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Telefilm Canada to launch The Great Canadian Video Game Competition

Montreal, November 3, 2006 - In partnership with industry, Telefilm Canada will be launching an innovative competition to create the next great Canadian video game.

Executive Director Wayne Clarkson will unveil Telefilm's Great Canadian Video Game Competition, November 8, at the Montreal International Game Summit.

"With the input and support of industry, Telefilm has created a new opportunity for talented Canadian game developers to build business expertise and commercialize original game content that leverages innovative distribution methods," says Clarkson.

Industry consultant and partner Danielle Michael, former Vice President of Business Development at Radical Entertainment, has come aboard to direct the project.

Telefilm is convinced that Canada has the talent and potential to be a world leader in the $20-billion video game market. While the country is already a key international hub for game development, challenges exist for independent game developers to bring original content to market in the multiplatform environment. The Great Canadian Video Game Competition, a first-of-its-kind initiative, will help elevate the commercial profile of Canadian-owned game development companies and grow the industry.

The Competition is made possible through Telefilm Canada and the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Canada New Media Fund and the sponsorship of industry partners Electronic Arts, Radical Entertainment and Ubisoft.

Industry information sessions will be held in the following cities:

  • Montreal: Montreal International Game Summit, Montreal Convention Centre, Room 522, Level 5, November 9, 10:00 AM;
  • Vancouver: Hosted by New Media BC, Centre for Excellence, 555 Great Northern Way, November 14, 5:00 PM; and
  • Toronto: Hosted by New Media Business Alliance, Devil's Martini, 473 Adelaide Street West, November 16, 6:00 PM.

Competition information will be available at www.telefilm.ca/game.

For more information:
Earl Hong Tai, Telefilm Canada
(604) 666-1566 or 1-800-663-7771
hongtae@telefilm.ca

Danielle Michael, Industry consultant and partner
danielle.michael@shaw.ca