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August 15, 2018

August 7 FilmOntario Update

Update
August 7, 2018

OMDC Acting Director of Tax Credits
OMDC’s Director of Tax Credits, Jennifer Blitz, will be going on parental leave as of Friday, August 10 for the next year. The OMDC has let us know that Marina Adam, currently Manager of the Music Office, will be filling the role as Acting Director while Jennifer is away.

Prior to joining the OMDC, Marina held a number of senior government positions in both Ontario and British Columbia, including the Ministries of the Attorney General, Finance, International Trade (in B.C.), and Culture. She was also the Manager of Policy and Stakeholder relations at OLG and a Special Policy Advisor at Ontario’s Ministry of Finance, where she supported the delivery of a number of high profile policy and program commitments. Her education at UBC and her early years in the private sector were in film and television production, specializing in post-production sound editing.

Marina can be reached by email at madam@omdc.on.ca.; if you would like a personal introduction please do not hesitate to let me know.

All of us at FilmOntario would like to wish Jennifer well during her leave and look forward to working with Marina over the next year.

News from Mr. X
FilmOntario would like to congratulate former Board member Dennis Berardi on his appointment as Chief Creative Officer at Mr. X, the company he founded in 2001, which will allow him to continue Mr. X’s focus on design-based visual storytelling in an authentic creative environment. The company has also announced that it is bringing on industry professional Lisa Sepp-Wilson as the new Global Managing Director.

Mr. X announced the changes in a press release on August 1.

Interactive Ontario Survey
Interactive Ontario (IO) is updating its Measuring Success: The Impact of the Interactive Digital Media Sector in Ontario study, which was based on 2015 data. It is asking all interactive digital media companies in the province to fill out this confidential survey, undertaken by Nordicity, to assist in this update.

Northern Ontario Deadlines
Music and Film in Motion (MFM) has announced the official opening of the submission period for the 2019 Northern Ontario Music and Film Awards (NOMFA). From now until January 11, 2019, MFM invites eligible applicants to submit film, TV, and music projects that have been released commercially between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2018. Eligibility information and submission guidelines can be found here.

MFM is also organizing a fall familiarization tour for producers with projects ready to begin production in the next 24 months. The tour will kick off in Sudbury on Thursday, September 20 and will spend a maximum of three days in various northern municipalities. Applications are due by Friday, August 17 and more information can be found here.

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