OMDC Newsletter
November 2014

Congratulations to Five OMDC Staff with Over 25 Years of Service with the Government of Ontario

OMDC staff include: Mai Dalquen, Events Management Officer; Kristine Murphy, Director of Industry Development; Donna Zuchlinski, Manager of Film; James Weyman, Manager of Industry Initiatives and Janice Reid Johnston, Marketing Consultant - Film Initiatives.

“Congratulations to all the members of OMDC’s 25-year club! We are very fortunate to have such dedicated, loyal and talented colleagues to inspire us,” said Karen Thorne-Stone, OMDC President & CEO

OMDC Launches Mobile Version of The Digital Location Library Database

OMDC is pleased to announce the mobile version of its award winning Digital Location Library Database, a key tool used to promote and facilitate filming in Ontario, that will launch the week of November 17th.

The mobile database is specifically designed to use anywhere, whether users are in the office or out in the field, and will engage users with mobile-specific features and an optimal experience. Users will be able to conduct full searches, view location files and photos, view packages, link to Google Street View and Maps, as well as easily click to call/email location contacts. Additionally, they will be able to access a number of specialized components of the Location Database including personal Bankers Boxes, Short Term Location Listings, Research documents and In the Loop newsletters. Client Package links will also now have a mobile version to provide increased portability and connectivity.

Nearly 15 years since its inception, this ground-breaking system continues to be one of the best in the film and TV industry, and is now the most advanced location tool in the industry.

OMDC Program Deadlines and News

Note: *All Program Deadlines are by 5 pm

Ontario Music Fund (OMF)

OMF Music Industry Development Stream
December 30, 2014 – OMF Music Industry Development Application Deadline


Trillium Book Award

Call for Submissions
Deadline: January 20, 2015

Research Grant Applications Available on OMDC’s Online Application Portal (OAP)

OMDC is pleased to announce that applications to the Research Grants program can now be made on the OMDC’s paperless, secure Online Application Portal (OAP). You will be able to apply online (including uploading and storing corporate documents), track the status of your applications and communicate with OMDC regarding your application through the OAP.

Applications can be submitted online or on paper for November 10, 2014 application deadline.

For deadlines in 2015 and after, application through the Online Application Portal is mandatory.

New users to the OAP will first have to register for a user account.

OAP training videos are available online and can be found on the Online Application Portal Training Videos page of the OMDC website.

We are also offering a WebEx training session on the OMDC Online Application Portal. Visit our website for upcoming WebEx training dates on how to use the Online Application Portal.

Upcoming Research Application Deadlines

Research deadlines will be at 5:30 p.m., Toronto time, on the following dates:

  • Monday, November 10, 2014
  • Monday, March 16, 2015

*OMDC reserves the right to revise Guidelines and Application Forms at any time. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that they are using the most current Guidelines and Application Form. Inquiries regarding OMDC Research should be directed the Research and Strategic Planning department. Phone: 416-314-6858 / Email: research@omdc.on.ca.

OMDC-Supported Research

Two research studies funded by OMDC Research Grants have been released recently. The Screen Composers Guild of Canada examined the Canadian screen composing industry, including its structure, business models, revenue sources and expenditures as well as industry trends and challenges. This is the first known study to examine the work of professional composers for English screen productions. Baseline Study of the Membership and Industry of the Screen Composers Guild of Canada can be accessed here. Interactive Ontario has released a report on international co-production for digital media content. The study provides Canadian producers of interactive digital media and convergent properties with practical advice on how to find international co-production partners. The guide includes detailed information on key players and financing opportunities in six jurisdictions. Read International Digital Media Co-production: A Guide for Canadian Producers here.

OMDC's OAP Training Videos Available Online!

We are very pleased to announce that the OAP training videos have gone live and can be found on the Online Application Portal Training Videos page of the OMDC website.

OAP Quick Tip

The Portal Dashboard displays five of the most recent action items by default. To see the full list, click SHOW ALL at the bottom right corner of the Action Items table. You can also remove closed action items from the Dashboard by selecting the HIDE button to the right of the closed items.

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OMDC’s Team Culture Shock Climbs The CN Tower for United Way!


OMDC Team Culture Shock – Ivonete de Sousa, Ola Abdulsalam, Noah Gruneir, Ryan Clancy, Paul Vella and Andy Shin

OMDC is proud to support the United Way during our workplace campaign, running through November 17. Team “OMDC Culture Shock” kicked off our fundraising efforts by climbing over 1,700 steps during the United Way CN Tower Climb on October 17, 2014 raising nearly $3,000 towards our campaign goal of $15,000.