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The Alberta Media Production Industries Association promotes the interests of all Alberta producers and creative talent working in motion picture, television, and digital content production. We work in liaison with government, facilitate community awareness, develop careers, and promote the content of our members through events, workshops, and partnerships with industry experts. Membership allows emerging and established producers to meet, connect, and collaborate.

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Congratulations to the Winners of the 2024 Edmonton Arts Prizes!

The main recipients of the Edmonton Arts Prizes were celebrated for their outstanding achievements in music, film, visual arts, and literature during an awards ceremony held at Varscona Theatre. The festivities featured Councillor Hamilton, representatives from partner organizations, heartfelt speeches by the winners, and live music by Out of Pocket Trio.

All twelve nominees were honored, with the primary winners in each category receiving $15,000 and two runners-up each receiving $5,000, totaling $100,000 awarded to these talented artists.

Here are the distinguished winners of the Edmonton Arts Prizes:

  • The City of Edmonton Music Prize: Primary winner, HAIDEE; runners-up, Arlo Maverick and Home Front.
  • The City of Edmonton Film Prize: Primary winner, Cody Lightning; runners-up, Adam Scorgie and Omar Mouallem.
  • The Eldon + Anne Foote Edmonton Visual Arts Prize: Primary winner, Kelsey Stephenson; runners-up, Taiessa and Tiffany Shaw.
  • The Robert Kroetsch – City of Edmonton Book Prize: Primary winner, Jennifer Bowering Delisle; runners-up, Anna Marie Sewell and Richard Van Camp.

The awards are organized by the Edmonton Arts Council, in collaboration with the City of Edmonton, Alberta Media Production Industries Association (AMPIA), Alberta Music, Audreys Books Ltd., Carfac Alberta, Edmonton Community Foundation, and the Writers’ Guild of Alberta.

Featured Profiles

Showcasing some of the incredible Alberta media professionals and artists making waves in the industry right now. Learn more about these talented individuals and their outstanding projects.

Julian Black Antelope

Producer · Director · Actor · Writer · Showrunner

Representing the Buckskin, Black Horse family of the Weasel People, Julian Black Antelope aka “JBA” is a Canadian actor of First Nations/Central American and Irish descent. JBA’s performing career first began in the Canadian music scene before transitioning to acting in film and television in the early 2000’s. As a self-taught actor, JBA built the foundation of his career with an amalgamation of day player roles, stunts and working various crew positions on a steady stream of projects in southern Alberta including DreamWorks/TNT’s epic six-part mini-series Into the West (2005). JBA”s breakout role in a television series would come on the gritty and critically acclaimed Blackstone (2009). Four seasons of Black Antelope’s portrayal of Darrien Tailfeathers earned him several accolades including a Canadian Screen Award nomination.

In 2014 JBA was cast as “Mr. Kidd” in John Logan’s Penny Dreadful (2014) which took him overseas to Ireland and has since worked consistently nationally and internationally on Film and TV projects such as Dominion Creek (2015), Condor (2018), Dark Justice (2018), Hold the Dark (2018), Debris (2021), The Flash (2014), Prey (2022), Grendel.

An actor with a strong sense of physicality, Black Antelope often plays characters that combine stunt action with a larger-than-life or menacing presence, however his natural comedic sensibility has also been recognized in recent years with television roles in Jann (2019) including his own TV series that he created, wrote, directed and produced The Secret History of: The Wild West (2021) With his Secret History TM series Julian Black Antelope realized a 10 year dream of producing and creating entertaining, historical programming through the lens of Canadian First Nations. This very personal series in addition to his several producing credits on independent feature film projects like Empyrean (2016) and True Fiction (2019) has cemented JBA to continue writing, directing and producing his own work as his Acting career continues to grow.

READ MORE ABOUT JULIAN’S STORY HERE

Michelle Wong

Producer · Director

After receiving her Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Alberta, Michelle began her formal film training at the National Film Board (NFB) of Canada working with the Oscar award winning Studio D where she directed and produced her first documentary Return Home, following up a decade later with the emotionally powerful Pieces of a Dream: A Story of Gambling.

Michelle’s production credits cross all formats, from television movies to feature length documentaries, performing arts specials and features. Her most recent Beans and Rice Inc. credits include Executive Producer on the feature length documentaries Undetectable: How Stigma Has Gone Viral in the Fight against HIV (Snapshot Studios/Telus Originals), Close the Divide (Common Ground Films Ltd), Heritage Minute: Normie Kwong (Danny Rocket Productions/Historica Canada), and the indigenous feature film Dusk and Dawn (Flying Up Moon Inc/CBC & APTN).  Her most recent business affairs credits include The Good Virus (ID Productions Inc/Telus Independents) and Flashback (Tangerine Productions/Telus Originals).

As the Head of Business Affairs for Seven24 Films, Michelle is involved with the scripted television series projects Heartland (CBC), Jann (CTV), Family Law (Corus), Wynonna Earp (CTV/Tubi) and Ride (Bell Media/Hallmark).

Over the years Michelle has served on several media arts organizations and boards including the Alberta Motion Pictures Industries Association (AMPIA) as Chair of the Finance & Regulatory and the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committees, and co-chair of the Professional Development Committee. Michelle is a founding member of Creatives Empowered, an Alberta based collective of artists and creatives who are Black, Indigenous & People of Colour, empowering each other as an allied community.

Michelle currently sits on the Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) as Co-chair of the Sustainability & Climate Action Committee and the Restructuring, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Committee (REDIAC), Women in View (WIV), and was the lead consultant and designed a series of business affairs ‘learn by doing’ webinars for the Canadian Independent Screen Fund.

Michelle is the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal for her commitment to the arts in Alberta.

Bespoke Mentorship Program Round Four!

Congratulations to the Successful Candidates

Deja Springfield

Joanna Manchur

Mark Locki

Sharlene Millang-Borst

Taghreed Saadeh

The listed Bespoke Mentorship candidates will be working closely with selected mentors Connie Edwards, Theresa Wynnyk, Kaitlan Stewart, Dylan Pierce and Adam Scorgie.

The Latest News & Updates

Industry Events and Breakthroughs

Success Stories

A look at some of the people and productions who are making history in Alberta

My Life with the Walter Boys

My Life with the Walter Boys

Jackie Howard's life is disrupted by a freak accident, she is ripped from her home and has to start over on a ranch in Colorado, with her guardian and a family of 12 boys.

Lift - Directed by Katrina Beatty

Lift – Short Film

After a cocky Edmonton pilot is grounded from flying in WWII, he and his brother search for their sense of self among the returning post-war heroes.

The Revenant

The Revenant

The crew filmed the majority of “The Revenant” in Canada. According to Looper, they filmed quite a few scenes in an area of the Canadian Rockies west of Calgary, Alberta, in Kananaskis Country.

Come True

Come True

Come True, a nightmarish, slow-burn horror film, was shot entirely in this city by filmmaker Anthony Scott Burns, who is in the process of moving back to Edmonton himself. It’s not a jump-scare kind of freak fest, but an ode to the shadows of our nightmares, of waking dreams.

Skinamarink

Skinamarink

A creak of floorboards, a groaning door hinge, a sense of movement in the darkness and little else. Edmonton filmmaker Kyle Edward Ball exploits this minimalism in the wee hours of the night to horrific effect in his film Skinamarink.