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Local Film & TV production receives a shot in the arm

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As the Banff World Media Festival gets underway, local film and TV production has received a much-needed shot in the arm from Alberta’s provincial government.

Alberta has unveiled another $2.8 million for its Multimedia Development Fund to bankroll local production and keep pace with film tax credits and other financial incentives on offer to indie producers in rival Canadian provinces.

And the province has reduced the production fund from three to two streams, with local producers getting up to 30% of all production expenses covered by one of the streams and co-producers from outside provinces receiving 27% of expenses rebated as part of the second co-production or service production fund.

The Alberta production  fund is capped at $5 million.

“Production levels in Alberta have been on a decline in the province over the past three years, but the changes announced… will put Alberta on a level playing field with the rest of Canada and the world”, ACTRA Alberta president Duval Lang said in a statement.

The lifeline funding for the Alberta production sector comes as film and TV activity has fallen in recent years, leading production equipment suppliers to consider moving elsewhere for lack of business.

Also this week in Banff, provincial culture minister Lindsay Blackett is expected to make an announcement about a long-awaited Calgary film studio.

The province and the city of Calgary are expected to unveil funding for the studio facility to be built at the Canada Olympic Park on the city’s outskirts.

By Etan Vlessing – Playback

2011 State of the Industry Update

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On May 28, 2011 AMPIA hosted a ‘State of the Industry Update’ with participants Jay Thomson of the Canadian Media Production Association, Valerie Creighton of the Canada Media Fund and Nick Ketchum, former senior advisor to the Canadian Radio-television & Telecommunications Commission. The session was moderated by Joe Novak of Bow River Productions, and was sponsored by Alberta Film and Telefilm Canada.

An audio recording of the session can be accessed below:

2011 State of the Industry Update


Download the Audio from the event (MP3)

As part of the Update, Val Creighton gave a presentation titled “Stimulating Audience Demand” which can be downloaded below:

Stimulating Audience Demand

2011 Alberta Film & Television Awards (The Rosies) Winners

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2011 Rosies Honour Albertans in Film & Television

37th Annual Rosie Awards

Photos by Big Picture Photography. You can check out all the pictures of the 37th Annual Awards at

Awards, celebrating excellence and outstanding achievement in Albertan
film, television and new media, were handed out tonight at a sold-out  gala
celebration held at the Marriott at River Cree Resort in Edmonton. The evening
was hosted by comedian Steve Patterson.

The statuette, known as the ‘Rosie’, was awarded in 22 Class and 29 Craft

This year the production taking the most number of Rosies – 5 – was the
television series “Heartland,” produced by SEVEN/24 Films, including
Best Dramatic Series and Best Actor (Edmonton’s Shaun Johnston). The
Calgary-based company, co-led the pack as the production company
receiving the most Rosies (6), tied with Edmonton based Clearwater
Documentary, which also won 6 awards between two of its productions,
“Code Breakers” and “Tipping Point.”

In order to qualify for an Alberta Film & Television Award a production
must be at least co-produced by an Alberta production company. For any
craftsperson to be eligible he or she must have been a resident of
Alberta for the 2010 calendar year.

For a complete list of the winners for the 2011 Alberta Film & Television Awards click:

2011 Rosie Winners List

Media Coverage of the 2011 Rosie Awards:

Edmonton Journal

Calgary Herald

Calgary Sun

Edmonton Sun

2011 Alberta Film & Television Awards Finalists

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The Alberta Media Production Industries Association (AMPIA) is pleased and to announce the finalists for the 37th Annual Alberta Film & Television Awards, celebrating excellence and outstanding achievement in Albertan film, television and new media.

From the 223 class entries and 325 craft entries comprising this year’s competition the judges had a difficult task in trimming the entries down to today’s list of finalists.

This year, Alberta productions, from commercials, new media, and both long and short form fiction and non-fiction are competing for 22 Class awards. In addition, Alberta’s talented screenwriters, costume and production designers, cinematographers, editors, directors, make-up artists, special effects artists, sound technicians and composers are competing in 29 Craft categories. Each winner receives the prestigious Rosie Award, which this year is sporting a brand new look.

Two individual productions led the nominations for the most awards with 10 each – “Anash and the Legacy of the Sun-Rock, Cycle II,” from Edmonton based Panacea Entertainment, and the “Heartland” television series, from Calgary based SEVEN/24 Films. Close behind with 9 nominations is the television series “Blackstone,” from Edmonton based Prairie Dog Film + Television.

The company with the most finalists is Seven24 Films (with 15 nominations from the “Heartland” series and television movie), followed by Calgary based Corkscrew Media (14 nominations), Calgary based White Iron (13 nominations), Edmonton based Clearwater Documentary (12 nominations), Panacea Entertainment (10 nominations), and Prairie Dog Film + Television (9 nominations).

View the Nominees


Official Press Release


The 2011 Alberta Film & Television Awards will be presented at a gala dinner and awards evening on Saturday, May 28th 2011 at the Edmonton Marriott at River Cree Resort -300 East Lapotac Blvd., Enoch, Alberta.

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Press Coverage of the Finalists Announcement

Calgary Herald

Calgary Sun

Edmonton Journal

Edmonton Sun


Welcome to AMPIA’s New Webpage

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We hope you like it! Please take some time to look around and check out our new features – like the interactive calendar, where you can find information about upcoming events such as screenings, broadcasts or workshops coming soon to a venue near you!

We have re-organized our menu bars and drop-downs for ease of navigation, and we have updated our content to reflect recent changes in the organization, including our new name, new Board of Directors, new Committee structure and new Bylaws.

We have also added an on-line member directory, to help our members communicate with each other more easily, as well as to provide a showcase of our membership to the wider industry and the general public. If you have any updates to your member profile, please contact us and we will be happy to update your listing.

So take the site for a test drive! As always, we welcome your feedback and suggestions as we continue to improve our organization to serve you better.


The AMPIA Team.


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