OMDC Newsletter
April 2015

OMDC Program Deadlines and News

Note: *All Program Deadlines are by 5 pm

OMDC Film Fund

April 20, 2015 - OMDC Film Fund Development and Production deadlines

Ontario Music Fund (OMF)

May 7, 2015 - OMF - Music Company Development Deadline

May 11, 2015 - OMF - Live Music Deadline

May 14, 2015 - OMF - Music Futures Deadline

October 29, 2015 - OMF - Music Industry Development Deadline

OMDC Export Funds

OMDC Export Fund - Book
May 12, 2015 - OMDC Export Fund - Book Deadline

OMDC Export Fund – Interactive Digital Media
May 19, 2015 - OMDC Export Fund - Interactive Digital Media Deadline

OMDC Export Fund – Film & Television
May 25, 2015 - OMDC Export Fund - Film & Television Deadline

OMDC Book Fund

June 9, 2015 - OMDC Book Fund Deadline

OMDC Research Grants

OMDC offers financial support directly to incorporated not-for-profit industry organizations undertaking research initiatives that support or complement the mandate of OMDC. Full eligibility requirements and guidelines are outlined in the OMDC Research Grant Guidelines.

We are pleased to announce the deadlines for the Research Grant program in 2015-16:

  • Monday, June 22, 2015
  • Monday, November 9, 2015
  • Monday, March 14, 2016

Application through the Online Application Portal is now mandatory. New users to the OAP will first have to register for a user account. OAP training videos are available online and can be found on the Online Application Portal Training Videos page of the OMDC website.

2015 OMDC Interactive Digital Media Fund Recipients Announced

OMDC has awarded $3 million to assist in the production financing of 25 interactive digital media projects through support from the OMDC Interactive Digital Media Fund. The OMDC Interactive Digital Media Fund enables Ontario-based interactive digital media content producers to complete their financing with a contribution of up to $150,000.

Rocket 5 Studios Inc. co-founder Cathy Feraday Miller is now growing their studio on the path to success: "The OMDC IDM Fund has given Rocket 5 the means to stand out in a very crowded and competitive market place.  With the assistance of the OMDC, we are able to expand our team and hire talented new artists, designers and programmers who are helping us make the best game possible. Mixing new talent with our experienced team is a win-win situation; we provide valuable work experience and on-the-job training, and in return we get the benefit of innovative new ideas and approaches."

While many of this year’s funded projects can be classified as video games, other interactive content categories were also successfully funded. Diane Hall, president of 2 For Life Media Inc., an e-relationships media company, is excited to receive funding that will help expand their business into a new market. She explains, “Thanks to the OMDC IDM Fund, we were able to accelerate the expansion of 2life into the baby market in 2015 in order to complete our lifestage media offering and increase revenues. This allows us to give consumers another product, as well as to offer our retail marketing partners an additional segment to target through our mobile platform. This will establish 2life as the only lifestyle mobile media brand that takes couples through forming a committed relationship to starting a family.”

The full list of funding recipients is below.

2life Baby Planner   2 For Life Media Inc.
Get Squirrely   Relish Interactive Inc.
Beauty Desk   Maple Media Ltd.
Bloxiq   Blot Interactive Inc.
Careers For Globetrotters   Verge Magazine Inc.
Creativas Design Studio   Playsmart Labs Inc.
Fortified   Clapfoot Inc.
Halcyon 6: Starbase Commander   Massive Damage Inc.
Kitty Disastrous   Rocket 5 Studios Inc.
LongStory: A Dating Game for the Real World   Bloom Digital Media Inc.
Maize   Finish Line Games Inc.
Miaomiao’s Chinese New Year   Apex Media Corp.
Project Babylon   L30 Interactive Inc.
Quench   Axon Interactive Inc.
Runbow   13AM Games Inc.
sCARCITY   Phantom Compass Inc.
Shoot Shoot Mega Pack (SSMP)   Jon Remedios Games Inc.
Solitaire Pop   Uken Studios Inc.
SAM (working title)   Vagabond Dog Inc.
Star Whack (working title)   Game Pill Inc.
STACKS   Guru Animation Studio Ltd.
The Apology – Interactive Documentary   Cult Leader Inc.
The Unknown   Tactic Studios Inc.
World War Mobile   Snakehead Games Inc.
Wormarium   Trompo Games Inc.

OMDC-Supported Research

A new International Market Report for Australia and New Zealand, commissioned by the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Music and the Arts (CAAMA) is now available. In addition to a summary of the state of the market, the document includes detailed listings for local record labels and distributors, festivals and live music venues, music publishing, key media and promotional channels, key markets and conferences, retail channels, both physical and online, as well as industry associations. The report was funded by OMDC and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada. To read the report, click here.

OMDC's OAP Training Videos Available Online!

We are very pleased to announce that the OAP training videos have gone live and can be found on the Online Application Portal Taining Videos page of the OMDC website.

OAP Quick Tip

The Portal Dashboard displays five of the most recent action items by default. To see the full list, click SHOW ALL at the bottom right corner of the Action Items table. You can also remove closed action items from the Dashboard by selecting the HIDE button to the right of the closed items.

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