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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.

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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