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.

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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: , , , , , , ,
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“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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14. September 2015 · Comments Off on Five Questions With Jennifer Robbins, Director of “Chajil Ch’upup” · Categories: Documentaries, Five Questions with..., Ottawa, Short Films · Tags: , , , , , , ,
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“I think there is something really powerful about caring about something so much that you would do anything to keep it alive. Meeting the members of Chajil Ch’upup, it really makes you wonder about your own life. Is there something you would get up every morning at the crack of dawn to fight for?”, filmmaker Jennifer Robbins tells Ottawa Indie Fest during a recent interview about her documentary Chajil Ch’upup which screens at the One  World Film Festival on Saturday September 26. 2015.

The film Chajil Ch’upup (Guardians of the Tule) explores the world of Juan, an Tz’utujil Mayan whose family has fished Lake Atitlan (Guatemala) for generations. His generation especially, however, has been subject to major trials created by nature, and also by man. The members of the local fishing cooperative – Chajil Ch’upup – have banded together to work towards a solution and a better life.

How did you get involved in the making of your film?
I was finishing my final year of Humber College where I was studying Film and Television Production and one of my teachers introduced an opportunity to complete the internship by traveling abroad to work on a documentary project. I remember being so excited and running home to research Actuality Media and Guatemala. I immediately knew that I wanted to be a part of the project, I applied to be director and a few weeks later after an interview process, I got in.

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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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18. June 2015 · Comments Off on OttawaIndieFilm – Bonnie Robinson · Categories: Ottawa Indie Filmmakers · Tags: , , , , ,

Bonnie Robinson is the founder of YOW Productions.  A professional writer, producer and director, on today’s episode of #OttawaIndieFilm she talks about her favourite types of films to make and where she likes to go to see movies in Ottawa.  She also reminds us that making films is most often a collaborative endeavour and has some great tips for aspiring filmmakers looking to plug into the local filmmaker community.

Episodes of the #OttawaIndieFilm series are cross posted on Apartment613 and OttawaIndieFest.

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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