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May 2012

‘Rosies’ Testimonials

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We have been receiving quite a number of great testimonials about the 38th Annual ‘Rosie’ Awards, held last weekend in Calgary. Here are a few…


“I just want to pass along Congratulations for a job well done last night. It was a privilege to have the awards in Calgaryand it was a great event. The opportunity to have the Premier and Minister witness the talent and quality of work coming out of this province was a major breakthrough for our sector and when the spotlight was shining on us last night, everyone delivered. Thanks for the opportunity to participate and here’s to moving forward!   Regards – LA”

Luke Azevedo
Commissioner, Film, Television & Creative Industries, Calgary Economic Development

“Just to let you know that the Lougheeds were thrilled with the evening on Saturday.  Mr. Lougheed described it as exceptional and the gift as one of the most attractive he has ever received.  When you consider how many events he/they have attended over the decades, this is high praise indeed. Well done!”

Patricia Welch
Executive Assistant


“Mark, Bill: Congratulations to you and your team on an outstanding AMPIA Awards. Please pass on a special thank you to Sue Hutch in particular. Show was very pro, very tight. Larry”

Larry Day, President, Pyramid Productions Inc.


“I think the AMPIA Awards this year were the best ever.  Sue Hutch is a great producer.   There seems to be a renewed enthusiasm and energy in the industry with the new Premier and re-elected PC government which was highlighted during the presentation of the Award of Distinction to Peter and Jeanne Lougheed.  The Honourable Heather Klimchuk delivered a strong commitment to the industry on behalf of the government.  I was also moved by the Aboriginal talent in the show and among the nominees and recipients.”

Robin Wortman


“It was a beautiful event.  The room, the hosting, the meal, the wonderful tribute to the Lougheeds, and the awards presentations of course…Thank you and kudos to you and your crew for putting on another great year!”

Natalie Faith, Manager, Alberta Operations, CTS


“Hi Bill – thank you again for including me as part of the AMPIA weekend events.  The awards night was terrific and the celebration of the Lougheeds was particularly moving.  Congratulations to you and your team!”

Robin Johnston, Acting Director, Independent Production, Factual and Reality, and Head of Outreach,  Bell Media


“I keep hearing great feedback (and giving it out too!) about the great show you all put on this year! The host, musical guests, political speeches, and all who attended collectively made it such a classy and enjoyable night! For whatever you contributed to the evening, thanks so much for your hard work and I’m already looking forward to next year!”

Rheana Watterson, The Forge Audio


38th Annual Alberta Film & Television Awards a Success!

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The 38th Annual Alberta Film and Television Awards (the Rosies) are officially behind us – and what a show it was! Among the many highlights was Premier Alison Redford’s presentation of our AMPIA Award of Distinction to former Premier Peter Lougheed and his wife Jeanne. I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house when we rolled the video! Thanks to Mike Jorgensen and the team at Myth Merchant Films for creating the heartfelt tribute.

The other special award of the night was our Friend of the Industry Award, presented to Paul Roscorla and Paul Bronfman of William F. White (who had us all clapping and singing along to AC/DC’s Highway to Hell! It was a blast!) Thanks to John Kerr and his team at Crowsnest Films for their video tribute to Paul and Paul.

Other memorable moments included musical performances by Russell Broom and Michael Bernard Fitzgerald, as well as Andrea Menard’s beautiful tribute to those in our industry who have passed on in the last year.

The Best Feature Award went to Mike Peterson for Lloyd the Conqueror, while the Best Dramatic Series went to Nomadic Pictures’ Hell on Wheels. Both awards were presented by our new Minister of Culture Heather Klimchuk. Edmonton’s Niobe Thompson won the most awards of the night with 5 for his documentary The Perfect Runner.

Host Steve Patterson once again had the audience in stitches, and we had a sell out crowd of over 700 people! All in all, it was a great night, and a testament to the talented people we have working in our industry. Thanks to Sue Hutch, Matt Gillespie, Gavin Biedler and all the folks working behind the scenes to put on such a fantastic show – way to go, team! For a list of all the winners please click 2012 AFTA Winners List For more coverage of the Awards please see the following articles: Calgary Herald   Edmonton Journal

Information on how you can order duplicate Rosie Awards coming soon!

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