06. March 2015 · Comments Off on What’s it all about? · Categories: General


Welcome to Ottawa Indie Fest.  Our mission is grounded in the belief that Canadian film and filmmakers are distinctive and vital to our country’s culture and the development of the local economy.  Check ABOUT US for more information.  We host a few sub-blogs including Blair’s FRANKLY, I DO GIVE A DAMN, Ed’s FIVE QUESTIONS WITH…, the #OttawaIndieFilm video series and the vlog #52filmsbywomen Canadian Twist maintained by Jith. Our guest blogger Matt authors a series of posts entitled Visible Cinema and we recently launched a YouTube channel.  Thanks for stopping by. Come back often.

22. July 2016 · Comments Off on SAW Video Jumpstart 2016 screening Q&A · Categories: Canadian Filmmakers, Canadian Indie Film Night, Ottawa, Short Films · Tags: , , , ,

SAW Video JumpstART 2016, SAW Video’s annual programme of new short works by local emerging video artists was presented at Club SAW on Thursday, July 21st.   The screening featured work by Alexandra Noble, Gillian Kirkland & Andrew Letourneau, Radamis Hany and Tripti Prinja. Ottawa Indie Fest live-streamed the opening and the Q&A with the filmmakers.  Here is the archived version of that live-stream.


08. July 2016 · Comments Off on 2nd annual Ottawa Indie Fest at the Ballpark – July 14, 2016 · Categories: General, News


Ottawa Indie Fest and the Ottawa Champions are pleased to present Ottawa-Gatineau and Canadian indie short films on big screen at the Raymond Chabot Grant Thorton Park in Ottawa during the baseball game on Thursday July 14, 2016 at 7pm.  For information and to purchase tickets please visit ottawachampions.com.

Congratulations to filmmakers Rudy CepehaFangliang XuGuy Charnaux and April Campbell whose work will be showcased at the event on July 14th!

09. June 2016 · Comments Off on Pat Mills’ GUIDANCE, A benefit for SAW Video Media Art Centre · Categories: Canadian Indie Film Night, Feature Films · Tags: , , ,

Join us at the SAWVideo benefit screening of Pat Mills’ feature film GUIDANCE at the Mayfair Theatre in Ottawa on Wednesday June 22nd.  Doors open at 6:15.  More details here.
SAW Video Benefit Screening - Guidance
Guidance is a Canadian dark comedy film, which premiered at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival on September 5, 2014 as part of the Discovery program.

The full-length directorial debut of Pat Mills, the film stars Mills as David Gold, a down on his luck former child star who fabricates his credentials to take a job as a high school guidance counsellor.  An unrecovered alcoholic and drug addict troubled by his faded success and in deep denial about both his closeted gay sexuality and his health following a skin cancer diagnosis, he becomes unexpectedly popular with the students after his habit of introducing them to his own deeply unhealthy coping mechanisms actually helps many of them solve their own problems.

The film’s cast also includes Kevin Hanchard, Alex Ozerov, Jen Goodhue, Maria Vacratsis, Eleanor Zichy and Allison Hossack.  — Wikipedia

We ran a YouTube live-stream on June 11th to announce a contest for free tickets for the screening.  Check out the archived version More »

10. May 2016 · Comments Off on Five Questions with Steven Hunt about his Web Series “Past Redemption” · Categories: Canadian Filmmakers, Five Questions with..., Ottawa, Web Series · Tags: , , , , , , ,
Steven Hunt 5QW Photo

Photo of Steven Hunt by Susan Murdock

“I have never really thought of doing a narrative film until my son Dylan asked me to help him on one of his high school projects. He wrote a script about a fictional town called Redemption where nothing was sacred except blood, money and religion. What eventually emerged was a complete and complex world of a fictional town,” replies filmmaker Steven Hunt. Ottawa Indie Fest spoke to Hunt at his home about his web series Past Redemption.

Steven Hunt, a seasoned director and producer, has worked in Latin America and Africa on numerous broadcast and communications projects. His documentaries on various social issues have appeared on Canadian, European and New Zealand television.

Past Redemption is a 9-part character-driven web series about survival in a small impoverished town, where you can be law abiding and live in poverty, or be involved in petty crime where prospects improve dramatically. It is also the historical birthplace of a major crime family – the Wesley’s.

The web series will have a special premiere screening at the Mayfair Theatre on May 19th at 7pm. It will also appear on line, as nine separate episodes released every second Thursday starting June 2, 2016.

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17. April 2016 · Comments Off on National Canadian Film Day 2016 – April 20 · Categories: Film-related, General · Tags:


03. April 2016 · Comments Off on Guylaine Maroist and Eric Ruel’s ‘God Save Justin Trudeau’ · Categories: Documentaries · Tags: , , , ,

godsavejustinmovieGod Save Justin Trudeau or How the MP from Papineau became Prime Minister of Canada is a 2015 documentary by filmmakers Guylaine Maroist and Eric Ruel.  It documents the “Thrilla on the Hilla”, the 2012 charity boxing match between the then Liberal MP for Papineau, Justin Trudeau and Conservative senator, Canadian navy veteran, black belt Patrick Brazeau.  The filmmakers were given unparalleled access to the events and some of the organizers for what promised to be a memorable event no matter the outcome.

“To call the match sensational would be to underestimate the situation.  It may have been for charity, but to think of it as just for fun would be to miss the vast and dynamic symbolism of the event.” — The Guardian

“Leaderless and penniless, the Liberals have been given up for dead,” the film opens. “One man will change the course of history.” More »