Minister of Culture and Tourism Ricardo Miranda issued the following statement on the recent nominations and wins by Alberta productions and talent at the 2016 Canadian Screen Awards:
“Congratulations to all the Alberta winners, as well as each of the nominees. The breadth and scope of Alberta’s highly revered film and television industry continues to impress me, and I am so proud that some of the best productions and talent in Canada come from Alberta.
“The number of Alberta-based productions and individuals nominated for Canadian Screen Awards speaks to the phenomenal work that we continue to produce in this province.
“Through the Alberta Media Fund, the Government of Alberta is proud to support our province’s cultural industries, which are important contributors to a more diverse economy. For example, our screen-based production industry employs about 3,000 Albertans and has brought millions of dollars into communities across the province.
“I look forward to the continued success of Alberta’s film, television and digital media industries, and I am delighted to see Alberta’s creative talent, craftspeople and production companies recognized by their peers.”
Alberta’s film and television industry has generated more than $400 million in direct spending in Alberta over the last five years.
Twelve Alberta productions and talent were nominated for Canadian Screen Awards across 25 categories and won the following:
- Best Biography or Arts Documentary Program or Series – Balletlujah (Corkscrew Media – Scott Henuset, Heather Edwards, Brent Kawchuk)
- Best Science or Nature Documentary Program or Series – The Great Human Odyssey (Niobe Thompson, Mathew Janzen and aAron munson)
- Best Original Music for a Non-Fiction Program or Series – The Great Human Odyssey Rise of a Species (Darren Fung)