20 EDMONTON ARTISTS SHORTLISTED FOR EDMONTON MUSIC AND FILM PRIZES
Alberta Music and the Alberta Media Production Industries Association (AMPIA) are pleased to announce the shortlists for the 2018 Edmonton Music and Film Prizes.
The Music Prize recognizes Edmonton-based musicians or musical collectives who have released a full-length recording in the past 18 months. The 10 shortlisted artists were determined from the 29 nominations by a jury of industry professionals, assembled by Alberta Music.
“It’s inspiring to hear the caliber of music that is being released in Edmonton, showcasing the city as a world-class creator of music,” noted Alberta Music’s Executive Director, Carly Klassen. “I am excited to continue following the careers of the emerging and established artists that appear on this year’s shortlist.”
28 films were nominated for the Edmonton Film Prize, which is awarded to directors and/or producers whose narrative, documentary, or experimental projects have been judged to be of superior quality.
“This year saw a marked increase in the number of projects submitted, which may be attributable to the support of the Edmonton Screen Industries Office,” remarked Bill Evans, Executive Director of AMPIA. “We’re happy to see such a wide variety of genres reflected from web-series to short films to feature length and from romantic comedies to hard-hitting documentaries.”
In addition to the primary assessment of the musical and film components, the juries also take into consideration how the artists contribute to Edmonton’s thriving arts scene.
“Diversity of voice is at the heart of our shared vision for the arts over the next 10 years,” says Sanjay Shahani, Executive Director of the Edmonton Arts Council. “The scope of film and music created by this year’s shortlisted artists demonstrates the rich well of talent within Edmonton, and the interesting conversations that the arts can inspire.”
Launched in 2012, the prizes each award $10,000 to the winners with a further $1,000 to the runners-up. The awards are sponsored by the City of Edmonton through the Edmonton Arts Council and administered by Alberta Music and AMPIA.
The winners will be announced at a reception taking place February 5, 2019 at the ATB Branch for Arts & Culture (9804 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton) from 4:30 – 6:30 PM. Refreshments from Revel will be provided at this free event also featuring live music from Craig Schram of past Edmonton Music Prize winners The Provincial Archive.
Here are this year’s shortlists, in alphabetical order:
About Alberta Music
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About Alberta Media Production Industries Association
Alberta Media Production Industries Association (AMPIA) is a non-profit professional association incorporated in 1973. At its inception, its mandate was to support the independent motion picture industry as a viable economic and cultural force within the Province of Alberta. Since that time, the media industry in Canada and the world has changed dramatically and AMPIA continues to play an important role in the media production industry in Alberta. AMPIA is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, elected at an Annual General Meeting.
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