The Digi60 Film Festival was founded on the principle that new and emerging filmmakers should be fostered and encouraged to create and show their films to a live audience while experiencing a real "festival" experience complete with jury evaluation, awards, and gala. After over a decade screening short films in the digital format, we have seen our filmmakers go on to become professional members of the film and television industry. The festival itself aims to also promote Ottawa as a sustainable film industry with hireable cast and crew within the city. Through Digi60 our hope is to not only make films, but ultimately filmmakers.
In 2014, Digi60 excitedly acquired the rights to revive the Summer Institute of Film and Television. Originally created in 1981 under Ottawa screenwriter and film industry professional, Tom Shoebridge, SIFT as it's more commonly known ran for almost three decades and trained thousands of students under the tutelage of industry professionals including like Megan Follows, Atom Egoyan, Patricia Rozema, Peter Raymond, Sarah Polley, Denys Arcand, and nearly 400 others. Reformatted under intensive workshop and masterclass style, Digi60 is very pleased to offer SIFT throughout the year to filmmakers in and around Ottawa.
The Digi60 Ottawa Digital Filmmakers' Festival is a grass-roots not-for-profit incorporation run by filmmakers, for filmmakers.