2018 Festival Staff

 
   Veronica Roy , Festival Coordinator   Veronica is an arts administrator and event manager, specializing in festivals and experiential events. Veronica brings to the table over a decade of experience coordinating events and projects in the nonprofit sector, and a great enthusiasm for local arts and culture.    In her spare time, Veronica can be found checking out live entertainment all over the city.

Veronica Roy, Festival Coordinator

Veronica is an arts administrator and event manager, specializing in festivals and experiential events. Veronica brings to the table over a decade of experience coordinating events and projects in the nonprofit sector, and a great enthusiasm for local arts and culture.

In her spare time, Veronica can be found checking out live entertainment all over the city.

 

Board Members

Digi60 is coordinated by a dedicated group of volunteer board members and planners.

   Kevin Burton,  President   Kevin has been at the helm of Digi60 since 2009, providing his communications and technical background to its growth and success. He has indeed done it all, growing the festival from a handful of participants to dozens, adding a documentary portion, and expanding partnerships and sponsorship opportunities with prominent Ottawa vendors, media, and production companies. He has worked with several television and media outlets in the Ottawa area, and has worked in media and communications with Carleton University. He is a videographer for the  Ottawa Senators, Ottawa RedBlacks, Ottawa Fury  and the  Ottawa 67s .

Kevin Burton, President

Kevin has been at the helm of Digi60 since 2009, providing his communications and technical background to its growth and success. He has indeed done it all, growing the festival from a handful of participants to dozens, adding a documentary portion, and expanding partnerships and sponsorship opportunities with prominent Ottawa vendors, media, and production companies. He has worked with several television and media outlets in the Ottawa area, and has worked in media and communications with Carleton University. He is a videographer for the Ottawa Senators, Ottawa RedBlacks, Ottawa Fury and the Ottawa 67s.

   Emily Ramsay,   Executive Director & Board Chair    Emily is an independent producer and production manager. A recipient of the City of Ottawa Youth in Culture program grant and the CMPA Ontario Production Mentorship, she was mentored under Derek Diorio (Hard Rock Medical, TVO/APTN) of Distinct Features Inc. for 19 months after graduation from Algonquin’s Scriptwriting program. Her recent credits include  Vs.: Women in Combat Sports,  a 6-part documentary series with Bell Fibe which she produced, created and co-directed, Morgana McKenzie’s  Wild (Indomptable)  which she co-produced,  Pur Laine  by director Alexander Cruz, a Canada Council funded feature she production managed and the cine-poem  Primary Colours , which screened at 32 festivals around the world. Emily previously worked on several Digi60 short films before becoming Board Chair in 2015. Other festival and cultural work include with the Ottawa International Animation Festival, the Canadian Film Institute, and Lights Camera Cure. She’s sat on juries and selection committees for half a dozen film festivals. Emily’s goal is to contribute to, and build, Ottawa’s festival, film and television landscape.

Emily Ramsay, Executive Director & Board Chair

Emily is an independent producer and production manager. A recipient of the City of Ottawa Youth in Culture program grant and the CMPA Ontario Production Mentorship, she was mentored under Derek Diorio (Hard Rock Medical, TVO/APTN) of Distinct Features Inc. for 19 months after graduation from Algonquin’s Scriptwriting program. Her recent credits include Vs.: Women in Combat Sports, a 6-part documentary series with Bell Fibe which she produced, created and co-directed, Morgana McKenzie’s Wild (Indomptable) which she co-produced, Pur Laine by director Alexander Cruz, a Canada Council funded feature she production managed and the cine-poem Primary Colours, which screened at 32 festivals around the world. Emily previously worked on several Digi60 short films before becoming Board Chair in 2015. Other festival and cultural work include with the Ottawa International Animation Festival, the Canadian Film Institute, and Lights Camera Cure. She’s sat on juries and selection committees for half a dozen film festivals. Emily’s goal is to contribute to, and build, Ottawa’s festival, film and television landscape.

  Jennifer Mulligan, Finance Officer    Jennifer is a screenwriter and emerging director. She completed her first experimental short film "death isn't the same anymore" in 2017, as a recipient of the SAW Video Jumpstart program. The short had its US premiere in Beverly Hills at the Lady Filmmakers Festival where it received the Festival Director's Award. Jennifer has recently worked with several Canadian producers, directors, and actors, to write and polish feature film scripts and is actively working on her own original TV and feature projects.

Jennifer Mulligan, Finance Officer

Jennifer is a screenwriter and emerging director. She completed her first experimental short film "death isn't the same anymore" in 2017, as a recipient of the SAW Video Jumpstart program. The short had its US premiere in Beverly Hills at the Lady Filmmakers Festival where it received the Festival Director's Award. Jennifer has recently worked with several Canadian producers, directors, and actors, to write and polish feature film scripts and is actively working on her own original TV and feature projects.

   Derek Price , Technical Director   Derek Price is a director and editor from  Ottawa, with his first foray into film being Digi60 in 2010. A late bloomer to the industry, Derek made the change from a career in business in 2012. Specializing in short-form narratives, Derek is the director and cinematographer of more than 30 short films, several of which have been shown around the world. He’s won the Best Director award at the 2014 Digi60 Filmmakers' Festival for his short film  All That Remains,  Best Artistic Director for the short film  The Depths , and Best Micro-Short for the cine-poem  Primary Colours . He is a cinematographer and editor for his Obscura Creative ,  and is also director of photography on several independent features. Derek is most recently working as a director and editor with  Gusto Worldwide Media  on long-form episodic food shows.

Derek Price, Technical Director

Derek Price is a director and editor from Ottawa, with his first foray into film being Digi60 in 2010. A late bloomer to the industry, Derek made the change from a career in business in 2012. Specializing in short-form narratives, Derek is the director and cinematographer of more than 30 short films, several of which have been shown around the world. He’s won the Best Director award at the 2014 Digi60 Filmmakers' Festival for his short film All That Remains, Best Artistic Director for the short film The Depths, and Best Micro-Short for the cine-poem Primary Colours. He is a cinematographer and editor for his Obscura Creative, and is also director of photography on several independent features. Derek is most recently working as a director and editor with Gusto Worldwide Media on long-form episodic food shows.

   Brendan Butt , Program Planning and Volunteers   Brendan Butt is a Digi60 alum who has produced and directed several short films and is now excited to get on board to help grow the festival. He will be focusing on outreach, putting together some great workshops and assisting with the festival programming. He will be working with the Board and the Festival Coordinator to continue to build Digi60 as Ottawa’s longest running catch festival, bringing in recent participant experience and insight into the festival’s future growth.

Brendan Butt, Program Planning and Volunteers

Brendan Butt is a Digi60 alum who has produced and directed several short films and is now excited to get on board to help grow the festival. He will be focusing on outreach, putting together some great workshops and assisting with the festival programming. He will be working with the Board and the Festival Coordinator to continue to build Digi60 as Ottawa’s longest running catch festival, bringing in recent participant experience and insight into the festival’s future growth.

   Asma Abdourahman , Marketing and Social Media   Asma is a recent graduate from the University of Ottawa where she majored in Communications and completed a minor in World Cinema. Over the past few years, Asma served as a Board member on the Ottawa Youth Engagement Committee, producer of freelance videos for local organizations, and as an event organizer with the Embassy of the Republic in Korea to Canada. She currently works as a public servant with the Government of Canada, and in typical millennial fashion, has an array of interests that culminate at an intersection of social ethics and film making - and horror films (the more demonic activity, the better). Asma hopes to promote filmmaking as a more accessible art form, especially for marginalized youth within Ottawa.

Asma Abdourahman, Marketing and Social Media

Asma is a recent graduate from the University of Ottawa where she majored in Communications and completed a minor in World Cinema. Over the past few years, Asma served as a Board member on the Ottawa Youth Engagement Committee, producer of freelance videos for local organizations, and as an event organizer with the Embassy of the Republic in Korea to Canada. She currently works as a public servant with the Government of Canada, and in typical millennial fashion, has an array of interests that culminate at an intersection of social ethics and film making - and horror films (the more demonic activity, the better). Asma hopes to promote filmmaking as a more accessible art form, especially for marginalized youth within Ottawa.