The Billington Award is presented each year to an individual who has made an invaluable contribution to Alberta’s production community and celebrates those individuals who inspire us all with their vision, passion and dedication. We are pleased to announce that Dale Phillips has been selected by the community to be honoured with this award.
Dale Phillips has been a trailblazer in the Alberta Film and Television Industry for over forty years, and has a particularly rich history with AMPIA, serving a founding member, Board Member and later as President from 1998 – 1999. The Edmonton-based Producer has won many awards, including Best Public Relations Film at the Canadian Film and Television Association Film Awards, Best Documentary Over 30 Minutes at the Yorkton Short Film Festival, as well as many Alberta Motion Picture Industry Awards (the ‘Rosies’) for Best Educational Film, Best Documentary, Best Motivational Film, Best Drama Under 30 Minutes, Best Short Film and Best of Festival.
Dale was presented with an Alberta Achievement Award by Premier Peter Lougheed in 1976 for garnering national and international film festival awards for the film Following the Plough/Chant du Tracteur. In 1978, he was commissioned by the National Film Board (NFB) Montreal to manage the production of Going the Distance, the official film of the Commonwealth Games held in Edmonton, which was nominated for an Academy Award.
Phillips then started working for the NFB full-time, where he produced such notable Alberta productions as Life After Hockey (1989) and Road to Saddle River (1994). In 1995, Dale formed his own film company, Black Spring Pictures Inc. and produced many more productions including Born Hutterite (1996) and Shadows of War (2000), which won a Media Human Rights Award. In 1996, following the shuttering of the Alberta Motion Picture Development Corporation (AMPDC) by the Klein Government, it was Dale’s close relationships with then Minister of Culture Shirley McClellan and former MLA Carol Haley that led to the creation of the Alberta Media Fund (AMF), which remains the principal incentive program for all screen-based media in Alberta to this day. Dale’s leadership, vision and dedication in fostering a sound relationship with Government and helping establish industry support organizations such as AMPIA and the Alberta Cultural Industries Association has created a rich legacy that all in our industry have benefited from.