Archives for Author: Kimberly Dean

CFC Media Lab Alumnus Receives I.D. 2010 Annual Design Review Award

Congratulations to CFC Media Lab Alumnus, Tahir Mahmood, whose mortar & pestles continue to garner awards! The I.D. 2010 Annual Design Review awarded Silver to Tahir’s “Chattoo Wattas” in the Consumer Product Category!

Since 1954, the I.D. Annual Design Review has recognized the best in product, furniture, graphic and environment design, from the iconic to the obscure.

Throughout the years, this annual showcase has chronicled the evolution of design, and highlighted its impact on our material and visual culture. Each year, the featured work is chosen by a jury of leading practitioners who focus the abundance of submissions into a clear survey of the state of design.

Check out the rest of Tahir’s work!

Out My Window Nominated for IDFA Doc Lab Award

Congrats to NFB/Interactive and Gerry Flahive, Kat Cizek, Branden Batuhin, Heather Frise, and the hundreds of photographers and researchers that made HIGHRISE: Out My Window happen! You deserve this nod!

IDFA presents a new documentary award: the IDFA DocLab Award for Digital Storytelling. The prize (Canon 5D Mark II camera, made available by Canon) is awarded to the DocLab project that uses digital technology in the most creative and effective way to tell a documentary story.

The award winner will be determined by an international jury consisting of Alexandre Brachet (, Prison Valley 2009), Antoinette Hoes (Leylines) and Zach Wise (The New York Times).

Check out DocLab: the official new media program of IDFA, showcasing new forms of documentary storytelling, digital technology and media art.

The judging happens today! Best of luck, team!

KENK Makes Quill & Quire’s Book Of the Year 2010 Non-Fiction List

HUGE congratulations to Alex Jansen (Pop Sandbox) and his fabulous team for making Quill & Quire‘s Book of the Year List 2010 with their graphic novel KENK: A Graphic Portrait. (Check out the other top dogs who made the list.)

KENK: A Graphic Portrait
is a ground-breaking 304-page journalistic comic book detailing the life and times of Igor Kenk, “the world’s most prolific bicycle thief” (The New York Times and The Guardian). In summer 2008, Kenk was arrested and nearly 3,000 bicycles were seized in one of the biggest news stories of the year. Built from more than 30 hours of never-before-seen intimate footage taken over the year leading right up to his arrest, KENK is a thought-provoking and surprisingly funny portrait of an outsize neighbourhood figure and a city in flux.


UPDATE! KENK’s on a roll! Check out Quill & Quire’s Covers of the Year 2010 List:

UK Children’s Network Picks Up Animated Series Created by CFC Media Lab Alumnus

Just announced!

UK Children’s network CBBC (Children’s BBC) has picked up animated series Smallfoot from Shark Teeth Films and Tricon for its online platform My Toons. Read the C21Media article here.

Do yourself a favour… check out the Smallfoot Trailer:

Shark Teeth Films is a cross media digital production company that creates original entertainment for TV, film and the internet. Find out more about Shark Teeth Films here.

…I challenge you NOT to love Smallfoot! I’m convinced it cannot be done.
Mad props to Adrian & Tom!

Tim Burton at TIFF Bell Lightbox

We had the incredible opportunity of taking our TELUS Interactive Art & Entertainment Residents to a Master Class by Tim Burton (Director/Producer/Writer/Artist) today at TIFF Bell Lightbox! Tim Burton is in Toronto to launch his major career retrospective at TIFF Bell Lightbox.

“Tim Burton’s visual style is unquestionably unique, loved by millions of fans and has been highly influential in multiple creative spheres. When we first heard of the show, we were convinced it was the perfect marriage of film and the visual arts and the perfect way to bring new audiences into our major exhibitions space.”

- Noah Cowan,
Artistic Director, TIFF Bell Lightbox

Tim Burton will open on November 26, 2010 and run until April 17, 2011. Exhibition and film programmes tickets on sale now! Visit or call 416-599-TIFF (8433) or 1-888-599-8433 for more information. 

Participate in Tim Burton’s Cadavre Exquis!

Join the collective participating in this storytelling experiment! Shape the story by tweeting the next line of Tim Burton’s Cadavre Exquis (“Exquisite Corpse”) by including the hashtag #BurtonStory. (Read the story so-far:

Stitch Media Strikes Again!

Hey Stitch. How hot are YOU!?

Leave it to CFC Media Lab Alumni Evan Jones, Victoria Ha, and Michael Schaus to knock your socks off!

Stitch Media‘s Moderation Town has been nominated as one of the Hottest Video Content of 2010 by nextMEDIA’s Digital Hot List. Stitch will be pitching the NSFW web series at NextMedia in Toronto at the end of November.

This ‘living documentary’ scored the TSV Visionary Video Award:

An important, timely work that freshly illuminated historical, political and personal struggles and brought a brilliant combination of research and innovation into the process of reclaiming our history.

Note from the Jury, 2010 Reel Asian Film Festival

…Way to go, guys! HIGH FIVES ALL AROUND!

docSHIFT Institute Calls for Documentary Proposals

WANTED: Canada’s next award-winning digital documentary!

Do you have a digital documentary idea? One that can attract a large community, win critical success on the world stage, or innovate with a successful business or creative approach? The docSHIFT Institute will support up to four experienced creators with innovative digital documentary project ideas. selected participants will receive mentorship, professional consultation and some financial support to complete their project or create a prototype.

docSHIFT is presented in partnership with Ryerson University, Hot Docs, CFC Media Lab and the National Film Board.

Proposal Deets!

NEW DEADLINE! Monday, December 6th, 9am


  • A strong digital documentary concept that has been well-researched and is clearly described.


  • You have a proven track record of success either in documentary or interactive production.
  • You are open and willing to participate in a group learning and mentorship process as part of advancing your own project.

docSHIFT is made possible with the support of the Ontario Media Development Corporation on behalf of the Ministry of Culture.

HB Studios Seeking Head of Production

HB Studios is seeking an experienced Head of Production to join their team! If you are creative, hard-working, have a passion for video games, and thrive in a dynamic working environment, HB Studios is the place for you.

HB Studios is the largest video game developer in Atlantic Canada with over 100 staff across two locations (the Lunenburg HQ and a Halifax satellite studio). Founded in July 2000, HB have shipped 29 titles with over 200 SKUs across PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, PSP, PC, PlayStation 2 and Xbox selling more than 15.5 million units. Behind HB Studios is a passionate team of game designers, producers, programmers, artists, animators, graphic artists, audio engineers and support staff known in the industry for their high quality sports games, and with publishers for their professional and reliable delivery.



  • Head of Production


  • Primarily at HQ in Lunenburg but also the Halifax studio

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage the company’s projects
  • Operational Management – Regularly audit existing production, resourcing, budgets and schedules
  • Departmental budget – Overall accountability for all project budgets and timesheets
  • Staffing Strategy – In consultation with the CEO, GM and HR develop a long term staffing strategy to build core production capability over time
  • Member of the Executive Team – Work as a member of the Executive team to set, communicate and execute the company strategic plan
  • Project Planning – In conjunction with the GM and department directors take new projects into production by organizing the resourcing and establishing scheduled targets and goal
  • Project Management – Present project plans to the CEO for approval. Track, manage and report on projects to ensure that the project goals are being met. Take responsibility for ensuring that issues (support, infrastructure, hiring or technical) affecting projects are resolved
  • You will be responsible for all financial aspects of the project financials including direct project labour costs, change orders and other associated project hard costs. You are expected to work closely with finance department in actualizing project reports and maintaining or growing margins
  • Project Manager Management and Performance – Provide mentoring and drive annual performance reviews of senior project management roles and core production roles
  • Project Debriefs – Manage the documentation and organization of debriefs at the end of each project


  • Please submit a concise covering letter highlighting how your training and experience qualifies you for the position and a resume to Attention: Human Resources. Please quote competition number P1105-CB when applying!

The full listing can be found here:

HB Studios would like to thank all applicants for their interests. Only those candidates selected for the interview process will be contacted. To learn more about HB Studios, please visit

Good luck to all applicants!

CFC Media Lab Alumnus Launches Interactive Docu-drama Ft. D-Day Vets

CFC Media Lab Alumnus Launches Interactive Docu-drama Ft. D-Day Vets:
In time for this year’s Remembrance Day, Storming Juno, interactive docu-drama featuring real life stories of Juno Beach D-Day Vets, was launched by Secret Location, Windup Filmworks and Shaw Media with History Television Canada*

The interactive web component of Storming Juno was created by Secret Location’s Executive Producer/Writer and CFC Media Lab Alumnus, James Milward.

Worth the click!

For the full ReelScreen article, visit:

*Storming Juno featured today on!

Seeking Visionaries for The Delphi Survey

The Delphi Survey
Calling all industry professionals, media experts and “pro ams” with experience/expertise in publishing, music, broadcast, online, mobile, news, film, and all of the emerging forms which cross these traditional boundaries, to share their vision of the future of media, and to explore the many uncertainties which will shape that future.

2020 Media Futures ( is an ambitious, multi-industry strategic foresight project designed to understand and envision what media may look like in the year 2020.


The Delphi Survey! This is a two-round online survey, designed to seek consensus from subject-matter experts (such as yourself) on issues which are unsettled, unpredictable, or uncertain, but yet could have major impacts on the media landscape of the year 2020.

Round two of the survey is open today! It will only take about 30 minutes to complete.

Note: The Delphi survey will not ask you to recount your perspective on past or current events, but will capture your views on where you think things are going.

By participating in 2020 Media Futures, you’ll be contributing your vision to an innovative research project which will help build capacity and drive innovation in Ontario’s Creative Cluster by helping companies and organizations to ‘future-proof’ themselves, preparing for opportunities and challenges brought on by the rapid evolution of media.

Through the practice of “strategic foresight,” the project will enable stakeholders to better manage uncertainty through deeper understanding and anticipation of change.

If you know of others who you think might be interested in participating in the Delphi, please pass them the link: