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Film Industry Comes Out for the David Billington Luncheon

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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.

 

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.

Billington Award Luncheon and Watch Canada Roundtable a Success!

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The David Billington Award Luncheon and Watch Canada Roundtable held on Saturday October 27 were enjoyed by all that attended. The luncheon celebrated Tom Radford and his many contributions to media production in Alberta and Western Canada. Congratulations to Tom Radford and thank you to all his guests that came out to help celebrate. We are receiving many accolades from our guests, many of whom were touched by the event, and who were grateful they had the opportunity to come together to celebrate Tom.

Thank you to the Master of Ceremonies Peter Brown, Speakers Jim DeFelice, Ken Brown, Anne Wheeler, Peter Raymont, and Niobe Thompson for providing laughs and memories. A special ‘Thank You!’ to David Billington Award Producer Lisa Miller and also to editor Brenda Terning for the video tribute.

Thank you to our 2012 David Billington Award Luncheon Patron Sponsors GlobalShaw Media, and CTV; Bronze Sponsor CBC; Audio Visual Support Cine Audio Visual; and Dessert Sponsors Calgary Film Commission and Edmonton Film Commission.

More pictures of the toasting and roasting of Tom Radford can be found here.

The ‘Watch Canada’ Roundtable Discussion, which took place earlier in the day, was also a great success. With an enthusiastic audience of over 50 people, ranging from students to experienced producers, the event provided a fascinating insight into the many challenges facing Canadian content creators in connecting with audiences, both within Canada and abroad. Thanks to participants Valerie Creighton (CMF), Dave Forget (Telefilm Canada), Michael Hennessy (CMPA), J. Joly (Overinteractive Media) and Neil Campbell (Landmark Cinemas).  Video and powerpoint presentations from the event can be found here.

Thank you to our Watch Canada Roundtable Sponsors Canada Media Fund, Telefilm Canada and Alberta Film.