The Bell Fund undertook several international activities to support Canadian production companies, to promote Canadian digital media projects and to encourage potential international co-production partnerships.
International activities 2013
Grand Bornan, France (January 15-17, 2014) The Bell Fund and six Quebec digital media companies participated at Forum blanc and its conference “New practices – new content”. The Quebec companies had the opportunity to demonstrate their transmedia expertise through presentations of their multi-platform projects which can be viewed at www.forumblanc.org. This highlight on our companies provided a focus for new business and coproduction partnerships.
Cannes, France (8 April, 2013) The Bell Fund sponsored the 2013 Digital Emmy® Awards and the awards ceremony that was held during MIPTV’s Opening night activities in Cannes in April. Two of the 12 nominated programs were Canadian : Guidestones (guidestones.org), produced by iThentic and 3 o'clock.tv and Temps Mort 3 (tou.tv/temps-mort), produced by Productions Babel received nominations in the category of Digital Program: Fiction. All of the 12 nominated programs were showcased at MIPCube during a special session hosted by Bell Fund Board member Catherine Warren, also sponsored by the Bell Fund, giving MIPTV participants a chance to see the best in digital media and meet the nominees. Guidestones was awarded the International Digital Emmy Digital Program: Fiction. Inspired by true events, Guidestones is the story of two journalism students who uncover a global conspiracy while investigating an unsolved murder. Director: Jay Ferguson Producers: Jonas Diamond, Jay Ferguson iThentic.
Power to the Pixel
Power to the Pixel
London, UK, (Octobe15-18, 2013) Fifteen Canadian digital media producers attended Power to the Pixel, with Bell Fund Executive Director Andra Sheffer. Power to the Pixel is a showcase of ideas, people and projects changing the face of media and the place to learn how to adapt to stay relevant to digital change. The Canadian delegation met with leading UK producers to exchange co-production ideas; they also had the opportunity to participate in sessions of 3-minute quick pitches to the audience at the Forum.