sunday December 23, 2018

Professional development + alumni feature film
arts court theatre & Studio

2 Daly Ave. Ottawa, ON


9AM - Documentary Masterclass
the SAVVY Producer

Presented by the DOC Institute featuring documentarian Chanda Chevannes, this dynamic and interactive Masterclass will break down some of the essentials you’ll need to know for a sustainable career in film. With guests that will include working filmmakers and festival professionals this program will offer valuable insight into the behind-the-scenes of how to make it as a filmmaker. While this workshop will focus on documentary-specific examples, the takeaways will be applicable to indie narrative filmmakers at the start of their career, too. This workshop is being co-presented by the DOC Institute and is supported by Ontario Arts Council and the Ontario Creates.

Limited to 30 participants. Pre-registration is required. PWYC/By Donation, none turned away. REGISTER HERE.

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Chanda Chevannes - Documentary Filmmaker

Chanda is passionate about media for social change. Her first feature documentary, Living Downstream, won multiple awards and was broadcast on six continents. She is currently in post-production on her second feature, an observational documentary that will be released in 2017.

While living in Uganda, Chanda created educational films on violence prevention, which are being used by thousands of organizations and have contributed to tangible change. Chanda has trained as an arts educator with the Royal Conservatory and was recently an Innovator in Communities with the Toronto Public Library. She is currently an instructor at Centennial College's Story Arts Centre.

In 2015, Chanda received a prestigious Chalmers Arts Fellowship, which enables artists to take their work in new directions. In 2013, she received a Gracie Award from the Alliance for Women in Media and was named a Woman to Watch by Sydney's Buzz on Indie Wire.

Chanda is a member of several professional associations, including the Documentary Organization of Canada, the Society of Environmental Journalists, and the Toronto Chapter of Film Fatales. She is a graduate of Sheridan College, lives in Toronto, and is the mother of two children.

Chanda will be accompanied by local documentary filmmaker Amen Jafri to offer her localized experiences during the Masterclass.


Amen Jafri - Documentary FIlmmaker

Amen Jafri spent 10 years in communications and HR in the federal public service, before pivoting into film and television production. She got her start on the feature thriller Penthouse North before working on Radio Canada's Toi et moi: malgré tout and in Acquisitions at the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network. Her first film, The City That Fun Forgot?, was made without any prior experience and it had a sold-out premiere in 2014, garnering local and national media coverage. Since then, her other works have been shortlisted for the TVO Short Doc Contest and screened for TVO, the American Documentary Film Festival, the Pilot Light TV Festival and more. She is the director of the Bell Media series, Creatorland, a 2018 Fellow for Hot Docs' Doc Accelerator Emerging Filmmaker Lab and an IAWTV Award winner.

11am - Workshop - Auditioning for Film & TV
with Pete Dillon - SOLD OUT

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As one of Ottawa’s busiest actors, Pete’s work has taken him across Canada and around the world. He’s been featured on television, in feature films, tv movies and also works in theatre. In this workshop, Pete will go over the techniques he uses to get the part when audition for film and tv - especially for self-tapes using iPhone. He will go through step-by-step and simple self-auditioning techniques, how he prepares for an audition, and also go through exercise with participants.

Limited to 10 participants. Pre-registration is required. PWYC/By Donation, none turned away. SOLD OUT

11am - workshop - legal considerations for film
With byron pascoe


In this intimate workshop, Byron Pascoe of Edwards PC, Creative Law will go over legal essentials that all filmmakers and media artists should be aware of as they begin their journey of filmmaking. Byron will go over examples and scenarios and will be able to provide answers to questions from participants.

1PM - Workshop - filmmaker feedback
With max McGuire - SOLD OUT

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Geared toward new and emerging filmmakers, feature film director Max McGuire sits down in an intimate conversation about the registered filmmaker’s film screened at Digi60. He reviews jury notes and commentary, while providing concise and constructive feedback to the filmmaker. This constructive workshop has been a hit for 3 years, and isn’t to be missed for new filmmakers.

Pre-registration is required. Limited to 8 participants. PWYC/by Donation, none turned away. REGISTER HERE.

3pm - Alumni closing night Festive feature Film

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Unholy Night - Closing Night Festive Alumni Feature Film
Dir. Kristian Lariviere, Randy Smith and Chris Chitaroni
Prod. Jennifer Allanson
(85 mins, 2018, Canada, Horror)

Bring in the holidays with a bloody bang as we screen Unholy Night, a horror anthology film created by Digi60 alumni and filmed entirely in the Ottawa area.

Unholy Night is an anthology film about a lonely nurse (Jennifer Allanson) working the overnight shift on Christmas Eve. She befriends an elderly patient (Jim McDonald) who weaves a wicked set of tales about the most wonderful time of the year. This Christmas, evil comes home for the holidays!

Advance tickets - $5 (+hst/fees)
Door tickets - $10

The screening will be followed by a talkback with Digi60 alumni filmmakers Jennifer Allanson, Kristian Lariviere, Randy Smith and Chris Chitaroni.