2018 is progressing much like we expected it would, discomfort at our world but also the realization that from great distress often comes great art. To that end we are pleased (as punch) at the great quality of films submitted for this years Festival (November 3rd – bookmark it today!). But we need more and I thought I’d take this opportunity to share some of those reasons.
In a world where the modalities for the sharing of artistic vision would seem to be unlimited it is curious to me that this reality, paradoxically, seems to work against the interests of many artists. The challenge isn’t getting it out there, the challenge is getting it seen. Festivals like OCanFilmFest are not a new thing but still play an important role in getting films seen by those interested in doing so. That connective tissue is what is missing whenever an artist throws their work out into the void – huge potential audience but who sees the throw?
OCanFilmFest represents a great opportunity for Ottawa Filmmakers to get their films seen. As a fledging filmmaker myself I can’t begin to tell you how important that is. Everyone wants to be liked (we’re human) but more importantly we want to be thought about, we want ideas, impressions – anything that gives us a perspective on the art we make. Festivals are the still the best way to do that in a fun and supportive environment that respects the audience and the artist equally.
So submit your work, take a chance, take a shot. Not everything will make it but to quote the noted philosopher Wayne Gretzky ” You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take”, take yours and we will see you in November!