Rosie-AwardsThe Alberta Media Production Industries Association (AMPIA) announced the finalists for the 41st annual Alberta Film & Television Awards to celebrate excellence and outstanding achievement in Alberta film, television and new media. A record 788 class and craft entries were submitted (up 42% from last year). This year seventy-five industry professionals from across Canada adjudicated the submissions; in total 375 productions were submitted for consideration. This is sixty-two more (an increase of 19.8%) than in 2014.

These productions, from commercials, new media, and both long and short form fiction and non-fiction are vying for 25 Class awards. In addition, Alberta’s talented screenwriters, costume and production designers, cinematographers, editors, directors, make-up artists, special effects artists, sound technicians and composers (totalling 184 finalists) are competing in 33 Craft categories. Each winner receives the prestigious Rosie Award.

Of the finalists, 200 are from productions based in Calgary, while 113 are from Edmonton-based productions. There were also seven from Red Deer and one each from Grande Cache, Medicine Hat and Water Valley. Some Edmonton productions used Calgary talent as did Calgary productions employ Edmonton talent. This should be kept in mind when comparing the breakdown.

The Calgary production company with the most nominations is Nomadic Pictures, which produced or co-produced 24 nominations. Corkscrew Media / Stir Films came in second with 15 nominations, and Joe Media Group had the third most number of nominations, with 12.

The Edmonton company with the most nominations is Aquila Productions, with 12. Tied for the second most nominations are Prairie Dog Film + Television and the National Film Board of Canada, with 9 each.

The individual production with the most number of nominations is “Blackstone,” from Prairie Dog Film + Television, with 9 nominations. Two productions came in with 8 nominations each; One Night in Aberdeen (GREEN Productions) and Naughty to Nice (National Film Board of Canada).

Here’s a selection of finalists:

Best Television Host

Stacey Brotzel
CTV Morning Live
CTV Edmonton

Punam Kumar Gill
Eats: A TELUS Optik Local Production
Spotlight Productions

Shawna Randolph
Alberta Primetime
CTV Two Alberta

Bridget Ryan
Breakfast Television
City Edmonton

Leah Sarich
Breakfast Television
City Calgary

Rob Williams
CTV Morning Live
CTV Edmonton

Best News Series

Alberta Primetime
Kelsey Dyer & Danny Baldassarre, Producers
CTV Two Alberta

Breakfast Television Edmonton
Stan Papulkas & Claudette Germain, Producers
City Edmonton

CTV Morning Live Edmonton – 60th Anniversary Show
Brent Pushkarenko, Producer
CTV Edmonton

Breakfast Television – “Body & Balance”
Leah Sarich, Producer
City Calgary

Breakfast Television – “Gadget Guy”
Mike Yawney, Producer
City Calgary

Best News Feature

Alberta Primetime – “Overcoming Domestic Violence”
Chelan Skulski, Producer
CTV Two Alberta

CBC News Calgary – “Family Reunion”
Jennifer Lee, Producer
CBC Calgary

Discovery Channel – “Lava Tubes”
Allan Leader, Producer
Leader Productions

Discovery Channel – “Makauwahi Cave”
Allan Leader, Producer
Leader Productions

Discovery Channel – “Unearthed”
Michelle Gayse Leader, Producer
Leader Productions

Drumline
James Hees, Producer
CBC Edmonton

Best Daily Newscast

CBC News Calgary at 11:00
CBC Calgary

CBC News Calgary at 6:00
CBC Calgary

CTV News at 6:00
Stephanie Prues, Producer
CTV Edmonton

Best Information or Lifestyle Series

Breakfast Television
Jennifer Baier & Andrea Pescod, Producers
City Calgary

Breakfast Television – “BT Back in Time”
Stan Papulkas & Claudette Germain, Producers
City Edmonton

EATS: A TELUS Optik Local Production – “Women in Food”
Matt Embry, Laura O’Grady & Ravinder Minhas, Producers
Spotlight Productions

Hollywood & Vines – “Michael Bublé”
Michael Frislev & Chad Oakes, Producers
Nomadic Pictures

International Flavour – “Tasty, Fun and Local”
Nelly Chacon & Christopher Chacon, Producers
Chacon Productions

Our Calgary –“ Sochi Games 2014”
Des Kilfoil, Producer
CBC Calgary

See the complete list of Rosie Award nominees at: http://ampia.org/industry-news/2015-rosie-nominees

The 2015 Alberta Film & Television Awards will take place at a gala evening presentation on Saturday, May 23 at the SHAW Conference Centre in downtown Edmonton. The host for the evening will be Donovan Workun, a founding member of the wildly successful Atomic Improv Co. Ticket information can be found on AMPIA’s website.