Community Media Convergence 2015 Launches Festival to Celebrate Community Media
Organizers of the Community Media Convergence at Carleton University on November 22 -24 have announced the launch of Canada's first community multimedia festival, celebrating community media in the digital environment.
The festival will recognize community radio, TV, online media and gaming that has high community impact and innovative use of interactivity and multimedia. Excellence in community TV programming has not been recognized nationally since the Canadian Cable Television Association-hosted Galaxi awards disappeared with the CCTA in 2006. The National Community Radio Association's annual conference recognizes excellence in English community radio, and the Fédération des télévision communautaires autonomes du Québec's AGM showcases francophone community TV, but never before has there been a bilingual festival to celebrate and recognize all community media in Canada.
And it ain't the Oscars ... Prize categories reflect the goals of community media in the digital age:
• Most innovative use of multiple media to galvanize community action
• Most innovative use of interactivity to stimulate audience involvement
• Best program strategy to reach underserved groups
• Most significant community impact as a result of a program or program strategy
• Best collaboration with local business to promote development
• 'Outside-the-box' award for experimentation in narrative approach.
• Best storytelling in any medium.
• An audience choice award will also be determined the night of the festival.
The Community Media Convergence co-ordinator, Catherine Edwards, explained that the festival is long overdue, “Community media is often viewed as amateur or as a
training ground for the commercial sector. In fact, it's a field that requires specialized training in community facilitation and is demanding to do well. It's community media
practitioners that make real the promise of freedom of speech in our technologically complex media environment. We want to celebrate that, and showcase how community
media leverage technologies creatively to engage the whole community.”
Have media you’d like to enter? Want to volunteer as a judging site? For more information, email or phone the festival co-ordinator, Deanne Pittman at festival@ComMediaConverge.ca and (613) 889-9137 or enter online RIGHT HERE.