Submission Details

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Nominations are now closed. Thank you everyone for your submissions!

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SAW Video Media Art Centre is celebrating independent movie-making in the Ottawa-Gatineau region and is looking for your nominations! Know a local independent video artist that you think deserves some praise? Have you been working with a director who merits recognition? Nominate them for SAW Video’s 2nd annual Ottawa Independent Video Awards (OIVA) and help us celebrate the best and brightest in our region’s independent video and film community!

The 2nd edition of OIVA will be accepting nominations for 8 awards:

  • Best Director – Fiction
  • Best Director – Experimental
  • Best Director – Documentary
  • Best Director – Music Video
  • Best Director Under 25
  • Best Cinematography
  • Best Sound Design
  • Best Editing
  • Rob Thompson Video Award

Nominations are open to any resident of the Ottawa-Gatineau region.


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(Note: only electronic submissions will be considered)

ELIGIBLE: All independent films or videos in any genre (documentary, narrative, animation, experimental), video installation, short films, feature films, web series, vj performances, music videos, etc.


Independent means a work in which the director owns the copyright of the work and has retained editorial control.

NOT ELIGIBLE: Work that is NOT eligible for an OIVA award is corporate work, advertising, wedding videos, PSAs, in-house work created by a broadcaster, and student work created as part of an assignment.

Note: You do not need to be a SAW Video member to be nominated or to nominate an individual. Artists can nominate themselves. Current SAW Video board and staff are ineligible for the award.


Nominations will be reviewed by a committee of professionals and peers. A winner from the shortlist of nominees will be announced at the OIVA Awards gala, which will be held Saturday February 24 at Arts Court.


The 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.

If you want to know more about Rob Thompson, please click here.

Questions? Please email


  • Contact info for nominator and nominee
  • One page statement of recommendation by nominator (why are you nominating this person?)
  • Support material : 1 video link (eg.Vimeo, Youtube) of work made after January 1, 2016. A maximum of 10 minutes will be viewed by jury. (Please test link to ensure that it works.)
  • Clip time and password for video link if applicable.
  • Headshot of nominee
  • For Rob Thompson award only : C.V. (maximum 3 pages)


Send entries to OIVA at

SUBMIT ENTRIES: By midnight November 1st, 2017

PRIZES AWARDED: February 24th, 2018

The Ottawa Independent Video Awards are presented by:

SAW Video Media Art Centre

67 Nicholas Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 7B9

613 238-7648 /

Supporting Ottawa independents for 30 years.”