Tony Merzetti - Executive Director
First as a volunteer, then member, and now as Executive Director of the New Brunswick Filmmakers’ Co-operative, Tony has devoted over thirty years to making the province of NB a center for film creation in Canada.
Tony is known for his patience and dedication in his work with budding and experienced filmmakers alike. He has been instrumental in helping them to achieve their dreams and aspirations, all the while keeping the Co-op on solid financial ground.
Under his guidance the Co-op is reaching into communities across New Brunswick. In the process it has become a truly provincial organization representing traditional, alternative and multicultural film and video artists.
Always at the top of the class, Tony graduated with high honours from St. Malachy’s High in Saint John, made the Dean’s list in business administration at University of New Brunswick, Saint John and completed his MBA at St. Mary’s University. He then brought his considerable talent and vision back home to New Brunswick where he began to volunteer with the New Brunswick Filmmakers’ Co-op in Fredericton.
Tony has personally contributed to more than 250 films, including 6 which he wrote and directed himself. Colleagues describe Tony as considerate and kindly; they profess a deep respect for the work he does as a skilled craftsman, teacher and activist on their behalf.
Tony won an Excellence Award for Community Cultural Development in New Brunswick in 2005 and most recently was awarded the CBC Pioneer Award at the Atlantic Film Festival in 2010.
In 2012, Tony was the recipient for the the Caisses populaires acadiennes Arts and Cultural Management Award. $5000 went to the NB Film Co-op as part of the award. Created in 2009, the award is given to recognize an individual who is the manager or the executive director of an arts organization. The award is given to celebrate excellence in professionalism, leadership, management, promotion, and exceptional contribution to the arts and cultural sector in New Brunswick. Previously the New Brunswick Filmmaker’s Co-operative was awarded ‘Arts Organization of the Year’ in NB in 2002 through the New Brunswick Foundation for the Arts.
Cat LeBlanc - Membership Services Director
Cat LeBlanc received her English Degree and Gerontology certificate at St. Thomas University.
Cat has been Membership Services Director at the NB Film Co-op for over 20 years. She assists members with their film/video productions from development to distribution with grant writing thrown in for good measure. She has also done production management on many member projects during her time at the co-op and really enjoys organizing and helping.
She coordinates the annual provincial workshop program through the Film Co-op, is involved in the Short Film Venture Program with partner New Brunswick Film, is co-lead for programming, events and finance for the Silver Wave Film Festival and sits on the board of directors for Woman in Film and Television Atlantic.
Cat was awarded the CBC Pioneer Award at the Atlantic Film Festival in 2010 and was one of four women from Atlantic Canada presented with the 2011 WAVE Awards for film, TV and new media, honouring women in the industry for their accomplishments, vision, leadership and dedication.
Cat is also a songwriter/singer and recently received an artsnb music scholarship to further develop her songwriting and vocal style.
Matt Carr - Technical Coordinator
Matt Carr is a graduate of the Digital Filmmaking program at daVinci College and is an experienced creative editor and camera person comfortable in both the independent and commercial film and television sector. Matt has helped out on multiple productions since graduating.