Tom RadfordThe 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, at The Matrix Hotel.  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.

Radford’s Codebreakers, named best Science and Adventure Documentary at the 2011 Gemini Awards, marked the tenth time his films have won national or international honours. In 2010 Inuit Odyssey won Best Popular Science program at the World Television Awards. Radford has won the Best Director prize at the Alberta Film & Television Awards on eight separate occasions, most recently in 2011 for Tipping Point, The Age of the Oil Sands, his and Niobe Thompson’s two hour investigation into the environmental impact of the Athabasca oil sands. His films have won recognition in festivals from San Francisco to Toronto, Columbus to Yorkton, San Antonio to Florence, Italy, leading to the Alberta Award of Excellence presented 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.

Early-bird tickets are available at $75 for members and $90 for non-members until October 5, 2012, after which prices will be $90 for members and $110 for non-members. See more at www.ampia.org and download ticket order form.

Updated October 16, 2012

AMPIA has confirmed Peter Brown – host of CBC’s Radio Active as the MC for the luncheon along with presentations by Gemini award winning filmmaker Niobe Thompson, by actor, director, script writer, Ken Brown (Life After Hockey, the film was directed by Tom Radford and stars Kurt Browning), and by well-loved writer, actor, director and teacher, Jim De Felice (co-writer along with Anne Wheeler of Genie nominated Angel Square and many other credits). More than 200 guests are expected to attend. The luncheon takes place at the Matrix Hotel at 10640 100 Avenue in Edmonton from 12:30 to 2:30pm.

Prior to the luncheon, AMPIA is holding a round table discussion on how to expand audiences and increase awareness of Canadian content in film, television and digital media. The Watch Canada Roundtable Discussion will gather the best and the brightest of the broadcasting, production, distribution and content creator industries in Canada, along with members of the community, to suggest ways to increase audience viewing on all visual platforms.  Participants will include Val Creighton, President & CEO of  Canada Media Fund, Michael Hennessey, President & CEO of the Canadian Media Production Association, and Dave Forget, Director, Business Affairs and Certification at Telefilm Canada, Neil Campbell, COO of Landmark Cinemas, and others.

The Watch Canada Roundtable Discussion will take place on October 27, 2012 from 9:30am – 11:30am at 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 ccheung@ampia.org if you plan to attend. See more information at www.ampia.org.