Tags "Cancon"

The amazing story of Indie Game: The Movie

Directors and producers Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky are true pioneers of the ‘direct to fan’ approach. The success of their film Indie Game: The Movie showed the huge potential of hybrid distribution strategies. Unfaltering dedication explains this amazing achievement in terms of creative entrepreneurship. Innovators despite themselves? Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky could never... Read More »

‘Getting It Made’ No Matter What: Meet P.E.I.’s Enterprising Filmmakers

Producers and directors in P.E.I. have found creative ways to lead their projects to completion outside traditional TV space. Adam Perry, Harmony Wagner, and Jeremy Larter share how they used micro-budget programs, crowdfunding and YouTube to achieve great results with little means. Filmmakers in P.E.I. all have one defining trait: pluck. They’re determined to get... Read More »

Wattpad: Canada’s storytelling YouTube is poised to conquer the world

With 45 million subscribers, Wattpad has become in the space of 10 years the leading “social reading” phenomenon. Portrait of a Canadian success that has transformed how stories come to life on the screen. Founded in Toronto in 2006 by Allen Lau and Ivan Yuen, Wattpad boasts one of the most spectacular growth models of... Read More »

Indie Identities: The Rise of Independent Entrepreneurs in Canada

Can indie game developers be entrepreneurs with commercial intents and do meaningful and innovative work? “Absolutely!” says Jason Della Rocca, cofounder of Execution Labs, who looks back at the growth of independent game studios in Canada. As I write these words, I am sitting in Casablanca having just witnessed a truly emotional moment where a... Read More »

The Bridges and Frontiers of Cultural Entrepreneurship

How can digital cultural property be exported on an international scale? French and Canadian entrepreneurs demonstrated their know-how during the very first Enterprising Culture forum held in Toronto. A look back on promising initiatives in the fields of visual arts and editing. Since 2012, the Canadian Film Centre’s Media Lab (CFC Media Lab) supports the... Read More »

OTT’s impact on Canada’s video production ecosystem

Over-the-top (OTT) content providers are boosting the global video production market, including TV production and acquisition expenditures in Canada, according to data gathered by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG). The last few years have often been referred to as a golden age for television, a statement that is confirmed by BCG’s report titled The Future... Read More »

Ten media takeaways from Silicon Valley

What is Canada’s media moonshot? Media policy expert Dr. Irene S. Berkowitz presents ten takeaways from a workshop in Silicon Valley on how emerging technologies are disrupting and transforming industries. Media was scarcely discussed during Singularity University’s Executive Program, a workshop looking at the impact of cutting-edge technologies on industries, even though a bunch of... Read More »

Doom and Gloom Or Boom? Canadian Content in the Internet era

Image credits: McCord Museum What is the role of Canadian content in a digital world characterized by fewer borders, fewer regulations and more of everything else? A group on the front lines of the debate assembled recently. Whereas some are deeply optimistic, others are cautiously pessimistic. It is news to no one that many traditional... Read More »