Bell Fund Sponsors International Digital Emmy® Awards and Celebrates Canada’s Nominees

Toronto, February 21, 2013 – Canada has received three nominations from amongst 12 projects representing 10 countries nominated for this year’s International Digital Emmy® Awards.  The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences today announced that Guidestones (, produced by iThentic and 3 o’ and Temps Mort 3 (, produced by Productions Babel have received nominations in the category of Digital Program: Fiction. In addition, the Bell Fund supported co-production Dirtgirlworld – dig it all! ( was nominated in Digital Program: Children & Young People and was produced by Australia’s mememe productions and Canada’s dirtgirlworld productions (DHX Media).

The Bell Fund is also pleased to announce its new sponsorship of the 2013 Digital Emmy® Awards and the awards ceremony to be held during MIPTV’s Opening night activities on Monday, April 8, in Cannes, France.  More than 200 international executives across all sectors of the mobile, entertainment and internet industries are expected to attend.

All of the 12 nominated programs will be showcased at MIPCube during a special session, also sponsored by the Bell Fund, giving MIPTV participants a chance to see the best in digital media and meet the nominees.

“As high-caliber digital media matures internationally, it is great to see Canada continuing its leadership trajectory,” said Catherine Warren, Bell Fund board member and president of FanTrust Entertainment Strategies.  “The Digital Emmy® Awards in Cannes celebrate the best interactive programs in a perfect mash-up of high glamour and diligent judging, making this the key annual gathering that unites our largely virtual profession,” said Warren, who is also a member of the International Academy and will moderate this joint MIPCube session.

The Bell Fund congratulates all of the 2013 Digital Emmy® Award nominees from around the world.

guidestones GuidestonesInspired by true events, Guidestones is the story of two journalism students who uncover a global conspiracy while investigating an unsolved murder.

Sandy Rai (Supinder Wraich) is an exchange student from India, studying journalism at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. While working on a photojournalism assignment with fellow student Trevor Shale (Dan Fox), they’re led to the Georgia Guidestones, an enigmatic monument located in a farmer’s field in Elbert County, Georgia. Made of granite and 20 feet tall, the structure is inscribed with 10 guidelines for rebuilding civilization after the apocalypse.

The story they uncover exposes a hidden cabal involving some of the world’s most powerful people and their plans for the destruction and reconstruction of modern global civilization.

Director: Jay Ferguson

Producers: Jonas Diamond, Jay Ferguson



Temps mort 3

Temps mort  – Saison 3 – La communautéOn September 13th 2013, a cataclysm occurs. The power is out and snow starts falling on Montreal. 255 days later, all is frozen and most people have died of cold. After weeks on the road, Joel and Chloe find a community of survivors. However, something way more dangerous than the cold awaits them: human behavior under extreme conditions.


Director: Éric Piccoli

Producer: Marco Frascarelli



Dirt Girl World Dirtgirlworld – dig it all! Dirtgirlworld dig it all provides an intuitive and explorative virtual garden where pre-schoolers can play games and share with others.


About the Bell Fund (

BellFund-logo-sqThe Bell Fund provides grants to Canadian independent producers who develop and produce excellent cross-platform digital content designed to complement and enhance associated television programs. It has invested $120 M in the production of 1200 cross-platform projects since 1997. The Bell Fund also undertakes training, research, business development and promotion for the digital media industry. The Bell Fund receives annual contributions of approximately $14 M from Canada’s Bell TV as part of its broadcast distribution undertaking (BDU) contributions to the industry. In addition, the Bell Fund receives interest generated by a $10M endowment and contributions from Aliant. The Bell Fund is incorporated as a not-for-profit organization, governed by an independent Board of Directors representing various sectors of the television and new media industry.

About the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

PrintThe International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is a membership based organization comprised of leading media and entertainment figures from over 50 countries and 500 companies from all sectors of television including internet, mobile and technology. The Academy’s yearly schedule of events includes the prestigious International Emmy® Awards Ceremony held in New York, The International Digital Emmy® Awards at MIPTV and a series of industry events such as Academy Day, The International Emmy® World Television Festival and Panels on substantive industry topics. The Academy was chartered with a mission to recognize excellence in television produced outside of the United States and it presents International Emmy® Awards in the following twenty categories: Arts Programming; Best Performance by an Actress; Best Performance by an Actor; Current Affairs; Comedy; Documentary; Drama Series; News; Non-Scripted Entertainment; Telenovela; TV Movie/Mini-Series; Digital Program: Children & Young People; Digital Program: Fiction; Digital Program: Non-Fiction; Kids: Preschool; Kids: Animation; Kids: Factual; Kids: Non-Scripted Entertainment; Kids: Series; Kids: TV Movie/Mini-Series. For more information, go to


miptv2013Founded in 1963, MIPTV is the annual international market and creative forum for content on every screen. It brings professionals from the global TV and online content industry to Cannes, France, for four days of exhibition, conferences, screenings and networking. It is a key market for buying and selling content and early-stage content development. MIPCube constitutes a special programme exploring tech and creative approaches with the community re-inventing the content experience within MIPTV. The weekend prior to MIPTV, MIPDoc and MIPFormats constitute a two-day showcase for non-fiction and unscripted programming. In 2013, MIPTV celebrates its 50th anniversary.


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For further info:
Andra Sheffer
Executive Director
416 977 8154
Claire Dion
Associate Director
514 845 4418