20. November 2016 · Comments Off on Ottawa Indie Fest – Call for Submissions · Categories: General, Media Advisories, News · Tags:

 

As part of its commitment to promote the growth of independent Canadian films, Ottawa Indie Fest is now accepting submissions for its 2017 Film Festival Program.  We have extended the regular deadline to March 19, 2017.  UPDATE: Late Deadline: April 2, 2017.

The screenings will take place on June 3, 2017 at La Nouvelle Scène Theatre in downtown Ottawa.

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We are looking for great stories in all genres whether they are fiction or documentary of short or feature length.  For more information, please visit our listing on FilmFreeway.


08. September 2015 · Comments Off on Ottawa Indie Fest at the Gallery – Saturday September 26, 2015 · Categories: Documentaries, Media Advisories, News, Ottawa · Tags: , , , ,

OttawaIndieFestOWFF-1024The One World Film Festival (OWFF) in association with Ottawa Indie Fest presents Canadian Documentary Shorts at the National Gallery of Canada on Saturday September 26th at 12:30pm, followed by a Q&A with filmmakers.

Update: Photos from the event on September 26th

Presented as part of the One World festival’s “Our Home on Native Land” program, the four featured films explore the themes of journeys, the sacred, and conservation and reinforce the need for governments to respect and honour the needs indigenous communities and preserve something lasting for future generations.

 

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Searching for Sacred Mountain
| Dir. Gary Marcuse and Shi Lihong | B.C., Canada | 2015 | 20 mins

In the midst of a growing environmental crisis in China, journalists, filmmakers and scientists discover clean air, green mountains, wild animals and an ancient network of ecological reserves maintained by Tibetan Buddhists in the mountains of southwestern China.


Chajil Ch’upup
| Dir. Jennifer Robbins | Ontario, Canada | 2013 | 8 mins

Juan is an Tz’utujil Mayan whose family has fished Lake Atitlan – one of the most beautiful lakes in the world – for many generations. Working together with other members of the local fishing cooperative – Chajil Ch’upup (Guardians of the Tule) – Juan labours with love to sustain the integrity and viability of the lake that supported his ancestors, marking the way forward for his generation and the next.

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Sayachapis
| Dir. Marie Soleil Henri Foisy | Quebec, Canada | 2014 | 21 mins

On a small island off the coast of Vancouver, Sayachapis lives a solitary life. His memories of hard labour, starvation, rape, broken bones and other unimaginable horrors of a childhood spent in residential school remain vivid, and yet he is able to say: “I am still alive, I am still okay.”

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An Object That Has Spirit
| Dir. Howard Adler | Ontario, Canada | 2015 | 27 mins

Five indigenous artists from across Canada come together to create a heritage marker to honour Indian Residential School Survivors and entrust their experiences to public memory. Faced with an enormous task, the artists rise to the challenge, transforming what was originally conceived of as a heritage plaque into an object imbued with spirit.

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OWFF is Ottawa’s longest-running documentary film festival, focused on raising awareness on global issues. One World Arts, Festival House 450 Churchill Ave. N. Ottawa, ON K1Z 5E2, T. 613-912-3378 oneworldfilmfestival.ca

Ottawa Indie Fest is a cultural, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to recognize, promote and celebrate the art of cinema by showcasing independent Ottawa, Canadian and international films and filmmakers. Its 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. ottawaindiefest.com

 

15. July 2015 · Comments Off on Ottawa Indie Fest at the Gallery – Call for Submissions · Categories: Media Advisories, News · Tags: , , ,


As part of its commitment to cooperate and collaborate with other arts organizations Ottawa Indie Fest has entered into a partnership agreement with One World Arts regarding a “Call for Short Canadian Documentaries” for its 2015 edition of the One World Film Festival.

Launched in 1989, the One World Film Festival has become Ottawa’s longest running annual documentary film festival focused on social justice, human rights and environmental issues. Featuring documentary film screenings, panel discussions, and Q&A’s with filmmakers, the festival brings together artists, activists, local organizations and members of the public interested in the issues impacting our communities and our world.

Currently Ottawa Indie Fest is seeking submissions for short Canadian documentaries for One World Film Festival’s 2015 program via FilmFreeway.  Click on the link below for more detailed information and to submit your short films. More »

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Ottawa Indie Fest and the Ottawa Champions are pleased to present Ottawa-Gatineau and Canadian indie short films on the brand new screen at the Raymond Chabot Grant Thorton Park in Ottawa during the baseball game on Thursday July 16, 2015 at 7pm.  For information and to purchase tickets please visit ottawachampions.com.

We received over 150 submissions in response to our call for films on FilmFreeway that ended on July 1.

Congratulations to filmmakers Max Woodward, Luz Corona Piñera, Mike Geiger, Fangliang Xu, Guy Charnaux and April Campbell whose work will be showcased at the event on July 16th!

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In its inaugural year, the Ottawa Indie Fest plans to have a number of special screening events during the summer season. One such event will be screenings at the Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Baseball Park home of the Ottawa Champions baseball club.

Consequently we are now accepting submissions for short narrative, documentary, animation and experimental films produced by Ottawa and Canadian filmmakers via FilmFreeway.  Click on the link below for more detailed information and to submit your short films.

Categories and Fees 

Local Short Films (Ottawa-Gatineau Only)
Entry Fee: free
We are looking for short films under 90 seconds including any credits in all genres. We especially welcome any films that reflect Ottawa and area, baseball and other sports activities. But they must be family friendly.

Canadian Short Films
Entry fee: free
We are looking for short films up to 5 minutes in length including any credits in all genres. But they must be family friendly.

Dates & Datelines

Final and Only Deadline for Submissions: July 1, 2015
Notification Date: July 9, 2015
Event Date: July 16, 2015. Additional screenings and event dates over the summer of 2015 to be determined with details posted on the festival’s website.

* Submissions are now closed.  For archival purposes, what follows is the text from the call on Film Freeway.

Our Mission
Ottawa Indie Fest is a cultural, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to recognize, promote and celebrate the art of cinema by showcasing independent Ottawa and Canadian films and filmmakers.

Through our exhibition, education, and community development programs, Ottawa Indie Fest builds audiences for Ottawa based and Canadian content and talent, provides training opportunities for emerging filmmakers, and promotes the creative economy of Ottawa, the Ottawa Valley and Eastern Ontario.
Ottawa Indie Fest’s 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.

Our Vision
We believe in programming and content that provides Ottawa audiences with entertaining and high-quality independent films, information, activities and events. Our festival, events, online presence and resources aim to encourage collaboration, artistic innovation and creativity while providing access for a broad audience segment.
The Ottawa Indie Fest is committed to cooperation and collaboration with other arts organizations as well as the business community. Our programs are interactive, entertaining, educational and great value for the money.

Background
The Ottawa Indie Fest was founded as result of independent Ottawa filmmaker Jith Paul’s series of public screenings of over 150 Ottawa based and Canadian independent films for a period of four years. Known as the “Treepot Screenings“, they were committed to fostering collaboration and learning amongst emerging filmmakers. Paul successfully curated and presented short films, documentaries and music videos with trailers and promos at independent movie theatres, universities, colleges and parks in downtown Ottawa.

Although successful and popular with local audiences, Paul joined up with Ottawa filmmakers Blair Campbell and Ed Kucerak to take these popular screenings to the next level in order further promote independent filmmakers and to reach out and appeal to larger and broader based audiences in a more formalized structure and as a result the non-for-profit organization the Ottawa Independent Film Festival was born in the spring of 2015.

Submission Acceptance
In its inaugural first year, the Ottawa Indie Fest plans to have a number of special screening events during the summer season. One such event will be screenings at the Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Baseball Park home of the Ottawa Champions baseball club. There will other possible event screenings that will be announced on the festival’s website as they are confirmed.

Consequently we are now accepting submissions for short narrative, documentary, animation and experimental films produced by Ottawa and Canadian filmmakers.

Awards and Prizes
We are currently developing partnerships and sponsors so stay tuned as what awards and prizes may develop from this initiative.
We will promote and feature all accepted film entries on our website and on our Facebook and Twitter pages.
Please note: At this time we do not pay any screening fees.

Rules and Guidelines
Please read all of the rules and guidelines carefully before making your submission.
– Films submitted must be produced by Canadian filmmakers. We do not accepted international films.
– Multiple submissions are allowed.
– We do not accept submissions by email or physical submissions sent by mail.
– We are not responsible for lost submissions or improperly functioning preview on-line screeners.
– Do not send a press kit or other supporting materials unless asked to do so by the festival.
– All submitted films must be in English or accompanied by English subtitles.
– There are no festival premiere eligibility requirements.
– Your film may have screened in the Ottawa region before.
– There are no date-of-completion requirements.
– Films that have distribution or have been broadcasted on television or on on-line are still eligible for submission.
– Entrants are responsible for securing all rights and permissions from copyright and other holders relating to their short and agree to all terms as detailed herein.
– All film submissions must be family friendly. Depictions of nudity, torture or animal cruelty is not acceptable.
– We reserve the right not to select any submission that we feel is inappropriate for any reason.
– All submissions will be notified of the results of the festival’s decision by July 10, 2015.
– If accepted, you will be expected to submit a high-quality digital version as required by the festival.
– The decision of selection committee and festival is final.

Terms and Conditions

I as submitter of this entry and the undersigned, acknowledge and agree that:
1. I have read, understand and fully comply with all submission eligibility Rules, Guidelines, Terms and Conditions requirements;
2. To the best of my knowledge, all of the statements in this document are true;
3. This film or video is not subject to any litigation nor is threatened by any litigation;
4. I am duly authorized to submit this film to the festival;
5. I hold Ottawa Indie Fest (Ottawa Independent Film Festival) its owners, management, juries, subsidiaries, agents, sponsors, affiliates, and etc. harmless from any and all claims of liability resulting from my entry;
6. I certify that I am the copyright holder of the film and have all necessary rights and clearances to have the film publicly screened by the festival;
7. I certify that I have full rights to the use of the music in the entered work;
8 . I give permission to Ottawa Indie Fest (Ottawa Independent Film Festival) to use stills, titles, copy, and/or information from the film for promotional purposes and
9 . I give permission to Ottawa Indie Fest (Ottawa Independent Film Festival) to screen the film at the festival as well as any other festival presentations, programs, and/or events.

Categories and Fees
Local Short Films (Ottawa-Gatineau Only)
Entry Fee: free
We are looking for short films under 90 seconds including any credits in all genres. We especially welcome any films that reflect Ottawa and area, baseball and other sports activities. But they must be family friendly.

Canadian Short Films
Entry fee: free
We are looking for short films up to 5 minutes in length including any credits in all genres. But they must be family friendly.

Dates & Datelines
Final and Only Deadline for Submissions: July 1, 2015
Notification Date: July 9, 2015
Event Date: July 16, 2015. Additional screenings and event dates over the summer of 2015 to be determined with details posted on the festival’s website.

 

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08. April 2015 · Comments Off on MEDIA ADVISORY – Ottawa Independent Video Awards · Categories: Media Advisories

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— For Immediate Release —

April 7, 2015

MEDIA ADVISORY

Ottawa Independent Video Awards – a new initiative celebrating Ottawa’s dynamic media arts community

Ottawa Indie Fest is pleased to announce its support and participation in the inaugural Ottawa Independent Video Awards (OIVA). This new initiative, launched by SAW Video Media Art Centre, celebrates Ottawa’s dynamic media arts community with an Awards Gala held on Saturday April 11th at the Arts Court Theatre.

Held every two years, OIVA will be a moment to honour local filmmakers in the categories of Best Director in Documentary, Experimental, Music Video, Narration and Under 25 as well as the Rob Thompson Award. This special award, in honour Ottawa filmmaker Rob Thompson, recognizes an individual from the Ottawa-Gatineau region who has persevered as a media artist and contributed as a mentor or community builder.

“We are extremely proud to support and participate in OIVA this year by sponsoring The Best Director Under 25 Award“, says Ottawa Indie Fest president Jith Paul. “By sponsoring this award, we want to encourage young filmmakers in the craft of creating and telling stories that entertain and captivate audiences locally, nationally and internationally.”

Ottawa Indie Fest (formally known as the Ottawa Independent Film Festival) is a cultural, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to recognize, promote and celebrate the art of cinema by showcasing independent Ottawa, Canadian and international films and filmmakers. Its 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 Ottawa economy.

More information about the Ottawa Independent Video Awards Gala can be found at http://www.oiva.ca/awards-gala.

To learn more about Rob Thompson go to http://www.sawvideo.com/spotlight/rob-thompson-through-vast-window.

To learn more about Ottawa Indie Fest and to read a series of insightful blogs about Canadian filmmaking and filmmakers go to http://ottawaindiefest.com or contact us at info@OttawaIndieFest.com.

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