OMDC Newsletter
June 2014

Industry Deadlines and Events

Youth Jobs Strategy

The Ontario Centres for Excellence (OCE) announce four new programs that will help young entrepreneurs start and grow businesses. Part of Ontario’s $295-million Youth Jobs Strategy, the programs will help aspiring business owners develop business skills, provide capital, and the opportunity to gain experience and expertise through R&D internships.

The new programs include:

  • The $5-million On-Campus Entrepreneurship Activities (OCEA) program, and the $20-million Campus-Linked Accelerators (CLA) program, both of which help students develop entrepreneurial skills and transfer academic knowledge and expertise to the marketplace
  • The $9-million SmartStart Seed Fund to help young entrepreneurs build technology companies
  • The $10-million TalentEdge Program that bridges the gap between academia and the workforce, providing recipients opportunities to work on collaborative R&D projects between their academic institution and industry

To date, the Youth Jobs Strategy has created more than 10,000 jobs. For more information, click here.

Equity Crowdfunding

The Ontario Securities Commission has announced proposed rules to regulate the raising of limited amounts of capital, and the selling of shares, through crowd-funding websites: Introduction Of Proposed Prospectus Exemptions And Proposed Reports Of Exempt Distribution In Ontario. Comments must be submitted in writing by June 18, 2014, to: Ontario Securities Commission, 20 Queen Street West, 22nd Floor, Toronto, ON M5H 3S8.

Call for Submission for the 10th International DOK Leipzig Co-Production Meeting

Aug. 1, 2014 – Submission deadline for DOK Leipzig Co-production Meeting. DOK Leipzig is looking for creative documentaries in development that are international in scope and looking for diverse financing partners, from Germany and abroad. Particular focus is on theatrical documentaries intended for cinema release, however one-offs, series and trans/cross media projects are also welcome to apply. The 10th International DOK Leipzig Co-Production Meeting takes place on the 27 and 28 October. The two-day programme consists of individual meetings between producers, potential financiers including commissioning editors, film funds, distributors, and sales agents, as well as carefully-selected German producers looking for international projects. For more information and the online submission form click here.

Upcoming Awards, Festivals and Markets

June 6-15 Luminato Festival, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
June 8-11 Banff World Media Festival, Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Banff, Alberta.
June 9-15 Annecy International Animation Film Festival and its Market (MIFA), Annecy, Cedex, France.
June 10-12 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2014, Los Angeles, California, USA.
June 11-13 2014 Creative City Summit, Sheraton Hamilton Hotel, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
June 13-23 North-by-North-East (NXNE), Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
June 14-16 Toronto Animation Arts Festival International (TAAFI), Corus Quay & George Brown-Lakeshore, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
June 15-24 Shanghai International Film Market, Shanghai, China.
June 16 2014 Trillium Book Award - Public Reading, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
June 17 Announcement of 2014 Winners of Trillium Book Award, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
June 18-23 Female Eye Film Festival, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
June 19 Book Summit 2014 - In Bed with the Reader, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
June 23-26 NATPE Europe –Prague, Czechoslovakia.
June 23-26 Sunny Side of the Doc, La Rochelle, France.
July 22-24 Casual Connect USA 2014, Hilton San Francisco Union, CA
August 10-14 SIGGRAPH 2014, Vancouver Convention Centre, Vancouver, B.C.
August 16-22 Norwegian International Film Festival, Norway, Denmark
August 20-21 Nordic Co-Production and Finance Market, Haugesund, Norway
August 25 The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards, Los Angeles, California
Aug 27- Sept 6 The 71st Venice Film Festival, San Marco, Venice
Sept 3-6 Producers Lab Toronto, Toronto, Ontario
Sept 4-14 2014 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Toronto, Ontario
Sept 7-8 International Finance Forum (IFF), Toronto, Ontario
Sept 8 CRTC Phase 3 – “Let’s Talk TV” Public Hearing, Gatineau, Quebec
Sept 9 Asian Film Summit, Toronto Ontario
Sept 10-14 Ottawa Folk Festival, Hog’s Back Park, Ottawa, Ontario
Sept 11-14 Strategic Partners – Atlantic Film Festival, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Sept 13-21 Cinefest – Sudbury International Film Festival, Sudbury Ontario
Sept 14 TIFF Closing Night, Toronto, Ontario
Sept 16 Scotiabank Giller Longlist Announcement, Toronto Ontario
Sept 17-20 CIMA at 2014 Reeprbahn Festival, Hamburg, Germany
Sept 17-21 Ottawa International Animation Festival, Ottawa, Ontario
Sept 20-23 Giant Screen Cinema Association International Conference & Trade Show, Ontario Science Centre, Toronto, Ontario
Sept 21 Word on the Street – 25th Anniversary, Queen’s Park Circle, Toronto, Ontario
Sept 21-23 Nordisk Forum for Co-financing of Documentaries, Malmo, Sweden
Sept 22 Polaris Music Prize Gala, The Carlu, Toronto, Ontario
Sept 25-30 Vancouver International Film Festival, Vancouver, B.C.

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