Funded Projects

Evaluation Juries

A jury of experts evaluates all projects that apply for production support through our Experimental Stream and Aboriginal Program, using a criteria-based evaluation process. Projects are selected for support based on the results of this process, and available funding.

The jury provides an external perspective on innovation, and assesses the experience of the production and creative teams on their capacity to deliver the projects submitted for funding.

Our Evaluation Process


Successful applications are determined using a selective process in reference to an evaluation grid. The four basic assessment criteria and their respective weightings for funding are:
 
  • Experience and past achievements of the production/development team
  • Innovation and advancement of the project
  • The business plan, including the viability of the project and the financial stability of the applicant
  • The distribution strategy

The jury does not evaluate applications for development and marketing support.

Recent Jury Members

  • Adriana Chartrand
  • Alison Norrington
  • Ana Cecilia Springefeldt
  • Annelise Larson
  • Audrey Pacart
  • Denis Talbot
  • Domenico La Porta
  • Elizabeth LaPensée
  • Emilia Zboralska
  • Francis Ingrand
  • Joël Bassaget
  • Jonathan Lessard
  • Jordan Molaro
  • Kelly-Lynne Ashton
  • Laura Milliken
  • Laurent Guérin
  • Liz Rosenthal
  • Lori Schwartz
  • Magalie Zafimehy
  • Mark Greenspan
  • Melissa Mollen Dupuis
  • Nadia Seraiocco
  • Noemie Dupuy
  • Olaf Hirschberg
  • Philippe Pasquier
  • Pierre Cattan
  • Pierre-Mathieu Fortin
  • Rachel Noonan
  • Salar Shahna
  • Sarah Ellis
  • Sylvain Rivard
  • Tina Keeper
  • Tina Merry
  • Valérie Hénaire
  • Véronique Marino
  • Vidhi Shah
  • Wendy L. Bernfeld
  • Will Saunders

Alison Norrington

Fiscal Year

2019 - 2020|2014 - 2015

Jury Type

Commercial Projects Program|Innovation

Round

1|2

City

Essex

Country

United Kingdom

Description:

Alison Norrington is a storyteller, producer and experience designer. She is founder of storycentral, a London-based entertainment studio that incu...

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Alison Norrington is a storyteller, producer and experience designer. She is founder of storycentral, a London-based entertainment studio that incubates and develops ground-breaking IP with global partners in film, television, Virtual Reality, theme parks, animation, gaming and advertising.   She specializes in storytelling and experiences crossing traditional formats, live events, digital and location-based entertainment. Alison explores new frontiers of experiential storytelling and has designed and led labs at the London Film School, Singapore Media Academy/MediaCorp, Swedish Design Institutes and the Royal College of Art. She is an expert program and event organizer, working with many global events and partners including Canada Media Fund, ITVFest, Canada Screen Awards, Festival de Television, The Children’s Media Conference, Banff World Media Festival and Canada Media Producers Association. Alison is Conference Chair for StoryWorld Conference, Exec Producer of the Virtual Reality Thread for The Children’s Media Conference, is a two-time TEDx speaker and has presented at a number of entertainment and media conferences worldwide. She is featured on the BAFTA Guru series and is a member of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, The Writers Guild of Great Britain and Women in Film & TV.

Domenico La Porta

Fiscal Year

2019 - 2020|2018 - 2019

Jury Type

Innovation|Commercial Projects Pilot Program

Round

2|1

City

Liège

Country

Belgium

Description:

Domenico La Porta holds degrees in law and criminology, but it is his passion for audiovisual and new medias that has guided his main career choice...

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Domenico La Porta holds degrees in law and criminology, but it is his passion for audiovisual and new medias that has guided his main career choices over the last 15 years. Journalist, film critic on Belgian television (RTBF) and editor of the professional magazine Cineuropa.org, Domenico was appointed to head Wallimage Creative in 2014. The Walloon fund supports new media and digital innovation at the regional, national and international levels.

Lecturer and professor of multiplatform narration as well as of gamification, Domenico is also an author (series, films, video games, comic strips) and a script doctor on occasion. He focuses the fruits of his transversal experience on the development of original narrative intellectual property, incubated in the R/O Institute that he heads since 2016. The R/O Institute is both an incubator and a seasonal accelerator that welcomes a new generation of authors and invites them to deploy their narration over several complementary platforms including television, film, the comic strips, video games, mixed reality and mobile technologies.

Laurent Guérin

Fiscal Year

2019 - 2020|2018 - 2019

Jury Type

Innovation|Innovation

Round

1|2

City

Toronto

Country

Canada

Description:

Laurent Guérin is a digital transformation expert specializing in content creation, development and distribution strategies. He is currently Vice P...

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Laurent Guérin is a digital transformation expert specializing in content creation, development and distribution strategies. He is currently Vice President of Digital Content at Postmedia Network Inc. Prior to his current post, Guérin was one of the visionaries to whom we owe TFO’s success in the digital realm. He was successively Chief Content Officer and Vice President, Chief Content and Digital Officer. His judicious strategic direction, innovative choices and leadership were essential to giving TFO a new look. Guérin is a well-known figure on both sides of the Atlantic for his enthusiasm for digital content and platforms, and his ability to make bold creative contributions. In 2016, he was one of the Cynopsis Digital “It List” Award recipients, an award honouring the best movers and shakers in digital content, marketing, advertising, social media and online content. During his tenure at TFO, Guérin and his teams were awarded many distinctions: a Gemini for the BRBR application in 2017; a Gemini for the Rêve de Champlain website in 2015; a special NUMIX jury mention for Wuxia le Renard, also in 2015; and two YouTube Silver Play Buttons for the Mini Dorémi and Mini ABC YouTube channels. Guérin is an MBA graduate of IUA San Francisco, offering vast marketing and business development experience.

Lori Schwartz

Fiscal Year

2019 - 2020|2017 - 2018

Jury Type

Innovation|Innovation

Round

1|2

City

Los Angeles

Country

USA

Description:

Lori is an experiential marketing executive whose StoryTech initiative pairs brands, storytellers and technology companies together to create exper...

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Lori is an experiential marketing executive whose StoryTech initiative pairs brands, storytellers and technology companies together to create experiences that foster business success. StoryTech's trends briefings, curation & tour products are well known globally through work @CES, @NAB, @NATPE and @IBC to name a few. Lori also collaborates directly with top creative and strategic executives at AT&T, ShowTime, HP and Clorox to ensure their understanding of emerging business models while designing unique experiences. Los Angeles Based, Lori is a CNN Technology Contributor and a frequent speaker at industry & private events where she facilitates conversations around new business models & technology. She sits on the Board of Governors and the Executive Committee for the Television Academy. You can find her broadcasting weekly on Voice America's business channel on her 'Tech Cat Show' where she talks tech with industry leaders. Previously, Lori was Chief Technology Catalyst for McCann Worldgroup, NA, where she was responsible for driving technology innovation at one of the world’s largest marketing communications companies. She was the principal to launch the highly regarded IPGLAB (http://www.ipglab.com/) where she advised Fortune 500 clients for the Interpublic Group of Companies like General Motors, Nestle, Sony and Yum! Brands. She has been profiled as one of the “30 Executives Shaping the Evolution of Media & Technology” by Variety and “100 People to Have Lunch with” by MediaPost Publications. 

Nadia Seraiocco

Fiscal Year

2019 - 2020|2019 - 2020

Jury Type

Innovation|Innovation

Round

2|1

City

Montréal

Country

Canada

Description:

Nadia Seraiocco has been teaching digital media since 2013 at UQAM’s École des medias and the Social and Public Communications Department and...

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Nadia Seraiocco has been teaching digital media since 2013 at UQAM’s École des medias and the Social and Public Communications Department and is a guest speaker at conferences. She began her career as a cultural reporter with Voir Québec and several other specialized magazines. She then worked some 15 years in communications for the Ville de Montréal, the National Gallery of Canada, Les Éditions de la courte échelle and RECYC-Québec. After completing a Master’s degree on the Fluxus films in 2009, she embarked on PhD studies in communications in 2015. She is an acknowledged expert on the use of social media in public relations, Web project management and, more broadly, arts and technology issues. She co-authored one of the first Quebec works on social media, Les médias sociaux 101 (Groupe Librex). She is a commentator on the Première chaîne de Radio-Canada, a former techno-blogger for Radio-Canada and has two blogs of her own, including cheznadia.com (created in 2002). She served on the juries of the 12th edition of the Grands Prix 2011 digital projects (Magazines du Québec), the Prix #ModeMTL 2013 (interactive component) and the 3rd cohort of Lab Culture awards in 2017. She produced the first report on the use of digital technology in the dance sector with the Regroupement québécois de la danse (RQD). As a guest speaker and moderator, she has given several talks on artificial intelligence, including for the Art du Quartier des spectacles event, and moderated panels on this topic for the Association des communicateurs scientifiques and Frontière IA. She is the moderator this year of the panels component of MTL connect: Digital Week spring event. Nadia Seraiocco is keenly interested in the issue of the datafication of society and its impact on private life and identity. She is currently drafting a thesis titled Créer un double de soi en données: application réflexive et performative des processus constitutifs d’un agent conversationnel. She is also a member of UQAM’s Institut de recherches et d’études féministes (IREF).

Pierre Cattan

Fiscal Year

2019 - 2020|2016 - 2017|2015 - 2016

Jury Type

Innovation|Innovation|Innovation

Round

1|2|2

City

Paris

Country

France

Description:

Pierre Cattan is a producer, author and director. After co-founding and serving as managing editor of the magazine TOC (2003-2007), he produced sho...

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Pierre Cattan is a producer, author and director. After co-founding and serving as managing editor of the magazine TOC (2003-2007), he produced short programs, animated documentary films and magazine-style programming for television. He founded the Small Bang interactive creative studio in 2012 and produced the following apps: Cinemacity (Arte, 2013), BirdLab (Vigie-Nature, 2014), Les Saisons:Morphosis (France Télévisions, 2015), Phallaina (France Télévisions, 2016), which won a Peabody Award in 2017, and Fugue VR (Biennale de la Danse, 2019). These projects garnered some 15 international awards. Pierre frequently teaches master classes and workshops in France and abroad. A former member of the Commission des nouveaux médias du CNC (2012-2014), he founded the Association de producteurs d’expériences numériques PXN.fr and the Association de fêtes des savoir-faire partagés Open Bidouille Camp.

Pierre-Mathieu Fortin

Fiscal Year

2019 - 2020|2016 - 2017

Jury Type

Innovation|Innovation

Round

2|2

City

Montréal

Country

Canada

Description:

Pierre-Mathieu Fortin is a Media industry professional since 2000. He cofounds BonGolem, a successful multimedia agency with over 30 video and mult...

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Pierre-Mathieu Fortin is a Media industry professional since 2000. He cofounds BonGolem, a successful multimedia agency with over 30 video and multimedia projects to its credit, where he acts as producer and director. He cumulates an extensive experience working in TV, film and interactive media, as well as in the world of video games. As the creative head of original content for digital services at Radio-Canada (the French-language arm of the CBC), he develops multiple award-winning digital projects and helped bolster the national broadcasters online visibility.  As the executive creative producer for ad-agency SIDLEE, he is responsible for developing and producing original and branded content, with a special focus on international markets. He is responsible for producing and developing LIBTV, a series of short form content for Videotron's online platforms. As an independent consultant he curated the 4-day professional conferences alongside the Rendez-Vous du Cinema Quebecois festival. He collaborates with URBANIA media as Digital Producer for interactive and digital series. For his company NITROFilms, he produced THE ARENA, an award-winning 6-part short digital series. Throughout his career, Pierre-Mathieu Fortin has collected various awards and accolades, from several Prix Gemeaux and NUMIX in Québec, a Silver Medal at the New York Film and Television awards, a Rockies in Banff and nominations at the International Emmy Awards and South By Southwest.

Salar Shahna

Fiscal Year

2019 - 2020

Jury Type

Innovation

Round

2

City

Geneva

Country

Switzerland

Description:

Active in film industry since 2008, Salar shifted to VR in 2014, joining apelab on the awarded series Sequenced (GDC, Sundance 2016), after develop...

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Active in film industry since 2008, Salar shifted to VR in 2014, joining apelab on the awarded series Sequenced (GDC, Sundance 2016), after developing transmedia solutions for the animation hit My Life as A Zucchini (Oscars 2017). He is the wizard behind the World VR Forum in Crans-Montana a hub for global XR community since 2016, expanding its vision into the World XR Forum as of 2019. His expertise in the market and uses of VR led him to participate as an expert for major events such as the Shanghai NabShow, the Sundance Film Festival, Phocuswright, Cannes, Slush and Venice Film Festival and teach VR at Université de Savoie and Institut Le Rosey. Building strong relations with China, he was the first to showcase foreign VR in 2016 at Shanghai International Film Festival, and has since curated VR art exhibitions in West Bund Museum (2017) and Shanghai's Modern Art Museum (2018), and crafting Shanghai XR with Brian Seth Hurst and RDR (2019). He is advisor to the start-up Imverse which develops solutions in mixed reality, the light-fields company Rayshaper and Chief Birdly Evangelist for Somniacs. With apelab, he works on innovative AR solutions for Culture and Tourism in Saint-Moritz, Switzerland.

Sarah Ellis

Fiscal Year

2019 - 2020

Jury Type

Innovation

Round

2

City

Stratford-upon-Avon

Country

United Kingdom

Description:

Sarah Ellis is an award-winning producer currently working as Director of Digital Development for the Royal Shakespeare Company to explore new arti...

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Sarah Ellis is an award-winning producer currently working as Director of Digital Development for the Royal Shakespeare Company to explore new artistic initiatives and partnerships. In 2017, she became a fellow of the University of Worcester for her work in the arts and technology. In 2016 she was awarded The Hospital Club & Creatives Industries award for cross industry collaboration for her work on the RSC’s The Tempest in collaboration with Intel and in association with The Imaginarium Studios. In 2013 she was listed in the top 100 most influential people working in Gaming and Technology by The Hospital Club and Guardian Culture Professionals. In partnership with Google, she produced Midsummer Night’s Dreaming winning two Lovie Awards for Innovation and Experimentation. As a spoken word producer, she has worked with the Old Vic Tunnels, Battersea Arts Centre, Birmingham REP, Contact, Improbable, Southbank Centre, Soho Theatre, and Shunt. She has been Head of Creative Programmes at the Albany Theatre and Programme Manager for Apples & Snakes. She is a regular speaker and commentator on digital arts practice, as well as an Industry Champion for the Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre, which helps inform academic research on the creative industries to lead to better policies for the sector. She has been appointed Chair of digital agency, The Space, established by Arts Council England and the BBC to help promote digital engagement across the arts.

Tina Merry

Fiscal Year

2019 - 2020|2019 - 2020

Jury Type

Innovation|Innovation

Round

2|1

City

Vancouver

Country

Canada

Description:

Tina Merry is a proven expert directing and coaching diverse teams under a distributed development model.  She has shipped over 25 "AAA&r...

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Tina Merry is a proven expert directing and coaching diverse teams under a distributed development model.  She has shipped over 25 "AAA” game titles across multiple platforms, working with globally recognized brands and organizations.  She lived several years in Romania, Sweden and the UK, which provided her with unique cultural insights and experiences, enhancing her effectiveness as a global leader and coach.  Tina is also a lifelong learner. To further develop her skills, she achieved a certification in 2018 as a Cultural Intelligence (CQ) Advanced Facilitator, applying this to date both professionally and for pro-bono speaking in the education sector.