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March 2016

NSI & TELUS WORKSHOPS

By | Professional Development

The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) is pleased to announce its newest training initiative presented in partnership with TELUS Optik™ Local, a series of workshops entitled FROM CONCEPT TO CAMERA: Developing Your Story for the Screen.

Workshops will be held in Fort McMurray, Red Deer and Edmonton, and are free to attend. Training is delivered by NSI facilitators Rudy Thauberger, Mike Fly and Angela Heck. Emerging filmmakers and mid-career professionals are encouraged to attend this professional development opportunity to help develop their own projects and network with other filmmakers and content creators. TELUS will also provide information about its TELUS Optik Local grants and TELUS STORYHIVE.

All workshops take place from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Workshop dates and locations

Workshops are free of charge but registration is required. To register, email your name, contact information and which session you would like to attend (community and date) to: OptikLocal@telus.com.

Sponsor The ROSIES

By | AB Film & TV Awards

THE ROSIES is the annual Gala for the Alberta Film & Television Awards and the primary fundraiser for the Alberta Media Production Industries Association (AMPIA). The evening brings out Alberta’s brightest stars and industry professionals to honour and celebrate the year’s best in production. Over fifty Rosie Awards will be presented, recognizing excellence in all aspects of Alberta’s screen-based content.

Sponsors receive tickets to The Rosies Gala, enjoying an evening of live entertainment and a three-course meal at the Hyatt Regency Imperial Ballroom in Calgary on Saturday, May 7, 2016. Celebrate with the creators of Alberta’s leading documentaries, feature films and internationally acclaimed television series!  It’s an event not to be missed! View our 2016 Sponsorship deck to learn more.

New Sponsorship Opportunities!

The Event Photography Sponsor puts your brand in the spotlight! Over 300 nominees will have their photos taken with YOUR LOGO in the background. This opportunity delivers the highest visibility possible and provides a seamless promotional exposure both during and well after the event.  Find out more here.

MARCH MADNESS 2016

By | Professional Development

AMPIA’s 3rd Annual Professional Development Day will be held at the Shaw Theatre (11762 – 106 street) this Saturday March 19 from 9am – 6:30pm. March Madness is one-day workshop where participants from all over the province gather to meet with local representatives from Alberta’s unions, guilds, funding agencies and keynote speakers making a big impact in the industry.

This year AMPIA welcomes TELUS Optik Local as a presenting partner. The morning sessions include a panel of industry leaders from The National Film Board, Alberta Media Fund and Canadian Media Producers Association. Representatives from TELUS Optik’s STORYHIVE will be talking about new grants available to Alberta content creators. ACTRA Alberta will be presenting a session on working with union actors on a low budget, as well as co-sponsoring the closing reception.

Nicole Matiation from On Screen Manitoba will discuss how Alberta production companies can access funding for consultant fees and professional services to expand their business.

Derek Heisler, from Derek Heisler Photography, will be presenting a special session on “How To Inspire an Audience to See Your Film.”

Representatives from WIFTA, APPA, IATSE and DOC Alberta will be present to discuss their associations and the support they provide to the industry.

March Madness PROMO_HeaderToronto-based Producer and Digital Content Strategist Victoria Evans will deliver the morning keynote, sharing high level strategies in her session “Designing Content for Your Digital Audience.”

The creative team from Mosaic Entertainment, including Writer/Actor Chris Craddock, will be sharing insight on Edmonton’s cross-platform comedy Tiny Plastic Men, recently nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for Best Comedy Series.

The afternoon keynote will be presented by award-winning Producer Adam Scorgie, best known for his documentary The Culture High, which was long-listed for the Academy Awards and was released in 70 countries around the world. Adam will be showing clips from his latest projects Ice Guardians, Chasing Evel: The Life of Robbie Knievel, and his latest project with legendary Latino actor Danny Trejo (Machete, Planet Terror).

Read the full schedule here: MARCH MADNESS Itinerary 2016

Tickets are $35 for the public, $20 for members of AMAAS, AMPIA or DOC Alberta and free for students, with valid picture id.
Click here to register for the workshop.

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Tiny Plastic Men at March Madness

By | Professional Development

Hot off the heels of a Canadian Screen Award nomination for Best Comedy Series the creative team behind Mosaic Entertainment’s cross-platform comedy Tiny Plastic Men will be joining AMPIA’s March Madness Professional Development Day.

Producer Camille Beaudoin, Elise Graham and Writer/Actor Chris Craddock will discuss how the show’s storyworld expanded to web content and the hit game Kitten Assassin.

Registration for this workshop is still open. Students are FREE to attend. Click here to register.

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Digital Content Strategist Victoria Evans at March Madness

By | Professional Development

This year, AMPIA welcomes TELUS Optik Local as a presenting partner for the March Madness Professional Development Day. Linda Hay, Senior Business Analyst and Project Manager at TELUS Optik Local, has designed the morning program for this one-day workshop. Participants will get information from Canada’s top funding agencies and support organizations, including The National Film Board, Alberta Media Fund, Canadian Media Producers Association and STORYHIVE.

Producer and Digital Content Strategist Victoria Evans will be flying out from Toronto to host our morning keynote. With over a decade of media experience, Victoria’s career originally stemmed from traditional media covering a diverse range of production disciplines to producing digital interactive content. Her career path has led Victoria to work with great producers and talented contributors on award winning productions.

Designing Content for Your Digital Audience with Victoria Evans
Saturday, March 19 | 11am-12pm 
Shaw Theatre, NAIT Campus
There are many types of audiences that will impact the kind of content you create. It’s not simply one singular audience to consider. In this presentation, Victoria will share some high level content strategies to improve and deliver quality results!

TELUS will also be sponsoring two networking sessions for the opening and closing reception (coffee and snacks provided for all participants, cash bar available with 1 free drink sponsored by ACTRA Alberta).  Click here to register.

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Members Win Canadian Screen Awards

By | Uncategorized

The 2016 Canadian Screen Awards held the first Gala on March 8, announcing the winners in the Television & Digital Media category.

Corkscrew Media (Producers Scott Henuset, Heather Edwards and Brent Kawchuck) took home Best Biography or Arts Documentary Program for the CBC Television special Balletlujah, featuring the Alberta Ballet and the music of k.d. lang.

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Clearwater Documentary (Producer Niobe Thompson) was awarded Best Science or Nature Documentary Program and Darren Fung was awarded Best Original Music for a Non-Fiction Program for The Great Human Odyssey.

Congrats to our Calgary and Edmonton Producers! The second Gala for the Canadian Screen Awards will take place this evening, click here for the list of Alberta nominees: https://ampia.org/industry-news/alberta-nominees-canadian-screen-awards/

Click here for a list of all Canadian Screen Award Nominees.

Hollywood Heavy Hitters at Story Summit

By | Professional Development

Don’t miss out on your opportunity to connect with the men behind some of the biggest blockbusters in Hollywood at STORY SUMMIT this week (March 4-5, The Banff Centre).

Steve Fracol, Mitch Dubin and Dave Thompson  – with collective credits such as Bridge of Spies, Joy, Scandal, War Horse, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 & 2, Munich, American Hustle, and Saving Private Ryan – will be sharing their experience and creative challenges.  Find out what storytelling choices are made when reading the script and how the Camera Operator approaches the framing and creative decisions that give us that on screen experience!

Read the full program of Story Summit here.

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Register for Story Summit here:
http://storysummit.ca/registration-and-hotel/
AMPIA discount is available for members of IATSE, CSIF, DOC National, Digital Alberta and FAVA.
Student rates are also available.