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Isle of Media Champions Isle of Man Film Festival

Isle of Man Film Festival LogoIts been announced today that Isle of Media will be the headline sponsor and lead partner of the Isle of Man Film Festival.

The international reputation of Isle of Man Film Festival has grown steadily since it began in 2012, and over the years it has received plaudits from many high-profile figures in the industry, including screenwriter and director Amma Asante MBE, and actor Sir John Hurt CBE.

Michael Wilson, CEO, Isle of Media, said: “Isle of Media is delighted to be supporting the Isle of Man Film Festival. We hope this will be a long-standing partnership aimed at promoting the Isle of Man as a centre for creative excellence. A strong and growing film festival is the perfect catalyst to attract producers and creative businesses to locate on our vibrant Island.”

The Isle of Man Film Festival aims to create inspiring events for Manx film fans, showcase the considerable talents of both local and international filmmakers, and promote the many advantages that the Isle of Man offers  as a movie location.

Festival organiser Dave Armstrong commented: “We’re delighted to have the support of our founding partner, Isle of Man Arts Council, and lead partner, Isle of Media, and all of the other organisations and individuals who support the event. In particular, we must thank Mark Kermode for his loyal support over many years – his status within the film industry has been a great help in raising the profile of our festival.”

Mark Kermode, the UK’s leading movie critic, will present an evening of movie and music magic at the Isle of Man Film Festival which takes place in September.

Isle of Man Film Festival - Mark Kermode and John Rhys Davis

The Observer columnist and BBC movie critic, who is also Patron of Isle of Man Film Festival, will present the ‘Evening of Movie and Music Magic’ event at the Gaiety Theatre on Saturday September 8th.

He said: “Coming to the Isle of Man is an important part of the filmmaking process. It’s a destination for discovering films, talking about films, meeting other filmmakers – that’s really important and it is extraordinary what’s happening here.”

The festival runs from September 5th to 9th.

The opening night event is at the Peel Centenary Centre and features a screening of the award-winning ‘Stronger Than Bullets’ followed by a Q&A session with Los Angeles-based director Matt Millan, and Libyan hip-hop artist and dissident, Malik L. Other festival highlights include an exclusive 4K screening of 2001: a space odyssey at The Broadway Cinema on September 7th to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Stanley Kubrick’s sci-fi epic. On September 8th there are filmmaking workshops.

Digital Media Networking Lunch

Our first Isle of Man lunch networking event for the Manx digital media industry of was held at the The Ticket Hall in Douglas. We were over-joyed at the amount of people that were able to attend our lunch event. Thank you all for taking the time to attend, we hope you enjoyed the event and made some new connections, as well as seeing people already in your network.

We’d love your feedback to make future events as suitable for the industry as we can:

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If you and/or your business is interested in sponsoring one of our local networking events, please do get in touch: info@18.130.28.237

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Why Digital Media Entrepreneurs Call the Isle of Man Home

From the roaring TT Race to the tranquility of its scenic coastline, highlands and hidden glens, the Isle of Man combines its strengths in location and lifestyle with offshore finance, digital technologies and its creative industries.

Meet Isle of Media’s CEO Michael Wilson and Zoe Guilford from the Isle of Man Government at the International Business Festival, also known as the Business Fest, in Liverpool on the 27th June to discuss how we can help your next Digital Media venture.

Speakers Michael and Zoe at International Business Festival 2018

As a world leading finance hub the Isle of Man offers a plethora of financial support and advice. The Department for Enterprise supports Media businesses with a dedicated Digital Media Fund for the co-financing of content related ventures. A fifty million Enterprise Development Fund provides co-investments in new businesses. Grants are available for eligible capital expenditure and global marketing spend.

Numerous Business Angels, Family Offices, High Net Worth Individuals can provide equity. Banks and corporates are engaged to support entrepreneurship on the Island, and can provide growth capital for the next step. And if you go big, you might consider an innovative listing at The International Stock Exchange TISE, like TISE has been chosen to issue a €1.3 billion high yield bond from Netflix, or you prepare an ICO.

The Isle of Media is the national development agency for the thriving Isle of Man broadcast, video, film, eSports and digital media sector. Set up as a not-for-profit Public Private Partnership with Government to drive inward investment in Digital Media and foster the indigenous industry and talent, we provide pro-bono advice to develop your next media venture.

Meet with Europe’s unique Offshore media cluster on Wednesday the 27th June at the IBF, Business Fest, in Liverpool. Michael Wilson and Zoe Guilford will be on stage of the ‘Knowledge Hub’ at 11:50 am for Man Up – the entrepreneur’s quick guide to business on the Isle of Man.

Isle of Media at the International Business Festival 2018 Programme

VR Experience comes to the Isle of Man

This TT at the Colonnade Suite, Villa Marina, Isle of Man experience a different type of thrilling action, one you don’t need to be on a motorbike for. Travel around the world with the amazing Virtual Reality experience brought to you by Wild Immersion!

Using the latest technology you will be placed in thrilling 360° experiences through virtual reality (VR) headsets and immersive places, as if you are being transported and plunged into a nature action film.

The spectator experiences the feeling of being in the middle of the wilderness, discovering mind-blowing situations, like it would happen in real life. The Wild Immersion Company is committed to explore and protect our planet’s living spaces and environment. It’s mission is to be eco-friendly, ethical and educational.

Dates: It’s running from Thursday 31st May until Friday 8th June.

Cost: It is £5 per ticket, for a 10 minute viewing experience – due to demand please pay at the door. The ticket price also includes a contribution to finance a better world for wildlife.

Isle of Media is Delighted to be Partnering with Animation Company, Halcyone Studios

The first joint venture for Isle of Media and Halcyone Studios was co-hosting a banquet reception in China. The event took place in Shanghai and was attended by leading figures from Shanghai Media Group, China Telecom, Education, Medical and the Chinese authorities.

Halcyone Studios in China with Isle of Media

The CEO of Halcyone Studios, Rachel Giles says:

“Our team had a busy and successful time in China. We are working hard on an animation education project – which is being produced in both the Isle of Man and China – with our long standing Chinese partners. This visit and the reception helped to build bridges and push the project many steps forward.”

The series being made on the island by Halcyone Studios will be its first animation and educational series for pre-school children. The new series is the brainchild of multi Bafta and Emmy award winner, Jean Flynn. Over their 40 years in the industry, the world class team assembled at Halcyone Studios has been honoured with a string of awards.

The teams unique heritage and history is easily recognizable to many, due to their past projects of children’s classics, such as Danger Mouse, Count Duckula, BFG, Noddy, Andy Pandy, Chuggington, Postman Pat, Pip Ahoy! and The Wind in the Willows.

Michael Wilson, CEO of Isle of Media, is looking forward to a bright future with Halcyone Studios:

“We have many great partnerships in Europe and North America. To support a reception in China made perfect sense in pushing the strengths the Isle of Man has as a location for media and creative businesses. We are delighted to partner with Rachel and her team in this exciting venture.”

Halcyone Studios is looking forward to becoming a center of excellence for training and programme making. The studio aims to be offering and advertising full time roles in the near future.

 

 

Northern Media Summit 2018

In May 2018 we held two events within the Northern Powerhouse to showcase the creativity, innovation and sheer brilliance of the Digital Media sector in the North. As highlighted in Nesta’s Creative Nation, creative capitals should work together to grow their creative industries. We were there representing the Isle of Man Digital Media Industry.

We showcased some of the brightest projects based in the North but operating worldwide, or at the start of their journey. Together with Barclays Bank and NorthInvest we aimed to make more noise for the Digital Media sector to be a core stream for the Northern Powerhouse. Over two days, we saw this sector was very much flourishing, bringing bring increased investment, jobs and skills to the North. We thank all the speakers and exhibitors that shared their high tech, highly exciting media projects.

Speakers

The City Talking

Lee Hicken 
CEO
Lee is driven with a mission ‘to offer a deeper understanding of cities and city life’. The City Talking is a media brand. Driven by a talented and creative team who make films, newspapers and digital content, its presence has spread from Leeds to Manchester, Liverpool, Sheffield, York, London and Taipei. Latest projects include partnerships with BBC, Sky, First Direct and Tech North.

Elmwood

Sarah Dear
Managing Partner

Sarah has over 20 years’ experience in creating effective brands for Retailers and FMCG owners around the world. She helps run Elmwood the world’s most effective brand design and brand experience consultancy. Working with ambitious brands that want to outrun the pace of change propelled through the power of design.

Kinicho

Garry Haywood
CEO 

Gary Haywood has supreme knowledge about immersive tech and VR. He is CEO of Liverpool-based 3D audio company Kinicho, which is developing a new approach to delivering 3D audio for use in VR and other immersive applications and is an ‘Innovation 2016 Showcase Business’.

Production Park

Shannon Harvey
Director of Technology

Shannon Harvey has a decade of experience in developing products and projects for entertainment, installation and architectural visual experiences. Production Park is a community of studios, businesses and educational facilities. Working together to create live events technology, produce live experiences and share live industry best practice.

Apadmi

Marcus Hadfield
Chief Strategy Officer

With over twenty years experience in digital and brand marketing, he’s delivered award-winning campaigns across every discipline and most sectors. Most of his career has been spent in advertising agencies, most recently as a Managing Partner at McCann Manchester. In 2017, he jumped into the tech world to help businesses get more out the increasingly close relationships people have with their devices. His question stays the same – why will customers care?

As well as working with clients such as Argos, BBC, United Utilities, Which? and Co-op, Marcus is part of the leadership team of Apadmi Ventures – the investment side of the business that works with highly scalable tech start-ups and their investors.

Superla.tv

Rosie Summers
Freelance VR Developer

Rosie is an artist and animator embracing immersive mediums to explore and tell stories in a completely new form. She has a wealth of experience with VR, producing multiple experiences for the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and Google Cardboard, and as a VR artist, quickly creating powerful 3D immersive worlds. She has worked with multiple studios around the Leeds area and recently curated the VR zone at Leeds Young Film Festival.

Immersive Storylab

Pete Woodbridge
Director
Peter Woodbridge is a creative producer, technologist and academic currently working on projects in augmented reality and mixed reality. He is a director at the Immersive Storylab, a start-up exploring new forms of storytelling and UX design within spatial computing and digital placemaking projects. He also co-runs Immersive Liverpool and lectures at Manchester School of Art and Liverpool Screen School.

If you have any questions for us, please do feel free to get in touch via any of our social media channels. Alternatively, we’d be happy to hear from you on info@18.130.28.237 or info@northinvest.co.uk. Whatever your query, we’d love to help you out.

 

Northern Media Summit 2018 – Speakers Announced

Speakers Announced for Northern Media Summit

Barclays Bank, NorthInvest and Isle of Media have come together to hold two events to showcase the creativity, innovation and sheer brilliance of the Digital Media sector in the North. As highlighted in Nesta’s Creative Nation, creative capitals should work together to grow their creative industries.Updated Speakers -Isle of Media - Media Summit 2018

With debate around the move of Channel 4 out of London, and the success of Salford as a media hub, media, digital innovation and content creation are all areas where we as a region and its entrepreneurs excel.

We aim to make more noise, and petition for Digital Media to be a core stream for the Northern Powerhouse, to bring increased investment, jobs and skills to the North, by hosting key speakers and exhibitors to share their latest exciting media projects.

Please join us for this curation of all things Digital Media, celebrating the combined growth together as creative neighbours within Northern landscape.

The speakers are from the following companies located across the Northern Powerhouse, and we couldn’t me more excited to hear them speak!

 

The City Talking

Lee Hicken 
CEO
Lee is driven with a mission ‘to offer a deeper understanding of cities and city life’. The City Talking is a media brand. Driven by a talented and creative team who make films, newspapers and digital content, its presence has spread from Leeds to Manchester, Liverpool, Sheffield, York, London and Taipei. Latest projects include partnerships with BBC, Sky, First Direct and Tech North.

Elmwood

Sarah Dear
Managing Partner

Sarah has over 20 years’ experience in creating effective brands for Retailers and FMCG owners around the world. She helps run Elmwood the world’s most effective brand design and brand experience consultancy. Working with ambitious brands that want to outrun the pace of change propelled through the power of design.

Kinicho

Garry Haywood
CEO 

Gary Haywood has supreme knowledge about immersive tech and VR. He is CEO of Liverpool-based 3D audio company Kinicho, which is developing a new approach to delivering 3D audio for use in VR and other immersive applications and is an ‘Innovation 2016 Showcase Business’.

Production Park

Shannon Harvey
Director of Technology

Shannon Harvey has a decade of experience in developing products and projects for entertainment, installation and architectural visual experiences. Production Park is a community of studios, businesses and educational facilities. Working together to create live events technology, produce live experiences and share live industry best practice.

Apadmi

Marcus Hadfield
Chief Strategy Officer

With over twenty years experience in digital and brand marketing, he’s delivered award-winning campaigns across every discipline and most sectors. Most of his career has been spent in advertising agencies, most recently as a Managing Partner at McCann Manchester. In 2017, he jumped into the tech world to help businesses get more out the increasingly close relationships people have with their devices. His question stays the same – why will customers care?

As well as working with clients such as Argos, BBC, United Utilities, Which? and Co-op, Marcus is part of the leadership team of Apadmi Ventures – the investment side of the business that works with highly scalable tech start-ups and their investors.

Superla.tv

Rosie Summers
Freelance VR Developer

Rosie is an artist and animator embracing immersive mediums to explore and tell stories in a completely new form. She has a wealth of experience with VR, producing multiple experiences for the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and Google Cardboard, and as a VR artist, quickly creating powerful 3D immersive worlds. She has worked with multiple studios around the Leeds area and recently curated the VR zone at Leeds Young Film Festival.

Immersive Storylab

Pete Woodbridge
Director
Peter Woodbridge is a creative producer, technologist and academic currently working on projects in augmented reality and mixed reality. He is a director at the Immersive Storylab, a start-up exploring new forms of storytelling and UX design within spatial computing and digital placemaking projects. He also co-runs Immersive Liverpool and lectures at Manchester School of Art and Liverpool Screen School.

 

Northern Media Summit 2018 - Isle of MediaIf you would like to attend the Leeds event on the 1st May, please register here.

If you would like to attend the Manchester event on the 2nd May, please register here.

If you have any questions for us, please do feel free to get in touch via any of our social media channels. Alternatively, we’d be happy to hear from you on info@18.130.28.237 or info@northinvest.co.uk. Whatever your query, we’d love to help you out.

 

Isle of Media Sponsors Celtic Media Festival 2018

Isle of Media sponsors Celtic Media Festival 2018

Isle of Media is delighted to have signed to be an event sponsor of the Celtic Media Festival 2018 to be held in Wales next month.

The Celtic Media Festival 2017 drew 650 media industry professionals from all around the Celtic nations to the Villa Marina. Last year saw Douglas, Isle of Man, become host city for the first time in the Celtic Media Festival’s 39 year history,  following on in 2018 the Isle of Man, via Isle of Media, indents to make a long-term commitment to the celebration of all things creative in the broadcast sector in the Celtic nations.

Catriona Logan, Festival Director, said:

“ After the success of Celtic Media Festival in Douglas in 2017, and the fantastic work that Isle of Media is doing on the Isle of Man, the continued partnership between Celtic Media Festival and Isle of Media feels like a natural fit. We’re delighted to welcome the Isle of Media as one of our sponsors and look forward to working closely with them, and the creative sector on the Island.”

Michael Wilson, CEO of Isle of Media, said:

“We are delighted to partner with the Celtic Media Festival. A perfect platform to showcase the sector as we grow the creative and broadcast industries on the Isle of Man.”

The Celtic Media Festival is an annual 3 day event that promotes the languages and cultures of the Celtic Nations and Regions in media. It combines a major conference of seminars and master classes with presentation of coveted prizes in an international competition across all the main content genres in TV, radio, film and digital media.

If you would like to sign up as a delegate for this year’s festival, you can do so here: http://www.celticmediafestival.co.uk/delegate-registration

Below Catriona Logan speaks to Paul Mouton, from MTTV, at the Celtic Media Festival 2017:

 

Northern Media Summit – Leeds and Manchester 2018

Breaking New Ground – How is the North, including the Isle of Man, defining the future of Digital Media?

Barclays Bank, NorthInvest and Isle of Media have come together to hold two events to showcase the creativity, innovation and sheer brilliance of the Digital Media sector in the North. As highlighted in Nesta’s Creative Nation, creative capitals should work together to grow their creative industries.

With debate around the move of Channel 4 out of London, and the success of Salford as a media hub, media, digital innovation and content creation are all areas where we as a region and its entrepreneurs excel.

We aim to make more noise, and petition for Digital Media to be a core stream for the Northern Powerhouse, to bring increased investment, jobs and skills to the North, by hosting key speakers and exhibitors to share their latest exciting media projects.

Please join us for this curation of all things Digital Media, celebrating the combined growth together as creative neighbours within Northern landscape.

Northern Media Summit 2018 - Isle of MediaIf you would like to attend the Leeds event on the 1st May, please register here.

If you would like to attend the Manchester event on the 2nd May, please register here.

If you have any questions for us, please do feel free to get in touch via any of our social media channels. Alternatively, we’d be happy to hear from you on info@18.130.28.237 or info@northinvest.co.uk. Whatever your query, we’d love to help you out.

 

From Mann to Cannes: MIPTV 2018

Another lovely evening spent in Cannes for our MIPTV 2018 party this year.  After a successful duo of MIP events in 2017, we were really looking forward to hosting our third MIP private evening reception on for the digital and creative media MIPTV attendees.

For some it was a chance to speak to Isle of Man Government representatives and the team at Isle of Media for the first time, and for others it was an opportunity to continue ongoing conversations. We had long standing Isle of Man based businesses Duke Video and Greenlight Television in attendance, along with newer Isle of Man company Formatzone Isle of Man. It was fantastic to see the Isle of Man so well represented at MIPTV yet again, in fact Jon Quayle, from Greenlight International, celebrated his 30th year at MIP.

Despite the fact there were a few showers throughout the day in Cannes, we managed to order in the sunshine for our guests on arrival and had canapes on the terrace next to the pool, with some heading indoors when the showers made a brief return. We were lucky to be able to host indoors or outdoors, depending on the weather, with canapes, BBQ food and refreshments in beautiful surroundings at the villa, Les Roses Blanches.

Isle of Media Event at MIPTV2018

This event was of particular interest to companies looking to set up a brand new digital media venture, or locate a new part of an existing business due to expansion in to new territories. If you were not available to attend the reception, or would like to discuss opportunities offered by the Isle of Man please feel free to get in touch.

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