AMPIA Awards AlbertaThe Alberta Media Production Industries Association (AMPIA) announced the finalists for the 40th Annual Alberta Film & Television Awards, celebrating excellence and outstanding achievement in Alberta film, television and new media. W ith over five hundred entries submitted, the judges had to make several difficult decisions in determining the winners that will be announced at a Gala on Saturday, April 12 in Calgary.

The shortlist includes 119 Alberta productions, from commercials, new media, and both long and short form fiction and non-fiction vying for 22 Class awards. In addition, Alberta’s talented screenwriters, costume and production designers, cinematographers, editors, directors, make -up artists, special effects artists, sound technicians a nd composers (totalling 184 finalists ) are competing in 32 Craft categories.

Each winner receives the prestigious Rosie Award.  Of the 303 combined finalists, 155 are from productions based in Calgary, while 136 are from Edmonton-based productions. There were also 7 from Lethbridge, 2 each from Grande Prairie and Grande Cache , and 1 from Fort McMurray.

The Calgary production company with the most finalists is Corkscrew Media , which produced or co-produced 19 finalists, 13 of which were co-produced by Calgary-based Stir Films.  In third place for Calgary-based companie s was SEVEN24 Films with 10 finalists.

The three Edmonton companies with the most number of finalists were Prairie Dog Film + Television , with 16, Mosaic Entertainment , with 15 and Aquila Productions with 10. The individual productions with the most number of finalists are all series: “Blackstone,” from Prairie Dog Film + Television has 13 nominations , “Heartland,” from SEVEN 24 Films has 10 nominations, while “Tiny Plastic Men,” from Mosaic Entertainment had nine.

In order to qualify for an Alberta Film & Television Award a production must be at least co-produced by an Alberta production company. For any craftsperson to be eligible he or she must have been a resident of Alberta for the 2013 calendar year.

The 2014 Albert a Film & Television Awards will take place at a gala evening presentation on Saturday, April 12, at the Telus Convention Centre in downtown Calgary .

See the complete list of nominees for the 2014 Alberta Film & Television Awards.