Alberta media news, events, awards & personalities

Submissions Invited for the 2012 Alberta Screenwriters Initiative Until March 12, 2012

Alberta ScreenwriterThe Alberta Association of Motion Picture and Television Unions (AAMPTU) is seeking submissions for the 2012 Alberta Screenwriters Initiative. Feature film scripts of any genre, to a maximum length of 250 pages, from an Alberta based writer, are eligible. Limited to one entry per person. The Initiative is open to new and experienced screenwriters. The assessment of script/ screenplays includes evaluation of the writer’s creativity, original voice, theme, character development, plot and overall quality of writing. Any and all genres (e.g. horror, romantic comedy, action, animation etc.) will be equally weighted. All entries must be submitted in industry standard feature-length screenplay format.

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Alberta’s Multi-Media Production Industries Get Welcome Funding Boost

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).

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Kid-Friendly and Parent-Approved: Bell Media Launches All-New, 24-Hour Music Video Channel Today

JuiceboxKids who can’t get enough of music and pop stars can quench their thirst with Juicebox, an all-new, commercial-free, music video channel devoted specifically to pre-teens, launching today. Formerly the all-request music video channel PunchMuch, Juicebox is the only channel of its kind in Canada, offering music-loving kids, parent-approved music programming, 24-7. Juicebox is available on more than 30 carriers across the country, including Bell TV (channel 578) and Rogers (channel 707). For kids and parents on the go, the same kid-safe videos can be viewed online at

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Alberta Video: “Stand Up to Bullying” for National Bullying Awareness Week, November 13 – 19, 2011

Safe and Caring Spaces BreakfastI produced this five minute video for the Safe and Caring Schools & Communities to celebrate National Bullying Week on November 13 – 19, 2011 and especially for SACSC’s annual fundraiser “Safe and Caring Spaces Waffle Breakfast” to take place at the Sutton Place Hotel in Edmonton from 7:30am to 9:00am on Wednesday, November 16. Special guests include Mayor Mandel, dignitaries, community leaders, and an inspirational presentation by Cory B. Johnson. You can read more about the event and review the five fact sheets SACSC produced and distributed to teachers and the media in Alberta in support of National Bullying Awareness Week on the WordPress blog I also built as part of the project.

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The Movie “Campus Radio” Written and Directed by Alberta’s Aaron Sorensen Now Screening at the Princess Theatre

Campus Radio MovieEdmonton’s Princess Theatre presented the world premiere of the SXSW comedy Campus Radio, written and directed by Northern Alberta native, Aaron James Sorensen. In this interview posted to Avenue Edmonton Magazine’s website, Sorensen, who is also a notable musician, discusses how his time hanging around and listening to Edmonton and Calgary’s campus radio stations also inspired the Texas-centric flick; why he made the decision to create a Canadian-cast, Canadian-funded, Canadian-manned movie about a quintessential part of American music culture; and how he gave the lead role to an actor he just met in a Chinese gift shop. Campus Radio premiered on the evening of Friday, October 14 at the Princess Theatre (10337 Whyte Ave.).

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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)