Fall 2015

Industry News and Deadlines

Ontario’s developing a new culture strategy – be part of it!

The Ontario government has launched province-wide public consultations – called Culture Talks – to inform the development of a culture strategy for Ontario.

We encourage you to take a few minutes to share your views and ideas about arts, culture, and the creative industries, whether it’s in your life, your company, your community or within the province.

You can participate by attending one of the town halls, if in your area, online at Ontario.ca/culturetalks, on Twitter using #ONculture or by reading the discussion paper and sharing your comments. All input must be submitted by December 7, 2015. For more information, please visit the Culture Talks website at Ontario.ca/culturetalks.


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Purchase Your Tickets Now for CVA FanFest!

August 31, 2015 (Toronto, ON) Tickets are now on sale for the 6th Annual Canadian Videogame Awards (CVAs) and CVA FanFest, a fan-centric, two-day celebration of interactive entertainment December 5th and 6th at the Ryerson Mattamy Athletic Centre in downtown Toronto.

There are a variety of tickets available, including an individual day pass, an individual weekend pass or a weekend group pass. You can also purchase tickets for the 6th Annual Canadian Videogame Awards or add on a pass to any FanFest package. Fans can purchase tickets by clicking here or through ticketmaster.

Participate in the Game Competition at CVA FanFest

Interested in putting your gaming skills to the test? The producers of the CVAs are thrilled to announce that we will be hosting a game competition titled the Canadian League of Gamers (CLG) during CVA FanFest. Games to be played include Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. More game competitions to be announced soon. Attendees wishing to participate in the game competition are required to purchase a weekend pass for CVA FanFest in order to be in attendance for all game competitions. Click here to sign up for the game competition at CVA FanFest.

6th Annual Canadian Videogame Awards

Nominations are still open for the CVAs for work developed in Canada and released between November 1, 2014 and October 31, 2015 and are welcome from all parts of Canada’s diverse gaming industry. The Call for Nominations will close at midnight on October 31, 2015.

Award categories and criteria, as established by a committee of industry leaders from across Canada, can be found here.

Finalists in all categories will be announced November 16, 2015, when public voting for the Fans' Choice Award will open.

The Canadian Videogame Awards are co-founded by Reboot Communications and EP Media, produced by Reboot Communications and Swaf Media, and officially endorsed by the Entertainment Software Association of Canada, Interactive Ontario and DigiBC.

Event information, award categories, adjudication details, and online nominations are available on our exciting new website at CVAwards.ca.

FEBRUARY 3-5, 2016

Registration is now open for Prime Time 2016 - February 3-5 at the Westin Ottawa. Prime Time 2016 will focus on networking, innovation, entrepreneurship, and growth by exploring new opportunities in international and digital markets, and in the evolution of legacy media. Early bird pricing is available until December 11, 2015. Never been to Prime Time before? Take advantage of our Welcome Rate and save $400 off the regular price!

Upcoming Awards, Festivals and Markets

Oct. 22-31 28th Tokyo International Film Festival, Tokyo, Japan
Oct. 23-25 Buffer Festival, Toronto, Ontario
Oct. 22-Nov. 1 International Festival of Authors, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Ontario
Oct. 27-29 2015 Creative City Summit, Kelowna, British Colombia
Nov. 1-2 Scotia Bank Giller Prize Awards Gala, Toronto, Ontario
Nov. 4 iON: Hamilton, Hamilton, Ontario
Nov. 4-11 American Film Market & Conferences 2015, Santa Monica, California
Nov. 9-10 nextMEDIA 3.0 2015, MaRS Discover District, Toronto, Ontario
Nov. 12 IO Lunch: Knowing Your Customer, Toronto, Ontario
Nov. 15-23 Canadian International Television Festival, Toronto, Ontario
Nov. 18-20 Youth Media Alliance–Children, Youth & Media Conference, Toronto, Ontario
Nov. 20-24 Co-Production Market, Film Bazaar, International Film Festival of India, Goa, India
Nov. 20-30 International Film Festival of India, Mumbai, India
Nov. 23 43rd International Emmy Awards Gala, New York, NYC
Nov. 28-Dec. 2 Guadalajara Book Fair, Guadalajara, Mexico
Dec. 2-6 15th Anniversary Whistler Film Festival, Whistler, British Colombia
Dec. 2-5 23e Salon du Livre de Toronto – French Book Fair, Toronto, Ontario
Dec. 5-6 The 6th Annual Canadian Videogame Awards, Toronto, Ontario
Dec. 9 Interact: Music + Digital Media, Toronto, Ontario

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