OMDC Newsletter
Summer 2015

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 shortlist 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.

Industry Deadlines

Call for Submissions for 2016 Vancouver International Women in Film Festival and the International Screenplay Competition

Women in Film and Television Vancouver has opened submissions for the 2016 Vancouver International
Women in Film Festival (#VIWIFF2016) and the International Screenplay Competition. The festival will be held
March 8-13, 2016. The Early Bird submission deadline ends August 1st, 2015. The festival accepts films with
women in at least three of these key creative roles: Writer, Producer, Director, Cinematographer, Editor, Composer, Lead Performer. Films completed after March 2013 are eligible. All genres are welcome. In addition to offering independent filmmakers a professional screening opportunity, the festival pays artist fees and all films are entered to win cash awards. http://www.womeninfilm.ca/2016_Festival_Submissions.html


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), Yello 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.

Upcoming Awards, Festivals and Markets

Jul 7–Aug 9 The Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival, Toronto, Ontario.     
Jul 10-Aug 16 "Ontario Celebration Zone" (OCZ) at Pan Parapan Am Games, Toronto, Ontario
Jul 10-26 Beaches International Jazz Festival, Woodbine, Park Toronto
Jul 10-26 Pan Am Games, Toronto, Ontario.
Jul 23-Aug 6 Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, Ottawa, Ontario
Aug 6-9 Boots and Hearts Music Festival, Oro Medonte, Ontario
Aug 8-15 Parapan Am Games, Toronto, Ontario
Aug 8-13 SIGGRAPH 2015, Los Angeles, California
Aug 11-13 Casual Connect USA 2015
Aug 15-21 Norwegian International Film Festival, Haugesund, Norway
Aug 19-20 Nordic Co-Production and Finance Market, Haugesund, Norway
Sep 2-12 72nd Venice Film Festival, Venice, Italy
Sep 9 Asian Film Summit at TIFF 2015, Toronto, Ontario
Sep 10-20 The 40th Toronto International Film Festival-TIFF 2015, Toronto, Ontario
Sep 11-13 James Street Supercrawl 2015, Hamilton, Ontario
Sep 13-14 10th Anniversary International Financing Forum (IFF) 2015, Toronto, Ontario
Sep 14-15 7th Annual Canadian Music Cafe during TIFF, Toronto, Ontario
Sep 16-21 Toronto Urban Roots Festival, Toronto, Ontario
Sep 16-20 Ottawa Folk Festival 2015, Ottawa, Ontario
Sep 16-20 Ottawa International Animation Festival, Ottawa, Ontario
Sep 17-20 Strategic Partners - Atlantic Film Festival, Halifax, Ontario
Sep 18-26 Cinefest - Sudbury International Film Festival, Sudbury, Ontario
Sep 23-26 Canadian Independent Music Assoc. CIMA at Reeperbahn, Hamburg, Germany
Sep 24-Oct 9 Vancouver International Film Festival, Vancouver, British Columbia
Sep27-Oct 3 8th Annual Toronto Palestine Film Festival, Toronto, Ontario
Sep 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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