Oct 31, 2016

Digi60 Announces New Staff!

DIGI60 is excited to announce the addition of two staff members for our 2016 Filmmaker’s Festival! Over the years the Festival has been expanding exponentially, and the addition of new staff with industry experience will be instrumental in running day-to-day operations, as well as pushing DIGI60 further into the Ottawa arts community. Welcome Britt Mumford as our new Festival Coordinator and Deanne Pittman as our Technical Director Assistant! 

Read the entire statement below and please contact Britt Mumford at festivalcoordinator@digi60.org if you have any questions! 

 

Sept 17, 2016

Fall 2016 festival launches

Digi60 is back with another year of exciting narrative and documentary short films. With over fifty registered filmmakers, a continued opportunity with Algonquin College, new youth participants from Lisgar Collegiate, as well as the financial support of the City of Ottawa, membership with the Ottawa Arts Council, and continued partnership with SAW Video Media Arts Centre and the Ottawa Acting Company.

The filmmakers have 60 days to complete their 7 minute short film or documentary, due on Nov 17th at 7pm. The festival itself will take place Dec 8-11 in Ottawa. 

June 1, 2016

Spring Festival Under Way!

Digi60 Filmmakers' Festival is please to announce that 23 filmmakers' completed the 3 week challenge of integrating the theme of WONDER into their 3 minute short films. Completed films will be screened at the Mayfair on June 19, 2016 at 6:00 PM and will be preceded by a retrospective of the last 5 years of Digi60 films. 

The lineup includes:

They Firm Up So Fast - Pierre Robert Groulx
Bob Wylie 7 - Bob Wylie
B-Roll - Graeme Hay
Le Rayon Orange - Emma Taylor-Isherwood & Marc Rogers
Sub2 (Sub "Squared") - Stephen Koster & Trevor Kanaya
Something Beautiful - Dominique Rea-Parent & Jenica Shivkumar
Wonderful Life - Brunel Kalala
Partus - Julie Zhu
Parrhasius - Vincent Valentino
A Cat Imagines A Man - Gabriel Zaragoza
Blip Blork Meets Her Hero - Laura Hall
the hit - Brian Briggs
What Lies Ahead - Julianne Carioto & Richard Groen
Forever 27 - Kristen McNaule & David Rajsic
Wonder, Wonder - Conrad Osei
Smiling on my own - Madalena Camejo
Ariose Reflections - Mark Parks
Trial By Ordeal - Allen Roulston
Silent Hearts - Jennifer Stanhope
W for Woman - Deborah Ring
The Button - Adrian Langley
Diggin A Hole - Alphonse Ghossein
antithesis. - Megan Toompuu

We are also please to announce the continued support of SAW Video with their 2nd annual Female Filmmaker Award. This award will be given to a female-identified filmmaker on behalf of SAW Video Media Arts Centre, to encourage and foster female-identified filmmakers developing and creating artistic filmworks in Ottawa. This award includes a 1-year SAW Video producing membership, $300 in equipment access and $125 in workshops.

Mar. 20, 2016

Spring Festival Dates Announced! 

We have a few announcements! The Spring 2016 Festival is moving forward and we have secured our key dates! 

Registration Opens:  April 8, 2016 (Online)
Catch Release & Pitch Session*: May 7, 2016 at the Clocktower Brew Pub (Bank St.)
Festival Screening: June 19, 2016 at the Mayfair Theatre

We will be releasing more info over the next week and going forward!

*PLEASE NOTE that all information concerning the production window, film lengths and due date will be released at the Catch & Pitch as usual.

Jan. 18, 2015

Fall 2015 Results

We are back from our holiday time off. It's been hectic though as we have been grant writing for the last 2 weeks. Too busy to do much, but we are happy to post the info for the Fall 2015 winners online finally! Check it out below!

Documentary Winners

Best Documentary Film - My Own Skin
Best Director - Tess Elliot (My Own Skin)

Narrative Winners

Best Film - Touch (Trevor Goulet & John Petti)
Best Director - Martin Rodriguez (In Case of Fire)
Best Cinematography (tie) - Echo (Tyler Pearce & Andrew Robillard), In Case of Fire (Martin Rodriguez)
Best Ensemble Acting - Touch (Jon MacLaren & Victor Cornfoot)

Special Award Winners

SAW Video Spotlight Award - Gabriel Zaragoza (Leaves That Fall Off the Trees)
Writers' Room Ottawa Best Screenplay Award - Renato D'Ambrosio & Asim Zaidan (Jenny!)
Ottawa Acting Company Emerging Actor Award - Jon MacLaren (Touch)
Sonnenburg Spirit of the Festival Award - Ahmed Hafez (Cup of Coffee)

See the Narrative Scoring Below!

Nov. 28, 2015

Digi60 Board Member Positions Available

Want to be part of a not-for-profit festival that encourages the skills building and growth of new and emerging filmmakers in the Ottawa area? Want to meet members of the growing Ottawa filmmaking industry, network with industry professionals, and help to grow a not-for-profit group that has a long history with the city of Ottawa?

The mandate of the Digi60 Filmmakers’ Festival has always been to:

1) Create an opportunity for new and emerging filmmakers to create and screen their work and network with other filmmakers.
2) Create opportunities for the participants of the Festival to enter the filmmaking industry.

Digi60 is looking for qualified candidate for the following two positions on our Board:

Secretary to the Board

The Secretary to the Board is responsible for ensuring that accurate and sufficient documentation exists to meet legal requirements, and to enable authorized persons to determine when, how, and by whom the board's business was conducted. In order to fulfill these responsibilities, and subject to the organization's bylaws, the Secretary records minutes of meetings, ensures their accuracy, and availability, proposes policies and practices, submits various reports to the board, maintains membership records, fulfills any other requirements of a Director and Officer, and performs other duties as the need arises and/or as defined in the bylaws.

Requirements:

  • 4-6 working hours per month, which includes attendance at board meetings (starting in January 2016).
  • 1-2 years experience working on a Not-For-Profit arts organization board.
  • Willingness to work nights and weekends as required.
  • Must be available during the Digi60 Festival Screenings for the length of their position on the Board.
  • Familiar with Robert's Rule of Order (asset, but not mandatory).

Bookkeeper

The Bookkeeper will invoice customers, process and remit payments, monitor petty cash and bank statements, produce financial reports and work with the accountant. They will work independently, and report to the President.

Requirements:

  • 4-6 hours per month during Festival months; 1-2 working hours every other month. Time includes attendance at board meetings (starting in January 2016).
  • Familiar with generally accepted accounting principles. Bookkeeping experience and/or Accounting designation would be a definite asset.
  • 1-2 years experience working on a NFP arts organization board would be an asset.
  • Must be available during the Digi60 Festival Screenings for the length of their position on the Board

Applicants should direct their submissions to: info@digi60.org, with a cover letter and resume, with the subject line: Digi60 Volunteer Application - Applicant Name


Nov. 27, 2015

Tickets now available

You can now find the tickets for both the documentary and narrative screenings available HERE

Documentary Short FIlms

Screening - Dec. 11th at 6:30 PM

Featuring: Let's Do the Time Warp Again! - Blackout - Weightless - Dream and Desires - My Own Skin - Distracted - Speak - Red Words - MS-Maintaining Strength - Lac Pemichangan - A Long Way Home - Le Sourire d'Éloïse - The Necklace - Roi du Coeur - La Réalité de mes Rêves - Un Combat en Soie - La Relève - A Paranormal Society - Forgotten Spaces - The Lasalle Heights Disaster

Narrative short films

Screening 1 - Dec. 12th at 6:00 PM

Featuring: Fedor Ilitchev | Arjan Atwal - BLACKOUT | Gabriel Zaragoza - LEAVES THAT FALL OFF THE TREE | Matthew Kelly - SINBAD
Alexandre Perrotin-Frapsauce - I LOVE YOU EVEN THOUGH YOU'RE A ZOMBIE NOW | Lee Cyr - PENDULUM | Marina Bruno - DO YOU SEE HOW EASY THAT WAS | Kerry Hutton - THE JURY | Ahmed Hafez - CUP OF COFFEE | Conrad Osei - ONE SHOT WONDER | Adrianna Sustar - BLOODWORK | Vincent Valentino - A LONELY MAN | Aileigh Karson - RUINING THE PRETTY

Screening 2 - Dec. 12th at 8:30 PM

Featuring: Paola Della Malva - A DAY TO REMEMBER | Allen Roulston - DEAD MEN TALKING | Jérémy Daigle - RÉCURRENCE
Martin Rodriguez - IN CASE OF FIRE | Thomas Jardine - MOBIUS | Trevor Goulet/John Petti - TOUCH | Chris Chitaroni - RE-ENTRY
Rene Fortier - JENNY! | Randy Smith - WHAT'S IT GOING TO BE | Tyler Pearce/Andrew Robillard - ECHO


Nov. 18, 2015

Update from the Festival

Dear Narrative Filmmakers,

On the topic of transparency, an issue has arrised that we feel compelled to comment on.

Our new website, which was launched in August, has a section called FAQ for general questions about the festival. Though we had done our best to review as much information when we were transferring the info from our old Wordpress site and the Spring event, an FAQ slipped through that we didn’t catch stating that filmmakers had up to 72 hours before the screening to send us their film.

We are addressing this now because we have received some questions in the last 24 hours about extensions and judging vs. screening versions.

IF there are extenuating circumstances and a need to have an extra day or two beyond the due date, Digi60 has always been willing to accommodate these issues if they are brought to our attention in advance. However, all extenuating circumstances still need to be approved on a case-by-case basis as the festival has several external factors that are time sensitive including: printing tickets and selling them, printing programs, posters, preparing blu rays for the screening, finalizing timelines and details with the venue.

We have reiterated several times that if at any point there are issues, to email us at info@digi60.org

We understand the time crunch, but please know that 50 filmmakers are participating in this festival overall and are all under the same expectations for deliverables.

The FAQ that stated we accepted the film 72 hours in advance of the screening for the Fall 2015 festival was WRONG and an ERROR that we didn’t catch, we should have caught that, but unfortunately we didn’t, which we apologize for. BUT we all know that the Fall challenge is 60 days and the information for the Fall 2015 festival, that was sent to each filmmaker in the package at the email that they registered with on Sept. 20th, is the most up to date information and is what filmmakers should be basing their deliverables on, not an FAQ on the site, especially if there were no emails or requests sent for clarification on that FAQ.

We have removed this particular FAQ from the site. If there are issues, everything will be judged on a case-by-case basis as usual. Please send them to info@digi60.org.

Thank you,
Emily, Jennifer and Kevin


Oct. 1, 2015

Digi60 Film Festival profiled in Ottawa Life Magazine 

Digi60 has been profiled by Samantha Lapierre from Ottawa Life Magazine, who asked us questions about this year's festival, the catch, the challenge, and poses the question of how Digi60 benefits local filmmakers.

You can read the entire article here: OTTAWA LIFE MAGAZINE


Sept. 20, 2015

Filmmaker packages have now been sent out!

The Filmmaker Package, the new Filmmaker Checklist, and the Filmmaker Agreements, have gone out to all registered filmmakers from both the Narrative and Documentary Streams. If for some reason, you are registered and you have not received these documents, check your SPAM filter first. If you have still not received them, contact us at: info@digi60.org.


Sept. 19, 2015

And the catch is...

The FALL catch for both Narrative and Documentary Streams is: MEMORY. The traditional Digi60 Fall time length has changed to 7 MINUTES, all title cards and credits included. If you are a filmmaker, and weren't able to attend the catch, you will receive an email from Digi60 with further instructions within 24 hours. Thanks! Good luck!


Sept. 15, 2015

Digi60 announces lineup for Indie Producing 101 Workshop

Digi60 announces the lineup for the 3 hour "workshop" panel on Sept. 19th from 3-6 PM at the Clocktower Brew Pub, 575 Bank St.
PWYC event with a suggested donation of $5 to cover base costs. It will be followed by the Digi60 Catch & Pitch event at 6:30pm (free).

Pick the brains of Ottawa film industry professionals:

- Adrian Langley (Director & Digi60 Alum) Adrian has successfully written and directed several feature films as well as having an accomplished portfolio of short films. He has traversed a successful career from Ottawa to LA and all over Canada. His upcoming feature film shot in Ottawa, GUTSHOT, has just released its trailer and will be completed soon! You can watch it here!
- Rachel Perrault (Mensour Agency) A graduate from the National Theatre School of Canada, Rachel’s first love for this business was on stage.  She joined the Mensour Agency as an agent is 1995.  Working for one of the most successful bilingual agencies in Canada, she proudly represents a roster of award winning actors, narrators and voice artists.  Rachel enjoys discovering new talent and takes great pride in her work and her clients.
- Chris Cornish (ACTRA* Ottawa) Chris Cornish is the Branch Representative for ACTRA Ottawa and has over a decade of experience working with performers, filmmakers and industry professionals locally and nationally. Chris also plays a lead role in government relations on behalf of ACTRA National liaising with Ministers, MPs, boards, agencies and industry stakeholders.

*ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists) is the national union of professional performers working in the English-language recorded media in Canada. ACTRA represents the interests of 22,000 members across the country – the foundation of Canada’s highly-acclaimed professional performing community.

- Derek Price (Say Ten Productions, Digi60 Alum & Short Film Pro) Derek has created and directed over forty short films since 2010. He has learned to navigate the freelance and independent film world with various projects, including TV, music videos, PSAs and live events. He won the 2014 Best Director Award at Digi60 Fall Festival, and has worked on over 10 feature films since 2012 as an AD and cinematographer.
- Jennifer Mulligan (Writer & Digi60 Alum)  Jennifer Mulligan is an award winning screenwriter in Gatineau. Her script Minerva's War was a Finalist at the Lady Filmmakers Festival in 2014, and it was optioned as part of their Script to Screen program this year. Jennifer had success with two Digi60 films she wrote, Algebra and Mary Mae, which both went on to screen at several international festivals. Her TV show The Dart League Diaries was optioned by a local producer, and now Jennifer is turning it into a web series. She's also working with directors and producers in Ottawa and Vancouver on shorts and feature scripts, and she also taught Introduction to Screenwriting for the Canadian Authors Association, Ottawa Chapter, in 2014.

This workshop covers:

- What kind of paperwork do you need to have in place for your short films?
- Do you need to have an agreement with an actor, writer or music provider in place?
- What needs to be considered if you use union actors?
- Is it possible to have 100% control over your production?
& more!

Join us in an informal discussion with Ottawa film industry pros about how to make your short film a success while covering your ass(ets).

You can RSVP to the event on Facebook! 

Presented by our new sponsors: The Mensour Agency, ACTRA Ottawa and the Canadian Film Institute


Sept. 4, 2015

Digi60 to offer producing 101 workshop for independent filmmakers

On September 19th from 3-6pm at the Clocktower Brewpub at 575 Bank St. join us for some beers as we host an informative workshop on the basics of producing independent films.

Have you been the producer on one or a number of shorts, but you want to know how to step up your game and cover your ass(ets) in the process?

Maybe you're new to Digi60 and want to understand how producing works?

Producing is a skill set that involves wearing many hats. Especially on the indie scene. There's a lot to know. Things change all the time. How you cope is a measure of the success of the project.

We want you to be well equipped to take on not only your Digi60 film in 2015 but bigger projects as part of the Digi60 Filmmakers' Festival commitment to building filmmakers.

Come out and learn from people who've done it. They're alumni of Digi60 who have moved on to bigger projects and bigger production roles as producers and directors. They want to share what they know so you can be more informed. We all rise with the tide around here.

NOTE: $5 minimum suggested donation at the door to purely cover off a portion of the cost. This is a steal!

RSVP on our Facebook event page: Indie Producing 101 

Panel and discussion topics will be announced very soon!


Sept. 1, 2015

Fall Registration Now Open

Registration for the Fall 2015 festival opened on September 1, 2015 for both Documentary and Narrative/Scripted short films. Filmmakers will have 60 days to create a 5-7 minute short film within the catch criteria. These films will be judged by members of the industry, screened at the Centrepointe Studio Theatre, and will also have an awards gala with prizes generously donated by our sponsors.

To find out more information on how to register, please check out our FESTIVAL page!


Sept. 1, 2015

Digi60 Announces Fall Festival Launch and Opens Registration

Fall Festival open to new and emerging Documentary and Narrative short filmmakers.