This year, Alberta productions, from commercials, new media, and both long and short form fiction and non-fiction are competing for 22 Class awards to be handed out on May 28 at the River Cree in Edmonton.  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).

With less 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 ‘Friend of the Industry Award’ is presented to an individual or organization that has made significant contributions to Alberta’s film and television production industry. This year the honour is being awarded to Calgary-based Shaw Rocket Fund and its President, Agnes Augustin, for their ongoing support for quality children’s programming in Alberta and all across Canada.

And every so often AMPIA takes the opportunity to present a Special Achievement Award to an individual whose body of work is worth celebrating. This year the award is being presented to another Calgarian, Dave Pierce, the Gemini and Emmy Award-winning composer.

Pierce has worked with an amazing array of talent and among his many achievements, he was commissioned to compose a symphonic work for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.  He was the Music Director for the Opening, Closing, and Victory ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, for which he received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Direction.

Also to take place on May 28 at the River Cree prior to the awards is the Annual State of the Industry Update from 1:30 to 3:30pm

For more information and a complete list of finalists see www.ampia.org