Alberta media news, events, awards & personalities

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 Magazines Nominated for National Magazine Awards

National-MagazinesThe National Magazine Awards Foundation (NMAF) has announced the finalists of their 38th annual awards program, including 16 entries from AMPA-member magazines shortlisted in written and visual categories, as well as a finalist placement for the coveted Magazine of the Year for Calgary-based UPPERCASE magazine. Western Living is among the top-nominated magazines with 6 nominations and New Trail Magazine with 5 nominations. Avenue Edmonton, Glass Buffalo and Swerve are also nominated.

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Writer’s Guild of Alberta Celebrates the 2015 Alberta Literary Award Winners in Edmonton on May 23

Alberta-Literary-Awards-2015The Writers’ Guild of Alberta (WGA) announced the winners of this year’s Alberta Literary Awards on May 23, during the Alberta Literary Awards Gala held in conjunction with the Words in 3D Conference for Publishers, Writers and Editors at the Chateau Lacombe in Edmonton. The largest provincial writers’ organization in Canada, the WGA created the Alberta Literary Awards in 1982 to recognize excellence in writing by Alberta authors. This year, jurors deliberated over 150 submissions to select 24 finalists in eight categories.

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Rosie Awards Celebrate Alberta Film, TV & Digital Media Productions, Actors, Artists, Hosts & News Producers

Ampia Awards 2015Celebrating the best in TV, film and digital media production in Alberta, the Alberta Film & Television Awards honoured 58 Alberta productions and film artists at the Shaw Conference Centre on Saturday, May 23. Calgary productions and artists won the highest number of awards but the production that won the most awards was The Great Human Odyssey, an ambitious interactive TV miniseries by filmmaker Niobe Thompson of Edmonton-based Clearwater Documentary.

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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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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)

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