Producer Linda Ambury will be talking about the changing environment of today film sets with the rise of women's voices, respectful workplace and the growth of greener sets. This is perfect for anyone who experienced set life as crew, directors, production managers and producers. 


Linda Ambury is a Calgary based Producer whose career spans four decades.  Originally from Vancouver it wasn’t until a move to Edmonton that her film and television career began in a backyard studio office with Canadian Producer/Writer/Director Anne Wheeler.  Linda’s first production was the feature film “Bye Bye Blues” where she worked for Ms. Wheeler and Arvi Liimatainen.  After several years of managing script development, under the mentorship of Anne and Arvi Linda worked her way through accounting and into production management. 

In 1994 Linda moved to Calgary to continue her long and successful career.  Line Producing began with ABC's mini-series "Little House on The Prairie".  She has had the privilege of being part of the producing teams of the Genie® award winning WWI feature film "Passchendaele", Daytime Emmy® winner “The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie”, HBO’s Primetime Emmy® television movie “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee” and four seasons of HBO’s multi-season Primetime Emmy® television series winner “Game of Thrones”.   Most recently she produced two seasons of Sky-Atlantic’s highest budgeted series “Tin Star” with UK based Kudos.  She has enjoyed the opportunities of working with international production companies while largely staying based in Alberta where she takes pride in the continued development of the entertainment industry.

In addition to producing she met the challenge of overseeing the conversion of air hangers to film support/stages at the Currie Barracks, was invited to sit on studio insight committees, has been elected to DGC local boards and committees, and has had the pleasure of instructing at the Banff Centre.  Her passion for mentoring, the stewardship of environmentally responsible production practices, and advocating for a safe work place have further enriched her career and the community that she works and resides in.

When spare time presents itself, you are likely to find her in her garden.


Workshops, Mentorship & Networking

Herland is a Video Production & Mentorship Program which will allows women an opportunity to explore their creative vision with the goal of making a personal short film.  These women will acquire skills and experience in the art of filmmaking as they progress through the filmmaker’s journey. The goal is to put the power of image-making and storytelling into the hands of local, diverse women with limited access and/or experience, and to foster a spirit of collaboration in safe and open environment.  This project builds community, develops skills, provides training while encouraging the continuation of sharing their unique stories though video-making. Preference will be given to women of diversity.

Herland's goal is simple: bring stories by and about women to a larger audience.

Herland's History

From Festival to Workshop

The Herland Feminist Film Festival was established in 1989 in Calgary when the Status of Women Action Committee joined with the Women of Colour Collective to host a film-focused fundraiser. Building up audiences through the years, the festival peaked in 2003-2004 with an audience of 1,700. The festival was cancelled in 2007 after its funding from the Canada Council was decreased and also because of the growth of other local film festivals. In its time, the festival provided a venue for films that covered a range of feminist topics not typically seen in the mainstream. Herland was reborn in 2015 as a video production & mentorship program, with a generous grant from Telus Optik. Led by Sandi Somers of Spring Street Films, Herland found a new home at CSIF, with access to gear, workshop space, editing suites, and screening opportunities. In 2015, the cohort consisted of seven emerging women in film, and all  seven films  were screened at Theatre Junction Grand and on the Telus Optik Network. A second cohort was established in 2016, supporting 5 women at the intermediate level of filmmaking. Funded by Canada Council for the Arts, Spring Street Films and Sandi Somers once again partnered with CSIF, with screenings of all five projects in October of 2016 at Theatre Junction Grand.   Herland’s third cohort was formed in late 2016, again funded by Telus Optik, and seven diverse women saw their first film projects completed and screened in May 2017 at Theatre Junction Grand and on the Telus Optik  Network.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of CSIF, Spring Street Films, Storyhive, Canada Council for the Arts and The I.A.T.S.E. 212 Women's Committee  

Big thanks to....
I.A.T.S.E. 212 Women's Committee who raised $6800 for Herland
On April 16, 2018 Herland was presented with a cheque from I.A.T.S.E.'s Women's Committee!   This money helps Herland bring more programs, workshops and opportunities to women in film. 
From L to R: Damian Petti, Karen Crocker, Sandi Somers,  Rose Gurevitch, Tina Alford, Myrtle Fisher 
and Madison Farwell.