Past Programs

TALENT ACCELERATION

PROJECT ACCELERATION

COMPANY ACCELERATION

PRODUCTIONS

RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT

SPECIAL PROJECTS

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

Buffer Festival Industry Day

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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Short Dramatic Film Program

The Short Dramatic Film Program (SDF) provides a forum for filmmakers to produce high-quality engaging films, which showcase their talent and the commercial potential of their project in the international marketplace.

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"People are looking to filmmakers who are trying new things and making mistakes because sometimes there's a lot of beauty in those mistakes."

Stephen Dunn

Writer/Director, "Closet Monster"
Rick O'Brien

ideaBOOST/Mind Pirate Production Lab

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

ASTOUND Initiative

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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NFB/CFC CREATIVE DOC LAB

The NFB/CFC Creative Doc Lab is designed to push the creative storytelling process, refine and elevate filmmakers’ creative vision, and meet the demands of a shifting industry. This initiative invites four innovative and artful storytellers to engage in an inspiring and rigorous creative development process.

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"Don't underestimate your audience. Don't over explain. Leave some spaces where your audience can step in and make their own meaning."

Anita Lee

Executive Producer, English Program, NFB

TELEFILM CANADA FEATURE COMEDY EXCHANGE

The Telefilm Canada Feature Comedy Exchange is a high-level cross-border project and business accelerator for established producers and their feature comedy properties.

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TELUS Interactive Art and Entertainment Program

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

Interactive Project Lab

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)

CFC / ENTERTAINMENT ONE TV ADAPTATION LAB

The CFC / Entertainment One TV Adaptation Lab is an exciting new initiative that affords an unparalleled opportunity for Canadian content creators who own the rights to their creative properties, including comedy, theatre, stand up, novels, novellas, graphic novels, short stories, zines, web series, video games – material of all types, originating from anywhere in the world, that has the potential to be adapted into an exciting television series. 

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CFC / ENTERTAINMENT ONE TV ADAPTATION LAB

2016 Participants Angela Misri, Michael Stewart & Kat Sandler

NBCUniversal Multiplatform Matchmaking Program

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

Past Programs

The programs at Media Lab change drastically every year. Click below to view a collection of previous programs.

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James Milward, TELUS IAEP Graduate

"The Telus IAEP program was an amazing opportunity, i was able to combine my previous skill set with this new understanding and take my career to the next level. I now own Emmy Award Winning digital entertainment agency Secret Location."

James Milward

Founder & Executive Producer, The Secret Location

The CFC/NBCUniversal Canada Exchange

The CFC/NBCUniversal Canada Exchange is a cross-border talent and business accelerator that brokers introductions and relationships between NBCUniversal creative executives and key members of the Canadian creative community. 

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"This partnership will ignite creative conversations and relationships that will lead to more content being produced with Canadians at the helm."

Ron Suter

Executive VP and GM, NBCUniversal Television Canada