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

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

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.

AMPIA and Banff Centre Complete Inaugural Story Studio

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A successful weekend introducing AMPIA and the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity‘s new sold-out Story Studio program has drawn to a close, and we’ve got the Facebook photo album to prove it! Thanks to everyone who took part in the two-and-a-half-day workshop addressing new approaches to storytelling, innovating with technology, and developing sustainable, creative production and business models for media content. In addition to all the attendees and speakers, special thanks to the Government of Alberta, Alberta Film and the rest of our sponsors:

Bell Fund
Edmonton Screen Industries Office
Telefilm Canada
The Branch for Arts and Culture (ATB Financial)
Calgary Film Centre
DGC Alberta
William F. White

Stay tuned for details on future Story Studio workshops!