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May 31 - August 4

Shooting Dates: WednesdayMay 31st to FridayAug. 4th2017
(All participants need to register and pay all fees before shooting can commence)
Cost: $150.00

We’re launching our 2017 Dogme Challenge! The Dogme Challenge gives participants the opportunity to make a short film for a low, low budget, and have it screened at a special IFCO screening. This year is IFCO’s 25th year and so we’ve decided on a special theme. This year’s theme is called FROM OTTAWA! Each filmmaker will be given an opportunity to create a short film which either features Ottawa; reflects on their individual musings of Ottawa; captures their experience of Ottawa, or is just simply ‘set’ in Ottawa. We have also included a couple of changes to the format! Please read below to see more.

Dogme Challenge participants are given the following items:

•200 feet of colour or black & white negative film;
• A Bolex camera;
• One lens of their choice (subject to availability);
• Lighting Equipment (subject to availability) – (THIS TIME ONLY!);
• A light meter;
• And a Tripod (subject to availability).

First-time filmmakers get to try their hands at filmmaking at an affordable rate, while experienced filmmakers get to challenge themselves by giving-up some of their favourite tools. Dogme’s not a competition really, but rather a chance to participate in a creative activity within a community of filmmakers.

Also for 2017 each Dogme filmmaker will be able to select a piece of copyright FREE music that can be projected/played along with their live projected films.  We’ll be accepting MP3 files on a USB stick.


  1. You must be an IFCO member in good standing (membership fees paid and your account up to date) OPEN TO PERSONS INTERESTED IN SECURING AN IFCO MEMBERSHIP;
  2.  No worries! If you have no previous experience working with a Bolex (or equivalent)  16mm camera; a one-on-one training session (on both the Bolex camera and the light  meter) will be provided, by IFCO’s Technical Staff;
  3. You must complete and submit all application forms to IFCO’s Membership Coordinator.  All applications are subject to approval.  Reasons for refusal will include unpaid IFCO membership fees or invoices;
  4. You must pay an entry fee of $150.00 (includes  taxes).  This is only to be paid following the approval of the application form, but before the shoot. No equipment will be released to a participant who has not paid this entry fee;
  5. The exact date of your shoot will be your choice, subject to availability of equipment.  You must book the equipment through the IFCO office as usual, with our Technical Staff, but you must clearly state that you have registered for IFCO’s Dogme Challenge;
  6. You have this equipment for 48 hours (THIS TIME ONLY!), after which you must return the equipment and hand in the film for processing;
  7.  You may only use available light plus additional lighting (THIS TIME ONLY!);
  8.  You may do only in-camera editing;
  9.  You may not do any post-production work whatsoever (no editing, no sound, no cuts,
    no dissolves, etc.);
  10. You must show the following credits at either the beginning, or end of the film: (a) the words: “Summer 2017 IFCO Dogme Challenge”; (b) your name; (c) the film title; (d) Niagara Custom Lab’s logo, and (e) IFCO’s logo.  All logos will be provided by IFCO;
  11. You must agree to have the film shown as part of a special screening (date to be determined). You cannot see the film between its completion and its screening.  The workprint and negative will be returned to you after the screening; and
  12. Prior to the screening, the film will not be shown to anybody other than the project organizer. The project organizer will see it only for the purposes of preparing a program for the screening.  If there are serious problems (i.e. the majority of the film is significantly wrongly exposed, and/or out of focus and/or the roll was wrongly loaded, causing significant registration problems), you will be notified of this problem.

If you have any questions, please contact the office, at (613) 569-1789.

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