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Ontario Companies Win At Academy Awards

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Ontario Companies Win At Academy Awards

Achievements In Film Honoured With Scientific And Technical Awards

Ontario's innovative film industry is being recognized internationally, with two Ontario teams presented with awards at the annual Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Scientific and Technical Awards presentation held February 11, 2012.

Andrew Clinton and Mark Elendt of Toronto-based Side Effects Software won the Technical Achievement Award for their software that improves rendering of digital special effects such as smoke and clouds.  The Ontario-made software has been used in a number of recent blockbusters, including Transformers: Dark of the Moon and Puss in Boots.

Michael Lewis, Michael Vellekoop, Raigo Alas and Greg Marsden of Hamilton-based PV Labs received a Scientific and Engineering Award for the development of a camera mount that provides more stable images when filming scenes from a helicopter.  The technology has already been used in several Hollywood blockbusters, including The Hangover 2, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn and the upcoming The Dark Knight Rises.

Supporting made-in-Ontario technology is part of the McGuinty government's plan to strengthen the economy and create more jobs for Ontario families.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario's film and television industry supports nearly 30,000 jobs and contributed $1.26 billion to Ontario's economy in 2011, an increase of 31 per cent over 2010.
  • Ontario's tax credits to support the film and television industry are valued at $290 million annually.

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“Congratulations to Side Effects Software and PV Labs on their Academy Awards. The McGuinty government is committed to supporting the province's innovative film and television industry. Our industry tax credits, combined with our creative and talented workforce will ensure that we continue to create good jobs and build a stronger economy.”

Brad Duguid

Minister of Economic Development and Innovation

“Ontario is home to world-class talent that entertains and engages audiences around the world. Our government is proud to support Ontario's film and television industry and help transform creativity into jobs for the province.”

Michael Chan

Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

“Ontario is home to the third largest film industry in North America. As a company, we've benefited from the exceptional talent coming out of Ontario's universities and colleges, and the tremendous government support for the industry.”

Kim Davidson

Co-Founder, President and CEO, Side Effects Software

“The use of R&D tax credits has been vitally important for developing our technology. In addition, we take advantage of the Cooperative Education Tax Credit, an incentive that allows us to hire and train students with financial help from the government.”

Ty Shattuck

President and CEO, PV Labs

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