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Fil Fraser: A History of the Rosies

By | AB Film & TV Awards

AMPIA celebrates 43 years of the Alberta Film & Television Awards, aka The Rosies.  Few people know Alberta lead the way to establish the first film and television awards ceremony in Canada and it all started with Fil Fraser.  

Fil Fraser is an award-winning filmmaker, journalist, writer and human rights activist with an impressive career spanning more than half a century. Born in Montreal, Fraser headed west at the height of his career in the media industry, a time where he says, “you couldn’t turn on the radio or TV without seeing me there.” He was a Co-Anchor for CBC Edmonton’s news and public affairs program, the host of Talk Back – the most highly rated talk show on CJCA – from 1974-1979 and hosted his own program on ITV, The Fil Fraser Show.

The Alberta Film & Television Awards were founded in 1974 as a result of Fil Fraser’s conversation with Minister of Culture Horst Schmid. Fil shares on that experience and the very unique sculpture that became the first Rosie Award…


The Rosies, 43rd Alberta Film & Television Awards

Saturday, April 29, 2017
Shaw Conference Centre, Hall D
9797 Jasper Ave, Edmonton, Alberta
Hosted by Michelle Thrush

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Alberta’s First Feature

By | Screenings

FIL FRASER is an award-winning filmmaker, journalist, writer and human rights activist with an impressive career spanning more than half a century. He is a leading pioneer in Alberta’s film industry, responsible for founding the Alberta Film & Television Awards in 1974 and producing Alberta’s first feature Why Shoot The Teacher? (1977), which became the highest grossing film in Canada that year. Why Shoot The Teacher? will be screened during this week’s Alberta Culture Days so we checked in with Fil Fraser on the 37th Anniversary of the film and where he feels our industry is headed.

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“Why Shoot The Teacher”

By | Screenings
Sunday, September 28th, 7pm at the Garneau Theatre (8712 – 109 St, Edmonton, AB)

As part of Alberta Culture Days, AMPIA and Metro Cinema will be presenting a FREE screening of Why Shoot The Teacher? 

Producer Fil Fraser and Screenwriter James DeFelice will be in attendance. There will be a reception afterwards and all are invited to help celebrate the 37th Anniversary of the film!

 

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Billington Award Luncheon and Watch Canada Roundtable a Success!

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The David Billington Award Luncheon and Watch Canada Roundtable held on Saturday October 27 were enjoyed by all that attended. The luncheon celebrated Tom Radford and his many contributions to media production in Alberta and Western Canada. Congratulations to Tom Radford and thank you to all his guests that came out to help celebrate. We are receiving many accolades from our guests, many of whom were touched by the event, and who were grateful they had the opportunity to come together to celebrate Tom.

Thank you to the Master of Ceremonies Peter Brown, Speakers Jim DeFelice, Ken Brown, Anne Wheeler, Peter Raymont, and Niobe Thompson for providing laughs and memories. A special ‘Thank You!’ to David Billington Award Producer Lisa Miller and also to editor Brenda Terning for the video tribute.

Thank you to our 2012 David Billington Award Luncheon Patron Sponsors GlobalShaw Media, and CTV; Bronze Sponsor CBC; Audio Visual Support Cine Audio Visual; and Dessert Sponsors Calgary Film Commission and Edmonton Film Commission.

More pictures of the toasting and roasting of Tom Radford can be found here.

The ‘Watch Canada’ Roundtable Discussion, which took place earlier in the day, was also a great success. With an enthusiastic audience of over 50 people, ranging from students to experienced producers, the event provided a fascinating insight into the many challenges facing Canadian content creators in connecting with audiences, both within Canada and abroad. Thanks to participants Valerie Creighton (CMF), Dave Forget (Telefilm Canada), Michael Hennessy (CMPA), J. Joly (Overinteractive Media) and Neil Campbell (Landmark Cinemas).  Video and powerpoint presentations from the event can be found here.

Thank you to our Watch Canada Roundtable Sponsors Canada Media Fund, Telefilm Canada and Alberta Film.