Ottawa's original digital filmmakers' festival
So... What is digi60?
Digi60 is a "catch festival" - meaning a filmmaker or team signs up/registers to participate, and at our launch event (or CATCH & PITCH as it is known) they are given a theme or "catch" that they have to incorporate into their film. Other items that are provided during the catch release include length of the film, total days until their film is due, and any other restrictions that might need to be incorporated into their films. A comparison to be made would be the 24 or 48 hour film races that take place in other cities, however Digi60's signature Fall Festival always has a 60 day window from catch release to submission (thus the 60 in our name).
Our Spring Festival usually is a shorter production window, but we never create themes or restrictions that a filmmaker cannot deal with in a short timeframe. We try to keep it broad, just like our Fall Festival, so that the films created during Digi60 can live on beyond the length of just one festival or screening.
Digi60 also wants to create an opportunity for collaboration. We invite all members of the independent film industry - writers, actors, producers, directors, editors, etc. - to participate and register for the festival, as well as to attend the CATCH & PITCH.
We announce open registration for both the Spring and the Fall Festivals on our website and on Facebook.
Creating opportunities for filmmakers...
The Digi60 Filmmakers' Festival was founded on the principle that new and emerging filmmakers would be encouraged to create short films, and be able to screen them in a setting that provided a real world film festival experience, complete with jury evaluation, awards, and gala. We have seen many Digi60 Alumni go on to become professional members of the film and television industry. The festival also aims to promote Ottawa as a sustainable film industry destination with desirable cast and crew available for hire.
Digi60 is not just about making films. We also make filmmakers.
In 2014, Digi60 also acquired the rights to revive the Summer Institute of Film and Television (SIFT), formerly operated under the Canadian Screen Training Centre (CSTC). Originally created in 1981, by Ottawa screenwriter and film industry professional, Tom Shoebridge, SIFT as ran for 29 years and trained thousands of students under the tutelage of industry professionals including Megan Follows, Atom Egoyan, Patricia Rozema, Peter Raymond, Sarah Polley, Denys Arcand, and nearly 400 others.
The Digi60 Ottawa Digital Filmmakers' Festival is a grass-roots, volunteer run not-for-profit corporation run by filmmakers, for filmmakers.