BMC Labs: moving beyond the virtual into the physical

Media Lab


The CFC Media Lab is a unique production think-tank, training institute and accelerator for emerging interactive and digital creators, practitioners, entrepreneurs and companies, which has graduated over 200 professionals, prototyped over 100 interactive products and commercialized over 30 technologically-savvy start-ups. 








IDEABOOST is a business accelerator with a difference - a bootcamp for companies that want to navigate an entertainment ecosystem that has been radically disrupted by new technologies and demanding audience expectations.

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Media Lab

"IDEABOOST is an example of what a comprehensive accelerator should be. It encompasses great strategic mentors, technical and financial specialists and is an amazing networking opportunity."

Damien Véran

President, SlimCut Media

Special Projects

The CFC Media Lab creates ground-breaking productions which include Body/Mind/Change starring David Cronenberg; Late Fragment, Canada’s first interactive feature film; and the dynamic mobile visualization project of What’s Your Essential Cinema, co-produced with TIFF.

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Media Lab

Body/Mind/Change received two MUSE awards; the Jim Blackaby Ingenuity Award and Honorable Mention in the category of Games and Augmented Reality.


Graduate Program in Digital Futures

OCAD University and the CFC Media Lab have partnered to launch a new and innovative Graduate Program in Digital Futures, with a part-time Graduate Diploma and full-time Master's Degrees.

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OCAD Digital Futures

"Program participants gain core foundational knowledge and explore specific areas of interest through electives offered across the whole of OCAD U.”

Tom Barker

Chair, Digital Futures Initiative, OCAD U

Jumping Screens Comedy Workshop

In this five-month part-time program created by CFC Media Lab in collaboration with the CBC and Aircraft Pictures, we experiment with a novel approach to series-creation. Ultimately the goal of Jumping Screens is to develop a long-format television or “digital first” comedy series for the CBC.

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Next Time Productions

We are looking forward to building a strong relationship with the CBC, the CFC and Aircraft Pictures, and are thrilled to collaborate with some great Canadian talent.”

Darren Morenstein

NextTime Productions

ASTOUND Initiative (Inactive)

The ASTOUND Initiative, led by the CFC Media Lab in partnership with Hot Docs and OCAD U, is a special endeavour dedicated to creating innovative investment and business development solutions for Ontario-based creative content producers working in digital media, film, television, gaming, transmedia, music and publishing.

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Buffer Festival Industry Day (INACTIVE)

Buffer Festival Industry Day is a one-day conference for industry professionals looking to optimize YouTube as a marketing and distribution channel, as well as a unique opportunity to network with YouTubers, MCNs, CMOs and content producers.

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ideaBOOST/Mind Pirate Production Lab (Inactive)

ideaBOOST/Mind Pirate Production Lab is a  three-month bootcamp for developers and companies that want to navigate the incredible potential of games on the next consumer mega trend of wearable technology.

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Mind Pirate

“Working with the ideaBOOST/Mind Pirate Production Lab is like having a team of consultants helping you shape your product. They're awesome people to work with!”

Bill Kouretsos

Little Guy Games

Interactive Project Lab (Inactive)

The Interactive Project Lab accelerated the creative, business and technical skills of Canadian talent, enabling the creation of viable start-up companies that produced innovative cultural and entertainment works; it ran from 2002 to 2007 and incubated over 30 companies.

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Media Lab

"The Interactive Project Lab was a supportive environment with access to top notch mentorship that helped us create a concept that went on to win an International Emmy Award."

Patrick Crowe

Xenophile Media (2002)

TELUS Interactive Art and Entertainment Program (Inactive)

The TELUS Interactive Art and Entertainment Program was Canada's first post-graduate program for new media training and production based on a philosophy that compelling content is created through a collaborative process harnessing a wide range of creative skills, knowledge and talents. From 1997 through 2011, the program ran 27 sessions, had 219 graduates and developed 69 prototypes.

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"The TELUS Interactive Art and Entertainment program was a critical launchpad for me. I came into it as someone who had a whisper of a sense of what digital might do to conventional media; I came out of it with the basic tools to help lead the change."

Tessa Sproule

NBCUniversal Multiplatform Matchmaking Program (Inactive)

The NBCUniversal Multiplatform Matchmaking Program, which ran from 2009 to 2010, was designed for experienced professionals from across Canada working in the traditional media and interactive industries.

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Anita Lee

“The NBCUniversal MMP was a unique opportunity to be part of an intense incubator that challenged our pre-existing notions of storytelling.”

Anita Lee

Executive Producer, NFB Ontario