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August 2015

Gil Cardinal to Receive David Billington Award

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Award-winning filmmaker Gil Cardinal has been announced as this year’s David Billington Award.

“AMPIA is proud to be able to honour Gil Cardinal as recipient of the David Billington Award this year “ said Joe Novak, Chair of the Board of Directors. “Gil is a remarkable filmmaker and I believe he has set the professional standards for great storytelling that all of us in the industry aspire to today. This is a man who have given so much to so many, and now we will be able to honour his work and his passion.”

Bill, Evans, AMPIA Executive Directors knows that Gil has made many valuable contributions to the screen industry over the last four decades. ”To honour Gil with The David Billington Award is very special as Gil was a colleague of the late David Billington. From his pioneering work with the very personal documentary ‘Foster Child’, through the epic historic mini-series ‘Big Bear’, to his many documentary projects and more recently the gritty drama series ‘Blackstone’, to me Gil has been a tireless voice for those suffering injustice and neglect in our society.”

The David 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.  The 27th Annual David Billington Luncheon will take place on Saturday, November 7 at the Sutton Place Hotel in Edmonton, Alberta. 

Purchase tickets for the David Billington Luncheon here.

Entries for $10,000 Cash Prize Now Open!

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AMPIA is pleased to announce a new collaboration with the Edmonton Arts Council to administer the Edmonton Film Prize. The call for entries is now open!


The Edmonton Film Prize is a $10,000 annual cash prize to recognize Edmonton-based filmmakers who demonstrate artistic and technical excellence as a filmmaker. The award is sponsored by the City of Edmonton through the Edmonton Arts Council and will be administered by the Alberta Media Production Industries Association. Entries will be judged by an independent jury of filmmakers, presenters, broadcasters and members of the film community.

Launched in 2012 by the Edmonton Arts Council, the Edmonton Film Prize to celebrate the best in Edmonton’s screen-based industries.

“Edmonton has a strong film community and we are excited to continue the tradition of recognizing our local pool of talent,” says Paul Moulton, Executive Director of the Edmonton Arts Council. “This is our first time partnering with our friends at the Alberta Media Productions Industries Association on the project, and we look forward to working with them to celebrate the recipient of the fourth annual Edmonton Film Prize.”

“We are very pleased to be working with the Edmonton Arts Council to present the Edmonton Film Prize,” says Bill Evans, AMPIA’s Executive Director. “Our track record of administering the Alberta Film & Television Awards over the past 40+ years make this a natural fit.”

The submission deadline is September 30, 2015. The winner will be announced and the prize awarded in December 2015.

New Fund Available for AMPIA Members

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AMPIA members can now access the Western Canada Business Strategy Fund to increase capacity, accelerate growth and build strong business models.  The Western Canada Business Strategy Fund provides access to the expertise of professional consultants and assistance in corporate-strategic business development.
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