Emergence Lab 2015: Call for Applications
April 13, 2015
Emergence Lab is the first Franco-Canadian residency dedicated to emerging and innovative forms of storytelling for new platforms, it takes place in Banff, Canada, from June 1 to 5, 2015. This five-day residency brings together experienced traditional authors with multimedia artists and technicians to explore the world of multi platform stories. The Emergence Lab gathers 8 participants (4 French - Canadian 4) and 8 mentors around 2 multiplatform interactive projects specially selected for the program. 

The participants are chosen in two phases: the two participants presenting a story were chosen first, and now the expert participants are chosen through this call. 

We are looking for 6 expert participants with skills and experience in the areas of designer (graphic designer, animation, illustrator, cartoonist), sound designer, music composer, programmer & coder, user experience designer & interactive game designer, videography. Enrollment in this program is limited to Canadian citizens and citizens of France. 

Emergence Lab is a partnership between The Banff Centre, the Institut francais, and the French Embassy in Canada with the support of the Canadian Media Fund and On Screen Manitoba.

Find out more about the Emergence Lab and apply: http://www.banffcentre.ca//programs/program.aspx?id=1586 

Andra Sheffer to be honoured with Youth Media Alliance Award
April 7, 2015
At the Youth Media Alliance English-Language Awards of Excellence Gala on May 27, IO board member Andra Sheffer will receive the Outstanding Achievement Award. Andra is the CEO of the Independent Production Fund and the COGECO Program Development Fund and has also worked at the Bell Fund, the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television and the Toronto International Film Festival. Congratulations Andra!

IO board member wins Digital Media Trailblazing Award
March 2, 2015
At the Canadian Screen Awards gala on February 24, IO board member Jeffrey Elliott was the deserving recipient of the Digital Media Trailblazing Award for having created the world's first interactive, multiplatform digital channel (BITE) and founding one of Canada's leading multiplatform companies (GlassBOX TV). Congratulations Jeffrey!

February 2, 2015
Due to the inclement weather conditions, we will be rescheduling the Ontario Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit Townhall that was scheduled for tonight.

The OIDMTC Townhall will now take place on Monday, February 9th from 6-8pm at Corus Quay (25 Dockside Drive). Your registration for the event will automatically be transferred to the rescheduled date. 

We apologize for the inconvenience, but hope that this will allow a greater number of attendees to safely travel to the event and participate in this important dialogue.

Looking to expand your team? Harness the benefits of a diverse workforce
January 27, 2015
Ready, Willing & Able (RWA) is a national initiative that connects employers with a talented but often overlooked labour pool. In the face of a rapidly growing digital economy, the RWA team can offer employers the resources, supports and connections needed to leverage the unique strengths and skills of someone with an intellectual disability or autism spectrum disorder.
If you are an employer who is looking to tap into the benefits of an inclusive workforce, contact Radha MacCulloch, Regional Autism Coordinator with Ready, Willing & Able at 416-322-7877 ext 225 or rmacculloch@autism.net.

OMDC announces the Collaboration and Innovation Fund
January 27, 2015
The Collaboration and Innovation Fund (CIF) is a pilot program developed in response to ongoing changes in the marketplace, the continued blending of content across sectors and platforms, and evolving business models. The CIF will help transform innovative and entrepreneurial ideas into goods and services, and drive growth and productivity.

The CIF provides support for projects that fit within OMDC's mandate but currently fall outside of existing program parameters.

Phase One - Development Deadline: Monday, March 30, 2015 by 5:00 pm
Phase Two - Production/Implementation Deadline: Wednesday, August 12, 2015 by 5:00 pm

Learn more about the program here

Discount on Banff World Media Festival for IO members
January 16, 2015

Thinking of heading to the Banff World Media Festival? As an Interactive Ontario member you'll receive exclusive discounted pricing!  Don't miss the world's largest and most important gathering of entertainment industry and digital media executives dedicated to media content production, broadcast and distribution within TV and digital media. The 36th annual Banff World Media Festival will take place June 7-10, 2015 at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in Banff, Canada.  For more information and to purchase discounted passes contact communications@interactiveontario.com

Ontario Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit Townhall - February 2
January 16, 2015

Calling all Interactive Ontario members, partners and the Ontario IDM industry at large to an important Townhall exclusively focused on the Ontario Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit (OIDMTC) on February 2, 2015 at Corus Quay (25 Dockside Drive, 8th Floor Theatre).

In November 2014, the Ministry of Finance announced a review of the scope and parameters of the OIDMTC.

In the absence of specifics, the impacts could be dramatic.  
Interactive Ontario is seeking to influence and guide this review for positive change; as this tax credit is critical to the continued growth of Ontario's IDM industry. To do so we are working with members, the IDM industry and various levels of Ontario government.
Interactive Ontario invites you to participate in an open and frank dialogue.

Let your voice be heard.  Speak out about the unique challenges and opportunities your business is facing and help us create a strong and unified voice for our industry and our province. 
Our common goal - for the government to better understand the value of the credit and how essential it is to our industry's future success.
We hope to see you all on February 2nd at this important Digital Media Townhall.

6:00 to 6:30pm - Arrive / Networking
6:30 to 6:45pm - Opening Remarks
6:45 to 7:15pm - The Current Situation
7:15 to 8:00pm - Interactive Discussion

AToMiC Awards call for entries
January 12, 2015
AToMiC Awards celebrates the partnerships, programs and new developments that elevate the Canadian media industry. The awards bring together producers and networks with the agency and brand worlds, to showcase the projects that went above and beyond.
AToMiC recognizes the work of producers, platforms, digital media companies and agencies, as long as they blow up conventional thinking when it comes to content & tech creativity - resulting in entertainment, media & marketing innovation. 
The call for entries is now open, spanning categories such as Best Transmedia*, Best Digital Engagement, Best Broadcast Engagement, Best Tech Breakthrough, AToMiC Collaboration and many more. 
The winners will be celebrated at a Toronto awards show in May, and beyond the networking opportunity across sectors, the winning work will be profiled in strategy's June issue, which will be seen by Canada's media, marketing and business community - via bonus distribution with The Globe and Mail - and globally via distribution at the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity.
Think you have what it takes? Time to submit those cases.
Deadline is January 23, 2015.
*Best Transmedia - Viewers are not sitting complacently in front of the TV waiting for your content to arrive. To reach them (wherever they are) you need a presence on whatever device they're toting. This category celebrates the producers, networks and brands developing true transmedia content - entertainment whose complementary iterations intrigue viewers across many platforms, and messaging that uses each channel to its utmost potential.

Interact - Music and IDM
December 18, 2014

Collaborations between musicians and interactive digital media creators make for highly rewarding results, from triple A games like Rock Band to immersive projects like Bjork's interactive album Biophilia. At the January edition of Interact, we'll explore some of the possibilities and make connections between musicians and IDM creators. 

Mike Tanner will speak about his work creating and promoting opportunities for musicians in his role as Music Sector Development Officer with the City of Toronto. 

Alex Jansen of Pop Sandbox will speak about Loud on Planet X, an upcoming rhythm shooter for mobile devices featuring the work of established and emerging indie musicians. 

The brief presentations will be followed by food, drinks and the chance to converse with fellow IDM producers and music professionals. Your ticket includes a drink ticket, hors d'oeuvres, presentations and plenty of networking. As always, it's free for IO members and $15 standard. 
Interact: Music and IDM
January 14, 2014
Bar Italia - 582 College Street, Toronto 
Hosted by Interactive Ontario
Sponsored by the City of Toronto
Learn more or register at interactjan2015.eventbrite.ca 

Rogers TV Hackathon - save the date
December 15, 2014
Calling all Hackers!

Rogers TV has partnered with Interactive Ontario on a weekend hackathon like no other.

Rogers TV is breaking down walls, rethinking and rebuilding the community TV experience to ensure it's accessible to and powered by next generation platforms. 
What does tomorrow's community television look like?
How will hyper-local content be developed and delivered? 
What apps will power it?
Do you have what it takes to come up with the next big thing in community television?
If so, plan to join us for what promises to be a community content innovation incubator!
Where:  Bento Miso | 862 Richmond Street West, Toronto
When:  January 16 - 18, 2015
Stay tuned for details. 

Advocacy update: Ontario Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit
December 2, 2014
During the Fall Economic Outlook, Minister of Finance Charles Sousa announced a review of the Ontario Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit (OIDMTC). It was the only media tax credit targeted for review. 

The OIDMTC is widely acknowledged as the most important support mechanism that fuels the success of the IDM sector in Ontario. Growth of the OIDMTC since its inception is consistent with growth in sector, but represents a tiny portion of overall industry impact ($62 million in government expenditures vs. $1 billion in GDP). 

At the November 20th Interactive Ontario AGM, a special resolution was passed affirming that IO member companies:
  1. Call on the Ontario Government to maintain the OIDMTC at its current rates; and
  2. Support targeted enhancements to the effectiveness and efficiency of the OIDMTC, including ensuring it exclusively supports bona fide entertainment and educational IDM products, and that payments are expedited and predictable. 

IO is currently seeking clarification from the Ontario government on the scope of the review. We will keep you posted - please keep your eye on your inbox and on our Facebook page for updates.  

In the meantime, please ensure your company is part of the the Mapping Ontario's Digital Economy project:
  • Visit idm.interactiveontario.com and search the directory to see if your company is included. If it is not, please email us with your company name, website, address, the year your company was founded, the number of employees at the inception of your company and the current number of employees. This will allow us to count you in the database and provide the government with an accurate snapshot of the size of Ontario's IDM industry. 

Interactive Ontario welcomes new board members
December 2, 2014
Interactive Ontario is pleased to welcome ten new members to our Board of Directors. The new directors were confirmed to the Board at our AGM on November 20th. We look forward to having the benefit of their expertise and insight. The new members are:

Many thanks to our outgoing directors for their hard work and to returning directors for their continued support. 

IO member Digital Leisure releases Get Off My Lawn
November 18, 2014
IO member Digital Leisure has just released their new name Get Off My Lawn!. Shoot first and ask questions later in this endless fast paced arcade shooter, and keep those pesky aliens off of Murray's perfectly manicured lawn! 

Get Off My Lawn! is Free-To-Play and is available on PlayStation Vita, Steam, AppStore, Google Play, Windows Store and later this Winter on Wii U. For more details and to watch the trailer, visit lawn.digitalleisure.com

Rollers of the Realm released today
November 18, 2014

Rollers of the Realm, the eagerly-awaited pinball-meets-RPG developed by IO member Phantom Compass and published by Atlus, was released today. Get this innovative game on Steam, PS4 or PS Vita. 

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