Remember that crazybig announcement we had fun teasing you with in our last post? Well, now the embargo has been lifted, we’re gobstonkingly thrilled to announce that “Inanimate Alice: Perpetual Nomads”, our new Interactive Digital Novel and Virtual Reality Series, has been selected for production funding through the Canada – Australia Interactive Digital Media Incentive! This shiny new Incentive is administered by the Canada Media Fund and Screen Australia.
We’re absolutely chuffed that this project has been greenlit by such an innovative initiative. Our team on the “Inanimate Alice: Perpetual Nomads” includes the oldie-but-goodie lineup from prior Inanimate Alice Episodes [but also adds a new face or two] with myself, Ian Harper, Andy Campbell, Chris Joseph, Kate Pullinger, and now Walter Brecely making up the team core. We’re also lucky enough to have John Patten and Ron Poitras in key Indigenous Advisory roles. How’s *that* for a talent pot!
For those of you keen to read the official blurby bit, it goes a little something like this:
Toronto / Sydney, March 23, 2016 – The Canada Media Fund (CMF) and the Australian Government through Screen Australia announced today a financing incentive of over CAD $700,000 for three interactive digital media coproductions. The Canada-Australia Interactive Digital Media Incentive supports projects that go beyond traditional screens, with content available across different media platforms.
The program is designed to encourage creative producers from each country to collaborate on experimental digital productions by facilitating the creation of innovative narrative pieces. By funding projects that use new technologies to tell culturally relevant stories, both countries demonstrate their continued support for original storytelling in the digital age. “This incentive gives producers in both countries the opportunity to push the geographic and creative boundaries of interactive storytelling,” says Valerie Creighton, President and CEO of the CMF. “Canada and Australia have a long-standing history of film and television coproduction. Given the linguistic, historical and cultural ties between our two countries, it was only fitting that we extend our partnership to include an incentive for digital media coproduction that supports innovation and creativity in both countries,” she added.
“We’re thrilled to be working with the Canada Media Fund to enable new collaborations between our countries. The selected projects look highly innovative in form and content, and are a great blend of Aussie and Canadian talent and ideas that we believe will result in something unique. We’re confident these teams will overcome all the hurdles of co-production and provide inspiration for others to do more,” stated Screen Australia CEO, Graeme Mason.