February 5, 2020 – Edmonton, AB – Alberta Music and the Alberta Media Production Industries Association (AMPIA), in collaboration with the Edmonton Arts Council, are pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 Edmonton Film Prize & Edmonton Music Prize.
At a reception held at Metro Cinema in Edmonton last night, the Edmonton Music and Film Prizes were awarded to six local artists. In the music category, indigenous indie-rock group nehiyawak walked away with the top prize of $10,000, with singer Celeigh Cardinal winning second place and guitar rockers Royal Tusk coming in third. Each runner-up was awarded $1,000. The Music Prize recognizes Edmonton-based musicians or musical collectives who have released a full-length recording in the past 18 months, and the top three were chosen by a jury of industry professionals from a shortlist of ten.
“We are very happy to see the diverse genres in the results of this year’s Edmonton Music Prize, spanning Jazz, Alternative Soul, and Latin Fusion” said Alberta Music’s Executive Director, Carly Klassen. “It demonstrates the breadth of talent in our city, which we are very proud to support.”
The Edmonton Film Prize is awarded each year to directors and/or producers whose narrative, documentary, or experimental projects have been judged to be of superior quality, with the top three were selected from a shortlist of five by a jury of industry professionals. The Film Prize winner and recipient of a $10,000 cash prize is Adam Scorgie, for his film Inmate #1: The Rise of Danny Trejo. Scorgie won the 2017 Edmonton Film Prize for his film ‘Chasing Evel, and he was third place winner at last year’s ceremony for Making Coco: The Grant Fuhr Story. First runner up this year was T-MINUS from producer/director Adrian G. De la Peña, who was also a runner-up for the 2018 film prize. Second runner-up was the film Ova: A Woman’s Fertility Gift from director-writer Rebecca Campbell. Both runners-up will receive a cash prize of $1,000.
“As with the Music Prize, this year’s Film Prize nominations were remarkable for the diversity of nominees as well as for their quality,” said AMPIA Executive Director Bill Evans. “We are pleased to see such strong creative films being produced by the Edmonton filmmaking community.”