Alberta media news, events, awards & personalities

City of Edmonton Pledges $5 million for Filmmakers in Edmonton

Edmonton FilmsAccording to an article on posted September 9, 2011, the City of Edmonton has jumped into the movie business with a pledge of $5 million towards a new Edmonton Filmed Entertainment Fund – bringing us one step closer to that magical title of “Hollywood North.” The money will be used to finance projects that already have backing and distribution deals, and so will be expected to turn a profit. Los Angeles-based Kilburn Media (a division of EI Capital) will kick in another $5 million in seed money for the $10 million fund. Details have yet to be hammered out.

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“Slingshot” An Award Winning Short Film by Delsur Productions of Edmonton

Slingshot Alberta FilmRichard Hardy and Jimmy Bustos of Delsur Productions asked for my advice on preparing a marketing plan for their AFA grant application for the promotion of their recently released 20 minute short Slingshot. It’s a story about redemption, trust and basic humanity between two people of different generations, religions, locations and background. One is a 13-year-old afghan boy, who calls upon Allah for guidance during some harsh times. The other is a Canadian soldier who has morally, physically and spiritual lost his way. They come across each other in the barren mountains of Afghanistan, the boy celebrating his faith, compassion and humanity, the soldier simultaneously attracted and repelled by the boy’s way of life, food and religion.

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Albertans Win Big at the 2011 Gemini Awards

Gemini Awards 2011The  Gemini Awards The Gemini Awards intended to honour the best in Canadian television as determined by members of the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television and other industry professionals were handed out in Toronto on September 7. Alberta film and television producers, actors and crafts people came up big. Edmonton’s Clearwater Documentary won two Gemini Awards for The Code Breakers – ‘Best Science and Nature Documentary’ and ‘Best Photography in a Documentary Program’. The one hour documentary, written, produced and directed by filmmaker Tom Radford and Arctic scientist Niobe Thompson, also won multiple awards at AMPIA’s Rosie Awards in May. Congratulations also go out to Calgary’s 24SEVEN Films for Alberta Watson’s ‘Best Performance in a Guest Role’ award for Heartland – Where the Truth Lies, and to Edmonton’s Prairie Dog Film & Television for Blackstone, which was awarded a Gemini for ‘Best Achievement in Main Title Design’. Blackstone is also nominated for two Gemini’s in the ‘Best Actress’ category, which will be awarded at the live Gemini Gala, on September 7, broadcast on CBC. We salute the winners, and all the Alberta nominees! The 2011 Gemini Awards were hosted by CBC’s Jian Ghomeshi and Comedian Steve Patterson.

Calgary International Film Festival Announces Opening and Closing Galas for September 22 and October 1, 2011

Calgary International Film Festival 2011Always one of the most celebrated announcements of the season, CIFF rolled out the carpet on September 6, 2011 at its brand new Lifestyle Lounge in Chinook Centre and announced its Opening and Closing Gala films to the anticipation of the gathered crowd. Donovan’s Echo will play its world premiere on opening night and Sarah Polley’s Take This Waltz will close off the action.  In addition to revealing the two gala films, CIFF also announced tickets for its complete 2011 program are now available for purchase online.

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Award-Winning films from Sundance, SXSW, Cannes to screen at 2011 Edmonton International Film Festival

Edmonton International Film Festival 2011The Edmonton International Film Festival is a nine day film frenzy for people from all walks of life. ‘Every Night is Opening Night’ truly captures our commitment to Edmonton premieres – most of the films screened at EIFF will never be available to our audiences. The annual schedule includes 50+ feature-length dramas and documentaries, and more than 100 short films programmed into packages that include the hugely popular Lunchbox Shorts. Whatever the genre, their mission is to search the world over for the most highly entertaining films that exhibit great storytelling properties. More than 800 films submitted to this year’s EIFF and proof that their unique brand of film festival is resonating with filmmakers who have been here and are spreading the word about EIFF to their peers.

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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)