OMDC Newsletter
November 2013

Industry Deadlines and Events

Call for nominations – awards for outstanding achievement in the creative industries

Nominations for the 2014 Premier’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts are open.

Ontario is one of North America’s top entertainment and media economies, and that’s in large part due to your achievements. Your work breathes life into communities across our province, helps drive innovation and makes Ontario’s cultural products known around the globe.

Now is the time – help us recognize your peers, colleagues and mentors for the wealth and depth of their imaginative expression and for their role in building Ontario’s entertainment and creative cluster.

You can submit a nomination for the Premier’s Awards in one of two categories: an artist award of $35,000 and an arts organization award of $50,000. Content creators and not-for-profit or for-profit commercial enterprises engaged in any professional arts practice in Ontario whose work or service spans a minimum of 10 years are eligible. Submitting a nomination by the December 2, 2013 deadline is easy. Submit your testimonial letter, a description of your nominee and a selection of media clippings about them. Details and nomination forms are on the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) website. The OAC manages the awards selection process on behalf of the Ontario government.

What is the NOHFC?

The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) is working in Ontario’s North to develop innovative technologies, invest in infrastructure, bolster collaboration and build economic development capacity. By supporting your business vision, we can work together to strengthen the North’s competitive advantage.

The NOHFC offers five programs: the Strategic Economic Infrastructure Program, the Northern Community Capacity Building Program, the Northern Innovation Program, the Northern Ontario Business Opportunity Program and the Northern Ontario Internship Program.

The Northern Business Opportunity Program supports film and television industry projects in Ontario’s northern communities.

Eligible projects include:

  • theatrical feature films
  • made-for-television movies
  • television series

Potential applicants can learn more about support available for Northern Ontario film and television projects, eligibility and how to apply at:

The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC), established in 1988, is an agency of the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines mandated to promote and stimulate economic development in Northern Ontario. The Corporation has five funding programs which provide financial assistance to projects, big and small, that support and diversify economic growth and job creation in the North.

TAAFI early bird submissions now open

Toronto Animation Arts Festival International (TAAFI) is now open for early bird submissions for the 2014 edition. Submissions are free before December 15, 2014. TAAFI encourages creators of all types of animated content to apply, including game trailers/cinematics. To access the online submission application and for full submission details please visit

Montreal International Game Summit - 10th Edition

The East Coast’s leading professionals-only summit for the games industry, MIGS 2013 will include:

  • 60+ industry conference sessions (Arts & Visual Effects, Audio, Business, Design, Production and Technology) including world renowned speakers
  • Business Lounge networking to meet & greet
  • Expo Zone, gaming Career Fair, Art Gallery and many more activities!

Register at IO members, contact us for a discount code!

Upcoming Awards, Festivals and Markets

Nov.6-13 AFM - American Film Market & Conferences 2013, Santa Monica, California.
Nov.5-16 17th Annual Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, Toronto, Ontario.
Nov.9-12 9th Annual Windsor International Film Festival, Windsor, Ontario.
Nov.8-10 Canadian Folk Music Awards, Calgary, Alberta.
Nov.19 iLunch 12.3, Toronto, Ontario.
Nov.13-15 Youth Media Alliance - Children, Youth & Media Conference, Toronto, Ontario.
Nov.20-24 Film Bazaar, Goa, India.
Nov.20-Dec.1 International Documentary Film Festival-IDFA 2013, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Nov.20 Writers’ Trust Awards, Toronto, Ontario.
Nov.21-24 Planet in Focus: 14th Annual Environmental Film Festival, Toronto, Ontario.
Nov.30-Dec.8 Guadalajara International Book Fair, Guadalajara, Mexico.
Dec.3 WIFT Crystal Awards, Toronto, Ontario.
Dec.3 nextMEDIA Digi Awards, Toronto, Ontario.
Dec.4-Dec.7 Salon du livre de Toronto - French Book Fair, Toronto, Ontario.
Dec.4-Dec.8 Whistler Film Festival 2013, Whistler, British Columbia.
Dec.9 Tablettistes Conference, Toronto, Ontario.
Dec.11 iLunch 12.4, Toronto, Ontario.
Jan.3-Jan.12 Canada’s Top Ten, - 10th Anniversary, Toronto, Ontario.
Jan.7 iLunch 12.5, Toronto, Ontario.
Jan.7 17th Annual Toronto Film Critiics' Association- Awards Dinner, Toronto, Ontario.
Jan.13-15 Digital Book World Conference & Expo 2014, New York City, New York.
Jan.16-26 2014 Sundance Film Festival, Park City, Utah.
Jan.22-23 Mobile Games Forum 2014, London, UK.
Jan.22-Feb.2 43rd International Film Festival Rotterdam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
Jan.24-28 ALA (American Library Association) Midwinter Meeting & Exhibit Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Jan.26-29 RealScreen Summit 2014, Washington, DC.
Jan.27-29 NATPE 2014, Miami Beach, Florida.
Jan.27-31 FFWD Advertising & Marketing Week, Toronto, Ontario.
Jan.29-Feb.1 OLA (Ontario Library Association) Super Conference 2014, Toronto, Ontario.

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