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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Why Independent Films?

For me the appeal of Independent Film is the same appeal of Triple-A baseball or the OHL – you get to see potential million dollar players on their way up or on their way down.  Either way its a privilege to see the talent, creativity and ability to do more with less that characterize independent artists.

Its fashionable to knock Hollywood as being a non-creative money machine and certainly that’s true in many cases.  What’s interesting to me about big studio films is when filmmakers manage slip some art through to us anyways despite the bottom-line obsession.  Conversely independent films have the reputation as the sanctuary of the artist, unconcerned about revenue as much as recognition and respect.  Well that’s not true either.  Every artist knows they have to sell their current projects if they ever want to make another or step up to a studio some day.  Consequently there is repetition, familiar themes etc. that are drive by realities of the market. Continue reading “Why Independent Films?”