Ottawa Indie Fest's Mission
Ottawa Indie Fest is a cultural, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to recognize, promote and celebrate the art of cinema by showcasing independent Canadian films and filmmakers. Our mission is grounded in the belief that Canadian films and filmmakers are distinctive and vital to our country’s culture and the development of the local economy.

The Bytown Museum Monday Night Movie Screenings
As part of Ottawa Indie Fest's commitment to cooperate and collaborate with other organizations, Ottawa Indie Fest has entered into a partnership agreement with The Bytown Museum regarding a call for submissions for Canadian fiction or documentary films of short or feature length. Over the summer of 2017, Ottawa Indie Fest and the Bytown Museum will present a series of films for a period of 9 weeks every Monday night from July 3 to August 28 to help promote the museum's new exhibit “A Century of Community”.

Bytown Museum's "A Century of Community" Exhibit
"A Century of Community" exhibit features 100 eclectic, unique and beautiful works from the museum's primary artefact collection tells the story of Bytown and Ottawa, its people and its evolution from lumber town to the capital of Canada and beyond.

Bytown Museum's Mission
The Bytown Museum is not-for-profit organization whose mission is to explore the stories and values of an evolving City of Ottawa and its residents from its first inhabitants and the early days as Bytown to present day Ottawa. The Museum is committed to engaging its visitors and community in discovery and dialogue as it aims to deepen the many connections within and between the communities.

Submission Acceptance
Ottawa Indie Fest is now accepting submissions for the Bytown Museum Monday Night Movie Screenings.
- We are looking for great stories in all genres whether they are fiction or documentary of short or feature length that reflect the theme of the Canadian Community through the eyes of Canadians.
- We would like to see how the film-makers interpret the theme of community and their representations of it.
- Within the context of the community theme, we are also looking for films that highlight Canada’s "Hidden Voices", i.e.: multicultural diversity, cultural immigration/immigrants, new Canadians, sociocultural views, First Nations etc.

These Canadian films must also meet the following criteria:
- Be written or directed and/or produced by a Canadian filmmaker from 2013 to April 1, 2017
- Features can be only be up to a maximum length of 100 minutes
- We only accept online screeners for preview purposes.
- Entries should be submitted by secure password-protected Internet link via The link must NOT be visible to the public.
- There are NO waivers to these criteria or for the submission fees.

- In lieu of screening fees, tax receipts will be issued to selected films by the Bytown Museum.
- The tax receipt for films in length from 30 to 100 minutes will range from $125.00 to $150.00
- The tax credit for films under 30 minutes will range from $25.00 to $50.00.
- Once a film has been selected for screening, the Bytown Museum will contact the filmmaker to work out the details for the tax receipt.
- All accepted film entries will be promoted and featured on the Ottawa Indie Fest and on the Bytown Museum websites as well as on their Facebook and Twitter pages and in printed promotional items.

To be eligible please read all of the criteria, rules and guidelines carefully before making your submission.
- Films submitted must be produced by Canadian filmmakers within the last 3 years (2013 - 2016).
- We will also accept any film completed in 2017 up April 1, 2017
- We can not accept films made by non- Canadian filmmakers for this call for submissions.
- Multiple submissions are allowed.
- We only accept submission entries digitally through
- We do not accept submissions by email or physical submissions sent by mail.
- We are not responsible for improperly functioning on-line screeners or passwords.
- Do not send a press kit or other supporting materials unless asked to do so by the festival.
- "Films with dialogue that is not English or French need to have open captions in one of the official languages
- Films publicly available on the Internet (free) are not eligible
- Entrants are responsible for securing all rights and permissions from copyright and other holders relating to their film and agree to all terms as detailed herein.
- We reserve the right not to select any submission that we feel is inappropriate for any reason.
- All submissions will be notified of the results of the festival's decision by May 27, 2017.
- If selected for the festival, we can accept DVDs, Blu-rays or electronic files. DNxHD, h.264 or ProRes codecs in mov or mp4 containers are acceptable. Resolutions 1920x1080 or 1280x720.
Filmmakers must deliver final format as indicated for festival screening. There are no exceptions.
- All film submissions will be assessed based on the criteria and rules and guidelines as described in the call for submissions.
- Submissions may not be withdrawn from the Festival once they have been accepted and you have confirmed its availability.
- The decision of selection committee and festival is final.
- All shipping costs to Ottawa of your screening master must be paid by the participant.

Terms and Conditions
I as submitter of this entry and the undersigned, acknowledge and agree that:

1. I have read, understand and fully comply with all submission eligibility Rules, Guidelines, Terms and Conditions requirements;
2. To the best of my knowledge, all of the statements in this document are true;
3. This film or video is not subject to any litigation nor is threatened by any litigation;
4. I am duly authorized to submit this film to the festival;
5. I hold Ottawa Indie Fest (Ottawa Independent Film Festival) and the Bytown Museum its owners, management, juries, subsidiaries, agents, sponsors, affiliates, etc. harmless from any and all claims of liability resulting from my entry;
6. I certify that I am the copyright holder of the film and have all necessary rights and clearances to have the film publicly screened by the festival;
7. I certify that I have full rights to the use of the music in the entered work;
8 . I give permission to Ottawa Indie Fest (Ottawa Independent Film Festival) and the Bytown Museum to use stills, titles, copy, and/or information from the film for promotional purposes and
9 . I give permission to Ottawa Indie Fest (Ottawa Independent Film Festival) and the Bytown Museum to screen the film at the festival as well as any other festival presentations, programs, and/or events.