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February 2020

Inmate #1


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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.”


About the Edmonton Arts Council:

The Edmonton Arts Council is a not-for-profit organization that supports and promotes the arts community in Edmonton. The EAC works to increase the profile and involvement of arts and culture in all aspects of our community life.


About AMPIA:

AMPIA is a non-profit professional association serving the media production community in Alberta. Incorporated in 1973, AMPIA is the first such association in Canada. AMPIA is also host of the longest running film & television awards in Canada, the Rosie Awards.


About Alberta Music:

Alberta Music is a non-profit, service-based association dedicated to helping professionals in the music industry succeed in their careers. It exists to build, connect and inspire a dynamic music industry in the province of Alberta.

Bonnie Thompson

Welcome AMPIA’s Newest Board Member

By Industry News, Member News

AMPIA has just named its newest board member, Bonnie Thompson.

Bonnie Thompson is a veteran Canadian media producer, owner of Dreaming Bird Productions in Edmonton. She worked with National Film Board of Canada for many years in marketing and with training programs, followed by 17 years as a producer on over 80 productions with Alberta and Canadian filmmakers and producers, on a slate of documentary, interactive, and animation projects. Thompson’s productions have been broadcast on national (including CBC, History, Doc Channel, SuperChannel, Discovery, APTN) and international television (including NHK, PBS, CCT), screened on the web (including Netfilx,, itunes) and at festivals in Canada and around the world, garnering many prestigious awards, including AMPIA, Webby, Gemini, Genie and Canadian Screen Academy nominations and awards, as well as a nomination for an Academy Award. A recent highlight is the feature documentary nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up (Tasha Hubbard, director) selected as the opening film at Hot Docs 2019, also winning the Best Canadian feature doc, with many festival screenings and awards since, and versioned for television for CBC and APTN.

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