About & Origin
The mandate of
Film Ottawa (www.filmottawa.com) for 2012 was to
promote Ottawa to viable US and international film production companies
and producers. Entirely
through private funding, Film
Ottawa was able to achieve its primary
launched a pilot project at the end of 2011 to promote
Ottawa as a new and exciting film-making destination for the future.
By setting up a
semi-virtual film office in Los Angeles,
California (323 area
code), Film Ottawa was free to advertise and promote Ottawa to various
film companies and producers in the local Los Angeles area.
representatives attended various film and
entertainment functions during 2012, including
at the LA International Film festival 2012 with the sole purpose in
a presence through the promotion of Ottawa as a new and ideal film
location in North America.
At TIFF, Film Ottawa
reps met with several
producers of US television shows and film production companies who
currently use Toronto to make their products.
directly on the ground as well as through low cost
online promotion techniques to a targeted Los Angeles film
industry resulted in creating
a presence and acknowledgment that Ottawa would be a new player
in the North
American film and TV production industry.
of "Film Ottawa"
Film Ottawa was the
creation of Ron Schwarzmann,link along
with funding from two successful Canadian actors (undisclosed) living
and working in the Los Angeles TV and motion picture industry who
also have roots in Ottawa and wanted to see their hometown
put on the map.
A promotion campaign and viability assessment directed at a
targeted L.A. TV and film industry was originally motivated
by the 2012 momentum of the City of Ottawa to create a modern
film-friendly location environment and renewed film infrastructure,
along with the promise of a state of the art sound stage facility.
In 2013 "Film Ottawa" along with
the funding for the Los Angeles promotion campaign of Ottawa was
suspended (including the previous full filmottawa.com website) until
such time that the evolution of the city's film
infrastructure and sound stage facilities meet the expected
realization. A renewed and advanced promotion of Ottawa by Film Ottawa
is currently on hold with the intention to restart.