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  • 05 Feb 2024 by DigiBC

    It's awards season and we'd like to congratulate all of our Animation & VFX member companies that have been nominated at this year's Academy Awards, VES Awards, Annie Awards, Kidscreen Awards, GLAAD Media Awards, BAFTAs, NAACP Image Awards and Producers Guild of America Awards.

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    Visual Effects Society Awards
    Winners announced on February 21, 2024


    Scanline VFX

    Outstanding Effects Simulations in a Photoreal Feature // Nyad

     

    Framestore
    Outstanding Compositing & Lighting in a Feature // Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3
    Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature //Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3
    Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a CG Project //Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3

    Outstanding Effects Simulation in an Episode // Invasion S02 (A Voice from the Other Side)
    Outstanding Animated Character in a Photoreal Feature // Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3 (Rocket)
    Outstanding Model in a Photoreal or Animated Project // Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3 (The Arete)
    Outstanding Created Environment in a Photoreal Feature // Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3 (Knowhere)


    Sony Imageworks

    Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature // Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
    Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature // Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
    Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature // Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
    Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a CG Project // Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
    Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Animated Feature // Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
    Outstanding Compositing & Lighting in a Feature // Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
    Outstanding Model in a Photoreal or Animated Project //
    Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Spider HQ)


    DNEG

    Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature // Oppenheimer
    Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature // Nyad
    Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature // Nimona
    Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode // The Last of Us S01 (Infected)
    Outstanding Compositing & Lighting in an Episode  // The Last of Us
    Outstanding Animated Character in a Photoreal Feature //
    Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom (Bringing Topo to Life)
    Outstanding Created Environment in an Episode, Commercial, Game Cinematic, or Real-time Project  // The Last of Us
    (Post-Outbreak Boston)

     


    Annie Awards
    Winners announced on February 17, 2024


    Titmouse
    Best TV/Media – Mature // Scavengers Reign (The Signal)
    Best Production Design - TV/Media // Scavengers Reign (The Storm)
    Best Writing - TV/Media // Scavengers Reign  
    Best TV/Media – Mature // Big Mouth (The International Show)
    Best Music - TV/Media // Animaniacs (Talladega Mice)
    Best Editorial - TV/Media // The Legend of Vox Machina (The Sunken Tomb)


    DNEG Animation
    Best Feature // Nimona
    Best Character Animation - Feature // Nimona
    Best Character Design - Feature // Nimona
    Best Direction - Feature // Nimona
    Best Production Design - Feature // Nimona
    Best Storyboarding - Feature // Nimona
    Best Voice Acting - Feature // Nimona (Chloe Grace Moretz)
    Best Writing - Feature // Nimona
    Best Editorial - Feature // Nimona

     

    Sony Imageworks
    Best Feature // Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
    Best Direction - Feature // Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
    Best Editorial - Feature // Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
    Best FX - Feature //
    Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
    Best Music - Feature // Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
    Best Character Design - Feature // Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
    Best Production Design - Feature // Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse


    WildBrain Studios

    Best Special Production // Snoopy Presents: One-of-a-Kind Marcie

     


    Kidscreen Awards

    Winners announced on February 5, 2024


     

    WildBrain Studios
    Best One-Off, Special or TV Movie // Snoopy Presents: One-of-a-Kind Marcie

     

    Titmouse
    Best New Series - Preschool Programming // Pupstruction
    Best New Series - Kids Programming // Kiff

     


    GLAAD Media Awards
    Winners announced on March 14 (Los Angeles) & May 1 (NYC)


    DNEG Animation
    Outstanding Kids & Family Programming or Film - Animated // Nimona

     

    WildBrain Studios
    Outstanding Children’s Programming // Strawberry Shortcake: Berry in the Big City

    Outstanding Kids & Family Programming or Film - Animated // The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder S2
     


    Academy Awards
    Winners announced on March 10, 2024


    Framestore
    Best Visual Effects // Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3


    DNEG Animation
    Best Animated Feature  // Nimona


    Sony Pictures Imageworks
    Best Animated Feature  // Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse


    BAFTAs
    Winners announced on February 18, 2024


    DNEG Animation
    Best Animated Film  // Nimona


    Framestore
    Special Visual Effects  // Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3

     


    Producers Guild of America Awards
    Winners announced on February 25, 2024


     

    Sony Pictures Imageworks
    Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures // Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

     


    NAACP Image Awards
    Winners announced on March 16, 2024


     

    Disney Animation
    Outstanding Animated Motion Picture // Wish
    Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance in a Motion Picture // Wish (Ariana DeBose)

     

    Sony Pictures Imageworks
    Outstanding Animated Motion Picture // Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse


    WildBrain Studios

    Outstanding Animated Series // The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder S2
    Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance (TV) // The Proud Family: Louder & Prouder S2
    (Keke Palmer)
    Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance (TV) // The Proud Family: Louder & Prouder S2 (Kyla Pratt)

  • 29 Jan 2024 by DigiBC

    DRAGONS’ DEN gives aspiring entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch their businesses to a panel of wealthy Canadian business moguls - the Dragons. Successful pitchers will have a chance to earn real investment from the Dragons’ own pockets! This is a fantastic opportunity for entrepreneurs and small business owners to apply and pitch their business concept for the chance to appear on national television.

    Auditions for season 19 will kick off February 2024 and they will be hosting both virtual and in-person auditions in a few select, major cities. All applicants must apply through the online system, regardless if you are attending an in-person audition or a virtual audition. Selected applicants will be contacted in February 2024 to schedule an audition. Those who are invited to film for the show will need to be available for 1-2 days in Toronto in spring 2024.
     


    CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE

     

  • 19 Dec 2023 by DigiBC


    Over the course of 2023, DigiBC remained steadfast in its mission to promote, accelerate, and showcase BC’s creative technology industry. We continued to work closely with federal and provincial government partners as the voice of the sector and completed several important projects with the incredible support of our membership and funding partners.

    Highlights from throughout the year include co-producing Signals 2023 with VIFF, unveiling the Creative Technology Gallery at Science World, and launching the CodeForward Scholarship, as well as releasing the Creative XR in BC Report and the Levelling Up: Growth Strategy for BC's Creative Technology Talent Pipeline Report. Full details on everything we accomplished over the last 12 months can be read in the summary below.

    This year also saw some changes to our board of directors with Jon Lutz stepping down as board chair after serving six years and moving to a director role. This led to the appointments of our new board chair, Sarah Nathanson, and first ever vice-chair, Jeanne-Marie Owens.

    We are extremely grateful for the ongoing support of our member companies, spanning the video game, animation, visual effects, and extended reality sectors, along with the wider creative tech community. As we look ahead, we are excited to introduce new programs, continue dialogue, and support the ongoing success of this vibrant and innovative industry.

    If you're reading this and are not already a DigiBC member or have let your membership lapse, we encourage you to sign up or renew. Together we are stronger, so join us as we continue to advance the creative technology sector in BC.

    ~ The DigiBC Team & Board of Directors

     

    The Creative Technology Gallery at Science World opened on September 18 and runs for the next three years. This groundbreaking space offers a fully immersive and interactive experience featuring well-known movies, animation and video games made right here in the province. DigiBC is proud to have partnered with Phoenix Labs and Science World to develop this gallery that is co-presented by Beedie and RBC, supported by Pacific Economic Development Canada, and created with the participation of Creative BC and the BC Arts Council.

     

        DigiBC produced the second annual Signals event in October. This year’s event was focused on creative technology’s role in shaping our shared futures and the impact of AI. Attendees explored a curated collection of 35 immersive and interactive projects that showcased the possibilities of creative technology. Highlights included the world premiere of 16 films created by students of IM4’s Virtual Production (VP) Lab (the world’s first ever Indigenous VP training program), a sneak peek of Homeworld 3 by Blackbird Interactive which is coming out on Gearbox next year, and the generative AI art installation, We Are Entanglement. A full recap of the week-long event can be read here. 

     

    We successfully completed another summer of DigiCamp: Online Coding Camp for Girls, delivering four sessions with an all-new curriculum for a range of skill levels. Camps were developed in partnership with Under the GUI (UTG) Academy and supported by IUGO Mobile Entertainment.

    This year also marked the launch of the CodeForward Scholarship. Inspired by the desire of Catherine Winckler (Founder & CEO, MindfulGarden Digital Health) to support the participation of young girls in tech, the scholarship provided tuition for eight participants to receive a coding education through DigiCamp.
     


    In collaboration with EverFi, the Play to Learn program continued to be rolled out in schools throughout the province. This self-paced interactive program encourages middle school students to explore an array of STEM careers.  


    DigiBC partnered with three BC post-secondary schools to develop and deliver creative technology micro-credentials in 2023. Programs include VCC’s Project Management for Video Games and Production for Animation and VFX, CDM’s Leadership & Agile Production Management, and BCIT’s Communication for Team-Based Collaboration.
     



    We completed the second phase of our Sector Labour Market Partnership (SLMP) project, resulting in the release of the Levelling Up:
    Growth Strategy for BC's Creative Technology Talent Pipeline Report. This describes how industry, educators, and government can work together to strengthen BC’s creative tech ecosystem, and it also identifies critical building blocks to attract, educate, hire, and support the next generation of workers.


    Expanding on the Creative XR in BC Survey launched last year in partnership with Nordicity, we released the Creative XR in BC Research Report in March. This first-of-its-kind report provides a snapshot of the sector’s current landscape and potential growth trajectories, as well as demographics, talent and skill needs, and emerging market opportunities. The study was conducted over three months and involved extensive surveying of the 36 participating companies and one-on-one interviews with key industry players.
     

    As a member of the Canadian Interactive Alliance (CIAIC), DigiBC obtained funding to develop a National Interactive Digital Media (IDM) Profile Project in collaboration with Nordicity. This will be the first comprehensive benchmark of Canada’s IDM industry since 2013. The project will create a set of standard definitions, approaches, and methodologies to support CIAIC, its members and other partner organizations in conducting research that can be compared and used collaboratively to the benefit of the IDM industry across Canada.
     


    DigiBC established an EDI Steering Committee, bringing together leaders from across our member companies to share programming, resources, and best practices to support EDI policy and commitments. We also created the DigiBC HR Group and DigiBC Finance Group to provide additional support for our game studio members.

     


     DigiBC signed on to the Government of Canada’s 50-30 Challenge in March 2021. The goal of the program is to challenge Canadian organizations to increase the representation and inclusion of diverse groups within their workplace, while highlighting the benefits of giving all Canadians a seat at the table. DigiBC is well on its way to reaching the 50-30 goal, with our board of directors currently at 46-46 and our executive office at 83-67.  



    We were thrilled to see the announcement of the extension of the Interactive Digital Media Tax Cre
    dit (IDMTC)
    to August 31, 2028. Hundreds of companies, ranging from video-game creators to those developing the next iteration of the internet, will benefit from the IDMTC, which supports a stronger, more innovative economy for British Columbia.


    Through our government partners at the Trade Commissioner Service, Canadian Heritage, and the BC Ministry of Jobs, Economic Development and Innovation (JEDI), our member studios had opportunities this year to participate in international trade missions to PG Connects London, GDC, Japan (Osaka/Tokyo), G-Star, IndiaJoy, Gamescom, SXSW Sydney, and Asia Tech X.

     

    DigiBC supported a number of local events throughout the year including the Diversity in Games (DIG) Creative Campfire and DIG Lightning Lunch Speaker Series, Departure Lounge’s Food Bank Fundraiser & Poker Night, as well as Spark FX, Spark Reloaded and Spark Animation (as a Byte level sponsor for the Spark CG Society). We also organized a DigiBC Career Fair in response to the layoffs within the local games sector and to support those who were impacted. This was held at VCC, and we had exhibitor participation from 14 member studios with an overall turnout of around 250 attendees.

    DigiBC’s board members Sharon Taylor (CEO, Animal Logic) and Shyang Kong (Co-founder, SkyBox Labs) were named in the Maclean’s Power List 2023. DigiBC board member Kay Wong-Alafriz (Kabam) was recognized at this year’s BIV C-Suite Awards winning the ‘CFO, Small Medium Enterprise’ category, and DigiBC's Executive Director Loc Dao was named to Vancouver Magazine's 2023 Power 50 List.
     



    We updated our sizzle reel and unveiled it in April to coincide with Creative Industries Week. This video represents BC's entire creative technology sector from VFX, animation, and video games to virtual production and VR/AR/XR. It showcases some spectacular content from several of our member studios that is made right here in BC!

     

     

      The Games from British Columbia Steam page features released and upcoming titles from a number of our independent and AAA developers of PC games, and we're proud to showcase their talent and range of development capabilities. The page was made possible with funding from Creative BC and the Province of British Columbia, and with the generous assistance of Kerberos Productions and Respeccd.



    DigiBC continued to grow its roster of service providers offering exclusive discounts and perks to our member companies. This year, we brought on Easly Financial Services to support members with IDM financing and SR&ED, and World Trade Centre Vancouver came on board to offer complimentary registration for our members to any of their programs that help strengthen the export performance of small and medium-sized businesses.

    The eighth annual Creative Industries Week took place from April 17-21, showcasing BC’s dynamic creative sector which includes the book and magazine publishing, creative technology, film, and music industries. DigiBC joined government, community, and industry partners at the Legislature in Victoria to celebrate this event, sharing our 2023 Sizzle Reel. During the event, the Hon. Lana Popham, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport (TACS) announced that the government will provide a historic contribution of $42 million to support people and businesses working in motion picture, music, publishing and interactive digital media industries in BC.

      As part of Creative Industries Week, DigiBC presented Creative Technology Day on April 20 to showcase some of the incredible work from studios across the province, spanning animation, VFX, video games, VR/AR/XR, and virtual production.
     

    Funding & Grant Programs
    ICTC’s Pathways to Employment for Newcomers Program
    Trade Accelerator Program (TAP): Creative Industries Cohort
    Centre for Digital Media: R&D Projects with Master of Digital Media Students
    CanExport SMEs Funding Program

    Creative BC: BC IP Pilot Program


    2023 DigiBC Events
    01.26  BC Securities Commission Info Session
    02.01  Women in Tech Regatta (DigiBC booth)
    02.15  DXLR's Charity Poker Night & Food Bank Fundraiser (DigiBC supported)
    03.11-14  SXSW: The Dark premiere / Vancouver Takeover at Canada House (DigiBC supported)

    03.15  DIG Lightning Lunch Panel (DigiBC supported)
    03.20-24   GDC Trade Mission
    03.29  Creative XR in BC Report release
    03.30  Dr Drea Resilient Coaching Info Session
    04.17-21  Creative Industries Week
    04.20  Creative Technology Day / SLMP Strategy Report release
    06.14  DigiBC Career Fair
    06.21  Easly & BDC Networking Mixer
    07.08  DIG Virtual Networking Workshop (DigiBC supported)

    07.10-14  DigiCamp: Online Video Game Development Camp for Girls (Summer #1)
    07.24-28  DigiCamp: Online Video Game Development Camp for Girls (Summer #2)
    08.14-18  DigiCamp: Online Video Game Development Camp for Girls (Summer #3)
    08.28-09.01  DigiCamp: Online Video Game Development Camp for Girls (Summer #4)
    09.18  Creative Technology Gallery at Science World opening

    10.01-07  Signals 2023 (in collaboration with VIFF)
    10.01  Signals VIP Opening Reception
    10.03  Signals x Frontier Collective Mixer
    10.04  DigiBC Games Group Mixer

    10.06  DigiBC x IM4 Media Lab Open House
    11.27  DigiBC 2023 AGM
    12.13  Rhum HR Info Session

     

  • 14 Dec 2023 by DigiBC

     

    Performance Dates: January 20, 27 & February 3, 1:00pm
    Show Duration: 7.5hrs, 4 intermissions
    Location: Waterfront Theatre, 1412 Cartwright Street, Granville Island
    Ticket Cost: pay your wage, starting at $16.75

     

    The 2024 PuSh Festival will include asses.masses, a custom-made video game about labour, technophobia and sharing the load of revolution, designed to be played from beginning to end in a live theatre. This is gaming as performance; an immersive, cheeky, and highly original work.

    Audiences work together to play an epic video game about a donkey revolution, and take turns at the controller to lead the herd through a post-Industrial society, where asses are valued more for their hides than their potential. This is Animal Farm meets Pokémon meets Final Fantasy. No previous gaming experience required.
     

    LEARN MORE (asses.masses)

    LEARN MORE (PuSh Festival)

     

     

     

     

  • 01 Dec 2023 by DigiBC

    VCC is offering part-time learning opportunities for production and project managers in video games and A&VFX. The Project Management for Video Games and Production for Animation and VFX micro-credentials were developed in close partnership with DigiBC and its member companies, and they are ideal for those who are looking to upskill or reskill.

     

     


     

    Project Management for Video Games

    Dates: January 10 - April 10, 2024
    Day/Time: Wednesdays, 6:15-9:15pm
    Format: In-person (VCC downtown campus)

    This micro-credential will provide learners with the industry-identified skills of team management, interpersonal relations, reporting, communication, and task management, all within the context of the video game sector. Ideal for those reskilling from adjacent industries or trained programmers, artists and designers looking to successfully transition into a project management role. Instruction will emphasize practical skills and knowledge development through interactive and collaborative learning activities, including case studies and independent research.

    Questions? Want to learn more?
    VCC will be hosting an online info session on December 11, 6-7pm to go over the course content, scheduling, registration, and answer any questions.


    PROGRAM DETAILS
     

    INFO SESSION REGISTRATION
     


     


    Production for Animation and VFX

    Dates: January 9 - April 16, 2024
    Day/Time: Tuesdays, 6-9pm
    Format: HyFlex (includes options to participate in-person or remotely at the same time, enabling learners to engage with each other during interactive activities)

    This micro-credential emphasizes specialized training for production roles at animation and VFX studios. Students will enhance their skills in scheduling, presentation, communication, leadership, documentation, and more. Instruction will include interactive and collaborative learning activities, as well as case studies and independent research. Offered part-time to support working professionals who are seeking reskilling and upskilling opportunities for their career.

    Questions? Want to learn more?
    VCC will be hosting an online info session on December 11, 12-1pm to go over the course content, scheduling, registration, and answer any questions.


     

     PROGRAM DETAILS


    INFO SESSION REGISTRATION
     


     

  • 17 Nov 2023 by DigiBC

    DigiBC member, Think Tank Training Centre has launched two brand new Houdini-focused programs with classes set to start February 5, 2024. Designed in collaboration with Houdini experts from across visual effects, animation and game art, these programs will train artists to become specialists in Houdini’s innovative procedural-based system with an equally advanced proficiency in other industry-standard tools, such as Unreal Engine, Maya and Adobe Substance.

    As working professionals find themselves needing to learn Houdini to remain competitive in the industry, a process which can take years, Think Tank is offering aspiring artists the opportunity to master this in-demand software in just 64 weeks with two full-time programs.


    Houdini for Film or Games (64 weeks, online)

    Taught through Think Tank’s interactive platform, Portal, this program combines prerecorded tutorials, collaborative workshops, and one-on-one mentorship to prepare students for a career in film, TV, or games. Harnessing the power of Houdini, students will master the software’s advanced procedural workflow to create elevated animations, VFX sequences, and 3D assets for games in a highly demanding, full-time setting. Students work to create a portfolio that is catered toward a particular career, and often, a specific studio.

    Houdini + 3D for Film or Games (48 weeks, online // 16 weeks, on campus)
    Like the fully online program, the first 48 weeks of the program allows students the flexibility of learning remotely. The final 16 weeks of this program takes place at the Think Tank Campus in North Vancouver, an international hub for film and games. Hybrid students have the opportunity to work directly with a personal mentor while taking advantage of the full Think Tank experience which includes access to exclusive events, seminars from local studios, and the chance to work alongside CG artists from a variety of specializations.


    What to expect?

    These programs are for artists looking to work at one of the many visual effects, animation or games studios who are adopting Houdini into their pipelines. Students must be ready to dedicate at least 40-60 hours a week to their studies but are not required to have previous experience in computer graphics. All software licenses are provided, and students attending the hybrid program get access to state-of-the-art workstations when on campus.

     

    CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE

     

     

  • 08 Nov 2023 by DigiBC

    Ignite your child's passion for coding with the SFU Canadian Coding League!
     

    The SFU Canadian Coding League is organized by a team of engineers and product people who believe that technology serves as a powerful equalizer, when leveraged, will enable youth to shape the future and drive Canada's growth as a nation. In partnership with Simon Fraser University, PixelPAD runs this league to ignite passion in coding in students ages 13+ across Canada. They seek to enhance STEM education through hands-on creative game development. More than 500 teams of high school students will compete over a series of coding challenges throughout the school year in order to qualify for Regionals and then to advance to Nationals.

    Simon Fraser University and PixelPAD are on a mission to enhance STEM education through creative game development. Join high school teams as they compete in exciting coding challenges, and make their way to regionals and nationals!

     

    CLICK TO LEARN MORE

     

     

  • 25 Oct 2023 by DigiBC


    Signals 2023 was hosted at Bentall Centre in downtown Vancouver from October 1-7 and presented in collaboration with the Vancouver International Film Festival. Co-curated by Loc Dao (Executive Director, DigiBC), Debi Wong (Founding Artistic Director, re:Naissance Opera) and Loretta Todd (Creative Director, IM4 Media Lab), the programming explored the potential of creative technology and the role it has in shaping our shared futures.

    Signals showcased over 35 interactive and immersive works that question our connections to each other, the world, and the part technology plays. It was a jam-packed week where attendees had the opportunity to play, watch and interact with the technology of tomorrow from B.C. video game studios, Canadian and Indigenous artists, and international AI and bio-wearable creators.

     

    VIEW THE CURATED PROJECTS



    Signals kicked off with the opening reception on October 1 having a full house with 300+ attendees and a speaker lineup that included Minister Brenda Bailey, Valerie Creighton (CEO & President, CMF), and Shari Frilot (Founder, Sundance New Frontier), as well as a special performance from KraKin. Additional events that took place included our dedicated education days for the Centre for Digital Media and high school students which were very successful being completely full. We co-presented the Frontier Collective’s Placemaking Reception & Summit on October 3 with music provided by DJ G-Luve, hosted international delegations from Germany, Japan and Mexico, and led a private tour for Ethos Labs to explore the exhibition and further conversations about a proactive inclusion of Black youth and leaders in STEAM.

    This year’s programming also included a day for IM4 Media Lab to host an Indigenous community of creative technologists, youth, educators, creators, family, and friends. The event highlighted the 20 short films produced in IM4’s first-ever Indigenous virtual production training program and had guest speakers Amelia Winger Bearskin and Casey Koyczan.
     


    Signals had a phenomenal team supporting the event’s success. Special thanks to Kristina Lao (Lead Producer), Kyle Fostner (Executive Director, VIFF), Philip Lichti (Production Manager), Ross Albrecht (Technical Director), Robert Fiker (Software Specialist), Lara Kroeker (Marketing, Website & Social Media), Michelle Mak (CDM Volunteers & Site Support), Maia Puyat (Social Media), Ellen Reade (Special Events & Volunteer Support), Nima Najariandariani (Content Creator), and Jackie Ip (Technical Support). Additional thanks to DigiBC staffers Sarah Liao and Colleen Arndt, as well as the entire VIFF team for their great work.

    Also, thanks to DigiBC members re:Naissance Opera, IM4 Media Lab, Blackbird Interactive, Sunset Visitor, Hammer & Tong, Phoenix Labs, and Juliana Loh for showcasing their expertise in motion capture, live performance, VR/AR and the latest virtual production technology, which is such a great example of the convergence in creative technology.

     

     

    Events of this scale and nature take a village, and we would not be able to do it without the generous support of our incredible sponsors. Huge shout outs to the Government of British Columbia, Creative BC, Canada, Media Fund, Invest Vancouver, Bentall, Centre, Centre for Digital Media, Vancouver Community College & GRST Limited. We very much appreciate their contributions in making Signals 2023 possible and can’t thank them enough!
     

  • 18 Oct 2023 by DigiBC

    DigiBC member Think Tank Training Centre recently launched their new tutorial series, Think Tank Quicks. These short-form videos are full of tips and tricks on all things CG! Hosted by Think Tank's Lead Supervisor Raffael Frank, viewers can learn about the fascinating world of CG art, software, 3D modeling, and more. Topics range from basic tips to workarounds for more advanced levels, so artists can look forward to hearing relevant tutorials no matter where they are at in their CG journey.
     

    CLICK HERE TO WATCH

     

  • 23 Aug 2023 by DigiBC

    Weird Ghosts is an impact investment fund aimed at supporting underrepresented interactive/game studio founders in Canada. Their Baby Ghosts Peer Accelerator is a six-month program that offers a $25,000 grant for Canadian video game studios to develop their business and plan for a sustainable future.

    Applications for the next cohort open on September 1, and early indie game studios that are run by predominantly underrepresented founders are invited to apply. They will also be hosting an info session on September 6.
     


    PROGRAM DETAILS

    INFO SESSION REGISTRATION
     



  • 17 Aug 2023 by DigiBC

    The Diversity in Games (DIG) Creative Campfire event takes place on November 18 and will feature panel sessions, keynotes, forum discussions, and a thrilling pitching competition in the renowned PVP format. It aims to showcase the talent and experiences of those working in the B.C. games industry. 🎮

    They currently have a call for speakers who have insight and knowledge to share on the following topics or anything in between. Applications are open to all levels of experience as the event will be a safe and inclusive place to support growing public speakers.

    • Stories of Success & Failure
    • Bridging the Gap: Diversity Done Right
    • Demystifying Industry Roles, Ethics & Perspectives
    • Candid Appraisals - Emergent Technologies (AI, VR)


    Speaker FYIs:

    • Keynote presentations are 20mins with a 10min Q&A
    • Panels (3 speakers + moderator) are 40mins with a 15min Q&A
    • Submission deadline: October 22
       

    CLICK HERE TO APPLY

     

    EVENT TICKETS & INFO
     

  • 04 Aug 2023 by DigiBC

    Are you interested in working with Korean companies and/or publishing your games in the Korean market? Join the Canada Pavilion at G-Star 2023, Korea’s largest video game trade show and one the most important in Asia!

     

     

    Canada Pavilion at G-Star 2023

    November 16-18: Busan, South Korea
    Busan Exhibition and Convention Centre (BEXCO)

    In collaboration with the Alberta and BC offices in Seoul, the Trade Commissioner Service Team in Seoul will organize the Canada Pavilion, consisting of 6 booths (6m x 9m) where there will be meeting space along with demo stations to showcase your games and technology. Promote your games and get connected to publishers, distributors, developers and other key contacts in the gaming industry in Korea through business-to-business (B2B) matchmaking. This is best suited for Canadian video game studios seeking opportunities to expand in South Korea and internationally.

    NOTE: this program is open to 6-7 Canadian companies, and the TCS Seoul will select clients based on market potential and interest. 


    Registration Info:


     


     

    About G-Star:

    G-Star is the biggest annual trade show for the video game industry presented by Korea Association of Game Industry and Busan IT Promotion Agency in November.  Last year, G-Star featured 1130 game-related companies from 43 countries and welcomed more than 2,200 B2B visitors and over 184,000 B2C visitors.
     

    The Korean Games Market: 

    South Korea is the fourth largest market globally, after the USA, China, and Japan. As of 2021, it accounted for 7.6% of the global gaming market. In 2021, Mobile gaming (57.9%) is the platform of choice and local companies actively develop and release mobile games for domestic and global audiences. PC gaming (26.8%) remains massively popular due to widespread accessibility to PC bangs (PC rooms), an abundance of games, and popularity of e-sports. Compared to other countries, the market share is low for console gaming (5%) and arcade gaming (1.3%). On the other hand, game circulation businesses, such as PC bangs and gaming arcades, have been recovering from the effects of COVD-19. Over 70% of the Korean population has played games. South Koreans gamers are big fans of MMOs and the most popular kinds of games include RPGs, shooters, and RTSs. Finally, Koreans strongly favour free-to-play mobile games. That said, Korean gamers are big spenders, with some 38% spending money on games.
     

     

     

  • 04 Aug 2023 by DigiBC

    Are you looking to expand your business in the Indian market? The Government of British Columbia has put out a call for applications from creative technology companies in BC to take part in a trade mission to IndiaJoy 2023.
     

    Trade Mission to IndiaJoy 2023

    October 29-30: Mumbai & Bengaluru
    October 31 - November 5: IndiaJoy (Hyderabad)

    This trade mission is being organized in partnership with Global Affairs Canada, and the focus will be to match businesses with partners in India’s Digital Entertainment and Interactive Media sector. It will begin with the opportunity to meet with industry in Mumbai and Bengaluru, and then go on to participate in IndiaJoy. Ideal for companies that are new to the Indian market, as well as those looking to renew interests in the following sectors:

    • VFX
    • Animation
    • Video Games
    • AR/VR
    • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
    • Specialized Technology Companies


    Mission Details:

    British Columbia Trade and Invest India has four offices that are co-located at the High Commission of New Delhi and the Consulate Generals in Mumbai, Chandigarh, and Bengaluru. The team can assist BC companies with their India growth plans, and the Digital Entertainment Trade Commissioner will be available to provide on ground assistance during the event.
    The trade mission will include the following:

    • Participation in networking events
    • Canada Pavilion to spotlight participating Canadian companies
    • B2B meetings organized by the Government of BC Trade & Invest team
    • Free registration to IndiaJoy exhibition and conference
    • Speaking opportunities (subject to conference organizers discretion)
    • Site visits to key studios and companies
    • Assistance in planning other meetings across India
    • Post-mission check-ins with BC Trade & Invest to plan next steps for your business
    • Briefing session on doing business in India’s Digital Entertainment and Interactive Media sector

     

    NOTE: Participants will be responsible for flights, visas, accommodation, meals, and other local costs. Information regarding possible travel funding support will be shared once available.

     

    Trade Mission Schedule (tentative):

    October 29: Arrive in India (Mumbai / Bengaluru)
    October 30: Industry Meetings + Travel to Hyderabad
    October 31: Market Briefing | IndiaJoy
    November 1: IndiaJoy | Site Visits
    November 2: IndiaJoy
    November 3: IndiaJoy | Site Visits
    November 4: IndiaJoy
    November 5: Depart from India

     

     

     

     

     

     


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    Application Info:

    ➡️Application Deadline: September 4, 2023

    ➡️To apply, please contact:
     

    Maithili Jhaveri
    Trade Commissioner
    Government of British Columbia
    Consulate General of Canada in Mumbai
    Maithili.Jhaveri@international.gc.ca

     

     

     

     


    About IndiaJoy 2023

    IndiaJoy is Asia’s largest aggregator platform bringing together companies and events in the animation, VFX, games, comics, film, e-sports and Web3 industries. The 2023 edition will be held at the Novotel Hyderabad Convention Centre in Hyderabad, Telangana. The festival offers nine events for investors, digital media companies, studios, content developers, and hardware manufacturers featuring networking opportunities, trade exhibitions, product launches, and B2B/B2C events.

    Participating Canadian companies will have the opportunity to showcase their creative technology, products, services and solutions to the industry, while also developing relationships with potential new customers and having access to market experts and decision-makers to gain deeper insights into India.
     

  • 02 Aug 2023 by DigiBC

    DigiBC is a proud partner of this event alongside Invest Vancouver, University Canada West and Surrey Board of Trade. This trade mission is designed so that executives, business owners and entrepreneurs from Mexico in the IT and creative industries can learn about the business environment that Canada offers, as well as establish relationships with Canadian counterparts and explore the possibility of business opportunities.

    ➡️ To register your interest as a participant, sponsor, and/or receive further information, please email: trademission@cmxpartnerships.com
     

    CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE

    October 1-6, 2023
    Vancouver, BC

     

  • 20 Jul 2023 by DigiBC

    VCC is offering part-time learning opportunities for production and project managers in video games and A&VFX. The Project Management for Video Games and Production for Animation and VFX micro-credentials were developed in close partnership with DigiBC and its member companies, and they are ideal for those who are looking to upskill or reskill.

    Both qualify for up to 100% subsidy under the StrongerBC Future Skills Grant, and funding is currently available for the fall semester (please note, there is no confirmation on this for future terms). Additionally, VCC will be hosting online info sessions for each of the programs and further details on these can be found below.

     


    StrongerBC Future Skills Grant
    Both micro-credentials qualify for the StrongerBC Future Skills Grant. This covers up to $3,500 of eligible costs for select courses and programs at public post-secondary institutions in BC, and registration for the September 2023 semester is open (please note, there is no confirmation on this for future terms).

     

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    Project Management for Video Games

    Dates: September 13 – December 13, 2023
    Day/Time: Wednesdays, 6-9pm
    Format: In-person (VCC downtown campus)

    This micro-credential will provide learners with the industry-identified skills of team management, interpersonal relations, reporting, communication, and task management, all within the context of the video game sector. Ideal for those reskilling from adjacent industries or trained programmers, artists and designers looking to successfully transition into a project management role. Instruction will emphasize practical skills and knowledge development through interactive and collaborative learning activities, including case studies and independent research.

    Questions? Want to learn more?
    VCC will be hosting online info sessions on August 15 & 24 to go over the course content, scheduling, registration, and answer any questions.

    ►August 15 & 24 @ 12-1pm
    Email ahack@vcc.ca to register

     

    INFO & REGISTRATION

     


     


    Production for Animation and VFX

    Dates: September 5 – December 19, 2023
    Day/Time: Tuesdays, 6-9pm
    Format: HyFlex (includes options to participate in-person or remotely at the same time, enabling learners to engage with each other during interactive activities)

    This micro-credential emphasizes specialized training for production roles at animation and VFX studios. Students will enhance their skills in scheduling, presentation, communication, leadership, documentation, and more. Instruction will include interactive and collaborative learning activities, as well as case studies and independent research. Offered part-time to support working professionals who are seeking reskilling and upskilling opportunities for their career.

    Questions? Want to learn more?
    VCC will be hosting online info sessions on July 31 and August 28 to go over the course content, scheduling, registration, and answer any questions.

     
    ►July 31 & August 28 @ 12-1pm
    Email ahack@vcc.ca to register
     

     

    INFO & REGISTRATION

     


     

  • 12 Jul 2023 by DigiBC


    We are delighted to announce that the Trade Accelerator Program is offering qualifying DigiBC member companies a full bursary (equivalent to $5,000 in value) which covers two seats per company to attend the upcoming Creative Industries Cohort. Please see below for further details on the eligibility criteria and upon applying, ensure to add DigiBC as the referring agent/partner.

    The program has a proven track record of helping SMEs tap into their full export potential. It is designed to accelerate the strategic development of your business and better prepare you for expansion into international markets. The next cohort starts in October and is tailored specifically for small to medium sized companies in the creative industries.



    Trade Accelerator Program: Creative Industries Cohort

    Workshop Days (Hybrid): October 3, 4, 12
    Mentorship Days (Virtual): November 16, 17


    Eligibility Criteria:
    To participate in the Trade Accelerator Program, your business should:

    • Be incorporated and operating in British Columbia for at least two years
    • Generate more than $300K in revenue
    • Designate one or two senior representatives to participate in the program
    • Comply with the program deliverables
       

    Application Info:

    • Application Deadline: September 20, 2023
    • Make sure to add DigiBC as the referral agent/partner on the application form
    • If you have any questions, please contact info@wtcvancouver.ca

       

    CLICK HERE TO APPLY

    PROGRAM DETAILS

     


    Just six months after graduating:

    • On average, export revenue increased by 18%
    • Participants forecast their export sales to grow 47% over the next 5 years


    By enrolling in the program, you can:

    • Navigate complexities of the global trade ecosystem
    • Leverage Canada's deep trade and investment resources
    • Access tailored, face-to-face coaching and advice
    • Learn about international best practices
    • Accelerate export readiness
    • Develop and implement a new market entry plan
    • Expand your global trade footprint and increase revenue

    Graduate Testimonials:

    A growing number of SMEs in BC have benefited from the program as it offers a range of skills, experience, and individual mentoring and coaching across a broad spectrum of fields from legal, finance, taxation, logistics, global sales and marketing. Listen to what graduates have to say about the program here.


    This is an amazing opportunity for small business to learn about exporting and prepare a solid export/market entry plan with detailed expert feedback, while connecting to a network of governmental and non-governmental export related facilitators and partners. - Ryan Tierney, Little Mountain Education Publishing Ltd.


    The program pushed us to rethink our business plan and provided us with mentorship to act on it. - Isabelle Rash, Charm Games


    A well-organized program for businesses transitioning from domestic to international markets. Very pleased with the opportunity to connect with key resources and stakeholders to assist us in our export plans. Thank you! - Markella Mildenberger, MyMM Inc.




     

  • 20 Jun 2023 by DigiBC

    The Screen Composers Guild of Canada has launched the Canadian Screen Music Awards (CASMAs), which is an annual celebration of composer’s excellence in scoring original music for the screen. These accolades are the first to be juried and awarded by fellow screen composers in Canada, and the ceremony will be held October 26. This will be in person and also livestreamed from the El Mocambo in Toronto. Video games and interactive productions with scores and songs by Canadian or Permanent resident composers are eligible to apply for the following categories:  

    • Best Original Score, Video Games & Interactive Media 
    • Best Original Main Title Theme Music  
    • Best Original Song


    ►Interactive productions are eligible if they were released between June 1, 2021 - May 31, 2023

    ►Applications are being accepted until June 30

    ►Visit scgcawards.ca for more information and to apply

    ►Questions? Please email Alison at awards@screencomposers.ca

     

  • 19 Jun 2023 by DigiBC

    Do you have an amazing game concept to share with the world? Are you working on a cool prototype that you'd like feedback on? Would you like to network while showing a project you're proud of? Then waste no time and submit your pitch! If you're selected, you get to present your work to an audience and industry experts who will provide feedback on the spot. In case you've never attended a PVP event, they are an excellent opportunity to connect with other game devs and receive valuable feedback from industry experts in a fun, casual, and friendly mood! The panelists and audience help you practice your pitch to veteran game developers, get lightning-fast and insightful feedback on the spot, and connect with other developers online and in-person.

    Wednesday July 19, 5-8pm
    Tickets: $10-$15

    VFS, 88 East Pender St, Vancouver, BC

     

    PITCH SUBMISSION FORM

    EVENT INFO & TICKETS

     


    About PVP Guild

    We are the creators of Vancouver's professional Pitch Circuit for game developers at any skill level. The PVP Guild is a growing Society with members who get perks from our group benefits and team of working professionals. Our goal is to unite our community through business development initiatives that benefit the entire indie crowd.

     


  • 16 Jun 2023 by DigiBC

    Do you have a daughter, niece or sister (8-13 years old) who is curious about coding?

    DigiBC is thrilled to announce the CodeForward Scholarship that has been created to help young girls learn new skills in STEM, build confidence, and broaden interest in careers across the creative technology sector!

    We are currently accepting applications until June 23 and four recipients will be awarded a scholarship to participate in this year’s DigiCamp Summer: Online Video Game Development Coding Camp for Girls.
     

    CLICK HERE TO APPLY


    Eligibility:

    • Youth ages 8-13 
    • Individuals self-identifying as girls (includes cisgender, trans, non-binary, and all other fluid or intersecting gender identities)
    • This scholarship will subsidize the full cost of camp enrollment. However, students will be required to prepare their own equipment and a suitable environment to participate in this online camp. This includes a working laptop or computer with mic and webcam functions (tablets not recommended), steady connection to WiFi, access to Zoom, and a quiet space to work.


    Scholarship Details:

    • Application deadline: Friday, June 23 @ 6:00 PM PST  
    • Selected winners will be notified by June 28


    DigiCamp Summer 2023: Online Video Game Development Coding Camp for Girls

    • Four dates to choose from: July 10-14, July 24-28, Aug 14-18, Aug 28-Sep 1
    • Held online over Zoom, Mon-Fri, 9:15am-12:15pm
    • Taught by UTG Academy instructors
    • Suitable for a wide range of novice and beginner coders
    • Previous experience is not necessary

    The week-long session is project-based, and campers will create a HTML5 game using PixelPAD and Python. Students will be led through the design and development of the iconic game, Flappy Bird, and then get to write code, customize gameplay features, update sprites, re-skin their game, and create a version that is uniquely their own. 🎮
     

    LEARN MORE

     

  • 12 Jun 2023 by DigiBC

    Looking for a large, bright warehouse space in a highly desirable location? As a tenant, you will gain access to CDM’s ecosystem: a renowned talent pipeline featuring their Master of Digital Media students, Mitacs' funding programs, and opportunities to collaborate on R+D projects. CDM offers your business a place to call home and community.

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