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

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.

Finding Peter Bryce: Story of a National Crime

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In 1907 Dr. Peter H. Bryce, the Chief Medical Health officer for the Department of Indian Affairs wrote a report documenting the inhuman and unsanitary conditions in Canada’s residential schools.  Bryson’s report was discredited by the department’s chief bureaucrat Duncan Campbell Scott and he was subsequently relieved of his duties at Indian Affairs.

Decades later, Andy Bryce, great-grandson of Peter Bryce opens a box of family memorabilia that inspires a journey into tracing Peter Bryce’s story from his childhood in rural Ontario to his mysterious death on a cruise ship in the West Indies.

Directed by Peter Campbell and produced by Andy Bryce and Peter Campbell,  Finding Peter Bryce: The Story of a National Crime screens at at the historic Mayfair Theatre tonight, May 10th at 6pm.  Admission is free, first come, first served. (Presented by Peter Bryce, the Bryce Family and the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society)