Two Special Awards Announced for the 2011 Rosies

Wednesday, May 18, 2011 – With a little more than a week before the 37th Annual Alberta Film & Television Awards are presented in Edmonton, host organization AMPIA (The Alberta Media Production Industries Association) has announced two special awards that will be presented on May 28, the evening of the Gala Awards.

The ‘Friend of the Industry Award’ is presented to an individual or organization that has made significant contributions to Alberta’s film and television production industry. This year the honour is being awarded to Calgary-based Shaw Rocket Fund and its President, Agnes Augustin, for their ongoing support for quality children’s programming in Alberta and all across Canada.

Alberta productions that have been supported by the Shaw Rocket Fund include the productions Heartland, Anash and the Legacy of the Sun-Rock, Mentors, Hank Williams First Nation and Dinosapiens, among others.

And every so often AMPIA takes the opportunity to present a Special Achievement Award to an individual whose body of work is worth celebrating. This year the award is being presented to another Calgarian, Dave Pierce, the Gemini and Emmy Award-winning composer.

Pierce has worked with an amazing array of talent and among his many achievements, he was commissioned to compose a symphonic work for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.  He was the Music Director for the Opening, Closing, and Victory ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, for which he received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Direction.

The 2011 Alberta Film & Television Awards– honouring brilliance in the film, television and new media produced in Alberta by and for Albertans – will be held at a gala dinner and awards evening on Saturday, May 28th 2011 at The Venue at the Edmonton Marriott at River Cree Resort.

This year’s event will be hosted by Canadian comedian, humourist and self-professed drinking companion Steve Patterson, who is the host of CBC Radio One’s The Debaters. At a recent Just for Laughs gig hosted by Steve Martin, Patterson’s performance prompted Martin himself to quip, “If I’d known he was going to be THAT good, I would have cancelled him.”

Musical entertainment will be provided by Alberta’s Barrage, the high-octane fiddle-fest that features an international, multi-talented cast performing an eclectic mix of music, song and dance. Barrage has performed around the world and is never forgotten by those who experience their showmanship.

Nicknamed the “Rosies,” this year the public is invited to attend and participate in the annual industry night. Ticket information, as well as a full list of the nominees – most of whom will be on hand to collect their awards– can be found on AMPIA’s website, <www.ampia.org>.

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