Posted on: Friday, April 15th, 2016


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Posted on: Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

WIFTA Board of Directors Nominees for the Alberta Film & Television Rosie Awards

Congratulations to the WIFTA Board of Directors who were nominated for the Alberta Film & Television Rosie Awards. Laura Vinson was nominated for BEST ORIGINAL MUSICAL SCORE (non-fiction over 30 minutes) for Mountain Mustang. Jesse Szymanski, Producer for Prairie Dog Film + Television was nominated for BEST DRAMATIC SERIES and for BEST PRODUCTION REFLECTING CULTURAL DIVERSITY for Blackstone. Susan Feddema-Leonard, Producer for People & Peaks Productions was nominated for BEST DOCUMENTARY SERIES and as BEST CINEMATOGRAPHER ((non-fiction over 30 minutes) for Mountain Mustang.


Posted on: Thursday, April 7th, 2016



Check out WIFTA’s Vice President, Jesse Szymanski, who was featured on the ARTS TALK Panel Discussion. The show should air Monday April 11 for 2 weeks, weekdays at 12:30pm and again, later that day.  A link will be made available 2 weeks after broadcast on the Arts Talk page.

Seated second from left to right is  Matthew Altheim, Executive producer of Nordic filmworks, Jesse Szymanski of Modern Muse Media, and Ava Karvonen of Reel Girls Media Inc. Thanks goes to Tricia Maskoske the Volunteer Coordinator at Shaw and Sarah Mallory Piper King Exeuctive Producer/Television Producer Tachyon Production Studios.

Posted on: Monday, March 28th, 2016

The National Screen Institute

The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) is pleased to announce its newest training initiative presented in partnership with TELUS Optik™ Local, a series of workshops entitled FROM CONCEPT TO CAMERA: Developing Your Story for the Screen.

The workshops take place in March and April and are open to the diverse community of producers and content creators in Alberta and British Columbia.

Workshops will be held in Fort McMurray, Red Deer, Edmonton, Kelowna and Prince George and are free to attend. Training is delivered by NSI facilitators Rudy Thauberger, Mike Fly and Angela Heck.

Emerging filmmakers and mid-career professionals are encouraged to attend this professional development opportunity to help develop their own projects and network with other filmmakers and content creators. TELUS will also provide information about its TELUS Optik Local grants and TELUS STORYHIVE.

“NSI is pleased to partner again with TELUS in offering these development workshops to writers, directors and producers in BC and Alberta,” said Angela Heck, NSI digital media programs manager. “Through offering creative development and networking opportunities to filmmakers of all genres, we look forward to taking NSI’s storytelling expertise on the road.”

“We’re thrilled to have NSI deliver training across five cities in western Canada for TELUS Optik Local,” said Kim Guise, director of TELUS Optik Local. “With these five workshop dates, we are proud to provide concept-to-camera creative and production development, as well as the opportunity to introduce ourselves to storytellers in BC and Alberta.”

All workshops take place from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Workshop dates and locations

·         March 20 – Fort McMurray
The McMurray Experience, Jubilee Plaza, 9909 Franklin Avenue

·         April 2 – Red Deer
The Radisson, 6500 67 Street

·         April 3 – Edmonton
Union Bank Inn, 10053 Jasper Avenue

·         April 9 – Kelowna
Rotary Centre for the Arts, 421 Cawston Avenue

·         April 10 – Prince George
Prince George Civic Centre, 808 Canada Games Way
Workshops are free of charge but registration is required. To register, email your name, contact information and which session you would like to attend (community and date) to:

About TELUS Optik Local
TELUS Optik Local supports compelling, original stories told by filmmakers from BC and Alberta by providing production funding, training and exposure to new audiences. Programs are distributed for free on TELUS Optik TV on Demand and online.

About the National Screen Institute
Renowned for having given many emerging filmmakers, television writers and producers their first breaks, the National Screen Institute provides training and production support through courses like NSI Totally Television, NSI Drama Prize, NSI New Voices, NSI Features First, Movie Central Script to Screen, Shaw Media Diverse TV Director, NSI Aboriginal Documentary and TELUS STORYHIVE.

NSI also offers exposure through the NSI Online Short Film Festival and provides vast resources and support to those in the film, television, and digital media industry at

All media enquiries
Laura Friesen, Manager, Communications & Alumni Relations
Tel: 204.957.2999 or email: