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August 2019

AMPIA Website Revitalization

By Industry News, Member News

The exclusive members only section of AMPIA’s website is now in effect, along with some general improvements on the cosmetic and functional level. Logged-in AMPIA members may now access a variety of benefits, including discounted services from Getty Images, Sharp Insurance and Front Row Insurance Brokers, in addition to a valuable set of release templates (an essential part of a producer’s toolkit) and presentation content from some of our past Professional Development activities. As an AMPIA member, you will likely need to add some information, photos and links to your personal profile on our recently-repaired membership directory in order to better showcase your work.

For more information, contact the AMPIA office.

Upstart Audition and Class Dates Set for Fall 2019!

By Industry News, Member News

Audition and class dates have been set for the Fall 2019 edition of Upstart. This eight-week Calgary workshop will allow participants to film scenes and watch their work together on Monday nights at 8 between September 23 and November 25 (no class on October 14 or November 11). Participation is open to Alberta-based directors and actors who have some basic experience in their field. Auditions will be held on Monday, September 16th at SAIT in room MD212 starting at 6:30 PM and discounts are available to members of AMPIA, ACTRA and WIFTA.

We encourage writers to submit scenes which are appropriate for the format of the program. These would be dialogue based scenes of roughly 4–5 pages in length with significant roles for 3 or more actors. Use of submitted scenes is subject to the approval of the UPSTART coordinator. Scenes involving stunts or sexual contact are not appropriate for UPSTART. Those submitting scenes to UPSTART should be prepared to get constructive feedback from the program participants. The program is not intended to produce a finished product for any kind of distribution. The purpose is only to demonstrate how the director and actors interpret the screenplay they are given.

  • The workshop will run from Monday, September 23, 2019 to Monday, November 25, 2019 (8 evenings – no class on October 14th or November 11th)
  • Classes run 6:30 to 10:00 pm
  • Cost will be $189.00 (gst included) – (Members of AMPIA, ACTRA or WIFT-A), or $241.50 (gst included) – (Non-Members)
  • * No auditions required for returning members
  • * No auditions required for those applicants who have previously auditioned but because of lack of space were unable to attend.
  • Actors – send resume and headshot to and request an audition
  • Directors – send resume or film list along with any links to films you have directed in the past to and request an interview
  • Writers – there’s no cost to submit a script! If it’s appropriate for UPSTART, our participants will shoot the scene while you watch your script come to life!

FINAL DECISIONS WILL BE MADE BY WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2019. The total number of participants will be 12 actors and 4 directors.

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