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Full STORY SUMMIT Schedule Announced!

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February 23-25, 2017
The Banff Centre, Banff, AB

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Story Summit, presented by AMPIA and The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, addresses story, technology and the sustainability of media content. This is a must attend event designed for content creators, filmmakers, content owners, producers, directors, writers, gamers, visual effects artists, distributors, educators and students. 

Meet Hollywood and HBO Storytellers, experts behind blockbusters like Million Dollar Baby, Sully, A History of Violence, and Game of Thrones! See examples of cutting edge digital content with Nina Sudra and Patrick McGuire from VICE Canada. 


Why You Should Attend

Participants book private rooms at The Banff Centre (breakfast included) and have access to the keynote speakers, panels, receptions and table top discussions with ample time to network and meet future colleagues and partners. Registration discounts are available for AMPIA members.

Premium Passes include a full day of hands-on workshops in virtual reality, augmented reality and 360 storytelling or intensive case studies on content creation and intellectual property with Evette Vargas (Dark Prophet), BOND/360’s maverick distributor Kyle Greenberg and Clint Eastwood’s camera operator Stephen Campanelli.

Story Summit is AMPIA’s primary professional development weekend that allows emerging and professional industry members to connect with international experts and further connections, with the tools and knowledge to move careers forward.

View the full Program Schedule here.


Past Guests

In 2016, Story Summit hosted top Hollywood camera operators Mitch Dubin, Steve Fracol, Dave Thompson,  some of your favourite films and TV shows — Saving Private Ryan, The Wire, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Scandal, Lincoln. Check out what these true pros have to say about working on set and trying to get that perfect shot.

Storyhive Season 2

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Telus Optik TV’s STORYHIVE is now accepting applications for Season 2, searching for the next big web-series from Alberta content creators. Teams across the province can submit a 2-minute pitch video and compete for a $10,000 production grant and distribution on Telus Optik TV.

The Top 15 finalists from Stage 1 will enter Stage 2 of the competition where one winning pilot will be selected to receive a $50,000 grant to produce their full series, plus a training and mentorship opportunity! Apply by November 3, 2014.

For more info visit: http://yycyeg.storyhive.com/

Rogers Development Fund Round Two (July 15 – 31)

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AMPIA and ROGERS MEDIA Announce Round Two of the Rogers Development Fund

The Rogers Development Fund will support established and emerging independent producers based in Alberta and Manitoba in the development of Canadian content productions

Rogers Media and The Alberta Media Production Industries Association (AMPIA) will be accepting applications to the second round of the Rogers Development Fund from July 15-31, 2013. The Rogers Development Fund is a revolving loan program which provides funding to support the independent producers of Alberta and Manitoba in the creation of new and innovative projects in television, film, and digital media. The Rogers Development Fund is available to individual Canadian producers or production companies who have been residents of Alberta or Manitoba for at least one year.

The first round in February, 2013, funded eleven candidates overall, seven candidates in Stream One, and four candidates in Stream Two.  Since then, the guidelines and application forms have been updated.

“The committee has opened the program to previous successful applicants.  The decision is based on producers constantly having new and exciting projects and the fund’s revolving nature.” said Bill Evans, Executive Director, Alberta Media Production Industries Association.

The fund will begin accepting loan applications on July 15, 2013; interested producers can visit ampia.org/funding/rogers-dev-fund (french version also available) for additional program and application details.

For the full press-release, please click here (PDF).  For application information, please follow this link.

Rogers Development Fund – Successful Applicants Announced

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Rogers Media and The Alberta Media Production Industries Association (AMPIA) announced today the first round of successful applicants of the Rogers Development Fund, a newly created development initiative that benefits local production communities. Eleven candidates overall were successful, seven candidates in Stream One, and four candidates in Stream Two.

The successful applicants are as follows:

Stream One:

ANAÏD PRODUCTIONS (Edmonton, Alberta)

HIGH DEFINITION PICTURES (Manitoba)

MEDIA RENDEZVOUS (Winnipeg, Manitoba)

MERIT MOTION PICTURES (Winnipeg, Manitoba)

ORIGINAL PICTURES (Winnipeg, Manitoba)

PANACEA ENTERTAINMENT (Edmonton, Alberta)

PAY DIRT PICTURES (Calgary, Alberta)

Stream Two:

THE COMPANY OF WRITERS (Edmonton, Alberta)

DEBORAH CARLSON (Winnipeg, Manitoba)

FUNTIME PRODUCTIONS (Edmonton, Alberta)

TYLER FUNK (Banff, Alberta)

“We were so excited to see the high calibre of creative and innovative submissions we received in this first round of funding,” said Claire Freeland, Director of Original Programming, Rogers Media. “We look forward to seeing these projects develop and hopefully move ahead to production.”

“We are pleased to help develop original content in provinces of Alberta and Manitoba,” said Bill Evans, Executive Director, Alberta Media Production Industries Association (AMPIA).

The Rogers Development Fund is a revolving loan program which provides funding to support the independent producers of Alberta and Manitoba in the creation of new and innovative projects in television, film, and digital media. The Rogers Development Fund is available to individual Canadian producers or production companies who have been residents of Alberta or Manitoba for at least one year.

The Rogers Development Fund is governed by a committee of Canadian media industry leaders who determine the successful applicants. The second round of the Fund will begin accepting loan applications on July 15, 2013; interested producers can visit the AMPIA website at ampia.org/funding/rogers-dev-fund  or the Rogers submission website at rogerstvsales.ca/submission for additional program and application details.  Full press release available here.

Alberta receives 25 Canadian Screen Awards nominees

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The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television’s new Canadian Screen Awards recognize excellence in film, television and digital media productions.  Their announcement of nominees yesterday includes 25 Albertans and Alberta projects:

Bear 71, National Film Board

  • Best Original Program or Series produced for Digital Media – Non-Fiction – Loc Dao, David Christensen, Dana Dansereau, Rob McLaughlin, Bonnie Thompson

Blackstone, Prairie Dog Film + Television

  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role – Steven Cree Molison
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Series – Georgina Lightning
  • Best Achievement in Casting – Rhonda Fisekci

CAUTION: May Contain Nuts, Mosaic Entertainment

  • Best Direction in a Variety or Sketch Comedy Program or Series – Dana Andersen, Francis Damberger
  • Best Writing in a Variety or Sketch Comedy Program or Series – Matt Alden Dykes, Dana Andersen, Aimée Beaudoin, Sheldon Elter, Jeff Halaby, Mark Meer, Howie Miller, Ryan Parker

The Extra Yard: Inside the 2011 Argos, Aquila

  • Best Direction in a News Information Program or Series – Brian Sobie

Hannah’s Law, Nomadic Pictures

  • Best Costume Design – Wendy Partridge
  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Series – Ryan Kennedy
Lost Years, Lost Years Productions
  • Best Original Music for a Non-Fiction Program or Series – Darren Fung
  • Best Sound in an Information/Documentary Program or Series – Perry Blackman, Brett Ardiel, Jamie Kidd, Larry MacDonald

Love Lies Bleeding, White Iron Pictures Inc.

  • Best Performing Arts Program or Series or Arts Documentary Program or Series – Braun Farnon, Jean Merriman
  • Best Photography in a Variety or Performing Arts or Sketch Comedy Program or Series – Dylan Macleod, Pierre Marleau
  • Best Picture Editing in a Comedy, Variety or Performing Arts Program or Series – Glenn Saktach
  • Best Performance in a Performing Arts Program or Series (Individual or Ensemble) – Alberta Ballet Dancers

Oil Change – Overdrive, Aquila

  • Best Sports Analysis or Commentary (Program, Series or Segment) – Don Metz, Gord Redel
  • Best Direction in a News Information Program or Series – Mike Beley

The Perfect Runner, Clearwater Documentary

  • Best Science or Nature Documentary Program or Series – Niobe Thompson
  • Best Photography in a Documentary Program or Series – Daron Donahue, Michael McLaughlin
  • Best Writing in a Documentary Program or Series – Niobe Thompson, Tom Radford

Resident Evil: Retribution, Constantin Film International*

  • Achievement in Costume Design – Wendy Partridge

Rufus, Lonely Boy Productions*

  • Achievement in Music – Original Song: “Out of Sight” – Erland & the Carnival
  • Achievement in Music – Original Song: “Wanting” – Erland & the Carnival

Silent Hill: Revelation 3D, Anibrain Digital Technologies (co-production), Davis-Films, Konami, Silent Hill 2 DCP*

  • Achievement in Costume Design – Wendy Partridge

Wrath of Grapes: The Don Cherry Story 2, Entertainment One, Entertainment One, Frantic Films, Pier 21 Films, 5 For Fighting)*

  • Tim Cherry, Laszlo Barna, Jamie Brown, Margaret O’Brien, Lesley Oswald, Wayne Thompson, Jeff Woolnough, Andrew Wreggitt

*Nominees are Albertans or Alberta Co-productions.

Congratulations to the nominees! For a full list please visit the Canadian Screen Awards website.  Catch the 2-Hour Broadcast Live with Martin Short Sunday March 3, 2013 @ 8pm (8:30 N.T) on CBC.

Rogers Development Fund

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Rogers Media and AMPIA Join Forces to Support Independent Producers through the Newly Created Rogers Development Fund

The fund will support established and emerging independent producers based in Alberta and Manitoba in the development of Canadian content productions

Rogers Media and The Alberta Media Production Industries Association (AMPIA) announced today a newly created development initiative that benefits local production communities. Entitled the Rogers Development Fund, this revolving loan program provides funding to support the independent producers of Alberta and Manitoba in the creation of new and innovative projects in the mediums of television, film, and digital.

The program is available to individual Canadian producers or production companies who have been residents of either province for at least one year.  The fund will begin accepting loan applications on February 15, 2013; interested producers can visit the Rogers submission website at rogerstvsales.ca/submission or the AMPIA website at ampia.org/funding/rogers-dev-fund (french version also available) for additional program and application details.

“The Rogers Development Fund offers emerging and experienced producers the opportunity to add their creative voices to the Canadian media landscape,” said Claire Freeland, Director of Original Programming, Broadcast, Rogers Media. “Rogers is committed to the development of new and innovative ideas from Canadian content creators, and we are thrilled to help foster the next generation of Canadian producers.”

“We are very pleased to be working with Rogers Media on this exciting new program,” said Bill Evans, Executive Director, Alberta Media Production Industries Association. “This partnership will help us deliver more opportunities to create original content in provinces of Alberta and Manitoba and undoubtedly create new opportunities for production in these communities.”

For the full press-release, please click here.  For application information, please follow this link.

AMPIA Presentation to CRTC at CBC Licence Renewal Hearing

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AMPIA presented at the CBC licence renewal hearing at the CRTC on Monday November 26, 2012.

“Thank you for the opportunity to present to you today some additional thoughts on the role we would like to see the CBC play in Alberta. We are pleased to tell you that over the years we have had a very positive relationship with the CBC in our province.

The regional office was always part of our television community and ensured that local independent production thrived alongside in-house production.

In fact, our local CBC stations in both Edmonton and Calgary were places where many of our producers, directors, writers and actors began their careers. There was a time many documentaries, culture and arts programs, even dramas, about Alberta were produced and broadcast in our province.”

For more on the presentation, read the oral presentation, written intervention, or take a look at the CRTC Agenda for the hearing.