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March 2015

Cameron And Doyle: Sitcoms & March Madness

By | Membership Profiles

Cameron And Doyle are Edmonton-based indie filmmakers you’ll want to keep an eye on. The winners of the 2014 Gotta Minute Film Festival are co-writing/directing an original sitcom called Seven Day Weekend and making the most of their new AMPIA memberships, winning an incorporation licence from Bishop MacKenzie and scoring a private pitch session with Bell/CTV!  Read more on this ambitious duo…

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Pick Your Favourite STORYHIVE Web Series!

By | Uncategorized

Fifteen projects from across Alberta were awarded $10,000 to produce a pilot webisode. Now they need your help to vote them into the next stage.  Winners receive $50,000 to produce their series!

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Participants can rate the projects and vote for their favourites. Sharing on social media streams also helps your team, so spread the word!

Click here to view the projects:
http://www.storyhive.com/web-series

Comedy Writer Norm Hiscock Comes to Edmonton!

By | Professional Development

What do Kids in the Hall, Saturday Night Live, Parks and Recreation, King of the Hill, Corner Gas and Brooklyn Nine Nine all have in common? That would be writer/producer Norm Hiscock and AMPIA is bringing him to Edmonton!

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CTV’s Graham Neil will be sitting down with this award-winning writer and producer (and former Albertan) who has been making a big splash in comedy television. Norm Hiscock will be sharing on his experience in the industry with over 100 delegates, from students to seasoned veterans, as part of the keynote address for AMPIA’s 2nd Annual March Madness Professional Development Day. This session is crucial for writers and producers hoping to break into the mainstream Hollywood market!

Norm has Emmy, WGA and Gemini nominations for writing and is the recipient of the Annie Award (ASIFA), a LEO Award, a GLAAD Media Award and a Golden Globe for Best Comedy Series for Brooklyn Nine Nine.  Norm wrote the screenplay for the feature film Brain Candy and his comedic genius has become viral memes, such as Bobby’s “that’s my purse!” meltdown from King of the Hill.

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Come down to the Shaw Theatre (11762 106 St NW, Edmonton, AB) on Saturday, March 7th to meet Norm Hiscock at March Madness, the action-packed professional development day sponsored by AMPIA, NAIT, Edmonton Arts Council, Alberta Film and Telefilm.

Tickets are $42.00 for Members of AMPIA and FAVA and $90.00 for non-members.

March Madness Itinerary | March Madness 2015_ Registration Form

Don’t Miss AMPIA’s Horror Panel!

By | Professional Development

Staying true to Edmonton’s reputation of being the horror capital of Alberta, AMPIA presents “For the Love of Horror,” a panel discussion with local genre experts.

Travis Shewchuk is a special effects artist, prop maker and sculptor. He is the founder of Ravenous EFX, a full service special effects studio. Working on numerous films and television productions, he has also created props for musical acts such as Rob Zombie, Powerman 5000, Alice Cooper and Zombie Girl.

Lindsey McNeill is a Rosie nominated screenwriter and actress from Edmonton. She created the feature film/web series Truckstop Bloodsuckers (Mosaic Entertainment) on Bite TV in 2012. Her latest project in development Gillian’s Just Right placed in the Top 15 of Canada’s CineCoup Film Accelerator and won the From Our Dark Side genre contest from the Women in Film & Television Vancouver.

Kevin Martin is the owner of The Lobby DVD Shop, one of the last video stores standing in Edmonton, and is also Co-Founder of Edmonton’s genre film festival DEDFEST. Kevin has recently stepped in front of the camera as the star of the genre web series Straight to Video: A B-Movie Odyssey

Also joining the panel is new filmmakers Harvey Li and Arthur Mah, creators of Keep Left, an official selection of the Dark Matters Film Festival. The panel is moderated by writer/director Andrea Beca.

“For the Love of Horror” takes place at 2:00pm at the Shaw Theatre (11762 106 St NW, Edmonton, AB) during March Madness, the action-packed professional development day sponsored by AMPIA, NAIT, Edmonton Arts Council, Alberta Film and Telefilm.

March Madness Itinerary 

Jesse Szymanski joins March Madness

By | Professional Development

Jesse Szymanski, the Co-Executive Producer on the award-winning dramatic television series Blackstone, will be joining the “Meet the Industry Players” panel discussion at the 2nd Annual March Madness Professional Development Day on Saturday, March 7th.

Jesse will be representing the Women in Film and Television Alberta (WIFTA) as one of the board of directors in Edmonton. Jesse is also a member of AMPIA, the ACCT and CMPA. She volunteers her time to speak on various industry panels and is an active trainer and mentor for young media professionals. Jesse was featured in Avenue Magazine’s “Top 40 Under 40”, and was nominated for the Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts Award for Excellence in Artistic Management.

Jesse is joined by Writer’s Guild Member, award-winning screenwriter Conni Massing and ACTRA’s Tina Alford.

“Meet the Industry Players” takes place at 9:15 am at the Shaw Theatre (11762 106 St NW, Edmonton, AB) during March Madness, the action-packed professional development day sponsored by AMPIA, NAIT, Edmonton Arts Council, Alberta Film and Telefilm.

March Madness Itinerary | March Madness 2015_ Registration Form