Nomadic Pictures leads Rosies nominations

In total, 182 finalists across 23 class categories and 32 craft categories will compete in the 42nd annual Alberta Film and Television Awards. (Blackstone pictured.)

The Alberta Media Production Industries Association (AMPIA) has announced its nominees for the 42nd annual Alberta Film & Television Awards.

In total, 182 finalists across 23 class categories and 32 craft categories will compete for Rosie Awards.

Nomadic Pictures leads the field of nominees with 17 nods for its work. The Calgary-based production company swept the Best Drama Made-For-TV Movie or Mini Series nominations with its Away & Back, Fargo and The Reckoning.

Following closely behindJoe Media Group tied SEVEN/24 Films for the second-most number of nominations, each with 15.

Blackstone_2013_1Blackstone (pictured), produced by Edmonton’s Prairie Dog Film + Television, earned 13 nominations, while SEVEN/24 Film’s Heartland scored nine. Both productions are nominated for Best Dramatic Series, a category that also includes Hell on Wheels, produced by eOne and Nomadic Pictures.

Best Dramatic Feature Film nominations went to 40 Below Productions’ 40 Below and Falling; Diablo Movie’s Diablo;  Empyrean, from Trancendence Film in association with Media Darling;  Pretty Hill Pictures’ Figurine; The Northlander from Manifold Pictures; and The Wizard’s Christmas: Return of the Snow King from New Machine Studios.

There were more than 700 submissions for the class and craft awards, which were formally judged by 82 industry professional from across Canada. In total, more than 344 productions were submitted for consideration. The full list of nominees can be viewed here.

The 2016 Alberta Film & Television Awards gala will take place at on Saturday, May 7 at the Hyatt Regency Imperial Ballroom in downtown Calgary. Comedian Jebb Fink will host.