OMDC Newsletter
March 2014

Online survey to measure innovation in Ontario’s creative industries

How does your organization innovate? This is the question the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport is asking through an online survey.

Ontario’s creative industries continue to thrive and gain recognition as contributors to innovation and economic prosperity. While the entertainment and creative cluster benefits from investment and support from governments, education institutions and industry organizations, it continues to face challenges. These include technological advances, global competition, financial structure and business sustainability, and the risk of falling behind other jurisdictions and clusters in innovation. This highlights the need to understand the current state of innovation, including the dynamics that underpin the cluster and how this fosters growth and prosperity in the broader Ontario economy.

The ministry is asking creative organizations to participate by sharing information about their innovative practices through this survey. Your opinions and feedback are important and will give the ministry a deeper understanding of current business conditions and the competitive environment in which you operate.

The data collected will be used by the ministry to develop a provincial policy to better support the cluster. Complete the survey today.

Industry Deadlines and Events

CRTC “Let’s Talk TV” Public Consultation

The CRTC has launched the second phase of its “Let’s Talk TV” public consultation on the future of Canadian television services. In phase 2, Canadians are invited to participate in an interactive online survey called Choicebook. Choicebook is open for comments until March 14. The CRTC’s report on Phase 1 of the consultations is also available online here.

24th Montreal First Peoples Festival 2014 - Call for Submissions for Native Film & Video Showcase

The Montreal First Peoples Festival is calling on you to submit your audiovisual works for this year's showcase, taking place July 29th to August 5th. As always, we will screen a selection of films of all kinds, short and feature-length, made by filmmakers from First Nations across the Americas and from other parts of the world. Works by non-native filmmakers that deal with aboriginal topics are also welcome. Details, rules and submission form now on-line: Deadline: March 31st 2014

Upcoming Awards, Festivals and Markets

Mar. 6-9 South by Southwest (SXSW) (Interactive & Trade Show), Austin, Texas, USA.
Mar. 7-16 South by Southwest (SXSW), Austin, Texas, USA.
Mar. 9-Apr. 21 TIFF DigiPlay Space, TIFF Bell LightBox Toronto, Ontario.
Mar. 9 2014 Canadian Screen Awards - Film Awards & Live Broadcast Gala, Toronto’s Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, Toronto, Ontario.
Mar. 10-16 SXSW (Film), Austin, Texas, USA.
Mar. 11-16 SXSW (Music), Austin, Texas, USA.
Mar. 12-14 The Impact Media Summit, Turin, Italy.
Mar. 12-14 FICCI Frames Market 2014, Mumbai, India.
Mar. 13-15 Pages Festival & Conference, Toronto, Ontario.
Mar. 17-21 Game Developers Conference, San Francisco, California, USA.
Mar. 19 iLunch 12.7: Serious IDM, Toronto, Ontario.
Mar. 21-24 Guadalajara International Film Festival, Guadalajara, Mexico.
Mar. 24-27 2014 Hong Kong Filmart, Hong Kong, China.
Mar 24-27 Bologna Children's Book Fair, Bologna, Italy.
Mar 24-30 Juno Week, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Mar. 26-30 LA Web Series Festival - LAWEBFEST, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Mar. 27-29 AFCI Locations Trade Show, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Mar. 28-Apr. 6 17th Annual CINEFRANCO, Toronto, Ontario.
Mar. 30 The JUNO Awards’ Broadcast on CTV, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Apr. 1-6 Cinéfranco, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Apr. 2-6 TIFF Kids DigiPlay Space, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Apr. 2-6 ReelWorld Film Festival, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Apr. 5-6 MIPDoc, Cannes, France.
Apr. 5-6 5th Annual Toronto Screenwriting Conference (TSC), Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Apr. 7-10 MIPTV, Cannes, France.
Apr. 8-10 The London Book Fair, London, UK.
Apr. 8-20 TIFF Kids International Film Festival, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Apr. 10 5th Annual Canadian Videogame Awards Ceremony, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Apr. 11-13 ReelWorld Film Festival, Markham, Ontario, Canada.
Apr. 21-24 Beijing Film Market, Beijing, China.
Apr. 22-25 FMX 2014 - Conference on Animation, Effects, Games & Transmedia, Stuttgart, Germany.
Apr. 24-30 Hot Docs, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Apr. 27-29 FITC Toronto 2014 - The Technology & Creativity Conference, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Apr. 28 WGC Screenwriting Awards, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Apr. 30 Playback Summit: Atomic Ideas & New Content Strategies, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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