12 BC Companies Receive Interactive Fund Boosts

The following information is excerpted from a press release issued by Creative BC.

The BC Arts Council and Creative BC announced April 5 the recipients of the latest round of funding through their Interactive Fund partnership. This juried grant will deliver $572,000 to 12 successful BC companies that will leverage the funds for development of their original, creative, interactive digital media and software applications.

“British Columbia’s digital media sector is growing, thanks to the hard work of the approximately 16,000 people working in areas like video games, visual effects, software development, and animation," says the Honourable Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism, and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour. "The Interactive Fund is a great example of how innovation in the creative sector is opening the door for new opportunities, and I look forward to seeing the unique and creative projects that these successful recipients design.”

The following individuals are this year’s successful recipients, and each will receive a grant of up to $50,000 for the development of their submitted projects:

  1. Agents of Discovery, Kelowna ($50,000)
    Discovery Agents Portal is a move-to-learn mobile game that teaches kids about the natural world through interactive experiences.
  2. Electric Company Theatre, Vancouver ($35,000)
    A suite of five virtual reality shorts by Electric Company Theatre as part of its new film/theatre hybrid production, A Good Death. Enter the story from behind the eyes of the characters.     
  3. Hololabs Studio Inc, Victoria ($50,000)
    Wollstonecraft Detective Agency Online: Wollstonecraft.com is the portal to a girl-powered adventure series featuring Ada Lovelace and Mary Shelley in books, games, puzzles and more. 
  4. Luminawesome Games Ltd., Vancouver ($50,000)
    Lumote: A tough, beautiful, glow-in-the-dark puzzle platform.    
  5. Mashup Machine Inc., Vancouver ($50,000)
    Whatever!: Films re-imagined as an interactive create-your-own-story game for the Snapchat generation. Follow the narrative, or create and share your own.
  6. Monkey C Interactive, Victoria ($37,000)
    Sonic LED Tiles area modular, multi-user interactive system of illuminated playable tiles that allow users to create music and play games.
  7. Paisley Smith, Vancouver ($50,000)
    Unceded Territory VR: Lawrence P. Yuxweluptun and director Paisley Smith take you to a colourful, bold, interactive art world in virtual reality.        
  8. PWRFL, Vancouver ($50,000)
    Lightwork empowers artists to think outside the grid with their LED creations. It's a public installation, a free software framework and an education platform.      
  9. Stephanie Khoury, Victoria ($50,000)  
    Mubric is a touch-based interactive listening system that uses real-time feedback and gamification to learn music.         
  10. The Goggles, Vancouver ($50,000)
    Chasing The Sun is an immersive online story about climate change, the Arctic, and how an uncertain future arrives here first.    
  11. The Mindful Garden, Vancouver ($50,000)
    The Mindful Garden software/hardware platform supports positive health outcomes for patients with dementia/delirium.
  12. Voxiter Technologies Inc., Vancouver ($50,000)
    Signl.fm is the world’s first transcript-enabled podcast player for easy sharing and accessibility.

For more information on the Interactive Fund, visit Creative BC’s website at creativebc.com.

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