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.
The 26th Annual David Billington Award & Luncheon took place on November 15, 2014 at the Westin Hotel in Edmonton. This year’s recipient was Dale Phillips (aka “Big Daddy”), an award-winning Director and Producer and a former President of AMPIA. The event brought out some of the biggest names in our industry and welcomed the next generation of graduating students into the fold.
The 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. We are pleased to announce that Dale Phillips has been selected by the community to be honoured with this award.
Canadian content can be remarkable but if no one sees or is aware of it, there’s a big problem.
The Watch Canada Roundtable Discussion will explore how to expand audiences and increase awareness of Canadian content in film, television and digital media. The best and the brightest of the broadcasting, production, distribution and content creator industries in Canada, along with members of the community, will be gathered to suggest ways to increase audience viewing on all visual platforms. Some discussion points:
- How can we engage, build a sense of ownership, pride and support of Canadian content through political, public, industry and private sector audiences?
- How can digital technology/platforms offer new opportunities to maximize public investment in content?
- What does it mean when ‘television’ viewing is on the rise but increasingly, the public wants to consume content anywhere, anytime and through a variety of media?
Participants will include:
- Valerie Creighton, President & CEO, Canada Media Fund
- Michael Hennessy, President and Chief Executive Officer, CMPA
- J. Joly, CEO & Founder, Overinteractive Media
- Dave Forget, Director, Business Affairs and Certification, Telefilm Canada
- Neil Campbell, COO/Partner, Landmark Cinemas
- Joe Novak (Moderator), President, AMPIA
The Watch Canada Roundtable Discussion will take place on October 27, 2012 from 9:30am – 11:30am in the Amber Ballroom of the Matrix Hotel in Edmonton, preceding the Billington Award Luncheon. The event is free to AMPIA members, ticket holders of the Billington Award Luncheon, and $10 to everyone else.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday October 23, 4:00pm as seating is limited.
For participants’ biographies, please click here.
The Alberta Media Production Industries Association is pleased to announce that Tom Radford will be honoured at the 2012 David Billington Award Luncheon to be held on October 27, 2012 from 12:30pm – 2:30pm, at The Matrix Hotel. A pre-award reception will be held at 11:30am.
Tom Radford’s career spans over forty years in the Canadian television and film industries as a Writer, Director, and Producer. He is a two time Gemini winner and born to a Pulitzer Prize winning newspaper family that came to Alberta in 1905.
“Tom Radford’s impact on Alberta’s Media Production industry is immense,” says Bill Evans, Executive Director of the Alberta Media Production Industries Association (AMPIA). “From winning the first ever Alberta Film Award in 1974 for his film Ernest Brown: Pioneer Photographer, to his work with the National Screen Institute and the NFB, to his recent Gemini Awards, he continues to enrich our community today. In 1986 Tom also worked on a film with David Billington himself, so we are immensely pleased to be honouring him with the Billington Award.”
When Radford co-directed Codebreakers with Niobe Thompson in 2001, the double Gemini Awards it garnered for “Best Photography” and “Best Science and Nature Documentary” marked the tenth time his films have won national or international honours. Shortly before, Radford and Thompson’s Inuit Odyssey won “Best Science and Nature Documentary” at the Banff World Television Awards. Radford has received Best Director prizes at the Alberta Film and Television Awards on eight separate occasions, most recently for his and Thompson’s Tipping Point: The Age of the Oil Sands, a two-hour investigation of the environmental impacts of the Athabasca oil sands. The many awards and honours Radford has received at festivals from San Francisco to Toronto, Columbus to Yorkton, San Antonio to Florence, led to the Alberta Award of Excellence present by Peter Lougheed.
Tom Radford’s still photography has appeared in the National Gallery of Canada. He is the author of three books, including the best selling Alberta, A Celebration. As an Executive Producer, Radford founded the Northwest Studio of the National Film Board of Canada in Edmonton. He has sat on the Board of the Banff Television Festival, was a founder of the National Screen Institute, and is a member of the Advisory Council to the Historical Foundation. A founding partner in Film Frontiers, Filmwest Associates, Great North Productions, and Clearwater Media, Tom has been deeply involved in the building of the media production industry in the West.
CBC Radio personality Peter Brown will be the Master of Ceremonies. Tickets to the David Billington luncheon are available by submitting this Ticket Order Form.