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.
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.
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. Emily’s goal is to contribute to, and build, Ottawa’s festival, film and television landscape. She is currently completing the WIFT-T Connect Mentorship program.
Jennifer Mulligan, Director
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.
Nickie Shobeiry, Marketing Director
Nickie Shobeiry is an award-winning journalist and writer, focusing on immigrant identities as expressed through art, culture and politics. As TV Host of Creatorland, she explores the stories of women, youth and newcomer entrepreneurs. Today, Nickie continues to develop film and TV projects, and collaborates with community initiatives across the UK and North America.
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.
Asma Abdourahman, Social Media Director
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.