Fil Fraser – An African Canadian Profile

Our first African Canadian Filmmaker profile is of our dear friend, the recently departed Fil Fraser. Fil received a Lifetime Achievement Award from CaribbeanTales in 2011 for his outstanding contribution to Canadian film. In light of his recent passing, we wish to honour Fil and to celebrate his achievements with the world.


Fil Fraser (1932 – 2017) was born and educated in Montreal. In the 1970s, he formed a production company to produce educational television films. He then went on to produce four feature films, from 1977-82, including Why Shoot the Teacher? (executive producer), The Hounds of Notre Dame (producer), and Latitude 55° (executive producer). Fil was a founding member of the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. He also became well known as a book author, columnist, radio personality, television program director. He was a member of the Order of Canada; received the Alberta Achievement Award and in 2015 was made a member of the Alberta Order of Excellence. Fil served on the Alberta Task Force on Film and the Federal Task Force on Broadcasting Policy and was the Governor of the Canadian Journalism Foundation as well as a member of the Canadian Association of Black Journalists. He organized the first Alberta Film Festival in 1974, which later became the Alberta Motion Picture Industry Association, and was central to founding the Banff International Television Festival.