SAW Video Launches Ottawa Independent Video Awards

It’s so exciting to see how much the local film scene is growing. Challenges are plentiful and new film festivals are emerging more and more. Now comes a long overdue awards initiative to recognize the work of local filmmakers. The Ottawa Independent Video Awards have their inaugural edition this year to honour film and video artists in the National Capital Area. The OVIA awards are presented by SAW Video and will be handed out every two years. The first OIVA Awards gala will be held Saturday April 11th at the Arts Court Theatre and will include a screening of the winner selected from the nominees.

The Ottawa Independent Video Awards recognize work of any genre (documentary, narrative, animation, experimental) as well as video installation, short films, feature films, web series, vj performances, music videos, etc. in six categories:

Best Director - Narrative
Best Director - Experimental
Best Director - Documentary
Best Director - Music Video
Best Director Under 25
Rob Thompson Award – recognizes an individual from the Ottawa-Gatineau region who has persevered as a media artist and has also contributed as a mentor or community builder and includes a $500 cash prize.  The Rob Thompson award will be judged independently by a separate committee.

Nominations will be reviewed by professionals and peers from the local filmmaking community. Nominations are currently be accepted and filmmakers by submit their own work for consideration. (Nominate your favourite local film and video work here.)

Please see the OIVA website for full details.

What are your favourite local films of late?

I might put in a good word for Wired, Beauty Sleep or Odd One Out!