Film and New Media Arts
new media art includes television, animation,
web design, computer graphics as well as documentaries, short films and
commercial broadcasting. In this section we will be taking a look into the
people, organizations and facilities that are helping to make this
industry one of the fastest growing in Alberta.
Alberta's film and television industry has seen many
changes in the past 50 years. From a popular location destination for
foreign film crews, Alberta has become one of the most proactive filmmaking
provinces in Canada. This site will offer a glimpse into the forces that
have shaped the industry.
As new media arts have enjoyed explosive success
throughout the 1990s and into the new millennium, we take a look at some
of Alberta's most promising enterprises, and the role the province is
playing on the national and international new media arts stage.
Industry pioneers such as Anne Wheeler and Colin Low
have played an important part in bringing Alberta's film and new media
industries into the spotlight. Through their innovations and achievements,
the province has gained a respectable reputation for itself. Learn about
these artists and others like them in our People section.
As Alberta's film and new media arts sectors continue
to grow, supportive government and private organizations are being
established to meet the demand. Groups such as Alberta Film and the
Alberta Media Arts Alliance Society are profiled in
Like all other art forms, years of training are
required to meet the expectations of an increasingly demanding film and
new media industry. Alberta's post-secondary schools are recognizing the
need for higher learning and have created programs designed to educate
Albertans on the latest technologies and techniques. Institutions such as
the Alberta College of Art and Design and the Banff Centre are producing talented and
Events profiled in this section include numerous film
festivals, such as the Local Heroes International Screen Festival, and the
Aboriginal Film Festival. The diversity of events in Alberta give artists
an opportunity to showcase their work to both their intended audiences and
the general population.
Many projects that fall under film and new media are
particularly costly, and often require grants or other assistance for
completion. We take a look at several institutions that offer money to
deserving individuals and groups such as the Alberta Film Development
Program through the provincial government.