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AFA’s 25 Influential Alberta Artists Announced

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Alberta filmmakers were listed among the AFA’s 25 Influential Alberta Artists announced this week. The list was compiled from community nominations to identify artists from the past 25 years who have significantly impacted their communities, influenced the development of art and artistic practice in our province, and inspired others to do the same.

The list includes AMPIA’s David Billington Recipient Gil Cardinal, Media Artist and AMAAS Executive Director Sharon Stevens, Calgary Filmmaker Gary Burns, Co-Founders of Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society Narcisse Blood and Michael Green, and Edmonton Filmmaker/Musician Trevor Anderson.



Gil Cardinal Legacy Fund

By The David Billington Awards

At the 2015 David Billington Award presentation to Gil Cardinal, a legacy fund was announced. We are pleased to be able to share the details with you now.

Each year a grant valued at $2,500 will be awarded to an emerging aboriginal filmmaker to help make a demo for their first film, short film, web or television project. Applications are now open.

Deadline to submit is September 15, 2016.

Application Guidelines

  1. You are an emerging aboriginal filmmaker (producer or director) who resides in Alberta. This Grant is specifically intended to assist in preparation of a professional demo or sizzle reel that would enable a project to be considered for development for theatre, broadcast, mobile or web.
  2. Applicants must provide two letters of reference from accredited production professionals, from academic institutions or from supporters of their project.
  3. All submissions must include the following documents:
    – A one page detailed synopsis that explains what the project is.
    – A proposed schedule detailing how the demo will be developed.
    – A proposed budget for the demo with any additional financial support clearly indicated
    – A cover letter outlining your passion for this project
    – Bio of applicant
  4. All genres except “reality” are eligible.
  5. Decisions will be made by a 3-person independent, arms-length, jury.
  6. Deadline for applications is September 15th with decisions announced no later than November 30, 2016.
  7. Priority will be given to well-written, professionally presented and properly organized submissions.

Gill Cardinal Legacy Fund application form.

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.


Michelle Thrush to Host David Billington Luncheon

By The David Billington Awards

AMPIA is pleased to announce that multiple award-winning Actress Michelle Thrush will be hosting the David Billington Luncheon in Edmonton on Saturday, November 7th.

Michelle has been involved professionally in the film and television industry for over 20 years doing her first film in Edmonton at the age of 17. Since then she has had over 40 credits to her name and won numerous awards.

In 2011, she won Best Performance by a Lead Actress in a Continuing Dramatic Role for her courageous performance as Gail Stoney on the hit series Blackstone.  She also held title for Best Alberta Actress for this same character for the last three years. Michelle has devoted herself to working in the community using her profile with First Nations youth for her whole career. She has written her own one woman shows and toured across the country using theatre and comedy as a way of healing and believes the arts are the most powerful way to create change.

Some of her television credits include North of 60, Arctic Air, and Moccasin Flats. Michelle also worked beside Johnny Depp in the cult classic Deadman and was the first indigenous woman to walk the red carpet in the Cannes Film Festival for the film Jimmy P next to her co-star Benicio Del Toro. One of her most important productions though is being a mom to two teenage daughters.

Michelle will be joining special guests Bonnie Thompson (National Film Board), Daron Donahue (The Great Human Odyssey) and Producer Tom Cox (Heartland) in presenting the David Billington Award to this year’s recipient, filmmaker Gil Cardinal.

Gil Cardinal is an award-winning filmmaker 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. Cardinal has a long list of documentaries and has directed episodes of hit TV series such as North of 60 and The Rez, as well as the Gemini nominated mini-series Big Bear. He also penned the pilot for Blackstone, which begins its fifth and final season this year.

Event Details

Saturday, November 7, 2015
Cocktail Reception – 11:30 am
Lunch & Program – 12:30 pm

Sutton Place Hotel Edmonton
10235 101 Street, Edmonton, Alberta

Purchase Tickets

Tickets are $65.00 for students, $75.00 for AMPIA members and $95.00 for non-members. Tables are seated for 8. If purchasing for a group, please be sure to include guest names and dietary restrictions.

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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.

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