First Community Media Festival Winners Take Home Trophies

  • Posted on: 7 December 2015
  • By: Cathy

Ottawa (Nov. 25) Five winners took home trophies in eight categories at Canada's first Community Multimedia Festival last night.

Since the Community Media Festival was held as part of the Community Media Convergence, a three-day event at Carleton University celebrating community media on all platforms (TV, radio, online and gaming), the categories emphasized the values and goals at the heart of community media rather than technical characteristics or genres. The categories and winners were:

  • Best entry to galvanize community action was sponsored by ACTRA: Live from the Quebec Maple Spring by CUTV of Montreal.
  • Best use of interactivity to solicit audience participation, sponsored by the Federation des television communautaires autonomes du Quebec: Jane-Fince.comby Paul Nguyen of Toronto.
  • Best programming strategy to reach out to marginalized audiences, sponsored by the Community Radio Fund of Canada: Welcome to Regent Park Focus! by Regent Park TV in Toronto.
  • Biggest impact on a community due to a program or program stream, sponsored by CACTUS: by Paul Nguyen of Toronto.
  • Best collaboration with local business to promote local development, sponsored by The Community Radio Fund of Canada: Debajehmujig Storytellers Tour by Wiky TV5 of Manitoulin Island.
  • "Out of the Box" prize for experimental narrative approach, sponsored by SAW Video: Live from the Quebec Maple Springby CUTV of Montreal.
  • Best storytelling in any medium, sponsored by the CMPA: Maladjusted by Theatre for Living of Vancouver.
  • Audience favorite, be determined the night of the festival and sponsored by Avid: Live from the Quebec Maple Spring by CUTV of Montreal.

Thank you to our many sponsors who made this event a success, and to the community media practitioners from coast to coast who volunteered to act as judging sites for the categories.

The Community Media Festival also offered two nights of programmed screenings celebrating community media historically and internationally (with guests on site from as far away as Rio de Janeiro) and offering a sneak peak at what the future of community media could look like, emphasizing interactive formats such as gaming and multiplatform production and distribution.

A full list of the entries can be screened online here. More information about the historical, international, and futuristic collection of works can be found here. Thanks for reading/watching/listening/playing and see you next year!