Skip to main content


Alberta Storytellers on Screen

By Professional Development

The Alberta Media Production Industry Association (AMPIA), the Writers Guild of Canada and the Book Publishers Association of Alberta (BPAA) hosted a coming together of Alberta television, film and digital platform producers with writers and publishers. This was a unique opportunity to further the collaboration of written content with potential screen adaptations and expand Alberta storytelling across multiple platforms.  For pictures from the event, click here.

Thank you to the partners and panelists who helped put this two day workshop together.


 Presented by:

Writers Workshop sponsor banner 2013

Upstart Calgary Feb 25 – April 22

By Uncategorized

Upstart is an Alberta based film and television talent development program presented by AMPIA, Jonathan Joffe Pictures, funded through Alberta Film, Telefilm and SAIT, and coordinated by Calgary actor Karen Ryan. Now in its 13th term in Calgary, over 220 Upstart participants have performed in hundreds of scenes which have been shot and edited for the review of everyone involved.

The program brings together local actors, writers, and directors to perform simple scene studies for the camera which are shot and edited for the review of everyone involved.

Calgary’s Upstart sessions will be held on Monday evenings from 6:30 – 10:00 pm at SAIT, room MD 212 beginning Monday, February 25th, 2013.  The program will run for 8 weeks.  The group will shoot 16 scene studies, rotating the participants through a variety of actor/director/writer combinations. Two scenes are filmed per week, those scenes are then edited for viewing the following week. Directors will direct 4 out of 8 nights and Actors will act in all 8 scenes.

Auditions/interviews* will be held at SAIT on the evening of Monday, February 11thPlease contact to arrange an audition/interview time.

With the Support of:

Upstart sponsor banner 2013

For FAQ and more information, visit Upstart Calgary.

Cinematic Documentary Storytelling Workshops – Inspirational Saturdays

By Uncategorized

The AMPIA Cinematic Documentary Storytelling workshops in Calgary and Edmonton were very successful. AMPIA Board member and Emmy-Award winning filmmaker Michael Jorgensen delivered a jam-packed seminar that engaged over 60 attendees.

“An incredibly informative and inspiring event and we were very glad to be there.”
-Full Swing Productions

“Great advice from today’s @YourAMPIA Doc workshop.”
-Bearded Chicken

“Thanks @YourAMPIA for putting on the Cinematic #Documentary Storytelling workshop!”
-Epidaurus Films

Thank you to all that registered for the workshops, Michael Jorgensen, and sponsors:

Cinematic Documentary Storytelling Workshops

By Uncategorized
Making Good Stories Great!

Do you have a good idea for a documentary and do not know what the story is or where to start? Emmy® award winning filmmaker Michael Jorgensen takes you through a step-by-step practical process from how to identify and focus your film to deciding where to put the camera. Regardless if you’re a producer, writer, editor, DOP or researcher, this session will provide you with the critical tools for making good stories great.

November 17, 2012
9:00am – 5:00pm
Room MD 206, SAIT
1301 – 16 Avenue NW
November 24, 2012
9:00am – 5:00pm
Room X107, NAIT
11762 – 106 Street

$50 AMPIA-DOC Alberta Members/$65 Non-members/$35 Students
(NAIT/SAIT students receive free admission – but registration is limited! Speak to your instructor about attending)

Please register by printing and filling out this form.  For more information, click here.


Sponsored By:

2011 State of the Industry Update

By Uncategorized

On May 28, 2011 AMPIA hosted a ‘State of the Industry Update’ with participants Jay Thomson of the Canadian Media Production Association, Valerie Creighton of the Canada Media Fund and Nick Ketchum, former senior advisor to the Canadian Radio-television & Telecommunications Commission. The session was moderated by Joe Novak of Bow River Productions, and was sponsored by Alberta Film and Telefilm Canada.

An audio recording of the session can be accessed below:

2011 State of the Industry Update


Download the Audio from the event (MP3)

As part of the Update, Val Creighton gave a presentation titled “Stimulating Audience Demand” which can be downloaded below:

Stimulating Audience Demand

Close Menu