Digi60 2019 Industry Professional Development Day

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Arts Court

2 Daly Avenue

Ottawa, ON K1N 6E2


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Digi60 Filmmakers' Festival is excited to present a day of industry workshops & panels for emerging filmmakers in the Ottawa-Gatineau area.

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Digi60's professional development day is a popular event that allows new and emerging filmmakers get one-on-one learning opportunities - including mentorships, feedback and networking - with industry professionals in the Ottawa-Gatineau area. The main goal of the professional development day is to allow filmmakers to

  1. Create and Learn
  2. Expand their Network
  3. Multiply their Skills

We offer our workshops and panels on a PWYC/By Donation basis. Digi60 is a registered not-for-profit.

Festival Screenings run from December 20-21, 2019 at the Ottawa Art Gallery Alma Duncan Salon, with our Industry Professional Development Day operating on December 22, 2019 at SAW Video and Arts Court Theatre, both located at Arts Court, 2 Daly Ave.

Workshop 1 - Filmmaker Feedback with Max McGuire

Time: 9:00-11:00 am, SAW Video The Loop (2 Daly Ave.) Max. 8 participants

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. Only 8 spots. First come, first served to new and emerging Registered Filmmakers only: This workshop will sell out. If you sign up for this workshop and aren't a registered filmmaker you will be refunded.

Workshop 2 - The Art & Craft of Cinematography with Matthew A. MacDonald

Time: 9:00-11:00 am, SAW Video Training Space (2 Daly Ave.) Max. 10 participants

The craft of cinematography is the practice of crafting moving images using light, shadow, colour, composition, and movement. The art of cinematography is the process of applying this craft to make people feel something, to represent a feeling through moving images. With that in mind, attendees can expect to learn more about the critical importance of lighting and composition in any motion picture, and how even the seemingly smallest lighting or compositional decisions can have a profound impact.

Workshop 3 - Acting Scene Study with Robert Bockstael

Time: 1:00-4:00 pm, SAW Video The Loop (2 Daly Ave.) Max. 8 participants

Canadian legend of theatre and screen, Robert Bockstael will go over scene study techniques in an intimate workshop where you receive one-on-one coaching and peer support.

Panel 1 - HORROR FILMS - Do You Like Scary Movies? An Outlook on Genre Films

Time: 10:30-11:45 am, Arts Court Theatre (2 Daly Ave.)

Alumni Filmmakers Kristian Lariviere and Alex Lee Williams and producer Christopher Giroux will discuss the outlook on genre films as well as the trends and accessibility of making horror, the festival landscape, funding and distribution challenges.

Panelists: Alex Lee Williams (Hellmington), Kristian Lariviere (Hens Night), Christopher Giroux (Black Fawn Films, Black Fawn Distribution and Vortex Words + Pictures)

Panel 2 - DIRECTING - F is for Failure: Making Movies without Getting Greenlit

Time: 12:00-1:15 pm, Arts Court Theatre (2 Daly Ave.)

Digi60 Alumni Filmmakers Jay Drakulic and Alex Lee Williams will discuss the successes and failures they've had with their feature films, the lessons they learned, how to measure “success”, and how to keep going even when you get a "No". Come ready to ask questions and to be challenged on the definition of success and failure.

Facilitators: Jay Drakulic & Alex Lee Williams (Hellmington)

Panel 3 - PRODUCING - Making It Happen

Time: 1:30-2:45 pm, Arts Court Theatre (2 Daly Ave.)

Creating in different mediums and at different budget levels, Producers discuss the challenge of funding their projects, being "creative producers" and how they collaborate and work with others to get their projects made.

Panelists: Maissa Houri (Web-Series), Michelle Aseltine (Feature Film), Sarah Fodey (TV Broadcast/Documentary/Feature)

Panel 4 - DOCUMENTARY - Storytelling IRL

Time: 3:00-4:15 pm, Arts Court Theatre (2 Daly Ave.)

Documentary filmmakers discuss how they tackle translating real stories to the screen, authentic storytelling and why documentary is an essential medium for filmmakers to explore "real life". Challenges of funding, voice and getting their work greenlit will also be discussed.

Panelists: Élise Beaudry-Ferland (Humboldt the New Season), Amen Jafri (The Secret Lives of Public Servants), Hoda Elatawi (Muneeza in the Middle)

Panel 5 - PRODUCER MENTORSHIP PANEL - Pitch It! Industry Producer Panel Providing Mentorship

Time: 4:30-6:00 pm, Arts Court Theatre (2 Daly Ave.)

Come and watch 5 Project Pitches to Producers. Pitchees will receive constructive mentorship-style feedback as well as an overall outlook on what producers look for in a pitch. There will be an open Q&A to the producers at the end.

Panelists: Hoda Elatawi (GAPC), Michelle Aseltine (Blindluck Pictures), Sarah Fodey (SandBay Entertainment), Adele Cardamone-Martel (CBC), Christopher Giroux (Black Fawn Films, Black Fawn Distribution and Vortex Words + Pictures)

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