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ACTRA Alberta Holiday Closure

Please note, the ACTRA Alberta office will be closed

Friday, December 22, 2017 to Monday, January 1, 2018 for the holidays.

In the event of an emergency, please email ACTRA Alberta Branch Representative –       Tina Alford 

On behalf of ACTRA Alberta we wish you a very merry holiday season and a prosperous new year.

TWO MORE YEARS for National Council Members Dan Libman & Kristen Welker

Dan Libman and Kristen Welker will serve two more years as ACTRA Alberta representatives on the ACTRA National Council.



Safety Update – El Chicano

ACTRA Alberta will confirm that an injury occurred on the set of “El Chicano” on Wednesday, September 6th involving a Stunt Performer.  The Performer did seek medical attention and is on the mend due to the tremendous skills of the Calgary medical team(s).

We are working with our partners – IATSE 212, IATSE 669, Teamsters local 362, DGC Alberta District Council, Alberta Occupational Health & Safety and Production to investigate the matter to ensure a similar incident can be avoided in the future.

Every single person working on a production has the right to a safe workplace. We’re going to work together to ensure that happens.

If you have any additional questions or comments, please contact ACTRA Alberta Branch Representative Tina Alford (

Performer Set Etiquette / New Member Workshop

This class is SO much more than a just a set etiquette class. It will dispel the mystery of working on set, giving Performers an understanding of the inner workings of the film and television industry. Valuable information will also be provided on what being an ACTRA member is all about. Taught by ACTRA member Christopher Cinnamon, this class will provide valuable information to the individual that will help them advance their career in the Alberta Film,Television & Digital industry.

Sunday, September 17, 2017
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

CSIF – Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers
100, 1725 – 10 Avenue SW
This Workshop is FREE and open to ACTRA members only!


This workshop is mandatory for new ACTRA Apprentice Members who have not taken the class.

Instructor BIO: Christopher Cinnamon has been working in theatre, film and television for more than 20 years. During this time Chris has worked as a Stand-In and Actor as well as in several departments including; Production, Locations and Assistant Directing. Chris has also directed and produced four of his own short films including his most recent The Sound of Willie Nelson’s Guitar which won the 2013 Director’s Guild of Canada Award for Best Short Film. In total Chris has worked on more than 40 film and television productions including Shorts, Features, Made for TV Movies and Mini Series. Chris has also worked on 5 different TV series totaling more than 75 episodes.



Sometimes it can be difficult to attend an audition in person – learn how to create a great self-tape audition to land that role!  With the amount of production going on in Alberta & across the country, creating a strong self tape is a beneficial skill for all Performers.

This workshop is open to ACTRA Alberta members only

The best part, this workshop is FREE!

Saturday, July 22, 2017
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

CSIF – 100, 1725 – 10 Avenue SW


The workshop will be live streamed for members who reside outside Calgary.
About the facilitator:
Julian Black Antelope brings 12 years of experience working both nationally and internationally on award winning shows such as (BlackstonePenny DreadfulHell on Wheels, Dominion Creek). His most recent accolades include nominations for 2017 Canadian Screen Award for Best Guest Star in a Dramatic Series, and two-time nominee for 2016 /2015 AMPIA Best Alberta Actor.
JBA’s experience reaches into the writing & producing arena on feature films (Knuckleball 2017, Fake Blood 2017, Empyrean 2015) and is currently in development with broadcast for his own television series written and created by himself. Nominations include 2017 AMPIA best Screen Writer Drama under 30 Minutes, 2016 Governor Generals Award for Canadian History.
Examples of Roles Booked via Self -Tape:
      • Arctic Air-CBC-(Guest Star)
      • Penny Dreadful-SHOWTIME (Guest Star)
      • Dominion Creek-RTE/TG4 (Lead)
      • Hold the Dark-NETFLIX (Lead)
      • Condor-USA (Guest Star)
      • Caught-CBC (Recurring Support)

ACTRA Alberta AGM – May 27th Edmonton

ACTRA Alberta

Saturday, MAY 27th – EDMONTON
Varscona on Whyte
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
A presentation will be included in the AGM on how to use the ACTRA Online Membership systems. Updates from National, plus an overview of the initiatives that staff and Council at the branch have been working on over the past year and into the future.

POST AGM – Hands on Training for ACTRA Online
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Stick around for one on one support to update your profile on the Memberships systems – we will even take your picture.

(a similar session is planned for Calgary on Sunday, May 28th)

The ACTRA FUN BUS will transport members from Calgary to the meeting in Edmonton.
Bus will leave the ACTRA Alberta office at 9:30 am and arrive back at the ACTRA Alberta office at 7:30 pm.
Refreshments will be available and a good time will be had by all!


CALL TO ACTION – Send an email in support of the Alberta Film, Television & Digital Industry

ACTRA Alberta strongly encourages you write ONE MORE TIME to Government to let them know that the screen based production industry is important to you, your family and Alberta’s economy.

It is a critical time for our industry and if we are going to grow we need to be competitive and to do that we need support from the Government. Production in British Columbia and Ontario is booming – Alberta should be much busier.

Sending this email will only take you 10 – 15 minutes – please take the time.  If you love this industry, love living and working in Alberta, it will be the best 15 minutes you will spend.

Below is a letter you can use to email to Culture Minister Ricardo Miranda:

Call to Action – March 2017 Sample-MLA-Letter

Please copy (cc):

Minister of Economic Development & Trade Deron Bilous:

Minister of Finance, Joseph Ceci:

Premier Rachel Notley:

Beat the Holiday Blues Networking & Info Session

With the holiday season behind us, your Alberta Council thought it would be a great time to get together and learn a little more about our low budget agreements and share some cheer.


Blackfoot Inn – 5940 Blackfoot Trail SE

Sunday, January 15, 2017

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm – Low Budget Information Session

4:30 pm – 6:30 pm – Member Networking Session (food and a free drink)


Monday, January 16th, 2017

Varscona Hotel on Whyte – 8208 106 St NW

4:30 pm  –  5:30 pm  – Low Budget Information Session

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm – Member Networking Session (food and a free drink)


ACTRA Alberta members only.



UPSTART is a workshop that has something for everyone. Over an eight week period, participants come together every Monday night to film scenes and watch their work. Participation is open to any Alberta based writers, actors, and directors who have some basic experience in their field.  Don’t let your skills get rusty waiting for the phone to ring! Get involved with UPSTART and give your talent the regular workout you deserve.

Additional Information about this great program can be found HERE.

Actors – experience working with different Directors and keep your talents fresh by working on new scenes each week.

Directors – experiment while gaining experience working with talented actors.
Monday, February 13 – Monday, April 10, 2017 (no workshop on Monday, February 20th).
6:30pm – 10pm
Cost:  $175 + GST (Members of AMPIA, ACTRA or WIFTA), $225 + GST for non-members
Facilitator: Karen Ryan

If you are interested in joining this round of UPSTART, please contact by Wednesday, February 1st.  

Actors, please send a copy of your resume and headshot. You will be required to prepare a two to three page scene from film or television that contains only two characters. Directors will be required to provide links of previous work (short films, web series, etc.) as well as a resume.

UPSTART Calgary is presented by Jonathan Joffe, ACTRA Alberta, AMPIA and SAIT.

Edmonton Executive Committee – Model to replace the Film Commission – Wednesday, July 6th

The Edmonton City Council Executive Committee will be presented a model to replace the Edmonton Film Commission on Wednesday, July 6th.

The report is the first item on the agenda and the meeting commences at 9:30 am in the River Valley Room at Edmonton City Hall.

Members of the screen based industry are encouraged to attend the session to show support for the new model.

Agenda and supporting documents can be found by clicking HERE.

Please feel free to contact ACTRA Alberta Branch Representative Tina Alford ( 403.228.3123 ext 4).



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