Tom Radford to Receive 2012 David Billington Award

The Alberta Media Production Industries Association is pleased to announce that Tom Radford will be honoured at the 2012 David Billington Award Luncheon to be held on October 27, 2012 from 12:30pm – 2:30pm, at The Matrix Hotel.  A pre-award reception will be held at 11:30am.

Tom Radford’s career spans over forty years in the Canadian television and film industries as a Writer, Director, and Producer. He is a two time Gemini winner and born to a Pulitzer Prize winning newspaper family that came to Alberta in 1905.

“Tom Radford’s impact on Alberta’s Media Production industry is immense,” says Bill Evans, Executive Director of the Alberta Media Production Industries Association (AMPIA). “From winning the first ever Alberta Film Award in 1974 for his film Ernest Brown: Pioneer Photographer, to his work with the National Screen Institute and the NFB, to his recent Gemini Awards, he continues to enrich our community today. In 1986 Tom also worked on a film with David Billington himself, so we are immensely pleased to be honouring him with the Billington Award.”

When Radford co-directed Codebreakers with Niobe Thompson in 2001, the double Gemini Awards it garnered for “Best Photography” and “Best Science and Nature Documentary” marked the tenth time his films have won national or international honours.  Shortly before, Radford and Thompson’s Inuit Odyssey won “Best Science and Nature Documentary” at the Banff World Television Awards.  Radford has received Best Director prizes at the Alberta Film and Television Awards on eight separate occasions, most recently for his and Thompson’s Tipping Point: The Age of the Oil Sands, a two-hour investigation of the environmental impacts of the Athabasca oil sands.  The many awards and honours Radford has received at festivals from San Francisco to Toronto, Columbus to Yorkton, San Antonio to Florence, led to the Alberta Award of Excellence present by Peter Lougheed.

Tom Radford’s still photography has appeared in the National Gallery of Canada. He is the author of three books, including the best selling Alberta, A Celebration. As an Executive Producer, Radford founded the Northwest Studio of the National Film Board of Canada in Edmonton. He has sat on the Board of the Banff Television Festival, was a founder of the National Screen Institute, and is a member of the Advisory Council to the Historical Foundation. A founding partner in Film Frontiers, Filmwest Associates, Great North Productions, and Clearwater Media, Tom has been deeply involved in the building of the media production industry in the West.

CBC Radio personality Peter Brown will be the Master of Ceremonies.  Tickets to the David Billington luncheon are available by submitting this Ticket Order Form.

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