The winners of the third annual Edmonton Film Prize were announced at a networking reception January 12 at MacEwan University in Edmonton. The Film Prize was presented alongside the Edmonton Music Prize, awarded by Alberta Music. Both prizes are sponsored by the City of Edmonton, through the Edmonton Arts Council. The Edmonton Film Prize is administered by the Alberta Media Production Industries Association (AMPIA). Read More
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.
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.
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 StoryWorld Quest Conference presented by AMPIA and NAIT was a huge success! The two and a half day gathering brought the best of the best to discuss the opportunities and challenges of new media in an intimate and affordable setting. Thanks to our speakers and delegates, our sponsors, and a big thank you to Createasphere for designing such a memorable event!
Missed the Conference?
Check out the Slideshare Presentation created by speaker Matt Doherty (Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide) and NAIT’s Storify Recap to see what you missed! Also stay tuned to the #SWQ14 hashtag as information on the conference continues to circulate.
Congratulations to our AMPIA members who were selected for Season 1 of Telus Optik TV’s STORYHIVE funding stream. Five teams from Edmonton and Calgary were awarded $10k grants to develop their projects. If you missed the official premiere, fret not! All projects are now available on Telus Optik TV.
To learn more, visit: http://yycyeg.storyhive.com/
AMPIA’s 1st Annual March Madness Professional Development Day brought Alberta’s leading producers, unions, guilds and production companies together for full day of information and networking. Our keynote speaker, award-winning documentary filmmaker Velcrow Ripper (Occupy Love), flew in from NYC to speak to delegates about innovative crowd-sourcing and building authentic connections through social media.