What an incredible night. 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. Congratulations to the filmmakers whose films we screened last night. 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 to the filmmakers who attended last night; Nathan, Maissa, Kirk, Alexander and a special thanks to Tavit, Bryce and members of your teams who came in from out of town.
Nikolai Dalca has been aspiring to be a great actor in Hollywood. The only thing stopping him is who he is…
Screening at #OCanFilmFest2018 on November 3 at 2 p.m.
About the director, Maissa Houri
Maissa Houri is an Middle-Eastern-Canadian actress and emerging filmmaker based out of Ottawa, Canada. She is also one of the Co-Founders and the Director of Industry Events for the Eve Film Festival, a festival dedicated to women and women-identifying directors. Recently, her short film Inara won her two awards at the Ottawa Digi60 2018 Spring Edition including the SAW Video Female Filmmaker Award and Best Director Award. Her first short film Russian Gangster, a comedy dedicated to diverse actors, is an official selection of the Women’s Only Entertainment Film Festival and most recently the Canadian Diversity Film Festival 2018.
The True North Project, commissioned by the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, is a celebration of Canada’s multi-ethnic society and its ongoing process of reconciliation with the indigenous community. In this celebration of diversity, artists from vastly different backgrounds are brought together to create a collaborative work for orchestra.
Screening at #OCanFilmFest2018 on November 3 at 5 p.m.
The documentary focuses on national identity and the idea of “home,” in a country where 20 percent of the population is foreign-born. The film offers insights into the creative processes of artists from different cultural backgrounds and from different regions of Canada, as they work together towards a common goal. The documentary is about hope for the future, and brings attention to the enrichments brought by the coexistence of different peoples and cultures within the framework of a nation.
About the director, Emil Agopian
Young filmmaker Emil Agopian has an astonishing number of film credits to his name. A cellist, Agopian has a particular feeling for film work involving classical music. In addition to his work for the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra – one of Canada’s top professional orchestras – traveling across Canada to film his feature documentary “The True North Project”, he has created a documentary series and other media for the Morningside Music Bridge International Music Festival in Beijing (2016), and Boston (2017), shooting in China (Guangzhou and Shanghai) and Poland (Warsaw). Continue reading “OCanFilmFest2018 – The True North Project – Emil Agopian”