Rockie AwardsThe nominees for the Rockie Awards were announced on Friday, April 17 and four Alberta production companies have been recognized! The Rockie Awards, held each year at the Banff World Media Festival is the largest program competition of its kind, with industry members from over 40 countries participating in this prestigious awards program. The Rockie Awards celebrates narrative content across 26 categories in drama, documentary, kids, and digital.

The Great Human Odyssey by Clearwater Documentary is nominated in the Science and Technology category. This three-part series is a journey of discovery in the footsteps of our human ancestors, lead by host and filmmaker Niobe Thompson.

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Alberta’s Niobe Thompson, Host of The Great Human Odyssey and co-founder of Clearwater Documentary on the left.


The Emmy winning series FARGO is up for Best Serial Drama. Mike Frislev and Chad Oakes of Nomadic Pictures are co-producers on this hit series with MGM and FX Productions. Season 2 of the series has been filming in Calgary.

 

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The first season of Fargo featured Colin Hanks, Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton.

 

 

Canada’s longest running series Heartland is nominated for Best Youth Fiction. Calgary’s Seven24 Films is lead by Alberta Producers Tom Cox and Jordy Randall.

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Season 8 of Heartland brought in over one million viewers per episode.

 

The Liquidator, showcasing Canada’s liquidation guru, Jeff Schwarz was nominated for a season three episode “Taken For A Ride” in the ‘Lifestyle’category. The Liquidator, now it it’s fourth season is produced by Anaid Productions, with offices in Edmonton and Vancouver, and airs new episodes every Thursday night on OLN.

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Nominees come from Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Japan, The Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. They are chosen by over 350 entertainment and media industry professionals from around the world. Congratulations to our AMPIA members and their cast & crew!

See the complete list of nominess for the 2015 Rockie Awards at: banffmediafestival.com/rockie-awards/2015-nominees. Winners to be announced on June 10, 2015 at the Rockie Awards Gala held in conjunction with the Banff World Media Festival that runs from June 7 to 10, 2015.

Thank you to AMPIA for use of the photos from the first three nominated Alberta productions.