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April 2012

Rosie Award Nominations Announced!

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The 2012 Alberta Film and Television Awards Finalists

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 – The Alberta Media Production Industries Association (AMPIA) is pleased to announce the finalists for the 38th Annual Alberta Film & Television Awards, celebrating excellence and outstanding achievement in Alberta film, television and new media.

From the 256 class entries and 382 craft entries comprising this year’s competition (up respectively 14.8% and 17.5% over 2011) the judges were once again faced with the chore of trimming the entries down to today’s list of finalists.

Alberta productions, from commercials, new media, and both long and short form fiction and non-fiction are again vying 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.

The half-hour comedy series, “CAUTION: May Contain Nuts” from Edmonton-based Mosaic Entertainment had the most nominations for an individual production with 12. “Heartland,” the television series from Calgary based Seven24 Films and “Blackstone,” the television series from Edmonton based Prairie Dog Film + Television both came in with 10 nominations each, as did the feature film “The Burlesque Assassins,” co-produced by Jonathan Joffe Pictures and Joe Media.

There were two companies tied with the most finalists -16 – Nomadic Pictures and Joe Media, both of Calgary. Aquila Productions leads the nominations of Edmonton-based companies with 13 nods in various categories. Mosaic Entertainment had 12 nominations, while Seven24 Films, Prairie Dog Film + Television, Calgary based White Iron and Jonathan Joffe Pictures all had 10 nominations each.

The 2012 Alberta Film & Television Awards will be presented at a gala dinner and awards evening on Saturday, May 12th 2012 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Calgary.

That evening AMPIA will be presenting two special additional awards. The Friend of the Industry Award will be given to William F. White’s Paul Roscorla and Paul Bronfman for their many years of dedicated service to the industry. Also, a special Award of Distinction will be presented to former Premier Peter Lougheed and his wife Jeanne for their unwavering support of the Alberta Film & Television Industry and for their many contributions to Arts & Culture in Alberta.

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 2011 calendar year.

This year’s event will again be hosted by Canadian stand up comedian Steve Patterson, who helped make last year’s event very enjoyable with his acerbic wit.


Ticket information HERE

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