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May 2013

AMPIA and CTS Renew Mentorship Program

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Alberta Producers are invited to build the lives and careers of aspiring Industry professionals through the AMPIA-CTS Mentorship Program.

The Alberta Media Production Industries Association (AMPIA) and Crossroads Television System (CTS), are pleased to announce the Call for Applications for the AMPIA-CTS Mentorship Program. AMPIA and CTS both recognize the importance of on-the-job training in the development of professionals in Alberta’s film and television production industry. The AMPIA-CTS Mentorship program was created in 2012. Thanks to funding from CTS, AMPIA is pleased to renew this Mentorship Program for the year 2013 – 14, whereby individuals are able to receive hands-on training experience working with experienced professionals in their chosen field of film and television production.

The program is designed to offer interns new training opportunities for a designated production position in which they have no previous experience. This program is not intended to augment production budgets. Internships can take place anytime from July 1st, 2013 to May 31st, 2014. The deadline for applications is Friday, June 21st at 4:00pm.  AMPIA Producer Members are invited to apply by submitting an application form.

In 2013, up to three mentorship opportunities are available. The program will provide a maximum of $4,000 per individual intern. Producer applicants must contribute 50 percent of the trainee’s salary, matching the amount contributed by the mentorship program.

Once an application is approved by a jury comprised of CTS and AMPIA representatives, 50 percent of the total grant will be advanced to the Producer. The balance of the mentorship grant will be paid upon completion of the training period and following receipt of the completed claim forms and evaluation forms from both the Mentor and the Intern, detailing the benefits to both the production company and the Intern.

2013 AMPIA-CTS Mentorship Press Release

Application Package

Thank you – Alberta Film and Television Awards

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The Alberta Film & Television Awards held at the Winspear Centre in Edmonton this past Saturday May 25, 2013 brought out a large and beautiful crowd from the Alberta Film, Television, and Digital Media Industries.  With Andrew Grose keeping the show rolling with laughter, Mark Connolly interviewing and partying with the winners, and an after-party that went on until the wee hours of the morning, it was a good thing we could sleep in on Sunday to recuperate!

Highlights of the night included Mayor Mandel proclaiming May 25, 2013 as “AMPIA Day,”  moving music from Pear and big winners of the night: Hell on Wheels with six Rosies — including Best Dramatic Series, Best Production Designer/Art Director and Best Costume Designer and Rufus with four Rosies, including Best Dramatic Feature Film and Best Director Drama Over 30 Minutes).

Find the full list of winners at rosieawards.com which will be updated with thank-you speeches from YouTube throughout the week.  Photos from the event will be available mid-week.  Congratulations to all winners!  For more coverage of the Awards please see the following articles: Edmonton Journal Playback

Thank you to our Board of Directors, Events Committee, AMPIA and Awards Production Staff, all our judges, hosts, entertainment, video compilation partners, Venue partners the Winspear Centre and the Westin Edmonton Hotel, and especially all the volunteers involved in the Alberta Film and Television Awards.

Special Thanks to all our Sponsors:

Diamond Level
Alberta Film
Government of Alberta

Patron Level
Banff World Media Festival
CTV
Joe Media Group
Jump Studios
Colour by LookLabs

Platinum Level
Jet Music Inc
Idea Factory
NAIT
Studio Post
The Westin Edmonton

Gold Level
Aquila
Calgary Economic Development – Calgary Film Commission
CBC
Christie Lites
Cine Audio Visual
CTV Two
Delta Bow Valley
Edmonton Film Commission
Keylite Design
Propeller Studios Inc.
Shaw Media
SIM Digital
Spillwall Productions

Silver Level
Bishop & McKenzie
Coast Wholesale Appliances
Columbia Awards
Front Row Insurance Brokers Inc.
Global Edmonton
Keen Eye
Kelly Brothers Productions
Lindisfarne Productions
Motion Picture Theatre Association of Alberta
Prairie Dog Film + Television
Priority Printing Ltd.
Red Deer College
SAIT Polytechnic
Samsung
SOCAN
Spotlight Productions

Bronze Level
AAMPTU
Applied Electronics
FM Systems
iLink Media Group
Mr. Mix Audio
Multimedia Risk
National Film Board
Seven24 Films
Solid Green
Winspear Centre

Alberta Film and Television Awards 2013

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The Alberta Film & Television Awards are right around the corner (Saturday May 25, 2013) at the Winspear Centre in Edmonton!  Make sure you purchase your tickets to meet the industry’s “movies” and shakers and join in on the increased networking opportunity with the two receptions we have planned:

6:30pm Opening Reception, Main Floor Lobby Sponsored by the Edmonton Film Commission

7:30pm Awards Show, Enmax Theatre

9:30pm Post Reception, Main Floor Lobby  Sponsored by Calgary Economic Development – Calgary Film Commission and Prairie Dog Film + Television

Program Details

Get ready for some great entertainment!  With only a few days until the show, get ready for some laughs, good food and good times!

The Alberta Film and Television Awards will be hosted by Edmonton stand up comedian and 630 CHED radio personality Andrew Grose (pictured right). Andrew has been conspiring with last year’s host Steve Patterson to find out which of our industry members deserve a good roasting.

While Andrew Grose hosts on stage, Mark Connolly (pictured left), co-host of CBC News Edmonton, will be sipping champagne with the winners of the evening in the Winners Circle (live-streamed online at rosieawards.com).

To add to the entertainment, musical guests PEAR, the husband and wife duo Denis and Lynae Dufresne who headlined international fiddle sensation Barrage, is going to bring something Sweet N Gritty.

A Special Achievement Award will be given to Dave Thomas (pictured right), a founding member of the seminal TV Comedy series SCTV, which was filmed in Edmonton from 1980-82.  The Friend of the Industry Award will be given jointly to FAVA (Film & Video Arts Society of Alberta) and CSIF (Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers).

A Lifetime Achievement Award will also be given to Marg Pullishy posthumously. Marg Pullishy has been part of the film and television industry in Edmonton for over three decades. It was as a regular contributor in front of the camera with CFRN that she first introduced audiences to “Wednesday’s Child,” which highlighted the pressing need for adoption in the province.

Come celebrate the year’s achievements in the Alberta Film, Television, Digital Media Industries. If you cannot make the event, be sure to catch the live streaming of the Winners’ Circle (thank you speeches), at rosieawards.com and follow the live twitter feed (@RosieAwards, #RosieAwards) to see what is happening on stage.

Thank you Sponsors:

Diamond Level
Alberta Film
Government of Alberta

Patron Level
Banff World Media Festival
CTV
Joe Media Group
Jump Studios
Colour by LookLabs

Platinum Level
Jet Music Inc
Idea Factory
NAIT
Studio Post
The Westin Edmonton

Gold Level
Aquila
Calgary Economic Development – Calgary Film Commission
CBC
Christie Lites
Cine Audio Visual
CTV Two
Delta Bow Valley
Edmonton Film Commission
Keylite Design
Propeller Studios Inc.
Shaw Media
SIM Digital
Spillwall Productions

Silver Level
Bishop & McKenzie
Coast Wholesale Appliances
Columbia Awards
Front Row Insurance Brokers Inc.
Global Edmonton
Keen Eye
Kelly Brothers Productions
Lindisfarne Productions
Motion Picture Theatre Association of Alberta
Prairie Dog Film + Television
Priority Printing Ltd.
Red Deer College
SAIT Polytechnic
Samsung
SOCAN
Spotlight Productions

Bronze Level
AAMPTU
Applied Electronics
FM Systems
iLink Media Group
Mr. Mix Audio
Multimedia Risk
National Film Board
Seven24 Films
Solid Green
Winspear Centre

Rogers Development Fund – Successful Applicants Announced

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Rogers Media and The Alberta Media Production Industries Association (AMPIA) announced today the first round of successful applicants of the Rogers Development Fund, a newly created development initiative that benefits local production communities. Eleven candidates overall were successful, seven candidates in Stream One, and four candidates in Stream Two.

The successful applicants are as follows:

Stream One:

ANAÏD PRODUCTIONS (Edmonton, Alberta)

HIGH DEFINITION PICTURES (Manitoba)

MEDIA RENDEZVOUS (Winnipeg, Manitoba)

MERIT MOTION PICTURES (Winnipeg, Manitoba)

ORIGINAL PICTURES (Winnipeg, Manitoba)

PANACEA ENTERTAINMENT (Edmonton, Alberta)

PAY DIRT PICTURES (Calgary, Alberta)

Stream Two:

THE COMPANY OF WRITERS (Edmonton, Alberta)

DEBORAH CARLSON (Winnipeg, Manitoba)

FUNTIME PRODUCTIONS (Edmonton, Alberta)

TYLER FUNK (Banff, Alberta)

“We were so excited to see the high calibre of creative and innovative submissions we received in this first round of funding,” said Claire Freeland, Director of Original Programming, Rogers Media. “We look forward to seeing these projects develop and hopefully move ahead to production.”

“We are pleased to help develop original content in provinces of Alberta and Manitoba,” said Bill Evans, Executive Director, Alberta Media Production Industries Association (AMPIA).

The Rogers Development Fund is a revolving loan program which provides funding to support the independent producers of Alberta and Manitoba in the creation of new and innovative projects in television, film, and digital media. The Rogers Development Fund is available to individual Canadian producers or production companies who have been residents of Alberta or Manitoba for at least one year.

The Rogers Development Fund is governed by a committee of Canadian media industry leaders who determine the successful applicants. The second round of the Fund will begin accepting loan applications on July 15, 2013; interested producers can visit the AMPIA website at ampia.org/funding/rogers-dev-fund  or the Rogers submission website at rogerstvsales.ca/submission for additional program and application details.  Full press release available here.