I'm extremely flattered to have been nominated for the "Emerging Talent Award" presented by Canada's Youth Media Alliance this year.
Press release from the Youth Media Alliance below:
ANDRA SHEFFER & MIKE GEIGER WILL RECEIVE SPECIAL PRIZES
& NEW HOST ANNOUNCED!
The Youth Media Alliance (YMA) is proud to give its Outstanding Achievement Award to Andra Sheffer and its Emerging Talent Award to Mike Geiger. These distinguished professionals will be honoured at a gala to be held on May 27th at the CBC Glenn Gould Studio, in Toronto.
Outstanding Achievement Award
Andra Sheffer is the CEO of two private funds supporting the Canadian digital media, television and film industries: the Independent Production Fund which invests in drama series created for digital platforms; and the COGECO Program Development Fund for the development and production of television drama. She was the founding Executive Director of the Bell Fund (1997-2014) which supports interactive digital media projects associated with Canadian television programs. Previously, she was the founding Executive Director of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television producing the annual Genie and Gemini Awards (now the Canadian Screen Awards). She lectures on the business of television and digital media and is the editor of publications about the business of TV and digital media production: New Media, New Business: The Producer’s Guide (2001), Create a Winning Proposal – the Handbook for New Media Producers (1999) and the co-editor of MAKING IT: The business of film and television production in Canada (1986 & 1995). Andra also served as Managing Director of the Toronto International Film Festival, with the federal government as a Certification Officer setting up the original CAVCO office (and Canadian content “point” system), and at the Film Festivals Bureau promoting Canadian films internationally.
Emerging Talent Award
Mike Geiger has worked in broadcast animation for over a decade in roles ranging from animator to director. He has also produced various independent work which has been screened at more than 30 animation and comedy festivals worldwide, including a tour with the Spike and Mike's festival of animation. He most recently took home 3 awards for his animated web series "Super Duper Super Hero”, and his self-released interactive story app "I Feel Super" hit #1 in the Books category on iTunes Canada, spending 30 days on the "Best new apps for kids" front page. Mike is currently a creative consultant on his series "Winston Steinburger and Sir Dudley Ding Dong" set to air on Teletoon and ABC Australia.
The Super Duper Super Hero had a great little write up on the Web Series Mag this week.
While it is in French, I'm pasting the Google translated broken English version below:
It feels like a long time (at least ten days) that I did not suggest you to do cartoons on the web. So hop! It's Thursday, it must be good for another twenty hours or a little more and the best way to anesthetize the pain it is to do a little cartoon of two coffee breaks. I've got you and I for all ills. However, today, I have not for everyone because this selection is English.
Let's start with the "classic". Super Duper Super Hero (Geiger Mike) I should even say "the academic" as the graphic draws the vein studios UPA 1960 Even my scripts regain absurd how these cartoons where licensed zeros always won at the end by making us laugh. This is Canadian, there are only four small episodes, but they are real small pearls of happiness. And when you are on the site of this great leader, look in the "web series" tab to see the other cartoon Ghost Country.
I'm excited to learn I FEEL SUPER was chosen to be a part of the 2015 TIFF Kids APPcade in Toronto this Spring.
The TIFF Kids APPcade offers kids the opportunity to explore a range of games, creative tools and storytelling activities on the latest mobile and tablet devices. Curated specifically with diverse age ranges in mind, these apps help kids develop important skills linked to math, science, and reading and writing, and enhance digital learning skills key to successful 21st-century learning. The featured apps in the
TIFF Kids APPcade are selected by TIFF Kids with the assistance of the 2015 TIFF Kids digiPlaySpace APPvisory Committee, a panel of experts specializing in children's media, education and the interactive industry.
More on the show below:
TIFF Kids APPcade