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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.

panelist-2-2014An Iranian refugee experiences North American life by imagining himself as a cockroach, the only living creature that will survive after humanity perishes in the apocalypse.  Inspired by the bestselling novel written by Rawi Hage, director Michelle Latimer‘s The Underground is a visceral and imaginative portrayal of one man’s struggle to fit into western culture as he battles past demons. —  Streel Films

Michelle is an alumna of the Toronto Film Festival’s Talent Lab and the inaugural STUDIO Producer’s Program. She programs for both the ImagineNATIVE and Hot Docs International Film Festivals. In 2013, she was named among Playback’s 10 To Watch. Her latest short film, The Underground, was selected for Cannes 2014: Telefilm Not Short on Talent. She is currently developing her first hybrid feature in collaboration with Sienna Films and the National Film Board of Canada.

The Underground premieres tonight, July 5th on television: CBC’s Canadian Reflections  at 11:30PM EST.  Here’s the trailer.

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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