Rosie Tickets Sold Out!

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Tickets are sold out for the Rosie Awards on April 27!

The Alberta Media Production Industries Association (AMPIA) is pleased to announce the finalists for the 45th annual Alberta Film & Television Awards, celebrating excellence and outstanding achievement in Alberta’s screen industries.

A total of 600 class (205) and craft (395) entries were submitted for consideration into this year’s awards, resulting in 323 total finalists; 129 class and 194 craft. For this year’s awards 59 industry professionals outside of Alberta adjudicated the submissions.

These productions, from commercials, new media, and both long and short form fiction and non-fiction are vying for 24 Class awards. In addition, Alberta’s talented screenwriters, costume and production designers, cinematographers, editors, directors, make-up artists, special effects artists, sound technicians and composers are competing in 33 Craft categories. Each winner shall receive the prestigious Rosie Award.

Of all finalists, 155 are from productions based in the city of Calgary, while 141 are from Edmonton-based productions. There were also 24 finalists from other communities in Alberta, including 12 from Red Deer. As always, some Edmonton productions used Calgary talent. Similarly, some Calgary productions employed Edmonton talent. This should be kept in mind when comparing the breakdown.

In Calgary SEVEN24 Films had the greatest number of finalists with 15, while Spotlight Productions had the second most, having produced or co-produced 11 finalists.

With a total of 19, Mosaic Entertainment had the greatest number of Edmonton finalists. Handful of Films was right behind, having produced or co-produced 18 finalists.

As for individual productions, Edmonton based Mosaic Entertainment’s “Caution: May Contain Nuts” has the greatest number of finalists, with 12. The production receiving the second most finalists is Calgary based SEVEN24 Films’ Heartland, with 9.

The 2019 Alberta Film & Television Awards will take place at a gala evening presentation on Saturday, April 27 at the Edmonton Convention Centre in downtown Edmonton. The reception will run from 5:00-6:30 PM with the supper and ceremony running 6:30-10:00 PM.

This year the Alberta Film & Television Awards, the oldest film and/or television awards event in Canada, is celebrating its 45th consecutive year of honouring its provincial production industry.

In order to qualify for an Alberta Film & Television Award a production must be produced or co-produced by a production company based in Alberta. For any craftsperson to be eligible he or she must have been a resident of Alberta for the 2018 calendar year.

Complete Media Release

Complete Nominee List

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

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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!

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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

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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

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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!

Welcome AMPIA’s Newest Board Member

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AMPIA has just named its newest board member, Edmonton-based publicist Justine Gamez Huckabay.

Justine is the President & Founder of Intercommunicate, a strategic marketing and communications firm helping entertainment and technology clients navigate international media. She founded Intercommunicate in 2018.

Gamez Huckabay is an Award Winning International Publicist, who worked in Worldwide Marketing for Warner Bros. Pictures in Los Angeles. She led successful theatrical film campaigns such as The Hobbit trilogy, Gravity, Argo, Man Of Steel, San Andreas, among others. Her extensive global media experience was established through daily communication with top-tier international media and consistent travel to key markets, 15+ countries each year. Justine has worked on over 80 films from commercial blockbusters to artistic festival selections promoting them all over the world. In addition to working with traditional films, Justine is passionate about the convergence of entertainment and technology working with new media formats. She promotes VR, AR, and XR work internationally at festivals including Sundance Film Festival, SXSW and upcoming Tribeca Film Festival and La Biennale di Venezia. She started her career at 20th Century Fox in New York and Paramount Pictures in Los Angeles.

Following Warner Bros. and an MBA at the University of Oxford, Justine was the Head of Strategic Communications and Marketing at the British Embassy for the British Council in Washington D.C. She focused on the United Kingdom’s arts, culture, education and civil society priorities with the United States before moving to Alberta with her husband.

Justine is a three-time awardee by the IATSE International Cinematographers Guild. Selected by senior executives and peers across the major studios and agencies in Hollywood, Justine and her team were honoured twice with the Maxwell Weinberg Publicist Showmanship Award – Best Worldwide Publicity Campaign for Argo in 2012 and Gravity in 2013. She was also recognized with the Bob Yeager Award as an International Publicist who distinguished herself in and out of profession for the betterment of society through global expertise and humanitarian efforts. In London, Justine was nominated for the Women of the Future Awards celebrating Britain’s future pipeline of influential leaders.

Justine graduated with an MBA from the University of Oxford. For undergraduate studies, she completed a Business Marketing degree at the University of Notre Dame.

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Summary of AMPIA Survey Results

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On March 13, AMPIA and other members of the Alberta Screen Industries Action Committee (ASIAC) met with Alberta Culture and Tourism Minister Ricardo Miranda to discuss potential improvements to the Alberta Production Fund. At the meeting, AMPIA discussed the results of our Membership Survey. AMPIA encourages members interested in participating in the next Alberta Screen Industry Action Committee meeting to RSVP via email for the meeting at Calgary’s Hotel Blackfoot in the Macleod Room on Thursday, March 21 at 2:00 PM.

Reminder: if you would like to share your individual story of success or personal interest in the business on the new Keep Alberta Rolling website, please contact Brock Skretting.