS FARGO); Chris Sparling (THE SEA OF TREES); Graham Moore (THE IMITATION GAME); Matt Charman (co-writer of SUITE FRANCAISE); Melissa Stack (THE OTHER WOMAN); Michael Starrbury (THE INEVITABLE DEFEAT OF MISTER & PETE); Phyllis Nagy (CAROL); Suha Arraf (VILLA TOUMA); and Taylor Sheridan (SICARIO).

Variety’s class of 2013 screenwriters and notable credits honoured at WFF included American screenwriters Ned Benson (THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ELEANOR RIGBY); Lucinda Coxon (CRIMSON PEAK); Andrew Dodge (BAD WORDS); Kieran Fitzgerald (BAMBI); Morgan David Foehl (THE ASSET); Jennifer Lee (FROZEN); Barbara Marshall (THE EXORCISM DIARIES); Michael Mitnick (THE GIVER); Jonathan Tropper (ONE LAST THING BEFORE I GO); and Canadian Elan Mastai (THE F WORD).

Variety’s class of 2012 screenwriters and notable credits honoured at WFF included Katie Dippold (THE HEAT); Patrick Aison (WUNDERKIND); Reid Carolin (MAGIC MIKE); Scott Rothman and Rajiv Joseph (DRAFT DAY); Ted Melfi (ST. VINCENT DE VAN NUYS); Derek Connolly (SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED); Bill Dubuque (THE JUDGE); Chris Terrio (ARGO); Kelly Marcel (50 SHADES OF GREY); and Ken Scott (STARBUCK).

From November 28th to December 2nd, the Whistler Film Festival will welcome film fans and filmmakers to experience its 18th edition featuring fresh films from Canada and around the world, special guests, epic events, unique industry and talent programs, and time to play in North America’s premier mountain resort destination. The Whistler Film Festival combines an international film competition with a focused Content Summit dedicated to the art and business of filmmaking in the digital age.

WFF’s film lineup and schedule, and Content Summit schedule and guest lineup are now available at, and will be updated regularly.

The Festival’s online box office at is now open for Film, Industry and Patron Passes as well as Ticket Packages. Individual film tickets go on sale on November 15. Exclusive air travel and ground transportation deals, as well as best accommodation rates from WFF’s 20 accommodation partners, are now available at

The Whistler Film Festival is funded by the Government of Canada through Telefilm Canada, and by the Province of British Columbia and the Resort Municipality of Whistler through the Resort Municipality Initiative, is supported by the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation and the American Friends of Whistler, and is sponsored by Variety, Creative BC, Cineplex, Whistler Blackcomb, Tourism Whistler, RE/MAX Sea to Sky Real Estate, Encore Vancouver, Gibbons Whistler and the Westin Resort & Spa Whistler.


The Whistler Film Festival Society is a charitable cultural organization dedicated to furthering the art of film by providing programs that focus on the discovery, development and promotion of new talent culminating with a must attend festival for artists, industry and audiences in Whistler. Find out more at

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