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Prestigious International Public Television Event to be held in Calgary this May

INPUT, the largest and most prestigious public television conference in the world, will be held in Calgary from May 8-12, 2016. This marks the first time in over a decade that the influential, unique and accessible four-day screening event comes to Canada.

With a large number of Canadian programs appearing in the lineup, along with the selection of a Canadian city as the host location, INPUT Calgary 2016 puts a spotlight on Canada as an international player in small screen content creation in the genres of documentaries, animation, news and current affairs programming, and dramatic television.

“In a global creative and wired economy, we’re now creating content for international audiences. INPUT offers a unique chance to be inspired by some of the most innovative and thought provoking television shows in the world,” said INPUT Calgary Chair Joe Novak.

INPUT attracts over 1,000 broadcast executives, producers, directors, writers and multi-platform content creators from around the world to screen and discuss inspiring and innovative documentaries, dramas, webisodes, and programming that you won’t see anywhere else. In recent years the conference has been hosted in Tokyo, Helsinki, Sydney and Seoul.

“We are delighted to welcome INPUT to Calgary and Alberta,” said Ricardo Miranda, Alberta’s Minister of Culture and Tourism. “In hosting this prestigious international event, we are fostering the further development of Alberta’s cultural industries by bringing the best public broadcasters from around the world to meet and exchange ideas with each other and with our vibrant film and television sector. This event is a global showcase for our province, production companies and stories.”

Of the 90 selections screening this year, 10 are Canadian, including four productions from CBC/Radio-Canada, host of INPUT Calgary 2016.

“The quality and calibre of the content screened each year at INPUT speaks volumes to the role public broadcasting plays in engaging and inspiring our respective audiences at home and reflecting their stories around the globe,” said Heather Conway, Executive vice president, English services, CBC. “CBC is honoured to host the event this year, and even prouder to showcase such a great selection of Canadian content.”

The full program of the most innovative content currently being created and presented in the public interest was announced last week. The Canadian selections for INPUT 2016 are:

Licence to Deceive: A CBC Marketplace investigation into the claims of drugstore remedies that raises serious questions about the government agency that’s supposed to keep Canadian families safe and healthy.

The Amina Profile: A documentary about Amina Arraf, a Syrian-American revolutionary and blogger, whose kidnapping starts an international movement. The documentary was an official selection at the Calgary International Film Festival, Hot Docs Film Festival and Sundance Film Festival.

Face to Face with the Voters: Following the 2015 Federal Election, CBC brought 10 Canadians with diverse backgrounds and viewpoints from across the country to Ottawa to question the new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau face to face.

Mohawk Girls: Going Native: An APTN production offering a comedic look at the lives of four modern-day women trying to stay true to their roots while they navigate sex, work and love.

Space Suite: Produced by BC Knowledge Network, this evocative series of 10 short films captures the vast beauty and mystery of the universe.

Carface, a short NFB animated musical comedy satire about oil-based civilization.

SQ Abuse: Women Break the Silence: A Radio-Canada documentary about Aboriginal women who denounce sexual abuse, bullying and other behaviours of some Quebec police officers.

Série noire: A Radio-Canada comedy-drama thriller series about two authors of a TV soap opera and their adventures through the criminal world, designed to inspire them to write the second season of the show.

My Heart Attack: An NFB animated short film directed by Sheldon Cohen, whose previous work with the Animation Studio includes The Sweater, based on the much-loved short story by Roch Carrier, one of the most popular films in the NFB catalogue.

Annedroids: New Pals: A TVO Kids program about a child scientist who invents and builds a team of androids to help her on adventures.

Registration for INPUT 2016 is now open. The cost to attend the four-day event is $200 Canadian. Mostly taking place at the Telus Convention Centre and Glenbow Museum in Calgary, INPUT is topped off with critical discussions, social events, and networking opportunities to build national and international connections.

The full program for INPUT for can be found here.

More information about INPUT Calgary 2016 can be found here

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