Sharlene Millang is one half of Groove Solider Productions, an Edmonton company and a recent recipient of the $10K STORYHIVE grant. Sharlene and her Co-Producer Daniel Foreman are also the creators of the Edmonton Short Film Festival (ESFF), which takes place October 4th with an amazing new initiative for participants. Here’s Sharlene in her own words…
FIL FRASER is an award-winning filmmaker, journalist, writer and human rights activist with an impressive career spanning more than half a century. He is a leading pioneer in Alberta’s film industry, responsible for founding the Alberta Film & Television Awards in 1974 and producing Alberta’s first feature Why Shoot The Teacher? (1977), which became the highest grossing film in Canada that year. Why Shoot The Teacher? will be screened during this week’s Alberta Culture Days so we checked in with Fil Fraser on the 37th Anniversary of the film and where he feels our industry is headed.
Congratulations to our AMPIA members who were selected for Season 1 of Telus Optik TV’s STORYHIVE funding stream. Five teams from Edmonton and Calgary were awarded $10k grants to develop their projects. If you missed the official premiere, fret not! All projects are now available on Telus Optik TV.
To learn more, visit: http://yycyeg.storyhive.com/
The Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF) is hosting a series of intimate and interactive sessions you don’t want to miss. From September 20-28, The Industry Series allows film enthusiasts and professionals to be part of incredible networking and educational opportunities.
The Billington Award is presented each year to an individual who has made an invaluable contribution to Alberta’s production community and celebrates those individuals who inspire us all with their vision, passion and dedication. We are pleased to announce that Dale Phillips has been selected by the community to be honoured with this award.
Nomadic Pictures has been knocking it out of the park! This year the Calgary company launched Klondike, an original miniseries for the Discovery Channel, starring Richard Madden (Game of Thrones), Tim Roth and Abbie Cornish. Season IV of Hell On Wheels returned in August and now the team as three Emmys to add to their collection for the TV series of FARGO.
Day jobs are not unique in the film industry, but a Dinosaur Hunter with his own film studio, now that’s quite the find! Frank Hadfield is the President of Palcoprep, a company dedicated to the art, science and presentation of fossils in Drumheller, Alberta. He is also the man who discovered the first feathered dinosaur fossil in North America.
Now Frank is diving deep into the film industry and opening a studio in Drumheller. Dinosaur Valley Studios (DVS) is a “turn-key solution” for filmmakers to access incredible studio services at an affordable price. To celebrate, he wants to offer one lucky winner a week in his studio for FREE. How does that sound?
In April 2014, filmmakers competed in the first STORYHIVE campaign to hit Alberta. Teams uploaded pitch videos and relied on the public vote for a chance to win one of the $10K grants available from Telus Optik TV.
Out of the ten winners from Calgary and Edmonton, five of the successful campaigns are from AMPIA members! These teams have spent the summer developing their unique projects and will début their work this month at the STORYHIVE screenings in September.
Read more about the winning projects…