The 38th annual Rosie Awards were handed out in Alberta this past weekend and local productions won 26 of the 51 awards.
The series "Hell on Wheels," which is filmed in Alberta, won the title of best dramatic series, and Duncan Ollenrenshaw took home the best performance by an Alberta actor. Other winners included "Wild Life," a National Film Board of Canada’s Academy Award-nominated animated short film, Michelle Thrush of the Edmonton-shot drama "Blackstones" won for best actress, Brett Manyluk took home the prize for best cinematographer (drama over 30 minutes) for his work on "Burlesque Assassins," the best drama made-for-TV movie or mini-series went to "Hannah’s Law" (Nomadic Pictures), and the best feature-length production was awarded to "Lloyd the Conqueror."
One of the biggest winners was Niobe Thompson’s flick "The Perfect Runner," which won for best documentary, best director, best screenplay (non-fiction), best editing and best cinematographer (non-fiction).
The Rosie Awards are presented by the Alberta Media Production Industries Association (AMPIA), which is a non-profit professional association that was incorporated in 1973. At its inception, its mandate was to support the independent motion picture industry as a viable economic and cultural force within the Province of Alberta, and since that time, the media industry in Canada and the world has changed dramatically. The AMPIA continues to play an important role in the media production industry in the province of Alberta.
It was the first time in almost a decade that the Rosie Awards were held in Calgary.