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Telefilm Canada announces winner of The Great Canadian Video Game Competition

The Great Canadian Video Game Competition winner and People's Choice Award unveiled at VIDFEST

Vancouver, September 22, 2007, 8:00 P.M. PST– After 10 months and entries from 69 independent Canadian game development firms, Telefilm Canada today announced MindHabits Inc. as the winner of its Great Canadian Video Game Competition. MindHabits will receive up to $500,000 from Telefilm matched equally with private financing for a total of up to $1 million to support the commercialization of its handheld game, MindHabits Trainer.

The competition winner was revealed by Wayne Clarkson, Telefilm Canada’s executive director, at the opening gala of VIDFEST– Canada’s biggest annual digital content event.

“Canada’s best and brightest video game talent participated in the first-ever Great Canadian Video Game Competition,” says Clarkson.“The competition was tight, but MindHabits best demonstrated the Canadian creativity and innovation that our panel of esteemed industry judges was looking for.”

The Competition took place in three rounds that mirrored traditional industry financing. In January 2007, an industry jury awarded 10 companies Round 1 status (Innovation) and each received $50,000 in financial assistance to explore their gaming concepts, develop a visual identity and elaborate a plan to raise initial private-sector investment. In March 2007, four of the 10 companies scored Round 2 status (Project Development). The final four included:

    <*>Big Blue Bubble of London, ON for its Nintendo Wii game Hobby Shop <*>Cerebral Vortex Games of St. Catharines, ON, for its PC/Mobile/Xbox Live
Arcade game Ambush! Trivia
    <*>MindHabits Inc. of Montreal, QC for its handheld game MindHabits Trainer <*>Hothead Games Inc. of Vancouver, BC for its PC game SWARM!

The winning projects were evaluated by a proven industry jury that comprised Rory Armes, Senior Vice President and Group General Manager, Electronic Arts Black Box and Electronic Arts Montreal; Yannis Mallat, CEO, Ubisoft Montreal; Ron Moravek, Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, Electronic Arts Canada; and Kelly Zmak, President, Radical Entertainment (Vivendi Universal Games Canada).

Also announced today was the People’s Choice Award winner, SWARM! by Hothead Games Inc., as selected by video game fans from across the country, who voted for their favourite finalist on Arcadia Festival’s website, www.playarcadia.com. The People’s Choice Awards ran parallel to The Great Canadian Video Competition, but the results had no bearing on the selection of the Competition’s formal winner.

Arcadia president Fran?ois D?carie added:“An overwhelming amount of Canadian gaming enthusiasts voted for our People’s Choice Award winner. Video games are the most important cultural form for our youth, and we’re proud to showcase and celebrate Canadian talent producing their own stories.”

About the Great Canadian Video Game Competition

The Competition was 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. Event sponsors include BC Film, Electronic Arts, New Media BC, New Media Business Alliance, Ontario Media Development Corporation and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Media sponsors include Electric Playground and G4Tech TV.

The Great Canadian Video Game Competition provides a needed opportunity for Canadian game developers to build their own capacity and original intellectual property. The Great Canadian Video Game Competition, created with the input and support of industry, takes place in three rounds that mirror traditional industry financing: Innovation (Round 1); Product Development (Round 2); and Commercialization (Round 3). For more, visit www.telefilm.gc.ca/game

About Arcadia Festival

First and one-of-a-kind public event open to all video game enthusiasts throughout Canada, the Arcadia Festival endeavours to gather a large number of gamers, both veteran and novice, so that they may discover the fantastic world of video games. Creators, organizations and individuals hailing from all walks of life work and play alongside one another through ARCADIA, sharing a common profound interest for the medium and the nearly boundless possibilities and developments it offers in the not-so-distant future. The ARCADIA Festival 2007 3rd edition will be held in Montreal on November 9-11, 2007 and the first edition for Toronto will be held November 16-18 2007.

About VIDFEST

Presented by New Media BC, the Vancouver International Digital Festival (VIDFEST) is Canada’s biggest annual digital content event. Running from September 22-25, VIDFEST 2007 kicks off the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF), drawing global leaders from the digital media industry, including animation, games, web 2.0, mobile and interactive content and featuring Vancouver’s best and brightest digital media talent. 2007 festival supporters include: Telefilm, British Columbia Film and Canadian Heritage. For more information, visit www.vidfest.com

Telefilm: Developing and promoting the Canadian audiovisual industry

Telefilm Canada is a federal cultural agency dedicated to the development and promotion of the Canadian audiovisual industry. Telefilm provides financial support to the private sector to create distinctively Canadian productions that appeal to domestic and international audiences. The Corporation also administers the funding programs of the Canadian Television Fund.

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Media inquiries:

Paul Welsh, Competition Media Relations

(604) 623-3007 (x. 223), paul.welsh@karyo-edelman.com

Douglas Chow, Deputy Director, Strategic Communications, Telefilm Canada

(514) 283-6363 or 1-800-567-0890, chowd@telefilm.gc.ca

About the Competition

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. Event sponsors include BC Film, Electronic Arts, New Media BC, New Media Business Alliance, Ontario Media Development Corporation and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Media sponsors include Electric Playground and G4Tech TV.

The Great Canadian Video Game Competition provides a needed opportunity for Canadian game developers to build their own capacity and original intellectual property. Competition information, including company profiles, is available at www.telefilm.gc.ca/game.

Developing and promoting the Canadian audiovisual industry

Telefilm Canada is a federal cultural agency dedicated to the development and promotion of the Canadian audiovisual industry. Telefilm provides financial support to the private sector to create distinctively Canadian productions that appeal to domestic and international audiences. The Corporation also administers the funding programs of the Canadian Television Fund.

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Media inquiries:

Glen Edwards, Competition Media Relations

(604) 561-4640, glen@karyo.net

Douglas Chow, Deputy Director, Strategic Communications, Telefilm Canada

(514) 283-6363 or 1-800-567-0890, chowd@telefilm.gc.ca

T?l?film Canada annonce le nom du gagnant du Grand concours du jeu vid?o canadien

Les gagnants du Grand concours du jeu vid?o canadien et du Choix du public d?voil?s lors du VIDFEST

Vancouver, le 22 septembre 2007, 22 h HNP– Dix mois apr?s le lancement du concours, T?l?film Canada a annonc? aujourd’hui que MindHabits Inc. remporte le Grand concours du jeu vid?o canadien, auquel 69 concepteurs de jeux canadiens ind?pendants ont particip?. MindHabits recevra jusqu’? 500 000 $ de T?l?film, somme? laquelle s’ajouteront des fonds priv?s correspondants, pour un montant total maximum de 1 million de dollars qui servira? la commercialisation de son jeu, MindHabits Trainer.

Le gagnant du concours a?t? annonc? par Wayne Clarkson, directeur g?n?ral de T?l?film Canada, lors du gala d’ouverture du VIDFEST– le plus important festival annuel de la cr?ation num?rique au Canada.

? Les cr?ateurs de jeux vid?o les plus talentueux du Canada ont particip? au Grand concours du jeu vid?o canadien, le tout premier du genre au Canada, a d?clar? Clarkson. La concurrence?tait serr?e, mais c’est MindHabits qui s’est le mieux d?marqu? par sa cr?ativit? et son innovation, des crit?res recherch?s par notre distingu? jury compos? de membres de l’industrie.?

Le Concours s’est d?roul? en trois?tapes qui refl?taient le financement traditionnel au sein de l’industrie. En janvier 2007, un jury compos? de repr?sentants de l’industrie a choisi dix soci?t?s qui sont pass?es? l’?tape I (Innovation). Chacune a re?u une aide financi?re de 50 000 $ afin de d?finir le concept de son jeu, d?velopper une identit? visuelle et?laborer un plan de financement faisant appel aux investissements de base du secteur priv?. En mars 2007, quatre de ces dix entreprises ont atteint l’?tape 2 (D?veloppement de projet). Les quatre finalistes?taient :

    <*>Big Blue Bubble de London, Ontario, pour son jeu Hobby Shop con?u pour la Wii de Nintendo <*>Cerebral Vortex Games de St. Catharines, Ontario, pour son jeu Ambush! Trivia con?u pour PC/Mobile/Xbox LiveArcade <*>MindHabits Inc. de Montr?al, Qu?bec, pour son jeu pour console portable MindHabits Trainer <*>Hothead Games Inc. de Vancouver, Colombie-Britannique, pour son jeu pour PC SWARM!

Les projets gagnants ont?t??valu?s par un jury compos? de membres chevronn?s de l’industrie, soit Rory Armes, premier vice-pr?sident et directeur g?n?ral du groupe Electronic Arts Black Box et Electronic Arts Montr?al; Yannis Mallat, pr?sident-directeur g?n?ral, Ubisoft Montr?al; Ron Moravek, vice-pr?sident et chef de l’exploitation, Electronic Arts Canada et Kelly Zmak, pr?sident, Radical Entertainment (Vivendi Universal Games Canada).

On a?galement d?voil? aujourd’hui le nom du gagnant du Prix du public, SWARM! par Hothead Games Inc., choisi par des adeptes du jeu vid?o de partout au pays, qui ont vot? pour leur projet favori sur le site Web du Festival Arcadia, au www.playarcadia.com. Le Prix du public s’est d?roul? en parall?le avec Le Grand concours du jeu vid?o canadien, mais les r?sultats n’ont eu aucune incidence sur le choix du gagnant officiel du Concours.

D’ajouter le pr?sident du Festival Arcadia, Fran?ois D?carie :? Beaucoup de mordus du jeu canadiens ont vot? pour le gagnant du Prix du public. Les jeux vid?o repr?sentent pour les jeunes le contenu culturel le plus important, et nous sommes fiers de mettre en valeur et de c?l?brer le talent des cr?ateurs canadiens qui produisent leurs propres histoires.?

? propos du Grand concours du jeu vid?o canadien

T?l?film Canada et le minist?re du Patrimoine canadien, le Fonds des nouveaux m?dias du Canada, ainsi que les soci?t?s commanditaires Electronic Arts, Radical Entertainment et Ubisoft, ont rendu possible la tenue de ce concours. Les commanditaires d’?v?nements sont BC Film, Electronic Arts, New Media BC, New Media Business Alliance, la Soci?t? de d?veloppement de l’industrie des m?dias de l’Ontario et PricewaterhouseCoopers. Les commanditaires m?dias sont Electric Playground et G4Tech TV.

Le Grand concours du jeu vid?o canadien offre aux concepteurs de jeux canadiens une occasion fort bienvenue de d?velopper leurs capacit?s et leur propri?t? intellectuelle originale. Cr?? avec la collaboration et le soutien de l’industrie, le concours refl?te les?tapes traditionnelles de financement au sein de l’industrie : Innovation (?tape 1); D?veloppement de projet (?tape 2) et Commercialisation (?tape 3). Pour de plus amples renseignements, allez au www.telefilm.gc.ca/game

? propos du Festival Arcadia

Premier et unique?v?nement public consacr?? la culture du jeu vid?o au Canada, le Festival Arcadia vise? rassembler un grand nombre de joueurs exp?riment?s et d?butants afin qu’ils d?couvrent l’univers fantastique des jeux vid?o. Arcadia est une occasion pour les cr?ateurs, organismes et individus issus de tous les milieux de travailler et de jouer c?te? c?te, tout en partageant un int?r?t commun pour le m?dium et ses possibilit?s de d?veloppement quasi infinies dans un avenir relativement rapproch?. La 3e?dition du Festival ARCADIA se tiendra? Montr?al du 9 au 11 novembre 2007, alors que Toronto accueillera sa premi?re?dition du 16 au 18 novembre 2007.

? propos du VIDFEST

Pr?sent? par New Media BC, le Vancouver International Digital Festival (VIDFEST) est le plus important festival annuel de la cr?ation num?rique au Canada. Le VIDFEST 2007, qui a lieu du 22 au 25 septembre, donne le coup d’envoi au Festival international du film de Vancouver (VIFF), attirant des chefs de file mondiaux de l’industrie du multim?dia, incluant l’animation, les jeux, le Web 2.0, les applications mobiles et interactives, et offrant un tremplin aux plus brillants cr?ateurs de contenu num?rique de Vancouver. Les commanditaires du Festival 2007 sont : T?l?film Canada, British Columbia Film et le minist?re du Patrimoine canadien. Pour de plus amples renseignements, allez au www.vidfest.com

T?l?film : pour le d?veloppement et la promotion de l’industrie audiovisuelle canadienne

T?l?film Canada est un organisme culturel f?d?ral vou? au d?veloppement et? la promotion de l’industrie audiovisuelle canadienne. T?l?film offre un soutien financier au secteur priv? pour cr?er des produits distinctement canadiens qui plaisent? un auditoire national et international. La Soci?t? administre aussi les programmes de financement du Fonds canadien de t?l?vision.

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Renseignements pour les m?dias :

Paul Welsh, relations avec les m?dias - concours

(604) 623-3007 (poste 223), paul.welsh@karyo-edelman.com

Jeanine Basile, directrice d?l?gu?e, communications op?rationnelles, T?l?film Canada

(514) 283-6363 ou 1-800-567-0890, basilej@telefilm.gc.ca

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