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Alberta Nominees for the 2016 Canadian Screen Awards Announced on January 19, 2016

Canadian-Screen-Awards-2016Today the nominees for the 2016 Canadian Screen Awards were announced including these from Alberta: Blackstone produced by Edmonton’s Prairie Dog Film & Television nominated for Best Dramatic Series. Calgary’s Young Drunk Punk (Seven24 Films) and Edmonton’s Tiny Plastic Men (Mosaic Entertainment) are both nominated for Best Comedy Series. Tiny Plastic Men is also nominated for Best Writing in a Comedy Program, and Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Comedic Role.

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The Revenant: The Most Oscar-Nominated Movie Crewed by Albertans and Shot in Alberta to Date

Revenant movieThe Revenant’s 12 Oscar nominations will help make the epic survival tale a lasting calling card for Alberta’s talented crews and stunning scenery, says Calgary’s film commissioner in an interview with Eric Volmers, from the Calgary Herald. The film earned the most Oscar nominations of any film shot in Alberta and has already won Golden Globes for best drama, director (Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu – with two Oscar wins ) and lead actor (Leonardo DiCaprio – looking for his first Oscar after five nominations).

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Edmonton Film Prize Nominates Six Finalists with Winner to be Announced on January 12, 2016 – UPDATED

Edmonton Film PrizeSix finalists are in the running for the Edmonton Film Prize. AMPIA received 28 entries including a mix of feature length dramatic films, documentaries, web series, short films and experimental collaborations. The first prize of $8000.00 will be awarded to the winner at a reception at Grant Macewan – Robbins Center on January 12, 2016. The annual prize recognizes Edmonton-based filmmakers who demonstrate artistic and technical excellence as a filmmaker.

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Edmonton International Airport Subject of Reality TV Program for Next Three Months

Edmonton AirportA Toronto-based film crew will be at the Edmonton International airport for the next three months working on a series called Ultimate Airport, Edmonton. They plan to show the inner workings of the airport. Edmonton’s harsh winters are part of the reason the city’s airport was chosen, according to Heather Hamilton, EIA’s director of public affairs. Passengers’ stories will also be featured in the series. Anyone with an EIA tale to tell can volunteer to be part of the show.

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Seven Edmonton Filmmakers Awarded $10,000 Grants to Make Short Digital Films

Storyhive2Storyhive,  a Telus a funding program, is financing 15 finalists from across Alberta. Finalists will distribute their final product on TELUS Optik TV, before turning to the community for online votes as they compete for one of two top awards that will be announced in March, 2016. The two winners will get customized career training and a scholarship to the Banff Television Festival. The finalists were announced on November 21, including seven filmmakers from Edmonton:

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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)