News and Upcoming Events

CBC Launches Breaking Barriers Film Fund

November 10, 2016

Over the next three years, CBC will invest at least $7.5 million into the initiative for English-language feature film projects that are written or directed by Canadian women, Indigenous persons, visible minorities and persons with a disability who have had at least one feature-length film showcased at a recognized film festival, and which are not in the documentary genre and not already in production.

There are no set deadlines, however applicants are recommended to have their script in good shape before submitting projects for consideration. Eligible projects will be judged solely on creative merit.

For more information check the CBC Breaking Barriers website.

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Provincial Archives of Alberta presents Indigenous Filmmaking in Alberta

November 9, 2016
7 p.m.
8555 Roper Road, Edmonton

Join the Provincial Archives of Alberta for a free event showcasing short films created by Indigenous filmmakers from across the province. The filmmakers will be in attendance to discuss their work and staff from the Provincial Archives will be on hand to discuss audiovisual preservation in Alberta.

Please visit the Provincial Archives website for more information on the event, the films being showcase and to RSVP.

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AMPIA Opens Registration for Story Summit Banff

October 6, 2016

AMPIA is accepting registrations for the upcoming Story Summit 2017 in Banff, Alberta, February 23-25, 2017.

Presented by AMPIA, Createasphere and The Banff Centre, Story Summit addresses new approaches to story-telling, innovating with technology and creating sustainable and innovative production and business models of media content. This gathering of North American media, entertainment and content creators brings together the most forward thinking and knowledgeable industry professionals to share their experiences and ideas. Participants will gain the knowledge and understanding to enhance their creativity, transform their businesses, and engage technology to expand and share content on new digital interactive multi-platforms.

For more information, contact AMPIA.

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The Northlander Opens in Alberta

October 6, 2016

Benjamin Ross Hayden’s award-winning futuristic thriller, The Northlander, is having its Alberta debut in Landmark Cinema’s theatres in Edmonton and Calgary as part of its Canada-wide release by distributor Raven Banner. Come out and see the latest opus from one of Alberta’s up and coming cinematic talents.

This Canadian theatrical event is proudly sponsored by Telefilm Canada, Alberta Film, Alberta Media Producer’s Association (AMPIA), and Calgary Economic Development.

Calgary: Landmark Country Hills Studio, 16 - 16 Country Hills, October 12-18
October 12, Gala reception
October 13, Industry Night Reception

Edmonton: Landmark City Centre - City Centre Mall, 10200-102 Avenue, October 27 - November 2
October 27, Gala reception

Go to The Northlander Facebook page to purchase tickets to the movie and opening receptions or for general information.

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NSI Aboriginal Documentary Application Deadline: November 2

October 5, 2016

The National Screen Institute is accepting applications from director/producer teams for its Aboriginal Documentary training course. The deadline for applications is November 2, 2016.

The course provides up to four Aboriginal director and producer teams with training, mentorship and up to $16,000 in cash towards the production of a short documentary.

Training begins in February 2017 with a two-week boot camp in Winnipeg and includes a trip to Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in Toronto.

Students complete post-production at the National Film Board in Montreal. Completed short documentaries from the course will air nationally as a one-hour special on APTN and stream on and

For more information, contact the NSI at 1-800-952-9307 or via email.

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Gender Parity and Diversity in the Screen-based Industries Survey

September 16, 2016

The Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) is undertaking a study, Women & Leadership: A Study of Global Policies and Programs to Advance Gender Parity in the Screen-based Industries, to focus on solutions to the problem of diversity and gender parity in the screen-based industries. The objective of the study is to scan the global experience for solutions, to reach out to stakeholders at all stages in their careers in order to advance new approaches to the challenge of gender balance and diversity in the screen-based industries in Canada.

Please take a moment to complete this short survey, available in French and English, before SEPTEMBER 30 and contribute your perspective to this issue. Anyone can respond.

The CMPA guarantees the protection and confidentiality of the data you provide. Responses to this survey will be combined with other respondents for aggregate analysis only. Under no circumstances will individual or company data be communicated or disseminated.

Respondents that complete their questionnaire will be entered in a draw to win a pass to the CMPA's annual conference, PRIMETIME in Ottawa (February 1-3, 2017), where the study will be launched.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Catherine Tait of Duopoly or Deborah Drisdell of Drisdell Consulting.

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Call For Applications: The UCP Original Series Bootcamp

August 11, 2016

The Canadian Film Centre (CFC) and NBCUniversal Canada Exchange are now accepting applications from strong series writers with original concepts for the UPC Original Series Bootcamp.

The focus of the Bootcamp is to expand NBCUniversal’s knowledge of the Canadian creative talent pool and introduce participants to exciting original projects that fit their programming agendas. The talent pool would ideally leverage either a development or straight-to-series deal with UCP (specifically for SyFy and USA).

The Bootcamp will enhance the participants’ creative tools, expand their marketplace intel and provide creators with targeted access and support to increase their chance of landing a series deal.

Applications are due Friday, September 9, 2016. For more information, check the CFC website or contact Alaina McGravey, Assistant Manager of Programs, at or 416.445-1446 x476.

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18 Emmy Nominations for Alberta-Shot Fargo

August 4, 2016

The noted Alberta-shot TV series Fargo has been nominated for 18 Emmy Awards this year. In addition to nominations for Best Limited Series, the FX/ MGM/Nomadic Picture’s produced series has received numerous technical nominations recognizing the outstanding work of Alberta’s crew including make-up, hair and production mixer. Congratulations to Calgary’s Nomadic pictures and to the Alberta crew for your stellar work.

Take a minute to view the 2016 Emmy nomination list. The 2016 Emmy Awards will be broadcasted on Sunday, September 18.

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2016 Rosie Award Winners

May 17, 2016

The Alberta Media Production Association (AMPIA) held its 42 annual gala awards program, the Rosies, celebrating the achievements of Alberta’s screen-based industry. More than 650 guests were in attended the event on May 7, including Minister of Culture and Tourism, Ricardo Miranda. Congratulations to all those honoured at the 2016 Rosies - thanks to your exemplary work Alberta’s screen-based industry continues to shine.

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AMPIA Announces 2016 Rosie Nominees

April 15, 2016

The Alberta Media Production Industries Association (AMPIA) released the list of nominees for the 2016 Alberta Film and Television Awards, known as the Rosies. The awards celebrate the achievements of Alberta’s burgeoning film and television industry and demonstrate the range of enterprising companies and talented technicians and craftspeople that contribute to its success.

This year 344 productions submitted 723 class and craft entries to the 52 award categories reflecting the impressive output of Alberta’s industry.

Congratulations to all the nominees who continue to exemplify what makes Alberta a great production location.

The 2016 Alberta Film and Television Awards will be held at the Hyatt Regency Imperial Ballroom in Calgary on Saturday, May 7, 2016. For more information and tickets, contact the AMPIA office or call 780-944-0707.

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Alberta Shines with Oscar Gold - Trifecta of Awards Won by The Revenant

February 29, 2016

Nominated in a dozen categories, Alberta-shot The Revenant was recognized at the 2016 Academy Awards with three big wins: Best Cinematography, Best Directing and Best Actor In A Leading Role.

In his official statement, Minister of Culture and Tourism, Honourable Ricardo Miranda commented, “I am extremely proud of all the accolades that this Alberta-based film has received so far. The Revenant is just the latest in a growing list of quality productions that are choosing Alberta, not only for our scenery, but for our amazing crews and industry supports.”

With contributions from over 700 Albertans, including the Calgary-based production crew and actors from the Siska Nation, Alberta played a lead role in the award-winning production. Alberta’s tremendous vistas and our incomparable cast and crew share this honour and contributed significantly to the visually stunning film.

Alberta’s screen-based production sector has more Oscar, Emmy and Golden Globe award wins in the last 10 years than any other jurisdiction in Canada.

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International Public Television Festival Coming to Calgary

May 8-12, 2016

The Government of Alberta is proud to partner with INPUT 2016, coming to Calgary May 8-12. This marks first time in a decade that the acclaimed international festival is in North America. Hosted by CBC and with partners including Alberta Film, Calgary Film Centre, Calgary International Film Festival, the Canadian Media Fund, On Screen Manitoba and Telefilm Canada, INPUT Calgary is an incredible industry screening event that you won't want to miss.

INPUT is a global meeting point for producers, directors, writers and creators that come together to view and discuss the most innovative content being shown by public broadcasters around the world.

For more information on the 2016 conference, go to INPUT Calgary 2016.

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Reel Diverse Offers Free Five-Day Filmmaking Workshop

February 11, 2016

Reel Diverse is excited to announce that it will host a 5 day, hands-on workshop for 10 aspiring filmmakers between the ages of 18 to 25 who have a powerful and compelling story to tell the world with diversity as the theme.

Cost: FREE!
Dates: Weekends, all day: March 5, 6, 12, 13 & 19
Details: Go to Reel Diverse, click on the Workshop icon and follow the instructions.

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Made-in-Alberta Productions Nominated for 2016 Canadian Screen Awards

January 21, 2016

Alberta-based talent and production companies received 21 nominations in 20 categories as the Academy of Canadian Film and Television released its list of nominees for the 2016 Canadian Screen Awards (CSAs).

The Alberta-based productions nominated this year include:

  • 40 Below and Freezing
  • Anti-Social Limited
  • Balletlujah
  • Blackstone
  • Borealis
  • Forsaken
  • The Great Human Odyssey
  • The Little Deputy
  • Tiny Plastic Men
  • Young Drunk Punk

The annual awards program recognizes excellence in Canadian film, English-language television and digital media productions. CSAs are considered the most prestigious award for Canadian entertainers and filmmakers.

The 2016 Awards show airs live March 13 on CBC. Congratulations to all the nominees! You are winners to us already.

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The Revenant garners 12 Oscar nominations

January 14, 2016

Nominations for the 88th Academy Awards were announced this morning with the Alberta-shot film, The Revenant, leading the way. The film received 12 Oscar nominations including Best Picture.

More than 700 Albertans worked on this show for a combined 36,000 days, playing a significant role in its success. Alberta itself was a star of the film, with the landscapes and locations playing a significant role in the film.

These recent nominations are a further testament to the talented and world-class cast and crews in Alberta and highlight why Alberta continues to be a sought after location for film and television production.

The Oscars will be handed out on February 28.

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Winners of Edmonton Music and Edmonton Film Prizes Announced

January 13, 2016

Congratulations to metal band Striker and filmmaker Niobe Thompson on winning this year’s Edmonton Music and Edmonton Film Prizes respectively. Striker won for its album City of Gold while Thompson received the prize for his documentary, The Great Human Odyssey.

The awards, handed out at a reception on January 12, recognize superior work and achievement in the realm of recorded music and film. The awards are sponsored by the City of Edmonton through the Edmonton Arts Council and administered by Alberta Music and the Alberta Media Production Industries Association. Each winner received a prize of $8,000. In addition, two runners up each received a $1,000 prize. Runners up in music were Faith Healer, Cosmic Troubles and Lucette, Black is the Color. In film, runners up were Trevor Anderson, The Little Deputy and Eva Colmers, 25.7k.

For more information visit Alberta Music and Alberta Media Production Industries Association.

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Alberta-shot The Revenant takes home three Golden Globes

January 11, 2016

The 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards were handed out January 10 with the Alberta-shot The Revenant taking home three awards:

  • Best Motion Picture - Drama
  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama - Leonardo DiCaprio
  • Best Director - Motion Picture - Alejandro Iñárritu

The Revenant spent several months filming in Alberta in late 2014 and early 2015 and utilized many Alberta cast and crew in the production.

Alberta has received more than 50 Golden Globe nominations dating back to 1966 when the Alberta-shot Doctor Zhivago received six nominations and five wins. Over the last 10 years, Alberta has received more Golden Globe, Oscar and Emmy wins than any other Canadian jurisdiction.

For more information, check out the story on our Alberta Culture and Tourism blog

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Last reviewed/revised: November 14, 2016
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