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Johanna Schneller, host of The Filmmakers
Photo source: CBC Media Centre

The Filmmakers is a new 30-minute series of studio conversations with some of the talent behind the greatest Canadian films of the past 20 years.

Airing on CBC and hosted by Johanna Schneller, each of the 11-episodes centres on one film that will air immediately after the talk show.  The series kicks off on Saturday July 22, 2017 at 8:30pm with an interview with Atom Egoyan followed by his The Sweet Hereafter.

Some of the other artists featured include Xavier Dolan, Sarah Polley, Director X, Mina Shum, Kim Nguyen, Don McKellar, Deepa Mehta, Zacharias Kunuk and Jennifer Baichwal.

Guest panelists include Connor Jessup, David Suzuki, Stephanie Morgenstern, Cameron Bailey, Sook-Yin Lee, Eli Glasner, Edward Burtynsky, Cazhhmere and Academy Award-winner Sylvain Bellemare.

Check your local CBC listings to confirm showtimes.

This is the published schedule:

July 22THE SWEET HEREAFTER – Directed by Atom Egoyan

July 29 – STORIES WE TELL – Directed by Sarah Polley

August 5 – LAST NIGHT – Directed by Don McKellar

August 12  INCENDIES – Directed by Denis Villeneuve

August 19 – DOUBLE HAPPINESS – Directed by Mina Shum

August 26REBELLE (WAR WITCH) Directed by Kim Nguyen

September 2 – J’AI TUÉ MA MÈRE (I KILLED MY MOTHER) Directed by Xavier Dolan

September 9WATER – Directed by Deepa Mehta

September 16ATANARJUAT (THE FAST RUNNER) – Directed by Zacharias Kunuk

September 23MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES Directed by Jennifer Baichwal

September 30ACROSS THE LINE (fka COLE HARBOUR) Directed by Director X

Winner of the Toronto Film Critics Association prize for Best Canadian Feature of 2016, The Stairs is a challenging look at the lives of those who live on the margins.  We saw this film at the Kingston Canadian Film Festival earlier this year and were blown away by the sensitivity of the filmmaker and the amazing access to the subjects in Toronto’s Regent Park.  The film is now streaming on-demand at tvo.org.  Here’s the trailer.

You can access the film directly at the tvo.org site by clicking  this link.

Here’s some feedback we recently received for #ottawaindiefest2017 from a few of our featured filmmakers.

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Thanks again to the filmmakers who submitted films for consideration for inclusion in our inaugural festival program.  Without your films, we’d have no festival.  Watch the playlist of clips from the films below.

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06. June 2017 · Comments Off on Indomptable (Wild) – A Supernatural Period Piece by Morgana McKenzie · Categories: Canadian Filmmakers, Ottawa, Short Films · Tags: , , , ,

Morgana McKenzie is a young Ottawa filmmaker who was winner the Best Director under 25 award which Ottawa Indie Fest sponsored at the inaugural SAW Video Ottawa Independent Video Awards in 2015.  With several award-winning short films to her credit, she is embarking on an ambitious new project, a supernatural short film set in the 1930s.  Check out her Kickstarter campaign below.

Link to Kickstarter project.

Morgana was also one of the filmmakers who were part of SAWVideo’s Jumpstart Mentorship Grant program in 2015.  We were there as the group presented their short films on May 14th, 2015.  Here’s a recap video.  More information on the program available on SAW Video’s website.

Videographers: Fangliang Xu and Jith Paul. Editor: Jith Paul.