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Screenwriters Association to institute awards for Best Writing

The association has announced the launch of the SWA Awards 2020 on the ocassion of its diamond jubilee year.

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Celebrating its diamond jubilee year, the Screenwriters' Association (SWA) has instituted the Screenwriting Awards 2020 dedicated entirely to screenwriters and lyricists of Hindi cinema, television shows, and web-series. The awards will be judged by a jury of eminent screenwriters.

In a press note, the SWA said, "The Screenwriters Association, with a membership of 30,000, has consistently been at the forefront of the cause of writers, proactively fighting to protect the rights of all its members. Its goal has been to get the film and TV industries to acknowledge the central role that writers play in the creation of cinema and TV shows.

"While India has a plethora of awards events, by some puzzling logic, writing awards are generally relegated to the unimportant stages of the ceremony, with a generally dismissive attitude." 

The awards will celebrate the Outstanding Writer of the Year, selected by a jury of the writing fraternity. SWA president Robin Bhatt said, "‘Acknowledging and awarding good writing is more than overdue in an industry that has doggedly ignored writers. SWA awards brings the writer centre-stage!" 

General secretary Sunil Salgia said, "Applause, praise, appreciation and awards are the only rewards a writer cherishes, and there can be no bigger award than one given by your competitors, friends and peers."

The SWA Awards 2020 ceremony will be held on 16 May 2020 at St Andrew's auditorium in Bandra, Mumbai. Hindi feature films, television shows and web-series released in 2019 will be eligible to compete in 15 categories, including best script, screenplay, dialogue, lyrics, and so on.

While all feature films released in 2019 will automatically be considered for the awards in the feature film categories, there will be a call for submissions for television shows, web-series and lyrics.