Alberta media news, events, awards & personalities

Edmonton Filmmaker Gil Cardinal to Receive the Dave Billington Award on November 7

Gil-CardinalThe David Billington Award is presented by each year by the Alberta Media Production Industries Association (AMPIA) to an individual who has made an invaluable contribution to Alberta’s production community and celebrates those individuals who inspire us all with their vision, passion and dedication. This year, Gil Cardinal has been selected by the community to be honoured with this award.

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Red Deer Filmmaker Wins Big Rock Eddie Short Film Award and $10,000 for Documentary, An Alberta Farm

Alberta-FarmAn Alberta Farm, a short documentary by Red Deer’s Brendan O’Brien, won the $10,000 top prize at the Big Rock Eddies Short Film Festival at the Theatre Junction Grand in Calgary on June 6. This year for the first time in its 22 history, Big Rock opened up the theme beyond beer commercials to the idea of “tradition.” From this idea, O’Brien developed the story. The five-minute film, centres on the changing farm life and the memories of Alberta dairy farmer Bruce Bell.

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Alberta Filmmakers Top 5 Finalists for CineCoup Film Accelerator $1 Million in Production Financing

Film-High-School-BrawlOnly one Alberta team remains in the Top 5 of the CineCoup Film Accelerator! The Edmonton filmmakers behind High School Brawl – Aaron Kurmey, Ryan Hatt, Kevin Johnson – will pitch their feature to a panel of industry professionals at the Banff World Media Festival on June 8 with the hopes to win a prize packages worth $1 million in production financing from CineCoup and a guaranteed release in Cineplex theatres. 

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Anaid Productions Nominated for Six Leo Awards for Liquidator Television Series

Liquidator TV Series Anaïd Productions, one of Canada’s leading independent production companies, has received six Leo Award nominations for one of its longest running television series, The Liquidator, starring the rowdy liquidation guru Jeff Schwarz. Now in season four, Jeff Schwarz is back at it with even bigger & crazier deals! Don’t miss an episode of the all-new Season 4/Thursdays/ 9:30pm. The show’s season three episode “Redneck Round-Up” was nominated in the Information/Lifestyle series for these six craft awards:

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AMPIA Announces 2015 Rosie Award Nominees in Run Up to Awards Gala on May 23 in Edmonton

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.

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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)