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Film and New Media Arts

A film set in southern Alberta. Film and 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 this section.

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 competitive artists.

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.

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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.

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