Canadian delegation heads to London’s Power to the Pixel


The Power to the Pixel’s Cross-Media Forum in London, England will this year host a delegation of Canadian digital media producers and funders as part of a Focus on Canada sidebar.

Taking place Oct. 15, the Cross-Media Forum conference brings together cross-media creators and thinkers to discuss the latest ideas, innovations in storytelling and business practices.

The Pixel Market on Oct. 16 and 17 is a finance market to showcase projects and facilitate industry partnerships. A total of 30 projects are selected for the market out of international submissions, eight of which go through to the Pixel Pitch competition. Projects are presented to a jury of financiers, commissioners and experts as part of that competition, with one team eligible to win the ARTE International Prize, worth 6,000 euros.

Out of the 30 international teams, five Canadian projects were selected for the Pixel Market. Those projects are: Avatar Secrets by Ramona Pringle;  web series Space Janitors by Davin Lengyel; Chasing the Sun by Paul Shoebridge and Michael Simons; Life and Mind of Mark LeFriest/Breaking the Box, coproduced by Jonathan Corbiere, and Heaven Must be Boring from Amit Breuer and Thomas Wallner.

And five Canadian digital media producers will attend the conference as special guests, including Stitch Media’s Evan Jones, Secret Location’s James Milward, Smokebomb’s Jay Bennett, Tactica’s Kevin Glasier and Helios Design Labs’ Sarah Arruda.

Elsewhere, Canuck artist, filmmaker and photographer Stan Douglas, along with the NFB’s head of digital content and strategy Loc Dao will present a case study titled NFB Interactive 2.0: CIRCA 1948 as part of the conference.

The Bell Fund’s exec director Andra Sheffer will also participate in the conference’s annual international Think Tank on Oct. 18 to discuss business practices and strategies to boost success of cross-media productions.

“Canadian digital media producers are looking beyond the border to offer their expertise and resources to the international production community, and they want to establish stronger relationships with European and international funders and producing partners,” Sheffer said in a statement.

To facilitate those relationships, Canadian digital media funding agencies, including the Bell Fund, Telefilm Canada, the Canada Media Fund, the OMDC, NFB and Merging Media are backing the Canadian delegation at PttP with targeted meetings and sponsorship of networking events.

The Cross-Media Forum takes place on Oct. 15 to 18 in association with the BFI London Film Festival.