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.
The Billington Award is presented each year to an individual who has made an invaluable contribution to Alberta’s production community and celebrates those individuals who inspire us all with their vision, passion and dedication. We are pleased to announce that Dale Phillips has been selected by the community to be honoured with this award.
Some times you just have to quit your day job. Frederick Kroetsch has done just that and with good reason! The co-founder of Open Sky Pictures, along with fellow producers Kurt Spenrath and Rebecca Campbell, has been hitting the pavement this year, pitching projects and seeking development funding with fantastic results.