OMDC Newsletter
Winter 2016

Check your local listings for these OMDC Film Funded features coming soon to a theatre near you!


OMDC and First Weekend Club (FWC) present a special opening night screening with the filmmakers of The Messenger - An OMDC-Supported Feature Documentary by Su Rynard

Friday February 26, 2016
Magic Lantern Carlton Cinema
20 Carlton St, Toronto, ON

It is recommended to buy tickets in advance here.


Born To Be Blue - An OMDC-Supported Feature - In Theatres March 11, 2016

Lumanity Productions, New Real Films, Black Hangar Studios
Producteurs : Jennifer Jonas, Leonard Farlinger, Jake Seal, Robert Budreau
Director/Writer: Robert Budreau
Cast: Ethan Hawke, Carmen Ejogo, Callum Keith Rennie

Coconut Hero - An OMDC-Supported Feature – in Theatres March 18, 2016
Six Island Productions, UFA Fiction, Hessischer Rundfunk , Südwestrundfunk, ARTE
Producers: Paul Scherzer, Fabian Maubach, Jochen Laube
Director: Florian Cossen
Cast: Alex Ozerov, Bea Santos, Krista Bridges


OMDC-Led Delegation - Showcasing Ontario At Kidscreen Summit 2016

Allan Joli-Coeur, VP, Operations, Shaw Rocket Fund speaks with producers at the Kidscreen Canada Stand, sponsored by OMDC   Producer meetings at The Canada Stand

February 8-11, creators of children’s content gathered in Miami for the Kidscreen Summit, a four-day conference and market event showcasing children’s youth entertainment products from around the world. The 2016 Summit saw Ontario become an official delegation sponsored by OMDC, with over 200 hundred Ontario delegates in attendance across children’s content sectors including: film and television, interactive digital media, book publishing and visual effects. OMDC continued its partnership with the Youth Media Alliance Médias Jeunesse, a national non-profit organization dedicated to supporting high-quality screen-based content for children and teenagers, to provide private meeting tables for Ontario producers within a Canadian/Ontario branded space.

Frank Falcone and Mary Bredin, Guru Studio   Janet Hawkins, OMDC with Chantal Bowen,YMA

On February 10, OMDC hosted its third annual networking and co-production breakfast. The 2016 addition of the breakfast was held in partnership with UKTI and The Children’s Media Conference. The event brought together 70 children’s content producers from Ontario and the UK, providing opportunities to network and facilitate potential business ties between jurisdictions. The breakfast also featured Beth Stephenson from Ontario’s Brain Power Studios, who provided current insight into producing between Canada and the UK in the children’s content space.

Beth Stephenson, Brainpower Studio   Breakfast delegates

The same evening in collaboration with the Canadian Consulate in Miami, The Canada Media Fund, Youth Media Alliance, SODEC, Creative BC and NSBI, OMDC hosted a Canadian Networking reception for approx. 150 invitees. International guests came to celebrate and network with Ontario content producers.

Matthew Waldron, Trade Commissioner, Canadian Consulate, Miami


2016 Kidscreen Awards

Congratulations to Weirdwood Manor – Winner 2016 Kidscreen Awards -Best Game App-Tablet

Ontario Delegation at Film Bazaar, Goa

OMDC’s James Weyman presents to Indian colleagues at Film Bazaar’s Film Tourism Workshop

OMDC supported a group of Ontario producers to attend Film Bazaar, in Goa, India at the end of November. Film Bazaar, organized by the National Film Development Corporation of India (NFDC) has quickly become a central meeting point for professionals from across India, facilitating relationships and business development through co-production panels, workshops and a variety of industry specific gatherings and meetings. OMDC’s partnership with the NFDC has seen an Ontario group at Film Bazaar for the last five years, meeting with Indian and international delegates and developing relationships in this fast growing market. Participating companies included Hill 100 Productions, Studio Entertainment, Industry Pictures, Alcina Pictures, Markham Street Films, and Paragraph Pictures. James Weyman, OMDC Manager of Industry Initiatives, accompanied the group this year and delivered several presentations for Indian government officials regarding the Ontario industry and opportunities presented by the recent Canada-India co-production treaty. The big news at Film Bazaar 2015 was the appointment of NFDC to take on the additional role of Film Facilitation Office (FFO). The FFO will be the de facto Indian national film commission to assist with locations and cutting red tape for producers and filmmakers, an important indication that the government is taking the industry very seriously.