A total of 686 class and craft entries were submitted this year. These productions, from commercials, new media, and both long and short form fiction and non-fiction are vying for 27 Class awards. In addition, Alberta’s talented screenwriters, costume and production designers, cinematographers, editors, directors, make-up artists, special effects artists, sound technicians, composers and other craftspeople (totaling 193 finalists) are competing in 33 Craft categories. Each winner receives the prestigious Rosie Award.
To honour the legacy of a great Alberta filmmaker, the award for best student film will be renamed the Fil Fraser Award for Best Student Production, while Bonnie Thompson will be given a Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her outstanding career, including decades of work with the National Film Board of Canada.