Arvi Liimatainen, noted filmmaker and recipient of AMPIA’s David Billington Award (1997), has passed away at the age of 68. During his four decades in film and television, Arvi was part of the Gemini-winning team behind Da Vinci’s Inquest and its offshoots, also producing Medicine River, Legend of the Ruby Silver and Jake and the Kid. Other credits include a fruitful collaboration with director Anne Wheeler, with Arvi acting as producer for Marine Life, Angel Square, Bye Bye Blues and Cowboys Don’t Cry. Among Arvi’s directing credits are episodes of The Beachcombers, Mentors and Breaker High. He remained active in recent years, working on Hiccups, Gracepoint and The Romeo Section as well as the television movie Borealis for SEVEN24 Films/Slanted Wheel Entertainment/CTV-Space.
The esteem in which the industry holds Arvi is evidenced by the positions he held as Chair of the Banff World Media Festival (then known as Banff Television Festival) and Director of the National Screen Institute. Arvi served on AMPIA’s Board of Directors, including two years as President in the 1980s. This Finnish-born producer will long be remembered for his contributions to Alberta’s and Canada’s production communities.