Jacqueline Greenly of Shaw TV sat down with AMPIA Executive Director Bill Evans and Actor Shaun Johnston to talk about the upcoming 2011 Alberta Film & Television Awards.
Think Alberta, think oil and gas. Think cowboys and cattle. But film and TV? Maybe that’s not on your radar.
Still, there’s a dedicated group of artistic entrepreneurs who are bent on making their mark in this area and putting themselves and our province on the map.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 – With a little more than a week before the 37th Annual Alberta Film & Television Awards are presented in Edmonton, host organization AMPIA (The Alberta Media Production Industries Association) has announced two special awards that will be presented on May 28, the evening of the Gala Awards.
The Alberta Media Production Industries Association (AMPIA) is pleased and to announce the finalists for the 37th Annual Alberta Film & Television Awards, celebrating excellence and outstanding achievement in Albertan film, television and new media.
From the 223 class entries and 325 craft entries comprising this year’s competition the judges had a difficult task in trimming the entries down to today’s list of finalists.
This year, Alberta productions, from commercials, new media, and both long and short form fiction and non-fiction are competing for 22 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 29 Craft categories. Each winner receives the prestigious Rosie Award, which this year is sporting a brand new look.
Two individual productions led the nominations for the most awards with 10 each – “Anash and the Legacy of the Sun-Rock, Cycle II,” from Edmonton based Panacea Entertainment, and the “Heartland” television series, from Calgary based SEVEN/24 Films. Close behind with 9 nominations is the television series “Blackstone,” from Edmonton based Prairie Dog Film + Television.
The company with the most finalists is Seven24 Films (with 15 nominations from the “Heartland” series and television movie), followed by Calgary based Corkscrew Media (14 nominations), Calgary based White Iron (13 nominations), Edmonton based Clearwater Documentary (12 nominations), Panacea Entertainment (10 nominations), and Prairie Dog Film + Television (9 nominations).
View the Nominees
Official Press Release
The 2011 Alberta Film & Television Awards will be presented at a gala dinner and awards evening on Saturday, May 28th 2011 at the Edmonton Marriott at River Cree Resort -300 East Lapotac Blvd., Enoch, Alberta.
Press Coverage of the Finalists Announcement
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We have re-organized our menu bars and drop-downs for ease of navigation, and we have updated our content to reflect recent changes in the organization, including our new name, new Board of Directors, new Committee structure and new Bylaws.
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So take the site for a test drive! As always, we welcome your feedback and suggestions as we continue to improve our organization to serve you better.
The AMPIA Team.
From the Executive Director
Hello Members! As you can see, AMPIA has been reborn as… AMPIA! The former Alberta Motion Picture Industries Association is now the Alberta Media Production Industries Association. Only two words have changed, but they reflect much bigger changes in our industry, with the increase in digital production in Alberta. Our new name embraces this change, and with it, we have updated our brand and our logo.
Next up will be an updated website. Hold on folks – it’s coming (finally)!!
To read the full media release click HERE.