On Friday, October 12, 2018 in Toronto, the Consulate General of France in Toronto presented Ana Serrano, CDO of the Canadian Film Centre (CFC), with the insignia as a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of Arts and Letters). The Order of Arts and Letters was established in 1957 to recognize eminent artists and writers, as well as people who have contributed significantly to furthering the arts in France and throughout the world. It is aimed at building relationships and fostering cultural and linguistic exchange. To be considered for the award, recipients must have “significantly contributed to the enrichment of the French cultural inheritance.”
Mr. Marc Trouyet, Consul General of France in Toronto, noted that “Ana Serrano founded the CFC Media Lab to lead the wider CFC’s digital innovation strategy. She has supervised more than 130 digital media projects, coached more than 50 startups, and initiated a breadth of visionary projects in the field of interactive and immersive media. As both a Francophile and an executive member of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, Serrano has been invited to France to share her expertise, including at Cannes and the Forum des images. Her action has been critical to the development of a partnership between the Cultural Service of the French Embassy and the CFC Media Lab to organize Enterprising Culture, a Franco-Canadian forum promoting French and Canadian expertise in the field of creative industries, and to reinforce Franco-Canadian cooperation in this field. I am delighted to have the opportunity to present her with the title of Knight in the Order of Arts and Letters this week.”
The special bestowing ceremony took place at the conclusion of the third annual Franco-Canadian forum of creative industries, Enterprising Culture, presented by the Cultural Service of the Embassy of France in Canada and the CFC, in the Distillery District in downtown Toronto. The forum provided opportunities for unique discussions and exchanges between Canadian and French stakeholders and startups from the worlds of culture, creative, and media industries. It drew high-level French and Canadian stakeholders in the sectors of education, arts, culture and heritage, including academics, CEOs, content creators, designers, educators, entrepreneurs, government leaders and investors. Together, they generated substantive reflection on the ethics and impact of new digital technologies in creative, cultural, and educational sectors, especially machine learning, big data, and artificial intelligence (AI).
By Margaret DeRosia | CFC