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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.

Feature Post: AMPIA member Derek Heisler

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AMPIA Member Derek Heisler, owner of H Studios Inc. spends his days crafting key-art (poster imagery) and film branding materials. He is constantly striving for a balance between intrigue and staying true to the original material. Keen to stay connected with the film community, he has previously spoken about Film Marketing at AMPIA’s March madness.

Film key-art and marketing materials work is often farmed out to large agencies in Los Angeles, however, Heisler seeks to not only elevate local productions – but bring some of that work from larger productions into Alberta. H Studios Inc. is a turn-key studio for materials, providing everything from conceptual development and pre-production, to key art photography/illustration, film branding, and final marketing assets – much like what you see at film festivals or on Netflix.

“Here in Alberta, I started on Telefilm and CMF indie films. If they received $300k, we’d try to make the materials feel like a $1M production. It’s all about elevating the final product to put producers into the running for larger funding the next time around,” says Heisler.

Derek’s work has been seen on TSN, Sportsnet, Crave, Telus, National Geographic, to name a few.

You can reach Derek at

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.

Rosie Winners Announced

By Industry News, Member News

The 45th anniversary celebration of the Alberta Film & Television Awards was held on Saturday, April 27 at the Edmonton Convention Centre! Rosies were awarded in 57 categories in addition to a special Honourary AMPIA Ambassador statue for host Fred Keating, who hosted the ceremony for his 25th time. Anne Wheeler was also in attendance, giving an on-stage tribute to her collaborator and fellow David Billington Award recipient, the late Arvi Liimatainen. The complete list of winners is now available. Read more at Playback (subscription required) and the Edmonton Journal.

Congratulations to all the winners and nominees, and thanks to everyone who attended and made #Rosies2019 an evening to remember. A special thanks to I’m Here With Magazine (see their latest post on Heartland, Graham Wardle and Rosie winner Amber Marshall here) and Jordan Gooden (Experimental Experience) as well as our sponsors.

2019 Rosie Winners List Final

Complete gallery of photos by Jordan Gooden available here. Tag your friends!

Legal Cut Pro Podcast Sponsored by AMPIA

By Industry News, Member News

The Legal Cut Pro entertainment law podcast has officially launched. This project, hosted by Greg Pang and Michelle Molineux, is currently available on iTunes, Google PlaySpotifyStitcher, Google Podcasts and Podbean. AMPIA’s Professional Development Committee is proud to sponsor RedFrame Law‘s podcast by providing Jane Toogood‘s editing services.

Follow this page on the RedFrame Law website for current and upcoming episodes!

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