Focus on Canada

Innovative creators and producers, and Canadian state and private funders, have formed a special delegation to take part in this year’s Cross-Media Forum.

We’re delighted to welcome our partners from Canada whose investment in their creative talent and businesses working in cross-media, combined with the introduction of a new framework that fits the co-production of digital media projects, has put them at the forefront of innovation in this sector.

Leading The Cross-Media Forum’s Focus on Canada delegation are Catalina Briceno, Director of Industry and Market Trends, Canada Media Fund; Andra Sheffer, Executive Director, Bell Fund; Carolle Brabant, Executive Director, Telefilm Canada; Karen Thorne-Stone, CEO, Ontario Media Development Corporation; Loc Dao, Head of Digital Content and Strategy, National Film Board Canada; and Christine Lim-Labossière, Director, Merging Media.

Merging Media, the leading Canadian interactive media conference will be awarding the Merging Media Pixel Market Prize for best cross-media project with potential for a Canadian co-production. Projects from Canada participating in the market and in the running for prizes include:

  • Avatar Secrets from Ramona Pringle of Ramona Pringle Productions;
  • Chasing the Sun from Paul Shoebridge and Michael Simons of the Goggles Media Group;
  • Heaven Must be Boring from Amit Breuer and Thomas Wallner of Amythos Media and Deep Inc;
  • The Life and Mind of Mark LeFriest – Breaking the Box from Gabriel London of Found Object Films and Jonathon Corbiere of Thought Café, a co-production with the US; and  
  • Space Janitors from Davin Lengyel of Space Mop.

We’re also excited to showcase completed works from Canada at our opening Conference day on 15 October.

World-renowned Canadian artist Stan Douglas and executive producer Loc Dao from NFB Canada will share their techniques for creating interactive narratives for their Circa 1948 project. The project is about race, class and corruption played out as an interactive installation, a live event, a website and a mobile IOS app.

Canadian entrepreneur, Radha Agrawal will reveal how the Super Sprowtz has created content for non-traditional channels to achieve social change.  Super Sprowtz is a healthy-eating movement reaching children, families, schools and hospitals through multi-media channels, live shows, a permanent museum exhibit, a mobile app and educational products.

Leading interactive producers from Canada also attending as part of the delegation include Evan Jones from Stitch Media, Jay Bennett from Smokebomb, Kevin Glasier from Tactica and Sarah Arruda from Helios Design Labs.

See them all at The Cross-Media Forum by purchasing a ticket here. But you better hurry, time’s running out!