OMDC Newsletter
June 2013

Finalists announced for The Premier’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts

The Ontario government recognizes that creative people and industries make significant contributions to our province – to our identity, our economy and our quality of life.

The government recently announced the finalists for the 7th annual Premier’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts. Among the finalists are musician Jane Bunnett, author Charles Foran and book publisher Editions Prise de parole. We invite you to meet all 12 finalists for the Premier’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts at

Congratulate this year’s finalists and tell us how art inspires you through Twitter and Facebook. You can join the conversation on Twitter by using our hashtag, #ONPremiersAwards or follow us on @ExploreON.

Award recipients will be announced at a ceremony on June 27, 2013.

Ontario talent and content took home numerous awards at the 2013 Youth Media Alliance – English Programming Awards of Excellence including:

Industry Deadlines and Events

Call For Submissions - Canadian Folk Music Awards

Submissions are now open for the 9th annual Canadian Folk Music Awards (CFMA). Canadian artists and groups whose albums were released in Canada between June 15, 2012 to June 14, 2013 are eligible. Established by Canada's burgeoning and internationally-recognized folk music community, the awards currently boast 20 categories. Five nominees are chosen for each category. A three stage jury process by 100 jurors located across Canada representing all official provinces, territories and languages determine the official winners in each category. Complete eligibility requirements are listed here. The deadline is June 28, 2013.

Flight of the Butterflies Soars into the Ontario Science Centre

SK Films is a Toronto-based company, focused on documentary film and television production, and is a world leader in IMAX/Giant Screen and 3D film production and distribution. The company's most recent release is the international sensation Flight of the Butterflies, interweaving a natural history and true human story starring Gordon Pinsent, and which has been garnering 4-star, rave reviews and is the hit of the worldwide IMAX/Giant Screen cinema market.

July 15 –Connecting Cottbus East-West Co-production Market is currently accepting producer applications for its 2013 pitching session in November, 2013. With a mandate to connect Eastern Europe with the rest of the world, Cottbus is the ideal forum for pitching east-west stories or connecting with producers, sales agents, distributors, commissioning editors and financiers interested in films and storytelling related to the region. Producers with projects that show potential for East-West co-production can apply until July 15th 2013 to pitch their projects; industry guests without projects can register until October 1st. Connecting Cottbus will be held November 7th-8th, 2013 as part of the FilmFestival Cottbus in south east Germany. for further information.

Aug. 21-25 - gamescom 2013 (Cologne, Germany) is one of the leading international gaming events of the year and will become the centre of global success for five days of intense networking, marketing and sales activities. gamescom features development, publishing, retail and consumer-oriented products and covers the entire spectrum of the international gaming sector: PC-Games, Video-, Browser-, Online- and Mobile Games and Gaming Hardware. Once again, the Canadian Pavilion will be at gamescom 2013. The Pavilion will have the same excellent location in Hall 4.2 as last year, in the middle of the show's Business Area. The Canadian government and provincial trade representatives will be on-hand to guide this venture by assisting trade-minded companies before, during and after gamescom to ensure your success! Don't miss the opportunity to join this showcase of innovative Canadian companies - the perfect marketplace for successful business deals and an enjoyable trade show experience. For more information, please contact Angela Spreng at the Ontario International Marketing Centre:

Game On 2.0 | It's geek paradise -- and an educational kaleidoscope. Game On 2.0, the largest museum exhibition about the history, technology and future of video gaming, premieres in Canada March 9 at the Ontario Science Centre. Planned Ontario outreach features guest speakers including Toronto game developer Ryan Henson Creighton, and U of T game and transmedia expert Sara Grimes. Game aficionados won't want to miss the VirtuSphere, a giant sphere equipped with virtual wireless goggles, which may be the closest replication for the public of a full-body game play experience. Said Lesley Lewis, CEO of the Science Centre, an agency of the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport: "Video games have changed the way we think, learn and play. This immersive exhibition gives visitors a powerful perspective on the past, present and future."; #gameonscience; @ontsciencectr . For more info: