Sixteen winners take home Digital Alberta Awards

The winners of the 2012 Digital Alberta Awards were revealed earlier this month to a full house.

They include:

Community and Education 
Best in Student Interactive Digital Media and Creative Design: First Generation Albertans, Giannitsos & Poon
Best in E-learning: Time to Drill, Sajak & Farki
Best Digital Media Leader – Community Leader, Educator, Program Leader, or Department Head: Owen Brierley, Guru Digital Arts College

Best Digital Philanthropy Innovation: How a Regional Bank will Change the World, Benevity

Film, Television and Gaming 
Best in Cross-platform Content: HDNet Fights Second Screen App, Mobovivo
Best Use of Film, Animation or Special FX: Bear 71, NFB
Best in Gaming: Catch the Princess, Robots & Pencils [Read more…]

Brazilian International Game Festival & Indie Games Festival open to submissions

The inaugural Brazilian International & Indie Game Festival (BIG) is looking for your game submissions!

BIG is the first international festival of independent games in Latin America and wants game submissions from all platforms for a chance to win one of several awards, including a US$15,000 prize for best indie game.

There are no fees for submissions.

BIG kicks off on November 29, 2012 and runs until December 9, 2012.

Canadian video games shining at E3 Expo

A slew of major Canadian-produced video game titles are shining at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3 Expo), highlighting the strength and vitality of Canada’s video game industry.

At this year’s E3 Expo, taking place in Los Angeles from June 5 to 7, 2012, Canadian-developed blockbuster titles such as Ubisoft Montreal’s Assassin’s Creed III, WB Games Montreal’s Batman Arkham City: Armoured Edition for the WiiU, Electronic Arts’ FIFA Soccer 13 and United Front Games’ LittleBigPlanet Karting are taking centre stage.

“Some of the most anticipated titles at E3 are produced in Canada,” said Julien Lavoie, director of public relations at the Entertainment Software Association of Canada (ESAC). “Publishers and developers in Canada are making waves with games that will be enjoyed the world over. With each passing year, Canada cements its international reputation as a top location to create video games.” [Read more…]

Michael Hennessy to helm CMPA

Telus exec Michael Hennessy is joining the Canadian Media Production Association as president and CEO, effective June 18, 2012.

Hennessy takes over from the outgoing president and CEO Norm Bolen.

Over the past 25 years, he’s leveraged his background in communications to help shape the evolution of public policy and regulation in telecommunications, broadcasting, Internet and wireless in both the public and private sectors.

Most recently, Hennessy served as SVP, regulatory and government affairs at Telus where he was responsible for the overall direction of the company’s regulatory and advocacy strategies across multiple business lines. His use of social media helped his team secure important policy wins as part of a collaborative Telus public affairs strategy involving multi-stakeholders. [Read more…]

Digital Alberta Awards 2012 finalists announced

The list of finalists for this year’s Digital Alberta Awards have been chosen from more than 90 nominees in 16 categories.

The awards program is designed to recognize leaders in innovation, creativity and the evolving digital media sector in Alberta. The list of categories and finalists are detailed below. [Read more…]