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November 2015

Remembering Gil Cardinal

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It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of long-time AMPIA member and recent David Billington Award recipient, Gil Cardinal.

Friends of Gil will be gathering at Metro Billiards on Wednesday, December 9 as Gil was as passionate about shooting pool as he was about shooting his films.  Click here for details.

Friends of Gil have established The Gil Cardinal Legacy Fund in his honour, that will be awarded to an aspiring Aboriginal filmmaker. Gil was part of outlining the criteria for this award before his passing.
For those who wish to make a donation, please send a cheque to:

The Gil Cardinal Legacy Fund
Suite 201, 5305 Allard Way
Edmonton, Alberta T6H 5X8

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Gil Cardinal Receives David Billington Award

By The David Billington Awards

The 27th Annual David Billington Award Luncheon was held on November 7, 2015, honouring multi award-winning filmmaker Gil Cardinal.  The event was hosted by Michelle Thrush (Blackstone, North of 60) with special guests Bonnie Thompson (National Film Board), Daron Donahue (The Great Human Odyssey) and Producer Tom Cox (Heartland, North of 60).

Mayor Don Iveson brought greetings on behalf of the City of Edmonton and gave an inspired speech on the role art can play in bringing awareness to social issues of concern to aboriginal peoples. Gil Cardinal was a trailblazer in the respect, known for exploring raw subject matter such as substance abuse, the foster care system and the struggles of his own cultural identity and Métis ancestry.

Unfortunately, Gil was unable to attend the event due to illness, but his friends and colleagues gathered to celebrate his invaluable contributions to our Alberta industry. The Award was presented to Gil previously at a private ceremony. However, over 120 industry professionals, students and members of the public were in attendance to celebrate Gil’s achievements at the Sutton Place Hotel in Edmonton. Notable attendees included past Billington Award recipients Dale Phillips, Jane Bisbee, Doug MacLeod and Murray Ord.

MLA David Shepherd (Edmonton Centre) brought greetings on behalf of Alberta Minister of Culture and Tourism David Eggen and Premier Rachel Notley. Other MLA’s included: MLA’s Lorne Dach (Edmonton McCLung), Richard Feehan (Edmonton Rutherford) and Rod Loyola (Edmonton Ellerslie). Also in attendance were Alberta Culture and Tourism Assistant Deputy Minister Lora Pillipow and Jeff Brinton, Executive Director of Creative Industries, Alberta Culture and Tourism.

Following the program, an announcement was made regarding the Gil Cardinal Legacy Fund, which will provide funding for emerging Aboriginal filmmakers to kickstart their careers. More information with be forthcoming shortly.

Film Industry Comes Out for the David Billington Luncheon

By The David Billington Awards

Over one hundred and twenty industry professionals and local representatives came out to support the 27th Annual David Billington Award Luncheon, honouring filmmaker Gil Cardinal.

The cocktail reception and lunch took place at the Sutton Hotel Edmonton and was attended by Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson, Federal MP Matt Jeneroux and Provincial MLA’s Lorne Dach (Edmonton McCLung), Richard Feehan (Edmonton Rutherford), Rod Loyola (Edmonton Ellerslie) and David Shepherd (Edmonton Centre).

Also in attendance were Alberta Culture and Tourism Assistant Deputy Minister Lora Pillipow and Jeff Brinton, Executive Director of Creative Industries, Alberta Culture and Tourism.


Future Looks Bright for AMPIA Members!

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AMPIA Chairmen Joe Novak said it best, “What a difference a year can make!” This statement opened AMPIA’s Annual General Meeting (AGM)  that took place on Saturday, November 7 in Edmonton.

With the recent turnover of the federal government promising to increase investments to the Canada Council for the Arts, Telefilm Canada and the National Film Board, and Alberta’s NDP government committing an additional $11-million to the Alberta Media Fund, the future looks bright for our industry professionals!

Members were treated to the additional positive progress AMPIA has made in regards to our professional development activities. AMPIA held the first southern Alberta professional development day, The Calgary Dust Up in October, with record-breaking attendance and we will be working again with Createasphere (StoryWorld Quest) and the Banff Centre to bring forward Story Summit, a two-day intensive coming in February 2016.

“Yesterday was the first time we have attended the AGM and we are proud to call ourselves Producer Members! We are so impressed with everything that is being done through AMPIA, from education to lobbying to awards.”
– Sharlene Millang and Daniel Foreman (Groove Soldier Production

Following the AGM, student members attended a pre-networking cocktail reception with government officials and our top producers. We are pleased to provide these opportunities for our members to connect!

Members who were not able to attend can contact the AMPIA office for a copy of the AGM report. Please call 780-944-0707.

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