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As media makers explore new routes for production including collaborative, digital formats, their work becomes increasingly concerned with questions of communal value: To what exactly is this project contributing? Whom does it serve? How does it impact beyond the delivery of a product? The hybrid field study ‘Collective Wisdom’ dives deep into these questions. It focuses on the collaborative practice...
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This article is republished as part of an editorial partnership between CMF Trends and Méta-Media. ©2020, all rights reserved. By Diana Liu, France Télévisions, MediaLab TikTok, the short-form video-sharing app that’s racked up phenomenal growth recently, is still in its infancy in the West. On the other hand, its Chinese version, known as Douyin, has already reached a certain level of...
Felix & Paul Studios Space Explorers
Ever since its 2013 inception, Felix & Paul Studios has been transforming immersive entertainment. The studio has more than 25 virtual reality (VR) works to its credit, and its rapid growth has been driven in part by the VR industry’s own. The sector is expected to reach US$48.2 billion in revenues worldwide by 2022. Here’s a look at the...
International Documentary Filmmaking Laboratories Credit Margaret Thompson
There’s hardly a better way to get a documentary project to travel than to take part in an international laboratory. These are excellent occasions for filmmakers to sharpen their expertise through workshops while exposing themselves to funding and partnership opportunities. All good things, all good things... But they still have to be selected. Here are some tips to submit...
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Once a breeding ground for experimentation, podcasting is becoming more professional and is benefiting from new distribution and monetization models. In 2019, extraordinary investments made the headlines. We also witnessed a proliferation of new platforms. How can creators benefit from this boom? Let’s take a look. Traditional models Since its inception, the podcasting economy has been an attention economy. According to...
Queer and Trans Narratives in Virtual Reality
Can virtual reality stimulate new conversations and create learning opportunities by immersing an audience in a new environment? Dylan Paré and Scout Windsor offer an answer to that question with an innovative academic project that questions our relationship to body, gender and what we project onto our digital avatars.  Queer & Trans Narratives in Virtual Reality is the particularly descriptive...
Documentary Filmmaking Impact Strategy Social Change
Social-impact documentaries are reinventing themselves thanks to impact strategies. In such endeavours, documentary filmmakers have to think about the audiences they want to reach from the get-go as well as the specific change they want to bring about. That is what Toni Bell, filmmaker services manager at the International Documentary Association, explained during a workshop titled ‘All about international labs’...
CBC Listen Response to Transitional Media Formats Sruti Islam CMF Trends
Live radio was normalized during the first half of the 20th century and, for many, continues to be the preferred method of accessing the news. However, the rise of new formats has broadened the ways that older and newer generations consume media. Sruti Islam offers a look at the CBC Listen model. As per the Infinite Dial 2019 Canada report,...
Analog Conference on Artificial Intelligence in the Creative Industries Takeaways
A computer science professor, a new media curator and critic, and an AI entrepreneur building audience demand analysis software ponder artificial intelligence (AI) in the creative industries. Leora Kornfeld brings their perspectives on the matter to you. The Canada Media Fund recently hosted Analog, a conference that showcased a handful of AI experts in Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal. The events...
CMF FMC Key Trends 2020 tendances ordinary morning 2030
What will a regular morning look like ten years from now? The Canada Media Fund’s Director of Industry and Market Trends, Catherine Mathys, pulls from our 2020 key trends report and imagines a world powered by 5G technology. The doorbell wakes me up. I much prefer the gentle awakenings that my connected mattress usually provides. No need to worry ―...
Digital discoverability APFC study
An update on the Alliance des producteurs francophones du Canada (APFC)’s At the Heart of Discoverability research project on digital discoverability. This project introduced last October, will reach the end of the test bed stage in a few months. Six producers and APFC members, with supervision from two digital discoverability agency LaCogency consultants, are participating in the project, each with...
The year 2019 is slowly coming to a close – and what a year, what a decade, it has been. As we put the finishing touches to our upcoming Key Trends 2020 report, we put together this list of the five most-read CMF Trends stories of the past year. Happy reminiscing! 5 – Esports: Canada, a Player in the Gaming...
An AI trailblazer, an eSports champ, Canada’s most celebrated Indigenous filmmaker, the foremost expert on podcasting, an advocate for environmental sustainability and a VP at one of the world’s largest media conglomerates. What an exciting season of Now & Next that was! As ’tis the season for looking back on the year past, host Leora Kornfeld shares six important takeaways...
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This article was co-written by Marie-Odile Duchesneau and Guillaume Déziel. Over the last few years, we have observed a buzz, at both the federal and provincial levels, in favour of funding creative hubs. These collaborative and multidisciplinary entities have developed a specific expertise in accompanying start-ups from ideation to market. This flourishing organizational trend is well anchored in the industrial...
Streaming platforms are spending millions, if not billions of dollars to acquire successful TV shows from the 90s and 00s. While these shows certainly struck a chord with audiences in their heyday, one has to wonder if nostalgia, in and of itself, is a viable business model. When The Wall Street Journal revealed that the most watched TV series on...