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Innovative & Interactive

  • NIFCO (Red House) 40 Kings Road St. John's, NL, A1C 1N7 Canada (map)

Digital and new media has expanded and evolved how and why we share stories. From how we talk about and build games, branded content, to interactive art work, learn more about the unique development tools, marketing, and audience reach strategies of the digital media environment. Featuring Vali Fugulin (NFB/Interactive, I Love Potatoes),  Julie Lewis (Sassy Tuna/Art Sharks) and Gina Hara (Your Place or Minecraft?, Geek Girls). Moderated by Celtx (Gem).



Vali Fugulin

Platform agnostic /content believer, Vali Fugulin is a director of documentary, games and new narratives. Working on both the organizational and creative sides, she’s currently creating and producing the Tout Garni (All Dressed) interactive youth series; an interactive shadow theatre mediation tool for La Maison Théâtre with Studio TOBO; developing two museum exhibits and an Interactive documentary on resilient songs, Consolation. She was the artist in residence at the interactive studio of National Film Board of Canada for two years, where she completed a docu-game for kids about social innovation, I Love Potatoes, winner of best Social/Casual game at the 2015 Canadian Videogame Awards, created in collaboration with Minority Media.


Gina Hara

Gina Hara is a Canadian-Hungarian filmmaker and artist with a background in art & technology, interested in the experimental aspects and transmedial forms of visual culture. She holds an MA in intermedia, an MFA in film production and had worked in different media with regard to film, video, new media, gaming and design. Her short Waning (2011) was nominated for Best Canadian Short at the Toronto International Film Festival. Her web-series, Your Place or Minecraft (2016), is a documentary machinima about game studies, available on YouTube. Geek Girls (2017) is Hara's latest project and the first feature-length documentary exploring the hidden half of fan culture: nerdy women.


Julie Lewis

This trained animator and designer spends most of her time painting, drawing and instructing in her digital lab, and studying and creating media. She produces digital art classes, video games, and creative content, with a 14-year history. Four current free apps on the app store have garnished thousands of plays and downloads. Having studied at top art and design colleges such as Grenfell, Sheridan, and Algonquin, as well as MUN and Dalhousie University, Julie brings enthusiasm and energy to all of her endeavors. She is happy to have a studio of her own at 17 Pippy Place, having taught art to adults and children across the country and in Italy. She teaches all ages, 3 days a week. Julie also leads art parties through her own Sassy Tuna Studio, where she teaches and demonstrates drawing how-tos in festive ways, and creates client-specialized mobile and web-platform video games as engagement tools for companies, specifically within the Marine, Travel & Destination Industry, through her company Big Fry Productions Inc. (Operating name: Art Sharks).


Lisa Vatcher


In her role as Marketing Specialist with Celtx, Lisa Vatcher spends much of her workday figuring out nifty ways to innovate film and tv production planning. With over 3 million creatives in 190+ countries, Celtx is now setting its sights on interactive storytelling through their new platform, Gem. Celtx is always looking for industry feedback, so contact Lisa to take Gem for a spin. Also a producer and writer, Lisa debut her short film, Long Term Care, at SJIWFF in 2015.

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