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Edmonton Film Prize: Call for Submissions until August 9, 2013

EAC logoThe Edmonton Film Prize is a $10,000 annual cash prize to recognize an Edmonton-based filmmaker who demonstrates artistic and technical excellence as a filmmaker. The Edmonton Arts Council launched the Edmonton Film Prize in 2012 to formally acknowledge the best in Edmonton’s screen-based industries. Judges scrutinized more than 20 magnificent pieces before agreeing on the winner(s*). The award is sponsored and administered jointly by the Edmonton Film Commission and the Edmonton Arts Council. Entries will be reviewed by an independent jury of filmmakers, presenters, broadcasters and members of the film community. The winner will be announced and the prize awarded in fall 2013. Submission deadline: August 9, 2013.

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News on the Film & Media Production Industries in Alberta

ampia_logoThe big news in the film and media production industries in Alberta, reports Bill Evans, AMPIA’s Executive Director, is the impact of the devastating floods in southern Alberta on the film production community. Heartland and Hell on Wheels are scrambling to get back into production, scouting new locations to replace the ones they lost to the floods and rewriting scripts.  On a happier note, Bill was pleased to report that a new major motion picture called Cut Bank, starring John Malkovich, Billy Bob Thornton and Bruce Stern just wrapped up shooting in Innisfree, Alberta, a stand-in for Montana, where the movie is set. Alberta local, Doug Steeden, is the film’s unit production manager.

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The Inaugural Canadian International Television Festival launches on November 16, 2013

Canadian International TV FestivalThe Canadian International Television Festival (CITF) will open on November 16, 2013 with Bell Media, the Canada Media Fund (CMF) and the Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA) as key supporters. The not-for-profit CITF will be the first television showcase festival in Canada and will provide a familiar platform for the public, journalists, broadcasting students, advertisers, and the industry to discover and enjoy new and returning English and French-language Canadian programs.  The CITF will also salute the diversity of the global television community, in acknowledgement of Canada’s expanding presence internationally.

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Season Two of Comedy Series “Tiny Plastic Men” Now in Production in Edmonton

Tiny Plastic MenHockey hero Georges Laraque, The Toxic Avenger creator Lloyd Kaufman, X-ray specs with real radiation, a homicidal robot, mechanized octopus arms, and an orgasmic cup and ball game: production has begun for Season 2 of Tiny Plastic Men, and this is just some of what will be featured in the new season of the award winning comedy series. Airing on national premium pay TV network Super Channel and brought to you by Edmonton based production company Mosaic Entertainment, this season of Tiny Plastic Men is pushing the boundaries of Canadian television both on screen and off. The series follows a trio of misfit man-boy toy testers (Co-Creators, Writers, and Stars, Chris Craddock, Matt Alden and Mark Meer) and their absurd antics at the fictional Gottfried Brothers Toy and Train Company.

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Alberta TV Station: Crossroads Television in Edmonton and Calgary

Crossroads TVCrossroads Television System, or CTS, is a privately held Canadian television system with stations  in CKES in Edmonton, CKCS in Calgary and CITS in Hamilton, Ontario. CTS airs predominantly Christian-based religious programming, most notably 100 Huntley Street (the longest running daily Christian television program in Canada), The Michael Coren Show and LIFE Today with James & Betty Robison, as well as other religious and faith based programming, along with syndicated reruns of family-oriented mainstream programming such as Happy Days, Full House and The Waltons. This fall their lineup will also include: Larry King Now, Family Feud and Marie Osmond.

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Marilyn Jones, Edmonton, Alberta ABOUT ME
I am Marilyn Jones, a news junkie with a penchant for publishing, politics, communications, gardening, hiking, reading, the arts and training nonprofit organizations in media relations and social media communications in Alberta (BA in English with Honours, U of A; Master of Publishing, SFU)

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