What a weekend. Thank you to all of the filmmakers who submitted a film to our festival this year. Producing a film is no small task and as filmmakers ourselves, we really appreciate what it takes to complete a project. So many amazing films submitted meant for a challenging selection process for our jury. We expanded to two days this year and there were still more excellent films submitted than we could program. Congratulations to the filmmakers whose films we screened this past weekend. We are proud of your achievement.
Independent filmmakers thrive on feedback, opportunities to network, learn and collaborate. Seeing an audience reacting to your film and watching a film with its creative team makes a festival screening different from any other. Thanks our special guests who represented their films at our screenings over the weekend; Matt, Sandra, Valerie, Jim, Ray, Tavit, Christian, Matthew, Nettie and members of your teams who came in from out of town. Thanks also to MP Julie Dabrusin for attending and participating the the Q&A following our opening film!
Thanks to our hosts, the Arts Court Theatre and our sponsors Beau’s SAWVideo, Rideau BIA and the City of Ottawa. Thanks Ted and Joel, our techs and to our crew of tireless volunteers. We couldn’t do this without you. Special thanks to Lorelei, our Flimmaker Laiason and Lynn who provided the crew delicious meals and snacks at our pre-festival events and on game day.
Finally, thank you to everyone who attended the festival screenings. Your support for the production, exhibition and appreciation of Canadian indie film is what drives us as curators and filmmakers.
We have started posting photos from the event and will continue to do so over the next few days. Follow us on social media (ocanfilmfest on twitter, facebook, instagram and youtube) and look out for several events we already have in the works leading up to our 2020 festival.
Jith, Blair, Manuel, Megha and the #OCanFilmFest2019 crew