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Jesse Szymanski joins March Madness

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Jesse Szymanski, the Co-Executive Producer on the award-winning dramatic television series Blackstone, will be joining the “Meet the Industry Players” panel discussion at the 2nd Annual March Madness Professional Development Day on Saturday, March 7th.

Jesse will be representing the Women in Film and Television Alberta (WIFTA) as one of the board of directors in Edmonton. Jesse is also a member of AMPIA, the ACCT and CMPA. She volunteers her time to speak on various industry panels and is an active trainer and mentor for young media professionals. Jesse was featured in Avenue Magazine’s “Top 40 Under 40”, and was nominated for the Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts Award for Excellence in Artistic Management.

Jesse is joined by Writer’s Guild Member, award-winning screenwriter Conni Massing and ACTRA’s Tina Alford.

“Meet the Industry Players” takes place at 9:15 am at the Shaw Theatre (11762 106 St NW, Edmonton, AB) during March Madness, the action-packed professional development day sponsored by AMPIA, NAIT, Edmonton Arts Council, Alberta Film and Telefilm.

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Industry Holiday Mixer

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AMPIA was part of the northern Industry Mixer in Edmonton this week. The party was hosted by DOC Alberta, AMPIA, FAVA, ACTRA, IATSE 210, and the Directors Guild of Canada with generous sponsorship from the Edmonton Film Commission and Alberta Film. Click here for photos!

The southern Media Arts Mash-Up will be taking place in Calgary tonight, put on by Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers (CSIF) along with AMAAS, CUFF, Calgary Cinematheque, CIFF and EMMEDIA. For more info, please click here.


StoryWorld Quest 2014

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The StoryWorld Quest Conference presented by AMPIA and NAIT was a huge success! The two and a half day gathering brought the best of the best to discuss the opportunities and challenges of new media in an intimate and affordable setting. Thanks to our speakers and delegates, our sponsors, and a big thank you to Createasphere for designing such a memorable event!

Missed the Conference?
Check out the Slideshare Presentation created by speaker Matt Doherty (Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide) and NAIT’s Storify Recap to see what you missed! Also stay tuned to the #SWQ14 hashtag as information on the conference continues to circulate.

Industry Series at CIFF

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The Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF) is hosting a series of intimate and interactive sessions you don’t want to miss. From September 20-28, The Industry Series allows film enthusiasts and professionals to be part of incredible networking and educational opportunities.

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2014 Billington Recipient: Dale Phillips

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The Billington Award is presented each year to an individual who has made an invaluable contribution to Alberta’s production community and celebrates those individuals who inspire us all with their vision, passion and dedication. We are pleased to announce that Dale Phillips has been selected by the community to be honoured with this award.

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AMPIA Welcomes New Board Members

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The Alberta Media Production Industry Association (AMPIA) has added four new Directors to its Board at the association’s Annual General Meeting, held September 25, 2013 in Red Deer, Alberta.

“As we witness the rise of ‘second screens’ and watch television now actually converge with the Internet, have new content providers like NetFlicks, and see the feature film industry undergoes dramatic changes, I am delighted to welcome these four new members to AMPIA’s Board of Directors,” said AMPIA President Joe Novak.

“I look forward to working with our new Directors as well as our returning Board members.” said Bill Evans, Executive Director of AMPIA. “They will work with us to ensure our industry not only embraces the challenges and opportunities that the current ‘digital disruption’ offers but, as Albertans often do, lead the way forward.”

The new Directors are:

Linda Callaghan (Edmonton)

Punam Gill (Calgary)

Karin Klassen (Calgary)

Don Metz (Edmonton)

The new Directors join returning Board members President Joe Novak, VP North Mark Wood, VP South Larry Day, Secretary Norm Bishop, Treasurer Helen Schmidt, and Directors David Benson, Neil Campbell, Tom Cox, Mike Frislev, Michael Jorgensen, Ron Scott and Mike Shields.

Thanks to outgoing Directors Camille Beaudoin, Connie Edwards and Josh Miller for their dedication and hard work in helping to bring the organization where it is today.

April 24: Alberta Film and Television Awards Nominees Announcement

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Hold on to your belt buckles as we announce the nominees for the Alberta Film & Television Awards on Wednesday April 24, 2013.  Join us for our media conference for all the excitement.  Please RSVP here by Monday April 22, 4pm as space is limited. The Media Conference will begin at 9:30am sharp in both Calgary and Edmonton.  Please allot an hour for the media conference. Media interested in attending should contact the Alberta Film & Television Awards Publicist – Gordon Imlach – – (403) 370-8195.

Details on ticket sales and accommodation partners will also be announced.

The Den, 3rd Floor
Delta Bow Valley
209 4 Ave SE
The Chancellor Room
(Ballroom/ Banquet Level)
The Westin
10135 100 St NW

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Rogers Development Fund

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Rogers Media and AMPIA Join Forces to Support Independent Producers through the Newly Created Rogers Development Fund

The fund will support established and emerging independent producers based in Alberta and Manitoba in the development of Canadian content productions

Rogers Media and The Alberta Media Production Industries Association (AMPIA) announced today a newly created development initiative that benefits local production communities. Entitled the Rogers Development Fund, this revolving loan program provides funding to support the independent producers of Alberta and Manitoba in the creation of new and innovative projects in the mediums of television, film, and digital.

The program is available to individual Canadian producers or production companies who have been residents of either province for at least one year.  The fund will begin accepting loan applications on February 15, 2013; interested producers can visit the Rogers submission website at or the AMPIA website at (french version also available) for additional program and application details.

“The Rogers Development Fund offers emerging and experienced producers the opportunity to add their creative voices to the Canadian media landscape,” said Claire Freeland, Director of Original Programming, Broadcast, Rogers Media. “Rogers is committed to the development of new and innovative ideas from Canadian content creators, and we are thrilled to help foster the next generation of Canadian producers.”

“We are very pleased to be working with Rogers Media on this exciting new program,” said Bill Evans, Executive Director, Alberta Media Production Industries Association. “This partnership will help us deliver more opportunities to create original content in provinces of Alberta and Manitoba and undoubtedly create new opportunities for production in these communities.”

For the full press-release, please click here.  For application information, please follow this link.

Billington Award Luncheon Guest Speakers Announced

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Alongside the Master of Ceremonies, CBC Radio Personality Peter Brown, AMPIA has added veteran writer-director Jim DeFelice, Edmonton playwright and performer Ken Brown, and producer and co-director of Radford`s Gemini Award-winning films Tipping Point and Code Breakers, Niobe Thompson to help toast Tom Radford at the 2012 Billington Award Luncheon. They will be joined with a special video greeting by Edmonton filmmaker and long-time Radford collaborator, Anne Wheeler.  The event will be held on October 27, 2012 from 12:30pm – 2:30pm in the Quartz Ballroom of the Matrix Hotel in Edmonton (10640 100 Avenue) with a pre-award reception beginning at 11:30am.

Jim DeFelice worked with Tom Radford as writer and actor on the National Film Board drama documentary, Wings of Time.  He received an Etrog for his screenplay for the Canadian classic film Why Shoot the Teacher.  He was nominated for a Genie Award for his screenplay Angel Square (co-written with Anne Wheeler).  Other writing credits include This Mortal Coil, directed by John Juliani, for the series Stony PlainThe River Rages for Wind at My Back, 4th Season;  Letting Go, Golden Gate Award, San Francisco International Film Festival, and Prisoners in the Snow, both directed by Jack Emack for CBC Television. He has also written a number of radio dramas broadcast by the CBC.

Ken Brown is an Edmonton-based theatrician.  He has written over 30 produced plays.  His writing has been performed in four countries in 3 languages. He has acted in most places in Canada, and performed in seven countries abroad.  His recent trilogy about a Canadian WW2 fighter pilot (Spiral Dive) won honours across the country.  A dedicated teacher, he has proudly mentored many wonderful young talents in the transition from student to theatre professional.  In 1985, Ken wrote and performed a little one-man show called Life After Hockey at the Edmonton Fringe.  It has endured as few pieces of Canadian theatre have.  Ken went on to perform it some 900 times, and it has been remounted by many other people.  It was made into a highly acclaimed film in 1989-90 by Tom Radford.  The film was the surprise success story of the 1990 AMPIA awards.

Anne Wheeler graduated with a Science Degree in Mathematics from the University of Alberta.  She entered the world of filmmaking as a film and television writer, producer and director.  One of her feature documentaries, A War Story, showcased Donald Sutherland narrating her father’s diary from the time he was a doctor in a Japanese Prisoner of War Camp.  Her direction of The Diviners won the Genie for Best M.O.W. in Canada.  Wheeler also directed the pilot and several episodes of the award winning series Da Vinci’s Inquest.  Now living in White Rock, B.C., she teaches at UBC and is finishing Mail Order Bride, a western/romantic comedy/drama set in the days of early ranching, starring Daphne Zuniga and Cameron Bancroft.

Niobe Thompson is a Cambridge-trained anthropologist and filmmaker with a reputation for bringing cutting-edge science to the screen in ways that delight, inspire and challenge his audiences.  The Perfect Runner, his most recent film, won five Alberta Film & Television Awards and was CBC’s most popular documentary of the 2012 season.  Since founding Clearwater Documentary with veteran filmmaker Tom Radford in 2007, Niobe has directed, co-directed, produced and hosted a series of award-winning documentaries.  Last year, Code Breakers won double Gemini Awards for “Best Cinematography and “Best Science Documentary.  The same year, Niobe produced and co-directed (with Tom Radford) the feature documentary Tipping Point: Age of the Oil Sands, which won two Gemini nominations.  He is currently in pre-production on a three-part international co-production called Human – The Miracle of a Species, as well as a feature documentary for the National Film Board called The Plutocrats.

Tickets to the Billington Award Luncheon are still available at $90 for members and $110 for non-members.  Order your tickets to the Billington Award Luncheon today



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