I fancy myself a sort of intern at this festival - not quite experienced enough at one thing to be important, but not totally clueless either. So it was a treat that I was forwarded an invite to the Heritage Minister’s World Premiere of Ken Scott’s quirky comedy Starbuck, a film that will soon be making waves in Canadian cinema. Full review to follow, but first I feel the need to describe the event, the gala, the glitz and the glam that came with attending the film’s premiere at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. I bought a new dress, fretted for days about my hair, and brushed up on current events (reminding myself at times of Bridget Jones and her brief connection to the issues in Chechnya). I met up with my fellow OIFF team (who were much more calm, cool and collected than myself) and we networked our way through an evening to remember. But one of the first things we said to each other when we got out of the premiere? We wanted to get that film.
So many film festivals work on a combination of submissions and invitations. As a grassroots festival, the Ottawa International Film Festival is open and accepting to both kinds. If we see a film that deserves to be screened at our festival, we’re going to go for it. Made a film that sounds like this? Let us know. We’d love to attend the world premiere of your film, too.