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Donovan Workun to Host Rosies Gala!

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We are pleased to announce that Edmonton Comedian and Actor Donovan Workun will be hosting the 2015 Rosies Gala! Donovan has been a professional improviser for 25 years. As the founding Member of The Atomic Improv Co. and Rapid Fire Theatre, Donovan is a 3 time world improv champion. He has performed across North America, the Caribbean and Europe including several showcases at L.A.’s “Laugh Factory” and Montreal’s “Just for Laughs” where he won their first international Improv tournament. On stage he has improvised with Wayne Brady, Colin Mocherie, and Brad Sherwood of ABC tv’s “Whose Line is it Anyway.”

Donovan’s improv skills have translated well into dozens of film, television and radio roles working alongside Second City alumni Dave Thomas, and Joe Flaherty, and Mike Myers. He’s shared the screen with Donald and Kiefer Sutherland, Demi Moore, Tim Curry, and Patrick Swayze.  He has been thrown from a horse, driven a tank, run nude through crowds, and even set on fire, all in the name of comedy. Donovan can be heard every week in his own national CBC radio-one comedy series “The Irrelevant Show.”  He has been featured in numerous national print and television ad campaigns selling anything from pizza, to banking for several national institutions or furniture for Canada’s largest retailer “The Brick.”  You can see Donovan this fall on CMT Canada’s newest reality show Ice Racer Showdown

Donovan continues to be one of the hardest working Improvisors in Canada.  With Atomic Improv. he is continually headlining corporate events for some of Canada’s biggest companies, like Suncor and ATB.  If he’s not performing, he’s teaching youth at risk through AADAC, and YESS or training companies The Power of Yes! With his business improv program.

For fun Donovan Improvises with Internationally acclaimed Die-Nasty the founders of the 52 hour long Soap-A-Thon which has become a hit all over the world. There long form improvised soap opera has been a main stay in Edmonton for 23 years. When Workun isn’t on stage or teaching improv he spends time with his two children racing BMX bikes.

Rosies Gala: Save the Date

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Submissions for the 2015 Alberta Film & Television Awards are now closed. With a host of new judges, new award categories and so many first-time entrants, we’re looking forward to celebrating another year of Alberta’s best!

The Rosies Gala will be held at the Shaw Conference Theatre in Edmonton, Saturday, May 23, 2015. Be sure to save the date!


2014 Alberta Film & Television Awards Nominees Announced

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The Alberta Film & Television Awards Nominees were announced earlier today in both Edmonton and Calgary:

A full list of nominees is available here: 2014 AFTA FINALISTS (Updated March 20)

2014 AFTA Press Release| Faces of Alberta Social Media Campaign

Join us for the 2014 Alberta Film & Television Awards on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at the Telus Convention Centre in Calgary. Hosted by Comedian Sean Cullen.

Tickets are now on sale. AFTA_TicketOrderForm | AFTA_TicketOrderForm (Word)

Need a place to stay? Our partner hotels provide discounts for all attendees of the Awards Show. Follow these links for your reservation discount:
Delta Bow Valley Hotel | The Calgary Marriott Downtown Hotel

Alberta Film and Television Awards 2013

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The Alberta Film & Television Awards are right around the corner (Saturday May 25, 2013) at the Winspear Centre in Edmonton!  Make sure you purchase your tickets to meet the industry’s “movies” and shakers and join in on the increased networking opportunity with the two receptions we have planned:

6:30pm Opening Reception, Main Floor Lobby Sponsored by the Edmonton Film Commission

7:30pm Awards Show, Enmax Theatre

9:30pm Post Reception, Main Floor Lobby  Sponsored by Calgary Economic Development – Calgary Film Commission and Prairie Dog Film + Television

Program Details

Get ready for some great entertainment!  With only a few days until the show, get ready for some laughs, good food and good times!

The Alberta Film and Television Awards will be hosted by Edmonton stand up comedian and 630 CHED radio personality Andrew Grose (pictured right). Andrew has been conspiring with last year’s host Steve Patterson to find out which of our industry members deserve a good roasting.

While Andrew Grose hosts on stage, Mark Connolly (pictured left), co-host of CBC News Edmonton, will be sipping champagne with the winners of the evening in the Winners Circle (live-streamed online at

To add to the entertainment, musical guests PEAR, the husband and wife duo Denis and Lynae Dufresne who headlined international fiddle sensation Barrage, is going to bring something Sweet N Gritty.

A Special Achievement Award will be given to Dave Thomas (pictured right), a founding member of the seminal TV Comedy series SCTV, which was filmed in Edmonton from 1980-82.  The Friend of the Industry Award will be given jointly to FAVA (Film & Video Arts Society of Alberta) and CSIF (Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers).

A Lifetime Achievement Award will also be given to Marg Pullishy posthumously. Marg Pullishy has been part of the film and television industry in Edmonton for over three decades. It was as a regular contributor in front of the camera with CFRN that she first introduced audiences to “Wednesday’s Child,” which highlighted the pressing need for adoption in the province.

Come celebrate the year’s achievements in the Alberta Film, Television, Digital Media Industries. If you cannot make the event, be sure to catch the live streaming of the Winners’ Circle (thank you speeches), at and follow the live twitter feed (@RosieAwards, #RosieAwards) to see what is happening on stage.

Thank you Sponsors:

Diamond Level
Alberta Film
Government of Alberta

Patron Level
Banff World Media Festival
Joe Media Group
Jump Studios
Colour by LookLabs

Platinum Level
Jet Music Inc
Idea Factory
Studio Post
The Westin Edmonton

Gold Level
Calgary Economic Development – Calgary Film Commission
Christie Lites
Cine Audio Visual
Delta Bow Valley
Edmonton Film Commission
Keylite Design
Propeller Studios Inc.
Shaw Media
SIM Digital
Spillwall Productions

Silver Level
Bishop & McKenzie
Coast Wholesale Appliances
Columbia Awards
Front Row Insurance Brokers Inc.
Global Edmonton
Keen Eye
Kelly Brothers Productions
Lindisfarne Productions
Motion Picture Theatre Association of Alberta
Prairie Dog Film + Television
Priority Printing Ltd.
Red Deer College
SAIT Polytechnic
Spotlight Productions

Bronze Level
Applied Electronics
FM Systems
iLink Media Group
Mr. Mix Audio
Multimedia Risk
National Film Board
Seven24 Films
Solid Green
Winspear Centre

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