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Digi Awards Submissions & diy days Toronto

Here is a look at what some of our friends have been up to lately…

Digi Awards Submissions Are Due On October 4

Is your digital media product ground-breaking and engaging in the digisphere?  Has your webseries captured the hearts of everyone around the country?  Have you elevated your company to new heights?  If you answer yes to any of those questions, you should apply for The Digi Awards!

Our friends over at nextMEDIA are looking for some awesome Canadians who are making waves in the digital media industry.  In addition to a wide spectrum of categories that cover projects in digital content, advertising, mobile, and gaming, the Digis also recognize the people and companies that make it happen.  It is a great platform to market yourself and your organization on a national scale.

All who submit will be exposed to an industry audience via a profile on the nextMEDIA website.  As a finalist, a represented will also be invited to attend the Digi Awards ceremony, held in Toronto.  Take a look at the current entries.

The Digi Awards will take place at the 2013 nextMEDIA Content & Marketing Summit on December 3rd at The Carlu in Toronto.

For more information, please visit www.nextmediaevents.com.

 

diy days Toronto Coming up in October

WHEN: Saturday, October 19th
WHERE: Rogers Communication Centre | 80 Gould Street, Toronto
WHAT: Join us for a FREE day of talks, workshops, labs, hacks and networking.

The theme for the event is “New stories for a Great City: Change Through Transmedia.”

In 11 countries around the world, and now for the first time in Canada: diy days is a FREE EVENT for storytellers, hackers, student youth, game designers, architects, engineers, activists, makers & educators.

Come together for a day of experimentation, creation and innovation ­one where story meets action.

Collectively prototype new visions of Toronto’s future through social games, power talks and hands­ on workshops, and learn how to make your own ideas come to life.

Registration and program Information at www.Toronto.diydays.com.

CFC & Mind Pirate Announce the ideaBOOST/Mind Pirate Production Lab

Program seeks developer superstars to create games and apps for wearable technology devices

Potential to be among the first to publish games and apps for mobile wearable devices with excitingly new Callisto technology.

TORONTO, Canada and MENLO PARK, Calif., October 1, 2013 – Do you have what it takes to create the next blockbuster game or mobile app? Today the Canadian Film Centre (CFC) and wearable technology company, Mind Pirate, announced the companies have partnered to create the ideaBOOST/Mind Pirate Production Lab: a program that will give select developers and/or companies the opportunity to create games and apps for the next consumer mega trend of wearable technology. Select products from the program may be published and brought to market at a future date. Together the program employs the framework of CFC’s ideaBOOST accelerator program and the technology, expertise and vision of Mind Pirate.

Up to six U.S. and Canadian developers and/or companies will be selected to participate in a three-month boot camp where they will use their own programming prowess and Mind Pirate’s next-generation game platform, Callisto, to create products for mobile wearable devices, like Google Glass. Callisto does not release publicly to third parties until 2014, making ideaBOOST/Mind Pirate Production Lab program participants among the first in the world to get their hands on this next-generation technology.

“We are thrilled to be providing best of breed developers and/or companies with this unique opportunity. Through our digital entertainment accelerator ideaBOOST, the CFC is at the forefront of taking business mentoring techniques from the lean start-up

movement and applying them to the media and entertainment industry. With the ideaBOOST/Mind Pirate Production Lab, we can direct these proven prototype development and lean business acceleration methods towards the creation of wearable technology experiences,” said Ana Serrano, Chief Digital Officer, CFC.

“Having participated in ideaBOOST as a board member, I knew it would be an ideal forum to give developers the opportunity to create exciting, new experiences for the wearable technology megatrend using our Callisto game platform,” said Shawn Hardin, Founder & CEO of Mind Pirate. “Callisto is the only wearable technology game platform on the market; it gives developers the tools to create engaging experiences that merge the virtual and physical worlds. This program is perfect for developers who are ready to take the leap into the next-generation of gaming. We can’t wait to see what kind of gaming experiences the ideaBOOST/Mind Pirate Production Lab participants will create!”

Callisto is the market’s first and only tightly integrated client-side and server side game-focused platform that supports leading mobile devices with a special emphasis on “wearables” such as smart glass and smart watches. It enables developers to create engaging experiences that merge the virtual and physical worlds through rich applications that take maximum advantage of the native capabilities of the underlying hardware but at the same time preserve a consistent experience across device types.

Interested parties can start submitting applications on October 2, 2013 by visiting ideaboost.ca/mindpirate. The application deadline is October 22, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. PST. The program will begin November 20, 2013 at the CFC headquarters in Toronto.

Astound: Into the Mind of an Investor

Yesterday, we hosted several Toronto area investors at an Astound Salon in the exclusive Soho House. The goal of the night was to introduce them to the creative industry as a potential space for investment, which in turn would bring about new funding opportunities for producers and arts-oriented startups.

Andrew Fisher, Executive Vice President of Wesley Clover International was on hand to speak about unlocking the investment potential of the Canadian content industries. Duncan Cork, CEO and Co-Founder of film investment platform, Slated, was also present to talk about the future of private investment in the film industry.

What we were treated to was an evening of very frank discussion about the pros and cons of investing in the creative space. This included some of the following:

The Cons:

  • High Risk Investment: Creative products often require a large investment upfront with very little guarantee of a return. As in the famous words of William Goldman, “Nobody knows anything.” A success is very difficult to predict.  Cork points out that of the 500,000 films made every year, only 3% make a profit and 500 of those 3% gain theatrical distribution. This makes the creative sector a high-risk investment.
  • Unfamiliar Sector: Investors can’t treat the creative sector as functioning similarly to other industries. For example, there is no correlation between a film’s budget and its box office performance. However in other sectors, Fisher states that investors can pump in more money to improve a product’s profitability potential.
  • Differing Frames of Mind: Producers and creative content organizations don’t think the same way or share the same needs as businesses in other sectors. For example, Cork notes that filmmakers are often not profit-oriented which is problematic for investors. To find a common understanding between them and the investor, transparent communications and some business training is recommended.

The Pros:

  • It’s Fun: Investing in the creative industry can be fun and offers a great outlet away from the more monotonous sectors. These are projects the investors will likely become very passionate about.
  • Mitigating Risks:  Some of the risk factors associated with investing in the creative sector can be mitigated. Fisher notes this could include taking steps to ensure that the project has a reliable team and a viable business model in place. The investor should also be sure that they have a good understanding of what the various business functions and revenue sources are.
  • Profit Potential: Although the creative sector is high risk, there is profit potential. Sometimes a project which most thought would be unsuccessful can perform surprisingly well. Cork noted that betting on an outlier project can result in an unexpected success, as was the case for My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002).

Although there are hurdles to overcome, we feel encouraged about the future of investment in the creative sector in Canada.

On October 19th, the CFC Media Lab will be hosting the ASTOUND Summit. This will be worth checking out once we release details. For more information about the ASTOUND Initiative, please visit www.AstoundInitiative.ca.

CFC Media Lab at 3D Flic Conference

This past weekend, the CFC Media Lab attended the 3D Flic: Toronto International Stereoscopic 3D Conference, which was held at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto.

On the Sunday, we hosted a Q&A with stereographer, Demetri Portelli, 3D Engineer Ben Gervais and Amelie (2001) Director, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, who Skyped in live from Paris. A twelve-minute preview from Jeunet’s next film, The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet (2013), was shown to conference attendees to much fanfare. This panel was moderated by 3d Flic lead keynote filmmaker, Ali Kazimi.

 

The following Monday, our very own Doug Naylor moderated a master class with Hugo (2011) and 47 Ronin (2013) stereographer, Demetri Portelli. The event was well-attended by Toronto area filmmakers and up-and-coming student filmmakers from schools across Ontario.

Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet & Stereographer Demetri Portelli at 3D FLIC

This upcoming weekend, the CFC Media Lab will be hosting two exciting events at the 3D FLIC: Toronto International Stereoscopic 3D Conference.

This conference has been acclaimed as a unique international gathering of creative, scientific and business minds discussing, discovering and inspiring innovation in “Stereoscopic 3D” Cinema. So, you definitely will not want to miss out on this:

1. Live Online Interview with Director, Jean-Pierre Jeunet & Special Preview of The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet

Sunday, September 22, 2013, famed French Director of Amelie (2001), Jean-Pierre Jeunet will showcase 12 minutes from his new 3D film, The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet (2013). Jeunet will address the conference live via Skype from Paris and will be joined live on stage by his Canadian Stereographer, Demetri Portelli to discuss Jeunet’s unique style of 3D storytelling.

2. Master Class with Demetri Portelli

On Monday, September 23, stereographer of Hugo (2011) and 47 Ronin (2013), Demetri Portelli will lead a master class.

Demetri Portelli is a Stereographer / 3D Supervisor who has been working as a cameraman for 20 years. For his stereography on the film Hugo(2011) by Martin Scorsese, Demetri accepted the award for ‘Best Live Action Stereography’ at The 2012 International 3D Society, Creative Arts Awards. In 2013 Demetri is proud to be involved with the upcoming 47 Ronin 3D (2013) for Universal Pictures and The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet (2013) which marks a first foray in 3D filmmaking by director Jean-Pierre Jeunet.

The Toronto International Stereoscopic 3D Conference runs from September 20-23, 2013 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. To ensure that you don’t miss out on this one-time opportunity, be sure to book your tickets today.

CFC Media Lab Co-Produces Body/Mind/Change, starring David Cronenberg

Have you ever wanted to experience what it was like to live inside a David Cronenberg film? 

As co-producer of the digital extension of TIFF’s sprawling multi platform exhibition David Cronenberg: Evolution, CFC Media Lab is pleased to launch Body/Mind/Change, an elaborate multi-media production with creative direction by Lance Weiler, starring David Cronenberg.

“Working with TIFF on Body/Mind/Change offered an unparalleled opportunity for the CFC Media Lab to work with the amazing David Cronenberg; Lance Weiler, an incomparable storyteller reinventing entertainment; and a passionate group of digital designers and companies,” said the CFC’s Chief Digital Officer Ana Serrano, who is also the producer for Body/Mind/Change. “It has been an exciting creative journey resulting in North America’s first interactive storytelling experience that generates a physical object for the user that has narrative meaning.”

In Body/Mind/Change, Cronenberg partners with BMC Labs, a fictional biotech firm, to develop biotech enhancement implants inspired by the intellectual property found in his films, such as Scanners, Videodrome and eXistenZ. Cronenberg is the first participant in the project. At launch on October 25, registered participants will be guided through an episodic interactive narrative that functions as a simulator for training their PODs. Completing this three-part experience will guarantee them a unique POD generated from their behaviour during the simulations.

Sign up now at www.bodymindchange.ca and register to be one of the first to receive the next generation bio-tech recommendation engine, called Personal-On-Demand (POD).

As they say it takes a village to raise a child. Well it takes more than a village to raise a POD. Body/Mind/Change is a large-scale collaborative project involving some of the most innovative digital media companies and artists. Here’s some of them: 

Executive Producers Noah Cowan, Ana Serrano, Shane Smith
Producer Ana Serrano
Creative Director & Experience Designer Lance Weiler
Writers Atley Loughridge, J.C. Hutchins
Additional Writing Lance Weiler and Chuck Wendig
Game Designer Nicholas Fortugno
Composer Brendan Canning
Film and SFX Production & Post-Production J. Lee (1188 Films)
Website Development & Design Northern Army
Physical Computing & Exhibition Design Aesthetec
Additional Design Matt Bilewicz (1188 Films)
Associate Producer Joyce Wong
Assistant Creative Director Atley Loughridge
Assistant Producer Doug Nayler
TIFF Head of Exhibitions Laurel MacMillan
TIFF Assistant Producer Suzan Sabir

CAST

As Himself David Cronenberg
Kay Natalie Krill
Blake Joey Klein
Elena Diana Bentley
Young Blake Alex Ozerov
Young Elena Stephanie La-Rochelle
BMC Labs Representative Art Hindle

Recap: ideaBOOST Master-Class and Networking Event

On Thursday, ideaBOOST held its Master Class and Networking Event at the Arts & Letters Club on Elm Street in Toronto, and featured expert insights from leading entrepreneurs in the technology space.

The interview-based Master Class included input from Sunil Sharma, Managing Director of STEM 7 Capital; Doug Cooper, Program Director for the Communitech Hyperdrive Accelerator; and Hussein Fazal, the co-founder of AdParlor (sold to Adknowledge in 2011).

Participants from the current Spring 2013 ideaBOOST Cohort and Affiliate Program were invited to attend for informal networking and the featured Master Class.

Here are some of the tips Sharma, Cooper and Fazal had for emerging startups:

“Really leveraging and accessing the mentor network – that’s important. I think the most valuable part of being in any program is the mentor network,” Sharma said. “It takes a lot of personal initiative to contact, to research the mentors, research their networks and be typically un-Canadian in their strategy of reaching out.”

According to Cooper, accountability is crucial.

“Startups need to make some real objectives that aren’t just vanity metrics like site visits, ad impressions. If you’re just trying to engage people, these metrics mean almost nothing. The key is being disciplined enough to capture a metric that isn’t easy to capture.”

“You have to keep talking to people, emailing — just keep hustling,” Fazal said. “Startups shouldn’t be afraid of being persistent and hearing ‘no’.”

See full photo coverage from the July 24 event here.

Be sure to stay tuned for updates on this exciting group of companies, as well as the ideaBOOST program.

Expert Interview: Advice for New Startups

We have launched a new series of videos on our YouTube channel called Expert Interviews. Every Wednesday we will release a new interview with some of the thought leaders we have had the opportunity to meet through ideaBOOST.

Our first one, Advice for New Startups, features Bruce Croxon, Christopher Barnard, and Paul Woolner.

Be sure to subscribe to our youtube channel and stay tuned for next week’s Expert Interview about Predictions for Future Trends!

Don’t miss “3D For Real” our masterclass at the Reel Asian Film Festival!

3D Flic and CFC Media Lab are co-presenting “3D For Real”, a free masterclass on 3D filmmaking for independent filmmakers at the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival. The masterclass will feature a series of expert speakers and examples of their work will be shown in 3D at the theatre.

3D FLIC & CFC MEDIA LAB PRESENTS: 3D FOR REAL

SAT, NOV 10 | 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM | Jackman Hall AGO (317 Dundas Street West) | FREE | Open to the public

How can 3D be used to further storytelling with independent budget constraints? This type of filmmaking technology demands a fresh breed of director to harness unprecedented levels of creativity and resourcefulness. The rich possibilities of 3D filmmaking on a budget will spur lively discussion on visionary filmmaking that incorporates technology to extraordinary effect. 3D examples will be shown.

With: Park Hong-Min, Director (A Fish); Laurie Wilcox (3D Flic); Tim Dashwood, Stereographer
Moderator: Dean Vargas, Creative Director (Motion Pantry)

 

 

You Gotta Be There: CFC Media Lab Hits the WSFF Symposium

POWER HOUR: CFC Media Lab

Join Leonardo Dell’Anno, Operations and Special Projects Manager, CFC Media Lab; Joyce Wong, Technology and Production Manager, CFC Media Lab; and Andrea Mallozzi, Digital Operations and Social Media Coordinator for a discussion about the future of the CFC Media Lab.

The CFC Media Lab has a 15-year track record of success at building collaborative environments for creative transformation in interactive media. The next evolution of the CFC Media Lab is to focus on sustainability, innovation and the global footprint. Sit down with the CFC Media Lab for an amazing power hour that gives you an exclusive look at their new initiatives, launch dates and how you can be involved in their programs. You won’t want to miss this discussion as you get the inside scoop on the future of innovation in digital media in Canada.

Details…

Where: VICU 211 (Victoria College)
When: Wed. June 6, 2012  10:45 AM – 11:45 AM
More Info: http://worldwideshortfilmfest.com/symposium/symposium-2012/#medialab

The Power of Pennies: Film Funding & Crowd Sourcing

Crowd Sourcing is proving that every penny counts when funding your film! With platforms like Indie GoGo and the newly launched Hot Docs Ignite, crowd sourcing is an innovative way to connect with collaborators and collect cash for your next big project. But is finding funding through the internet really that simple? A panel of industry experts and filmmakers weigh the pros and cons, sharing their tales of triumph and woe from this new frontier in film financing.

Moderator:
Leonardo Dell’Anno, Operations Manager and Special Projects, CFC Media Lab

Panelists:
Adam Chapnick, Principle Business Development, Indie GoGo
Jonas Diamond, CEO, Smiley Guy Studios
Elizabeth Radshaw, Forum and Market Director, Hot Docs, Doc Ignite

Details…

Where: VICU 215 (Victoria College)
When: Wed. June 6th, 2012 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
More Info: http://worldwideshortfilmfest.com/symposium/symposium-2012/#medialab

CFC & Mind Pirate Announce the ideaBOOST/Mind Pirate Production Lab

Program seeks developer superstars to create games and apps for wearable technology devices Potential to be among the first to publish games and apps for mobile wearable devices with excitingly new Callisto technology. TORONTO, Canada and MENLO PARK, Calif., October 1, 2013 – Do you have what it takes to create the next blockbuster game […]

Astound: Into the Mind of an Investor

Yesterday, we hosted several Toronto area investors at an Astound Salon in the exclusive Soho House. The goal of the night was to introduce them to the creative industry as a potential space for investment, which in turn would bring about new funding opportunities for producers and arts-oriented startups. Andrew Fisher, Executive Vice President of […]

CFC Media Lab at 3D Flic Conference

This past weekend, the CFC Media Lab attended the 3D Flic: Toronto International Stereoscopic 3D Conference, which was held at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto. On the Sunday, we hosted a Q&A with stereographer, Demetri Portelli, 3D Engineer Ben Gervais and Amelie (2001) Director, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, who Skyped in live from Paris. A twelve-minute preview […]

Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet & Stereographer Demetri Portelli at 3D FLIC

This upcoming weekend, the CFC Media Lab will be hosting two exciting events at the 3D FLIC: Toronto International Stereoscopic 3D Conference. This conference has been acclaimed as a unique international gathering of creative, scientific and business minds discussing, discovering and inspiring innovation in “Stereoscopic 3D” Cinema. So, you definitely will not want to miss out on this: 1. […]

CFC Media Lab Co-Produces Body/Mind/Change, starring David Cronenberg

Have you ever wanted to experience what it was like to live inside a David Cronenberg film?  As co-producer of the digital extension of TIFF’s sprawling multi platform exhibition David Cronenberg: Evolution, CFC Media Lab is pleased to launch Body/Mind/Change, an elaborate multi-media production with creative direction by Lance Weiler, starring David Cronenberg. “Working with TIFF on Body/Mind/Change offered […]

Recap: ideaBOOST Master-Class and Networking Event

On Thursday, ideaBOOST held its Master Class and Networking Event at the Arts & Letters Club on Elm Street in Toronto, and featured expert insights from leading entrepreneurs in the technology space. The interview-based Master Class included input from Sunil Sharma, Managing Director of STEM 7 Capital; Doug Cooper, Program Director for the Communitech Hyperdrive […]

Expert Interview: Advice for New Startups

We have launched a new series of videos on our YouTube channel called Expert Interviews. Every Wednesday we will release a new interview with some of the thought leaders we have had the opportunity to meet through ideaBOOST. Our first one, Advice for New Startups, features Bruce Croxon, Christopher Barnard, and Paul Woolner. Be sure to subscribe […]

Don’t miss “3D For Real” our masterclass at the Reel Asian Film Festival!

3D Flic and CFC Media Lab are co-presenting “3D For Real”, a free masterclass on 3D filmmaking for independent filmmakers at the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival. The masterclass will feature a series of expert speakers and examples of their work will be shown in 3D at the theatre. 3D FLIC & CFC MEDIA LAB PRESENTS: […]

You Gotta Be There: CFC Media Lab Hits the WSFF Symposium

POWER HOUR: CFC Media Lab Join Leonardo Dell’Anno, Operations and Special Projects Manager, CFC Media Lab; Joyce Wong, Technology and Production Manager, CFC Media Lab; and Andrea Mallozzi, Digital Operations and Social Media Coordinator for a discussion about the future of the CFC Media Lab. The CFC Media Lab has a 15-year track record of […]

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