CFC Media Lab LIVE at HotDocs, Cannes Film Festival and More

By CFC Staff April 29, 2016 08:30

CFC Media Lab is keeping very busy this May with multiple activations across various conferences and festivals both here in Canada and abroad. Should you find yourselves at any of these events, please come by and check out our new VR productions, including new episodes in our CFC VR Sketches Series - a suite of prototypes that unpack and explore the VR medium, or hear from our host of startups currently in our IDEABOOST Network Connect program. Here's what's on tap for CFC Media Lab throughout the month of May (in chronological order):


DATES: Friday, April 29 to Saturday, May 7
DETAILS: FREE between 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
LOCATION: 610 Markham Street, Toronto

Interact with two of our VR installations in HotDocs' DocX program. Part of our CFC VR Sketches Series, these experiences present VR in ways not often seen in festivals. The CFC Media Lab co-productions are:

Qualia: Zen Eagle
Mobio Interactive
| CFC Media Lab coproduction
Can brainwaves successfully drive VR Experiences?

Take flight as an eagle and regenerate through mindfulness as this experience connects your brainwaves to this immersive world.

TimeTraveller™ Guided Virtual Reality Tours

IIF | CFC Media Lab coproduction
Testing how live performances in a metaverse like Second Life feel in VR

Artist Skawennati invites us to don a headset to explore the sets and meet the stars of her renowned machinima, TimeTraveller™. Experience an Aboriginally determined virtual world in Second Life on the Oculus Rift. With real live Indian Guides!

DAILY (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.): Live guided tour of the sets of TimeTraveller™

FRIDAY, APRIL 29: Live guided tours by stars of TimeTraveller™

11:00 a.m.: Special Guest Karahkwenhawi
Karahkwenhawi will start this tour at her home. You can check out her bedroom, then head over to the Musée du futur. The tour will end in her 22nd century dream home.

1:00 p.m.: Special Guest Hunter
Starting at his storage-locker apartment, Hunter will take you to a few of his other haunts. If you ask nicely, he may even answer some of your questions.

3:00 p.m.: Special Guest Skawennati
Meet the artist as she takes you all over AbTeC Island and talks about the making of TimeTraveller™.

Also, at HotDocs, don't miss what will be a heated debate between our Chief Digital Officer, Ana Serrano, and Principal Filmmaker at Google VR, Jessica Brillhart, as they perform VR on Trial with judge and jury, Professor Richard Lachman, from Ryerson University.

DATE: Tuesday, May 3
DETAILS: 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. with HotDocs Conference Pass, Conference and Networking Pass, All-Access Pass
Rogers Industry Centre, 2nd Floor, Toronto

2. OCE Discovery 2016

DATES: Monday, May 9 to Tuesday, May 10
$650 per attendee between 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC), 222 Bremner Boulevard, Toronto

The Ontario Centre of Excellence (OCE) Discovery Conference is an event we love attending. This year, with Tesla's Co-Founder and CTO, JB Straubel, doing the keynote address, it promises to be an even more exciting conference for startups and innovation junkies alike. Our activation will consist of showcasing the following companies and projects:

  • Zeitdice Timelapse Camera is no larger than a cue ball and shaped like a 26-sided dice that can capture up to three months on one charge (or infinitely with a small solar panel). This portable, wireless and weather-resistant camera was prototyped using a few old electronics, an ice cream container and duct tape. Discover Zeitdice’s virtual reality application beta. (Read our recent interview with Michael Schwanzer, CEO and co-founder of ZEITDICE, HERE).
  • Mobio Interactive is a tech startup that combines biofeedback, brain health, UX design, mobile, and gaming to deliver virtual reality wellness applications. Qualia: Zen Eagle explores flight as an eagle and regeneration through mindfulness using an EEG headband for biofeedback within the VR stimulated environment. Engage yourself with Mobio Interactive’s exhibit that connects your brainwaves to their immersive world.
  • Filmtyme develops filmmaking tools to enable real-time virtual reality collaborative movie making. The Filmtyme team consists of open-source REALCAMERA PROJECT contributors, creators of the “Soldier of Heaven QuickStart Oculus Jam,” and winners of “Best VR App” in the Google Tango contest. Meet the team and live film dinosaurs in VR using Filmtyme’s tools.
  • Pinch VR – Pinch is a mobile platform for the creation, collaboration, and distribution of VR content, allowing for a more immersive and intuitive way to share VR creations. Pinch VR develops both software and hardware and will be showcasing their interactive VR controller and mobile app. This attachment accessory, combined with a mobile phone, opens the possibilities within the virtual reality environment like never before.

Also join us to explore the BODY/MIND/CHANGE Redux Teaser, a CFC Media Lab Production in co-production with TIFF and in association with OccupiedVR, starring David Cronenberg. Immerse yourself in a “Cronenbergian” world inspired by the film Videodrome.

3. Cannes Film Festival and Cannes Marché NEXT Program

DATES: Wednesday, May 11 to Wednesday, May 18
DETAILS: Cannes NEXT Pavillion
 Village International on the Pantiere side, Cannes 

CFC Media Lab will have a series of VR installations at the Cannes Marché NEXT Pavilion, along with 15 other innovation companies including Creative Wallonia and HP. Beyond our presence in the NEXT Pavilion, CFC Media Lab is also presenting, in partnership with Fantasia International Film Festival, its co-production with market Frontiéres and Telefilm Canada, the Canadian Genre – VR Film Series on Saturday, May 14 as part of the VR Days programme at NEXT.  

From award-winning cyberpunk adventures to homoerotic horror, the Canadian Genre-VR Film Series includes:

Body/Mind/Change Redux Teaser
A CFC Media Lab Production in co-production with TIFF and in association with OccupiedVR
Producer: Ana Serrano
Directors: J.Lee Williams and Blair Renaud
Body/Mind/Change Redux Teaser, starring David Cronenberg, immerses audiences in a “Cronenbergian” world inspired by the film Videodrome.

Technolust: the short film
An OccupiedVR Production
Producer: J. Lee Williams
Director: Blair Renaud
Technolust: the short film is a taste of the award-winning Virtual Reality Adventure set in a near-future Cyberpunk world, made for Oculus Rift.

The Closet
A CFC Media Lab Production
Producer: Ana Serrano
Director: Ian Tuason
A young man investigates strange, supernatural forces in his new home when he discovers an even stronger, insatiable force where he least expects it.

War of the Dead
Executive Producers: David Brady, Kate harrison
Producer: Kim Creelman
Directors: Brian Rice, Tristan Cezair, Andrew MacDonald
Mayhem surrounds Civil War soldiers when zombies overtake the battle trenches in a virtual reality onslaught of blood and guts.


DATES: Thursday, May 19
DETAILS: Tech-based companies can apply here
DEADLINE: Monday, May 9
MaRS Discovery District, 101 College St., Toronto

CFC Media Lab is a proud partner of The Fundica Roadshow, connecting entrepreneurs with funding resources across Canada. The Fundica Roadshow combines inspirational RoadTalks with pitches and prizes. Tech-based companies can apply here, Toronto applications are due Monday, May 9, 2016. Selected applicants have the opportunity to pitch funders in a private setting. Each city’s best pitch wins a trip to pitch in San Francisco. Good luck startups!

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