Media Release – Ottawa Canadian Film Festival 2018

— For Immediate Release —

The Ottawa Canadian Film Festival announced its 2018 line-up at an event hosted by sponsor SAWVideo recently.  This year’s festival will take place on Saturday November 3rd at Arts Court Theatre.

“We are excited by the variety of themes, styles and artistic approaches taken by all of the artists featured at this year’s festival. They reflect the diversity of our community today and bring fresh insights to our audiences.” said festival programmer Blair Campbell, one of the founders of the festival.

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Sound Stage proposal could change Ottawa’s film industry

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Ottawa received  promising news on a proposed sound stage and creative hub that would be located at the old NCC Greenbelt Research Farm property on Woodroffe Ave. The Ottawa Film Office recently announced its proposal to build a sound stage with partner, Tribro Studios  This news is very exciting for Ottawa’s film industry.  The proposal had identified the need for a large sound stage that could make Ottawa a bigger player in the numerous film productions happening in Canada.

The opportunities this sound stage could bring to Ottawa’s film community are plentiful. The Ottawa Film Office  hinted that  the sound stage could lead to the creation of over 500 jobs in Ottawa, and millions in economic activity relating to productions.

While the proposal will be considered over the coming months, this sound stage could bring Ottawa to a new and exciting phase for the  local Ottawa film industry as well as for Canadian and International film makers.

To find out more about this initiative, you can  attend the site visit and open house for the proposed soundstage. 

WHAT: National Capital Commission (NCC) public consultation on the suggested amendment to its Greenbelt Master Plan
WHEN: September 5, 2018, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
WHERE: Greenbelt Research Farm, 1740 Woodroffe Avenue, Building 401
DETAILS: https://ottawa.film/soundstage

UPDATE: On November 22nd, 2018, the NCC’s Board of Directors approved the amendment to its Greenbelt Master Plan that will allow for the soundstage to be built on the land; the Board subsequently approved the proposal during its in-camera session.

OCanFilmFest2018 Sponsor – Vimy Brewing Company

We are pleased to announce that the Vimy Brewing Company is a sponsor of our 2018 Festival.

 

Founded by brothers Kevin and Michael Sirko, the company strives to be wholly-Canadian. In the spirit of our mission to promote Canadian films and filmmakers, here’s a short YouTube video interview with Michael Sirko put together by Carleton Journalism grads Jeff Pelletier and Emma Rektor.

OCanFilmFest2018 Sponsor – SAWVideo

We are pleased to announce that SAWVideo Media Art Centre will be returning as a sponsor for our 2018 Festival.

Initiated in 1981, SAW Video is a not-for-profit, artist-run media art centre that fosters the growth and development of artists through access to equipment, training, mentorship, and programming. Their mission is to support a diverse community of media artists empowered by technology, programming and the exchange of ideas.

In January 2018, SAW Video Media Art Centre celebrated its grand re-opening in a new purpose-built space as part of the Ottawa Arts Court re-development.  Our OCanFilmFest2018 Kickoff Event with announcement of our line-up will take place SAW Video’s Knot Project Space at 2 Daly Avenue on Saturday September 8th at 5pm.  If you are in the Ottawa area, it will be a great opportunity to check out SAWVideo’s new digs.  Hope to see you there.