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Cellar Door Film Festival


Cellar Door Film Festival (CDFF) is Ottawa’s first showcase of speculative cinema, which celebrates the creativity of the Ottawa film scene and spotlights the city as a setting for the sinister and supernatural. CDFF encourages film culture, education, and production in Ottawa by promoting the creation, screening, and distribution of local, national and international films in the Nation’s capital.

Nov. 5-7, 2015| Showcasing independent films made within the speculative genres | Screening the strange & unusual.

 

Website: cdff.ca | Faebook: /CellarDoorFF | Twitter: @ CellarDoorFF


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'Liza, the Fox-Fairy', 'The Prime of Life' Win CDFF Audience Awards

  9 November 2015 For Immediate release   OTTAWA, ON – The credits have rolled and the ballots are in! The audiences of the second annual Cellar Door Film Festival name Liza, the Fox-Fairy (Liza, a rókatündér) and The Prime of Life (La force de l‘âge) as the winners of the Audience Award for Best Feature Film and Best Short Film, respectively. Liza, the Fox-Fairy, directed by Károly Ujj Mészáros, is a dark fantasy/comedy f...

Tickets Now on Sale for Cellar Door Film Festival!

OTTAWA, ON – Cellar Door Film Festival (CDFF) returns for a second year of strange and unusual cinema. After a successful first year featuring a sold-out opening night and enthusiastic audiences, Ottawa’s first film festival devoted to films in the speculative genres is opening up the cellar again to showcase sinister and supernatural films to Ottawa audiences. Advance tickets and festival passes are now available through Universe at a discounted price. Things go bump in the night ...

Cellar Door Film Festival Announces 2015 Line-up!

    Cellar Door Film Festival Offers Audiences a World Tour of Speculative Cinema!   Festival returns with a mix of horror, sci-fi, and fantasy films from around the world.   29 September, 2015 For Immediate release   OTTAWA, ON – Cellar Door Film Festival (CDFF) returns for a second year of strange and unusual cinema. After a successful first year featuring a sold-out opening night and enthusiastic audiences, Ottawa’s first film festival devote...

Cellar Door Film Festival Announces New Venues for 2015!

  2015 CDFF Venues Announced!   This year marks the second season for the Cellar Door Film Festival, and our festival team is thrilled to share the news about our chosen film screening locations. We look forward to welcoming our 2015 festival audiences to these exciting venues:     *OPENING NIGHT!*   THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5th   The Mayfair Theatre - 1074 Bank St.   One of Ottawa’s last two neighbor...

Cellar Door Film Festival Hosts Movie Trivia Night!

  Cellar Door Film Festival invites all speculative cinephiles in the 613 to come out for a night of movie trivia on Thursday, May 7 at Raw Sugar Cafe. Come support Cellar Door Film Festival with three rounds of trivia questions taken from cult favourites and hidden gems in the genres of horror, sci-fi, and fantasy. Put your movie smarts to the test and show off your brains for the zombies that are inevitably coming to eat them. There will be prizes and good times. This ev...

Free Women in Horror Month Screening of 'Dys-'!

  Ottawa's Cellar Door Film Festival celebrates Women in Horror Month with a special Friday the 13th screening of Dys-. Dys-, directed by Montreal's Maude Michaud, is the first Audience Award winner for Best Feature Film at the Cellar Door Film Festival and CDFF can't wait to hit audiences with a second shot of Michaud's bold, raw vision. The film screened to an engaged audience back when Michaud joined the festival for its inaugural edition in 2014.   The feature ...

Cellar Door Film Festival Offers More Options for Filmmakers

Ottawa's Cellar Door Film Festival is listening to filmmakers. We've heard your advice and considered your ideas, so now we've opened more methods for submission to accommodate the needs of diverse filmmakers. In addition to accepting submissions the old-fashioned way by mail (we accept both DVDs and Blu-rays), we've expanded our range of options for online submission.   CDFF now boasts partnerships with the online platforms Festhome, Film Freeway, Withoutabox, Click for...

Cellar Door Film Festival is Now Accepting Submissions!

Cellar Door Film Festival is Now Accepting Submissions!   December 12, 2014   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   OTTAWA, ON – Following a successful first season, Ottawa’s speculative genre festival is opening the Cellar Door once again! Cellar Door Film Festival (CDFF) is now accepting submissions for the second year of the festival, scheduled for November 2015.   Filmmakers are invited to submit speculative films of both s...

'Dys-' and 'The Cold Heart' Win Audience Awards at Cellar Door Film Festival!

  Dys- and The Cold Heart win Audience Awards at 2014 Cellar Door Film Festival! Films triumph as audience favourites in CDFF’s inaugural year   OTTAWA, ON – Nov. 12, 2014 –   After an enthusiastic first season, Ottawa’s Cellar Door Film Festival (CDFF) is pleased to announce the two Audience Award winners for CDFF 2014. Dys-, directed by Maude Michaud, wins the Audience Award for Best Feature Film at CDFF ‘14 while The Cold Heart (...

Cellar Door Film Festival Welcomes Guests to Inaugural Edition of CDFF!

CELLAR DOOR FILM FESTIVAL WELCOMES SPECIAL GUESTS TO INAUGURAL EDITION OF CDFF   Festival guest list includes Montreal filmmaker Maude Michaud and actor Alex Goldrich of DYS- OTTAWA, ON – Nov. 4, 2014 –  With the start of its inaugural season just days away, Ottawa’s Cellar Door Film Festival (CDFF) is set to host several exciting guests and filmmakers Among those coming to Ottawa for the festival are Montreal filmmaker Maude Michaud (pictured) and actor Al...

Cellar Door Film Festival Programmers' Picks

Whenever someone asks a member of the CDFF programming team what to see, the answer is always “Everything!” but our programmers undertook the difficult task of choosing personal favourites among the collection of horror, sci-fi, and fantasy films within the CDFF’14 line-up. To help audiences with their ticket choices, here are the Cellar Door programmers’ picks for some of the most notable shorts and features playing at the festival. (But we promise that you’ll wa...

Tickets Now on Sale for Cellar Door Film Festival!

  The Cellar Door Film Festival (CDFF) is excited to announced that tickets are now available for the inaugural edition of the festival! CDFF invites film fans to purchase advance tickets online at a discounted price of $9, while tickets may be purchased at the door on the day of the event(s) for $12 (cash only). All screenings take place at Club SAW in Arts Court, 67 Nicholas St, Ottawa, ON. Tickets may be purchased here: https://www.uniiverse.com/cdff2014 Screenings are as follo...

Cellar Door Film Festival Announces Line-up for CDFF'14!

Ottawa’s Cellar Door Film Festival is excited to announce the line-up for its inaugural festival, which screens in Ottawa November 7-9, 2014. All screenings take place at Club SAW and are generously supported by CDFF’s presenting sponsor, The School for Studies in Art and Culture at Carleton University, as well as supporting sponsors the Alumni Association of Carleton University, GNA Heating and Cooling, The Haunted Walk of Ottawa, and Used Ottawa. CDFF presents Ottawans with their...

CDFF Launches Indiegogo Campaign to Bring the Strange & Unusual to Ottawa Screens!

  What is Behind the Cellar Door...   Cellar Door Film Festival (CDFF) aims to be Ottawa's first showcase of speculative cinema while celebrating the creativity of the Ottawa film scene and spotlighting the city as a setting for the sinister and supernatural.   But we need your help.       What We Need & What You Get Festivals like this rely on the generosity of people like you.  ...

CDFF Hosts Outdoor Screening of 'Night of the Living Dead' August 15!

CDFF Hosts Outdoor Screening of 'Night of the Living Dead' Here come the ghouls! The Cellar Door Film Festival wants Ottawa filmgoers to be on high alert! Westboro will be crawling with zombies when CDFF hosts an outdoor screening of George A. Romero’s horror classic Night of the Living Dead in Lion’s Park on August 15th. The event is just a short zombiewalk away from Westboro Station, so please come see the film that started the whole craze of the walking dea...

Submission Deadline Approaches for Cellar Door Film Festival!

  The submission deadline for Ottawa's Cellar Door Film Festival (CDFF) approaches quickly! CDFF wants to remind filmmakers that the deadline to submit for the inaugural edition of the festival is August 15th.  2014 promises to be a strong year for Ottawa's first festival of speculative cinema. The CDFF team is very excited by the range of local, national, and international films that have been submitted thus far, so it encourages prospective filmmakers to sub...

CDFF Co-Presents 'Beetlejuice' at Centretown Movies

The Cellar Door Film Festival (CDFF) is excited to announce that is will be co-presenting the upcoming screening of Beetlejuice at the Centretowne Movies Outdoor Film Festival. CDFF invites Ottawans to grab their lawn chairs and blankets and join them for Tim Burton's strange and unusual 1988 classic starring Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Winona Ryder and Michael Keaton. Beetlejuice screens in Dundonald Park on Saturday, August 2nd at approximately 9:00 PM. Admission is pay wha...

Early Bird Deadline Approaches for Cellar Door Film Festival!

  Early Bird Deadline Approaches for Cellar Door Film Festival!   The Cellar Door Film Festival (CDFF) wants to remind filmmakers that the early bird deadline to submit for the inaugural edition of the festival is July 15th.  2014 promises to be a strong year for Ottawa's first festival of speculative cinema. The CDFF team is very excited by the range of local, national, and international films that have been submitted thus far, so it encourages prospective filmm...

A Peek Behind the Cellar Door

A Peek Behind the Cellar Door 20 May, 2014 - Ottawa - Cellar Door Film Festival   The Cellar Door Film Festival invites Ottawa filmgoers to take a peek behind the Cellar Door at Club SAW on June 17. This event gives the community a taste of what to expect from Ottawa's newest film festival by enjoying a screening of Dario Argento's cult classic Deep Red(alternatively known as The Hatchet Murders). The event will also include a screening o...

CDFF Promo Reel Challenge Winner

The Cellar Door Film Festival is pleased to announce the winner of the Promo Reel Challenge! First place goes to Janet Heatherington for her entry 'No Wine, Just Spirits'. The CDFF congratulates Janet on her creative and entertaining entry. We are excited to use this promo reel to help spotlight Ottawa as a setting for the sinister and the supernatural.   View the promo reel here:   About Cellar Door Film Festival   Cellar Door Film Festival (CDFF) aims to be Ott...

Vote for the Cellar Door Film Festival Promo Reel!

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CDFF asked local filmmakers to create a Promo Reel for the inaugural festival ad campaign.   In order to choose the winning entry, we want your input. Which of the submitted films should represent our first festival season?   VOTE NOW!   The filmmaking challenge, which opened mid-January, asked for films of 30-60 seconds in duration to highlight the festival themes and incorporate the catch criteria (a cellar or cellar door).   All approved films are then uploaded to ...

Cellar Door Film Festival Promo Reel Challenge: Last Week to Enter!

Cellar Door Film Festival Promo Reel Challenge! Last Week to Enter!   Calling local Ottawa talent to create a promo reel for the CDFF   Looking to expand your portfolio? Gain attention in the Ottawa film community? Here is a great way to do just that!   Cellar Door Film Festival (CDFF) invites up-and-coming filmmakers from the National Capital Region to compete to have their film selected as the first official promotional video for Ottawa's newe...

Cellar Door Film Festival Teammates at SPARTA LXXII Film Challenge!

SPARTA Film Challenge!   Join some of CDFF team as we check out the SPARTA LXXII screening!   Several of our team members have been invited by the SPARTA Film Challenge series to act as jury members for their latest film competition screening. Acting as judges at the event are Festival Coordinator Gina Freitag, and Programming Officers Renuka Bauri, Ramin Khanjani and Patrick Mullen. This event will be hosted by the Mayfair Theatre on Sunday, March 9th, 2014.   ...

Cellar Door Film Festival is Now Accepting Submissions!

  Cellar Door Film Festival is Now Accepting Submissions!   CDFF invites filmmakers to submit speculative films of both short and feature length, which include, but are not limited to, films made within the genres of: horror, thriller, science fiction, fantasy, avant-garde, experimental, the supernatural, alternative history, mystery, grindhouse cinema, and everything else in between. CDFF welcomes films from local, national and international filmmakers. Filmmakers...

Cellar Door Film Festival Promo Reel Challenge

Cellar Door Film Festival Promo Reel Challenge! Calling local Ottawa talent to create a promo reel for the CDFF​. Are you looking to expand your portfolio? Gain attention in the Ottawa film community? Here is a great way to do just that! Cellar Door Film Festival (CDFF) invites up-and-coming filmmakers from the National Capital Region to compete to have their film selected as the first official promotional video for Ottawa’s newest film festival. If selected, your short film&nb...
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