SOURCE: Merging Media Productions Inc.
VANCOUVER, BC--(Marketwired - Oct 22, 2013) - The 4th annual Merging Media Conference is pleased to announce the twelve finalists of the Pitch 360 Competition. New this year, and in keeping with the conference's 2013 GLOBAL EDITION, finalists include seven European cross-media companies with high potential for co-production or collaboration with Canada. The European participants will join five Canadian companies on November 7, 2013 to present their projects to an international panel of industry experts for a chance to win the Merging Media Pitch 360 $10,000 Development award. A second award, the Telus Optik TV Pitch 360 Prize, a $5,000 production grant for TELUS community television programming, will also be awarded at the Competition. Pitch 360 takes place during Merging Media (November 6-7, 2013), Canada's leading global conference focused on the business and creation of cross-media productions.
One of the seven European finalists includes 'Text Me,' a project by Victoria Mapplebeck and Andy Glynne of Mosaic Films (UK). 'Text Me' recently won the inaugural Merging Media Pixel Market Prize, presented by Merging Media at The Cross-Media Forum organized by Power to the Pixel, in London, UK October 15-17. The prize included the opportunity to pitch at Merging Media's Pitch 360 Competition in Vancouver.
"We are delighted to be the first Canadian Award included in the highly prestigious Cross-Media Forum -- this initiative and partnership with Power to the Pixel is part of our efforts to build co-production bridges between Canada and Europe," says Christine Lim-Labossière, Merging Media's Executive Director. "We have a total of four countries represented at Pitch 360 this year, and are very pleased to welcome the talented 'Text Me' team from the UK to our stage".
Merging Media 2013: GLOBAL EDITION brings together thought leaders from across Europe and North America in a power packed program of presentations, plenary sessions, bespoke B2B meetings, special screenings, networking sessions, and the popular Pitch 360 Competition.
"Our objective in this special GLOBAL EDITION is to cultivate and nurture the relationships between European cross-media companies and Canadian producers who are interested in expanding the screens, platforms and borders from which they reach their audiences," adds Liz Shorten, Managing V.P. Operations and Member Services, Canadian Media Production Association, BC Producers' Branch.
The international Pitch 360 finalists are as follows:
- Do Not Track - Upian (Alexandre Brachet and Margaux Missika)
- In the Footsteps of Corto Maltese - Kids Uphill (Eleonore LaMothe and Mathieu Détaint)
- Off We Go - Les Films D'ici (Laurent Duret)
- EM - Primodrom Produktion AB (Sofie Palage and Gunnar Jarvstad)
- Mint - Circus Imago Universe - (Helene Mohlin and Leif Mohlin)
- Valkyria - KORE Film (Anna Nevander)
- Text Me - Mosaic Films (Victoria Mapplebeck and Andy Glynne)
The Canadian Pitch 360 Finalists are as follows:
- Health Trenders - Agentic Digital Media (Phillip Djwa)
- Hipster Bait - One Net Labs (Nicole Sorochan)
- Kids' Cookhouse - Urban Safari Entertainment (Tracey Mack and Bradley Shende)
- Moby Doll - Perpetual Motion Productions (Mark Leiren-Young)
- What is FMLY? - Moosestash Films (Brittany Baxter and Josephine Anderson)
Merging Media 2013: GLOBAL EDITION and Pitch 360 are presented by Merging Media Productions Inc. and the Canadian Media Production Association, BC Producers' Branch. Merging Media's international program has been made possible as a result of strategic partnerships formed with Power to the Pixel (UK), BoostHbg (Sweden) and the Consulate General of France (Canada).
Merging Media 2013: GLOBAL EDITION runs November 6-7 at the Granville Island Stage and Revue Stage, with a pre-conference Masterclass "The New Business of Storytelling - How to be Globally Competitive in the Digital Age," led by Liz Rosenthal, CEO/Founder of Power to the Pixel, on November 5 at the Granville Island Hotel. Registration is available at mergingmedia.ca/mm2013.
About Merging Media Productions Inc.:
Merging Media Productions Inc. is an event production and management company dedicated to producing exceptional future-facing cross-media and transmedia media events.
Merging Media organizes programs and initiatives to promote the understanding of cross-media and transmedia production, while providing strategic opportunities for partnerships to develop across media disciplines and international boundaries. Programs include the flagship Annual Merging Media Conference, seminars, labs and workshops delivered in Canada and Asia.
The BC Producers' Branch of the CMPA is a non-profit trade organization that works on behalf of over 75 British Columbia companies engaged in the production and distribution of television, feature film, and digital media content. More specifically, it 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.