Dale Phillips, David Billington Recipient

The 26th Annual David Billington Award & Luncheon took place on November 15, 2014 at the Westin Hotel in Edmonton. This year’s recipient was Dale Phillips (aka “Big Daddy”), an award-winning Director and Producer and a former President of AMPIA. The event brought out some of the biggest names in our industry and welcomed the next generation of graduating students into the fold.

AMPIA hosted a pre-reception for graduating students to practice their networking skills and meet the influential members of the film and television industry. Students from Red Deer College and NAIT’s Digital Media & IT Program had the opportunity to meet with the Producers of Alberta’s hit series, such as Hell On Wheels, Heartland, Blackstone and Tiny Plastic Men. Also in attendance: Edmonton-Calder MLA David Eggen, Jeff Brinton from Alberta Culture & Tourism, Edmonton Film Commissioner Brad Stromberg and Calgary Film Commissioner Luke Azevedo.

Award-winning filmmaker Francis Damberger acted as Master of Ceremonies and made quite the entrance in his cowboy boots! After the streaker at the 2014 Alberta Film & Television Awards, there seems to be a “liberal dress code” in effect.

Speakers included Harvey Spak, Selwyn Jacob and Glenn Rollans. Dale was given a few surprises from his peers, including a viewing of his cameo appearance in the feature film Road to Saddle River.

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Guests got to hear first-hand how Dale’s leadership, vision and dedication to fostering a sound relationship with Government created a rich legacy that all in our industry have benefited from. Read more about Dale Phillips here.

Read more about the David Billington Award here. 

Big thanks to Event Producer Shauna Scott, Photographer Lucas Boutilier (Naked Rain Creative) and our sponsors: Alberta Film, Government of Alberta, Edmonton Arts Council, City of Edmonton, CTV/Bell Media, Lindisfarne Productions, Nomadic Pictures and Prairie Dog Film + Television.