Tony Merzetti

First as a volunteer and now as Executive Director of the New Brunswick Filmmakers’ Co-operative, Tony has devoted over twenty-eight 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.

Film Role(s): 
Photography Lighting, grant-writing, accounting, production management, picture editing, screenwriting, directing Filmography
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Contact Info
(506) 455-1632