AMPIA logoThe Alberta Multi-Media Development Fund (AMDF) recently announced a boost for Alberta’s  multi-media production industries. Minister of Culture and Community Services, Heather Klimchuk (pictured below), said changes to the fund will support thousands of Albertans by creating more employment and will reinvigorate the production community across the province. The aim of the revamped fund is to ensure the province can play a role in an increasingly competitive market. The retooled fund was welcomed by the Alberta Association of Motion Picture and Television Unions (AAMPTU).

The province simplified the guidelines from three to two funding streams and increased the percentages available to production companies from the Alberta Multimedia Development Fund helping to ensure Alberta’s production incentives remain competitive with other jurisdictions throughout North America.

ACTRA Alberta Branch Representative and AAMPTU Chairperson, Tina Alford said the announcementy has…

given our industry a long awaited gift this holiday season. Changes to the AMDF guidelines will revitalize our industry and get our cultural workers back to work, in front of and behind the camera.

Meanwhile, I.A.T.S.E 212 President Damian Pettiin said he was…

pleased to see the new funding guidelines come into effect. The new guidelines represent a significant move towards stabilizing Alberta’s screen-based industries. Changes to the guidelines come as a result of an extensive province-wide consultative process that engaged hundreds of stakeholders. I look forward to the positive affect these changes will have on our production community.

AMPIA likewise welcomes the release of revised guidelines for the Alberta Multimedia Development Fund. Highlights include streamlining the Alberta Production Program from three to two streams and boosting the  potential maximum grant amount to up to 30% of Alberta spend.  Also, the intake period for the Export Market Development Grant is now year-round, and there are new incentives for Alberta producers in the Alberta Project/Script Development Grant Program and Alberta Stories Component.

‘We would like to thank Minister Klimchuk and the staff at Alberta Film for taking time to consult with AMPIA and the Alberta Media Production Community on these important and positive changes,’ says AMPIA Executive Director Bill Evans.

We believe these new guidelines will make Alberta more competitive and will encourage new investment in our industry, which in turn will create more job opportunities for Albertans and also provide the impetus for the development of new infrastructure for this growing business sector.

For more details of the boast in funding for Alberta’s  multi-media production industries.