OMDC Newsletter
September 2015

Industry News and Deadlines

Sarah Ker-Hornell

OMDC joins with colleagues across Ontario’s screen-based industries in thanking Sarah Ker-Hornell for her leadership at FilmOntario over the past 12 years. Sarah recently concluded her time with the industry consortium, having served as a tireless advocate for the sector since FilmOntario’s inception. During Sarah’s term, FilmOntario became an important partner for OMDC and a strong voice for the film, television and interactive digital media industries with all orders of government in a continuously changing business environment. Her passion and determination served the industry well and we wish her all the best in her new adventures.

Congratulations to the 2015 Polaris Music Prize Short List. Click here.

The 10 albums on the 2015 Polaris Music Prize Short List include these Ontario artists: Alvvays (Royal Mountain Records), BADBADNOTGOOD, Caribou, Jennifer Castle (Idee Fixe Records) and Drake. Congratulations to Ontario labels: Arts & Crafts (Tobias Jesso Jr.), Last Gang Entertainment (The New Pornographers) and True North Records (Buffy Sainte-Marie) on their artists’ nominations.

Alvvays (@Alvvaysband) - Alvvays
BADBADNOTGOOD (@badbadnotgood) & Ghostface Killah – Sour Soul
Braids (@braidsmusic) – Deep In The Iris
Caribou (@caribouband) – Our Love
Jennifer Castle (@JNFRCASTLE) – Pink City
Drake (@Drake) – If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
Tobias Jesso Jr. (@tobiasjessojr) – Goon
The New Pornographers (@TheNewPornos) – Brill Bruisers
Buffy Sainte-Marie (@BuffySteMarie) – Power In The Blood
Viet Cong (@vietcongband) – Viet Cong

The short list event streamed live on TFO’s BRBR and Periscope. Over 150 members of the media and music industry were in attendance. It was also announced that singer-songwriter Fred Penner will be the host of this year’s Polaris Gala event to determine the winner, taking place on September 21 at The Carlu, Toronto.

COGECO FUND announces new Development Program for Web Drama Series

A funding program to support the development of new digital drama series (webseries) has been approved by the Board of Directors of the Cogeco Fund. The Development and Packaging Mentorship Program is designed to fill the funding gap in the digital production industry in Canada by encouraging producers of web drama series to be “pitch ready” in order to attract distribution, platforms, talent and production financing. This pilot project will replace the Cogeco Fund’s existing television Development, Pre-development and Corporate Feature Film Development funding programs in 2015/16. “The Cogeco Fund has an opportunity to be a leader in assisting the production industry to evolve and adapt in order to create content for new platforms and audiences” stated Yves Mayrand, Chair of the Cogeco Fund. “Successful productions are based on solid development of creative, business and marketing materials – and understanding the target audience. This financial support will help producers to invest the time to make this possible and to test their content.”

This new Program encourages partnerships and guidance from experienced web series creators, writers, producers, marketers and social media professionals. Eligible applicants must be a team of at least one writer and one independent producer who must select a mentor with the skills and experience that will enhance the team’s creative or business knowledge. All projects must be dramatic, scripted digital series intended for the web. The Cogeco Fund will fund up to 100% of the development costs to a maximum of $10,000. The application deadline is October 1, 2015. All applications are evaluated by the Cogeco Fund’s evaluators and the Selection Committee named by the Board of Directors. Development funding is generated by a $7.5M endowment allocated by Cogeco Cable in 1992 for the development of drama.

Detailed guidelines and applicant and project availability are available at:

Applications for the 2015 DIGI Awards are Now Open!

Canada's annual showcase of incredible digital content returns this fall. From video, to marketing and advertising, to digital technologies, we're honouring the country's top digital content that are making waves in the industry.

Eligible entries include projects across storytelling, marketing, advertising, digital technologies, and gaming made by Canadian companies and individuals that are released between June 1, 2014 and September 1, 2015. Entries based on non-Canadian media properties are eligible provided the project itself is produced by a Canadian entity.

All entries are reviewed by a panel of well-known community leaders, influencers, technology experts, and content programmers from across the country, who will determine Canada's next digital leaders. Last year’s winners include #TDThanksYou (Best in Video Marketing and Advertising), State of Syn starring Jewel Staite (Best Webseries), Yellow Pages Local Market Attack (Best in Multi-Channel Communications), Bitstrips (Best in Mobile Entertainment), and LEGO My City (Best in Gaming).

Finalists will receive an all-access pass to nextMEDIA 2015, featuring a roster of programming that reflects the latest trends of digital technologies, marketing and measurements, digital entertainment, and more.

This year's Digi Awards will take place on November 10 at the MaRS Discovery District where we will celebrate the very best in the digital media landscape.

Purchase Your Tickets Now for CVA FanFest!

August 31, 2015 (Toronto, ON) Tickets are now on sale for the 6th Annual Canadian Videogame Awards (CVAs) and CVA FanFest, a fan-centric, two-day celebration of interactive entertainment December 5th and 6th at the Ryerson Mattamy Athletic Centre in downtown Toronto.

There are a variety of tickets available, including an individual day pass, an individual weekend pass or a weekend group pass. You can also purchase tickets for the 6th Annual Canadian Videogame Awards or add on a pass to any FanFest package. Fans can purchase tickets by clicking here or through ticketmaster.

Participate in the Game Competition at CVA FanFest

Interested in putting your gaming skills to the test? The producers of the CVAs are thrilled to announce that we will be hosting a game competition titled the Canadian League of Gamers (CLG) during CVA FanFest. Games to be played include Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. More game competitions to be announced soon. Attendees wishing to participate in the game competition are required to purchase a weekend pass for CVA FanFest in order to be in attendance for all game competitions. Click here to sign up for the game competition at CVA FanFest.

6th Annual Canadian Videogame Awards

Nominations are still open for the CVAs for work developed in Canada and released between November 1, 2014 and October 31, 2015 and are welcome from all parts of Canada’s diverse gaming industry. The Call for Nominations will close at midnight on October 31, 2015.

Award categories and criteria, as established by a committee of industry leaders from across Canada, can be found here.

Finalists in all categories will be announced November 16, 2015, when public voting for the Fans' Choice Award will open.

The Canadian Videogame Awards are co-founded by Reboot Communications and EP Media, produced by Reboot Communications and Swaf Media, and officially endorsed by the Entertainment Software Association of Canada, Interactive Ontario and DigiBC.

Event information, award categories, adjudication details, and online nominations are available on our exciting new website at

Upcoming Awards, Festivals and Markets

Sept. 9 Asian Film Summit at TIFF 2015, Toronto, Ontario
Sept. 10-20 The 40th Toronto International Film Festival-TIFF 2015, Toronto, Ontario
Sept. 11-13 James Street Supercrawl 2015, Hamilton, Ontario
Sept. 13-14 10th Anniversary International Financing Forum (IFF) 2015, Toronto, Ontario
Sept. 14-15 7th Annual Canadian Music Cafe during TIFF, Toronto, Ontario
Sept. 16-21 Toronto Urban Roots Festival, Toronto, Ontario
Sept. 16-20 Ottawa Folk Festival 2015, Ottawa, Ontario
Sept. 16-20 Ottawa International Animation Festival, Ottawa, Ontario
Sept. 17-20 Strategic Partners - Atlantic Film Festival, Halifax, Ontario
Sept. 18-26 Cinefest - Sudbury International Film Festival, Sudbury, Ontario
Sept. 23-26 Canadian Independent Music Assoc. CIMA at Reeperbahn, Hamburg, Germany
Sept. 24-Oct. 9 Vancouver International Film Festival, Vancouver, British Columbia
Sept.27-Oct. 3 8th Annual Toronto Palestine Film Festival, Toronto, Ontario
Sept. 27 Word on the Street 2015, Toronto, Ontario
Oct. 3-4 MIPjunior, Cannes, France
Oct. 5-8 MIPCOM, Cannes, France
Oct. 7-18 BFI London Film Festival, London, England
Oct. 13-15 40th FIPP World Congress, Toronto, Ontario
Oct. 14-18 Frankfurt Book Fair 2015, Frankfurt, Germany
Oct. 14-18 ImagineNATIVE Film Festival, Toronto, Ontario
Oct. 15-18 Folk Music Ontario Conference, Toronto, Ontario
Oct. 21-25 CMJ Music Marathon, NYC, New York
Oct. 22-31 International Festival of Authors, Toronto, Ontario
Oct. 22-31 28th Tokyo International Film Festival, Tokyo, Japan
Oct. 22-25 Buffer Festival, Toronto, Ontario
Oct. 27-29 2015 Creative City Summit, Kelowna, British Columbia

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