Alberta media news, events, awards & personalities

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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Alberta Film: Finding Edge Road a One Hour Documentary by Brandy Yanchyk

Finding-Edge-RoadFinding Edge Road was directed, produced, written and filmed by Brandy Yanchyk, an Edmonton-based filmmaker and journalist, and debuts at the Global Visions Film Festival on May 9 at 9pm. The one hour documentary shows how an influx of asylum seekers from Somalia and Iraq are changing the city of Lieksa in Eastern Finland near the Russian border. The newcomers have moved to vacant council flats on a street called “Edge Road.”

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Alberta Film: Antisocial Limited a Documentary by Rosie Dransfeld Nominated for Eight Rosie Awards

Antisocial Limited Film Antisocial Limited, a long form documentary film, centres on Ojibway Chris Hoard, a streetwise ex-convict who wants to escape the abuse, the crime, the addictions, the racism, the lies And while he’s not one to reconcile his past, Chris’s past soon comes to reconcile with him. Antisocial Limited is a sequel to Dransfeld’s Gemini Award winning documentary Broke. Intimate and multilayered, the film tells a very tragic, but also beautiful story of a man trying to find love and a place where he belongs.

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Alberta Producers Nominated for 2015 Rockie Awards

Rockie AwardsThe nominees for the Rockie Awards were announced on Friday, April 17 and four Alberta production companies have been recognized! The Rockie Awards, held each year at the Banff World Media Festival is the largest program competition of its kind, with industry members from over 40 countries participating in this prestigious awards program. The Rockie Awards celebrates narrative content across 26 categories in drama, documentary, kids, and digital.

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Fava Fest: Film & Video Arts Festival | April 13 – 18 | Garneau Theatre | Edmonton

fava-fest-article-2015FAVA’s 4th Annual FAVA FEST runs April 13-18th, 2015. This year they will be giving away $66,000 in cash awards, services, and commissions! Special events include three Best of Fava screenings, the 25th Anniversary Party for Bye-Bye Blues on April 17 with special guest appearance by the film’s director Anne Wheeler and a red carpet gala on April 18. The majority of the festival takes place at Metro Cinema in the historic Garneau Theatre. Here’s the details:

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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)