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Call for Entries: The 2013 Digi Awards

Today, nextMEDIA announced its call for entries for The Digi Awards, which showcases Canada’s most remarkable people, products and companies that are making waves in the digital media landscape.

New this year is audience voting, where submissions are available to be reviewed and voted on by the community. The Digis competition will offer a diverse roster of over 20 categories for applicants to submit entries. For a full list of the categories, click here.


2013 Content & Marketing Summit at The Carlu (444 Yonge St., Toronto, ON M5B 2H4)


December 3rd, 2013. Early bird entries for the awards end on August 30th.


Call for Submissions: Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival

Reel Asian is Canada’s largest and longest-running showcase dedicated to contemporary Asian cinema. Reel Asian is currently looking for new work by and about East, South-East, and South Asians. Annually, the festival attracts thousands of attendees to eight exciting days of screenings, industry events, and galas.

Please visit for complete submission guidelines.

Final Deadline ($20 Submission Fee): July 2, 2013

HOT DOCS: ASTOUND Business Model Canvas Workshop

Applications are now open for all industry pass holders to participate in the Business Model Canvas Workshops at Hot Docs with the Astound Initiative.

Registered delegates can apply via the Online Community.
Application Deadline: April 19, 2013

CFC Media Lab and facilitators will walk participants through creating a “business model canvas” for their documentary projects. Using the Alexander Osterwalder method and the work of his book Business Model Generation, the CFC Media Lab team will lead 16 participants in a series of exercises to help each project identify their various business models.

To Apply:
Applicants will be required to provide the materials listed below. Projects will be pre-selected by CFC Media Lab and Hot Docs staff.
A) Describe the project for which you are currently trying to figure out a business model (1 page)
B) Describe what you think an appropriate business for this project may be (1/2 page)

About The ASTOUND Initiative
The ASTOUND Initiative is a phased, systematic initiative that seeks to encourage private investment in Ontario’s creative industries. Phase one includes professional intensives and research in business modeling, and audience engagement, and an event framework that introduces private investors with content creators and companies. Led by CFC Media Lab, Hot Docs and OCADu, ASTOUND also includes participation from a host of tertiary partners: Achilles Media, CMPA, Interactive Ontario, MaRS Discovery District, Nordicity, Seneca College, Summerwood Group Inc., University of Waterloo -Stratford Campus, TIFF, Wesley Clover International, and WIFT-T.

Apply Now: Summer Sessions Talent Development Network

The Summer Sessions is a talent development network and the residencies are intended for early career artists, meaning the artist is under 35 years of age and/or graduated no more than 5 years before the time of applying.

The duration of a residency is roughly 8 weeks in the period between June 1st and September 30th.

As an artist you can apply by submitting a video, in which you briefly explain your project, the support you need and why you should be a part of the Summer Sessions before the deadline.

The idea behind this residency program is that local sponsors support young artists from their country to go abroad and develop a work at a host institute. Each Summer Sessions artist commits him/herself to the production of a presentable residency output. As an artist you can only apply if one of the partners in the talent development network is based in their country of residence.



The JOLT application process for the Winter 2013 Cohort is NOW OPEN!  Check out the six teams in the first cohort and be sure to check out the #joltco blog.

Apply now: applications close on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012 at 11:59 PM (EST).

The CFC Media Lab is happy to be a creative partner on JOLT! 

APPLY NOW: The Digi Awards

On December 4, 2012, Canada’s digital scene will descend on Toronto for a night devoted to celebrating the very best in the business.

Expert Digi Awards juries from across Canada will comb through entries received across 20 distinct categories to determine this year’s Digi nominees— the definitive list of Canada’s digital elite — outlining the brightest stars and biggest disruptors in the media Canadian media landscape today.

Don’t miss the opportunity to solidify your place as one of Canada’s very best in digital media. The deadline to enter your project for the 2012 Digi Awards is Friday, September 28.  Enter online now:

The Digi Awards will be the grand finale of nextMEDIA Toronto, Canada’s premier digital media conference, taking place on December 3rd and 4th at the Carlu. Register before November 2nd and save with the early bird rate.


JOLT: Apply Now!

JOLT is looking for exceptional entrepreneurs who are building high-growth web and mobile companies that promise to transform the way consumers and enterprises connect, work and play. Startups accepted into JOLT will progress through an intense, four-month program that will prepare them to secure customers and attract the next round of capital. Upon completion, these startups will be given the opportunity to pitch to some of the top angel and venture capital investors in the industry. JOLT graduates will also receive ongoing support from MaRS, one of the world’s largest urban innovation hubs dedicated to supporting entrepreneurs and building Canada’s next generation of high-growth companies.

Entrepreneurs interested in JOLT can apply online until May 30, 2012. Up to eight companies will be selected to participate in the summer 2012 cohort.

The CFC Media Lab is a Creative Partner in JOLT.

Submit Your Stuff to TUFF!

The Toronto Urban Film Festival (TUFF) returns for a sixth year of spectacular one-minute silent films. Forever the strong and silent type, TUFF takes place September 7 – 17, 2012, concurrent with the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

Named one of MovieMaker Magazine’s “20 Coolest Film Festivals of 2010″, TUFF is an 11-day long celebration of the art of the urban silent screen. TUFF films screen via the Pattison Onestop network of digital platform screens to over 1 million daily commuters who ride the Toronto subway system.

Filmmakers, video artists, and animators are invited to submit their work to TUFF beginning April 1, 2012 at

The festival accepts all genres of silent, one-minute film, video and animation that are of interest to a cosmopolitan audience.

Submission deadline is July 15, 2012. Submit free until May 31, 2012. As of June 1, 2012 a $20 fee will apply.

TUFF is open to Canadian and international artists, and awards thousands of dollars in cash and prizes.

Guest judge for the sixth annual Toronto Urban Film Festival is acclaimed documentary filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal (“Payback“, “Manufactured Landscapes” “Let It Come Down: The Life of Paul Bowles“)

TUFF is co-produced by Pattison Onestop and Art for Commuters.


Deadline: July 15, 2012
Free Submission: until May 31, 2012
Paid Submission: $20 CAD as of June 1, 2012
Films can be submitted online through the TUFF Website or visit for more details.


Also, be sure to see Sharon Switzer’s exhibit at the Corkin Gallery, it’s on now, and it’s called Nearly Present.

Corkin Gallery is pleased to present new video animations and prints by Sharon Switzer.

Nearly Present imagines the otherworldly beauty of the ethereal. In this new body of work, Sharon Switzer experiments with particle systems; using this commercial software to create unusual and evocative animations. The work also touches on the artist’s earlier interests in the relationship between photography and the invisible: ghosts, time, things that photography shouldn’t be allowed to capture but does.

In this work, Nearly Present is the disembodied space of the digital and the virtual that exists unseen around us. Forgoing the ironic humour intrinsic to previous bodies of work, Switzer has created mesmerizing ethereal videos that have no need for language. This work hovers just outside of the known world, like ghosts caught in the machine.


When: March 24 – April 24, 2012
More information:

Open Call: Feminists in Games

Submissions for participation in the inaugural “Feminists in Games” are being accepted for a workshop to be held in Toronto, Ontario at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in collaboration with York University, Simon Fraser University and OCAD University from May 4-6, 2012. The structure of the workshop is two-fold:.

1) For Participants

We invite young and up-and-coming scholars as well as established practitioners in the field (including researchers, educators and practicing or aspiring game designers) who are interested in presenting a short paper (maximum 3000 words) on questions related to, but not limited to the challenge of advancing gender equity in relation to the following areas:

  • game design and development;
  • game content;
  • socio-cultural constructions of “gameplayers”;
  • player communities and online play; and
  • the games industry

Applicants will have the opportunity to bring their work into conversation with established feminist scholars and activists during a two-day invitational workshop.

There is a limited amount of money allotted to assist participants with their travel costs. If you wish to apply for this funding please include a short statement (no more than 100 words) with your abstract describing your financial need.

2) For Observers

We invite members from the general public, the games industry and academia to attend keynotes and workshop roundtable sessions, and to lend their voices, perspectives and experiences to conversations and emerging initiatives that support feminist purposes and processes in games education, research, design and development.

Those interested in participating may send abstracts of no more than 1000 words, outlining their research question(s) and approach, to Jennifer Jenson ( or Rachel Muehrer ( by April 1, 2012. Those wishing to attend as ‘observers’ are invited to reply
by April 1, 2012 with a short statement about how attending might be of benefit to you (250 words).

Call For Submissions: HTMlles 10 – Risky Business!

The HTMlles is a feminist festival of media arts and digital culture produced in Montreal by Studio XX, a bilingual feminist artist-run centre for technological exploration, creation and critique. Initiated in 1997, the HTMlles is an international platform dedicated to the presentation of women’s, trans and gender non-conforming artists’ independent media artworks from all facets of contemporary technological creation, including but not limited to: digital storytelling, cyber art, short film and video art, audio and electronic art, radio art, installation, locative media, 3D animation, game art, augmented reality, electronic publishing, design, bio art, public interventions, open source and community-based practices, performance and interdisciplinary practices.

The HTMlles 10 welcomes project proposals from self-identified women, trans and gender non-conforming artists of all origins on the theme of risk, as well as proposals for risky projects…


To submit a proposal to the HTMlles 10, please follow the guidelines and email it to:
Deadline: Monday, April 2, 2012
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