Digi BC

The Interactive & Digital Media Industry Association of British Columbia, DigiBC, is a member-supported organization representing the creative technology sector. The Creative Technology sector includes video games and interactive, visual effects, animation, and digital creative and marketing industries. Lead by their Board of Directors, DigiBC ensures that Interactive and Digital Media continue to grow and thrive within the technology sector of our province. By exploring networking and sponsorship opportunities, public policies and promotion, the supported organizations continue to create new jobs, and develop new technologies.

According to their website, BC has over 600 digital media companies which employ over 16,000 people across the province. They regularly partner with various academic institutions that specialize in Interactive and Digital Media for new technologies, educational programs, research and development.

Make sure to visit DigiBC and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Congratulations to Finger Foods, Winner of the 2017 Exporter of the Year award!

The B.C. Export Awards are the province’s most-prestigious awards paying tribute to the success, economic impact and innovative approaches of B.C. export companies. They celebrate the valuable role that the export industry plays in the B.C. economy. Since their debut in 1982, the awards have recognized more than 300 B.C. companies.

The BC Export Awards annually seeks out BC’s Top Exporters and honours them for their excellence and achievements in 9 categories, including 8 directed at firms and 1 at individuals. The Awards are presented by, Business in Vancouver, the Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology and the BC Division of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters with support from annual sponsors.

Finger Foods Studios was selected as the 2017 Exporter of the Year.

In addition to the Exporter of the Year Award, Finger food also received an award under the category of Digital Media and Entertainment.

 FINGER FOOD STUDIOS

Finger Food is an award-winning technology company creating advanced user experiences across multiple platforms. The company works with global businesses to drive innovation and growth with solutions that utilize holographic computing, artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things. Finger Food delivered the world’s first production holographic application, created the world’s largest coding education platform with Sphero and brought the future of retail to the world with virtual reality and augmented reality experiences. From its local community to global corporations, Finger Food is actively changing the way people interact with and use technology for the better.

To learn more about the B.C. Export Awards, visit: http://www.bcexportawards.com/
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ongratulations to all of the other 2017 winners: http://bit.ly/2i4mVJS 

To learn more about the partners and sponsors of the B.C. Export Awards, visit: http://www.bcexportawards.com/2016-sponsors/

 

Kickstart Entertainment

Los Angeles based company Kickstart Entertainment is a film and entertainment studio focusing on development, live action production, animation, visual effects and literary publishing. Founded in 1999 by Jason Netter, Kickstart’s vision was simple: create a company that balances both creativity and flexibility as its pillars. Since then, Kickstart Entertainment has grown to over 100 employees with offices in China, Hong Kong, India, London and Vancouver.

Heather Puttock, President and Founder of Kickstart’s Vancouver location, started working with the studio in 2005. Realizing the potential for an office in Vancouver, she moved in 2007 to be closer to “Hollywood North”.  Kickstart Entertainment prides itself on doing a bit of everything and aims to continue to grow organically with maximum flexibility. Recently they’ve invested in a digital studio based out of Toronto, Relish Interactive.

Kickstart commits to approximately 50% work for hire for companies like Mattel, Spinmaster, and PBS. When they are not working on other people’s projects they find time to work on their own, collaborating with local companies.

Recent work includes: Ready Jet Go! (PBS/Wind Dancer Films), Preacher (AMC), Greenlit, Back to Brooklyn and many more.

Be sure to keep up to date on Kickstart Entertainment’s many projects and collaborations by following them on Twitter and Instagram.

Casting Workbook

BC continues to lead the way in innovation and entrepreneurship, the newest example of the provinces creative endeavors is Voice by Casting Workbook. The head office is located in the heart of Vancouver and the newly developed software is proudly British Columbian.

With so many changes in the voice-over industry, Casting Workbook, recognized that a new solution was needed. At the ready and with a solution, Casting Workbook is excited to announce the launch of Voice. By consulting with industry leaders, Casting Workbook has now created a publicly searchable voice database to provide immediate relief to production companies, creatives, ad agencies, voice agents and casting personnel.

Locally built software with a global reach.

Casting Workbook, is the second largest film, tv, and commercial breakdown service in North America. With over 19 million agent submissions they work mainly in the film and on-camera world, and with over 20 years of experience in casting submission software, with the launch of Voice, they continue to provide powerful solutions for the creative industries throughout the world.

 

Canadian Media Producers Association – BC Producers Branch

The Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) is Canada’s leading trade association for independent producers, representing more than 350 companies engaged in the development, production and distribution of English-language television programs, feature films and digital media.

With an underlying goal of contributing to the continued success of Canada’s independent production sector, the CMPA established the BC Producers Branch to support the province’s local and regional issues, and to provide a means for dealing with national issues in BC.

The BC Producers Branch is a non-profit trade organization that works on behalf of over 90 British Columbia companies engaged in the production and distribution of television, feature film, and digital media content. As an integral part of the film and television industry, the BC Producers Branch promotes the general interests of its members municipally, provincially, federally, and internationally, negotiates and manages labour agreements with guilds and unions, and undertakes a variety of industry development initiatives to build the capacity of BC based companies.

Image Engine – World Class Visual Effects & Animation

Based in Vancouver, Image Engine is a world-class visual effects studio with a portfolio that reflects involvement from the very first stages of production including concept design, pre-visualization, and supervision, all the way to post-production with services that range from computer-generated animation and compositing, to explosive volumetric digital effects.

Getting its start in the industry as the offspring of the early digital video post-production environment of the mid-1990’s, Image Engine has established itself as a leader in creature design and animation. Best known for its Academy Award Nominated work on Neill Blomkamp’s District 9, Image Engine has managed the entire visual effects services of numerous notable films, including Straight Outta ComptonZero Dark Thirty and Elysium.

As Vancouver’s longest standing independent visual effects company, Image Engine continues to be a driving force in the local visual effects community while growing its capacity for other creative output such as complex digital environment work.

 

The Young Actors Project – Inspiring People Through Stories

Prior to founding The Young Actors Project, Robert Randall worked in the film and television industry for 15 years, primarily in the role of First Assistant Director. Robert’s unwavering passion for screenwriting and filmmaking lead him to establish The Young Actors Project, which initially started by providing acting workshops for young artists. These workshops were used to produce short movies featuring student actors, which eventually over the years, gained recognition from fans around the world.

With time, The Young Actors Project propelled beyond just an acting school and

has achieved enormous success on YouTube as a platform to share independent ultra-low budget film projects. With a mission to hit 1 million YouTube subscribers by the summer of 2018, The Young Actors Project shares stories that have touched the lives of young people and inspired them to show courage.

The Young Actors Project also provides drama workshops to B.C. students in elementary and middle schools, exposing the art of acting to approximately 30,000 kids each year.

Check out two of The Young Actors Project’s most recent films that are part of a series based on fairy tales and set in a contemporary high school.

The Girl Without a Phone – A Cinderella Story

The Girl Without a Phone 2 – A Frog Princess Story

Dan Burgar- Archiact

A man of many talents with a knack for wearing two hats.

Dan Burgar Business Director of Development and Partnership at Archiact and the President of the VR/AR Association put on his first VR headset in 2015 and was awestruck. It was as simple cooking and cleaning game, but he was hooked and believed that this technology was going to change the world.

And he was right!

A tight-knit group of artists, designers, and engineers, Archiact is currently leading the world in the way of VR/AR and is one of the largest VR/AR studios with over 90+ employees. When Archiact was first founded in 2013, they specialized in developing mobile virtual reality games. Today, they are one of the world’s largest virtual reality studios – providing excellence in virtual reality entertainment enterprise and practical VR/AR applications, products and games across several platforms.

Recognizing that Dan as the Business Director at Archiact had incredible potential he was approached by the VR/AR association and started the Vancouver chapter. After 1 year at the helm, Vancouver is one of the top VR/AR destinations. 

As Vancouver is turning into a global hub, Archiact remains extremely well positioned within the industry to continue to grow and lead the world in various new program developments. Moving into the future Archiact continues to be committed to virtual and augmented reality being a central part of every home, business, and organization in the world. Soon to be released is Schema– a design VR application that is useful to design architects working right now in the industry. Check it out!

 

Mediacon Summit Vancouver

The inaugural Summit will take place on 9th of November at Pan Pacific Hotel and Various Locations though-out the city. Mediacon will encompass a High-level Daytime Summit & Market focusing on The Future of the Canadian Television and Content Industry and International financing and co-production .

Creative BC Vice President, Robert Wong will be a speaking on the subject of what’s next for Canadian Television Content and the Content Industries both in Canada and Globally.

The Evening of the 9th of November will see the Inaugural Mediacon Canadian Television Dinner take place. This will be a Gala Dinner celebrating Canadian Contribution to Global Television and Content and will honour a Canadian individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the world of Global Television.

Date: 9th of November 2017

Location: Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver

Links and Social Media

Twitter: @mediaconsummit.com
Hashtag #mediaconvan
Main Site: www.mediaconsummit.com

Enterprising Culture

For the first time ever—in Vancouver on November 2nd and 3rd, 2017, at the Centre for Digital Media and the Emily Carr University for Art + Design, high-level Canadian and French influencers in the creative and cultural sectors will discuss the economic, cultural, and social impact of immersive technologies in their industries. Enterprising Culture is an international meeting that provides opportunities for unique discussions and exchanges between Canadian and French stakeholders and start-ups from the worlds of culture, creative, and media industries.

This edition focuses on start-ups and companies working in Immersive Technologies (VR/AR,  MR, 3D display, Holographic experience, etc) with a program designed to showcase new digital technologies (hardwares and softwares) and innovative content producers from both countries for two days of conversation, panel discussions, presentations and demos.

When: Thursday, 2 November 2017 at 3:15 PM  – to – Friday, 3 November 2017 at 8:00 PM

Where: Emily Carr University of Art + Design & Centre for Digital Media, Great Northern Way, Vancouver, BC V5T 0C6.

(Parking available, Translink VCC Skytrain or Bus #84)

For more information on Enterprising Culture, please visit:

http://enterprisingculture.com/