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Intro to Regular/Double 8mm Workshop with Sandy McLennan

Sunday, November 12th, at IFCO (Arts Court, 2 Daly Avenue)

9:30am - 5:00pm

Registration fee: $75 (includes materials and admission to screening)

To register, email

Maximum number of participants: 6

Presented by Lightproof Film Collective /

Regular/Double 8mm is a unique celluloid motion picture film format, related to but different from both 16mm and super 8. In this one day workshop, you'll learn how it differs and why you might want to use it. You will shoot the film with various procedures and “tricks”, hand process it in the darkroom and project it on to a screen using both 16mm and Regular 8mm projectors. Participants will take away an experience of analogue motion picture-making that can only come by using this least common of formats which, contrary to digital immediacy, comes with anticipation, anxiety, hope and revelation. There will be lots of assistance and patience; so there are no formal prerequisites.

Instructor Bio:

A graduate of Sheridan College (1981) and based in Port Sydney, Ontario, Sandy McLennan loves wandering just outside his home darkroom door with cameras and sound recorders. Processing Double 8/super 8/16mm film and pinhole-camera paper negatives reveals memory of personal and state-of-the-world emotions. He improvises with audio from shoot-location field recordings and sound associated with work/ creation.  With the support of a Canada Council grant, Sandy recently embarked on a project to shoot Regular/Double 8mm film on South-North (off the main line) passenger train routes in Canada.


Funded by the City of Ottawa 


Sponsored by IFCO




Film and Immersive Installation 

An artist talk with Alexandra Gelis (Toronto)

Thursday, June 8, 2023 2:00pm-3:00pm

Free admission, 

Location: IFCO, Room A246 - Arts Court 2 Daly Ave, Ottawa, ON.


Presented by Lightproof Film Collective's Film Encounters series, in partnership with the Canadian Film Institute’s Cafe Ex series


Following upon her Cafe Ex screening on June 7th, Alexandra Gelis will dive more deeply into her wide-ranging moving image practice, specifically her use of film in immersive installation.


Alexandra Gelis is a Colombian-Venezuelan-Canadian media artist, curator and researcher. Her practice is research-based, process-oriented and multi-disciplinary, including film, photography, drawing, and new media installation with custom-built interactive electronics and sound., She is known for single-screen film works and modular immersive non-fiction-based installations. Her projects incorporate personal field research as a tool to investigate the ecologies of various landscapes by examining the traces left by various socio-political interventions.





an Artist Talk with Philip Rose

Saturday, April 29th at 2:00pm-3:30pm

Free admission

Location: IFCO, Room A246


Presented by Lightproof Film Collective's Film Encounters series

in partnership with the Canadian Film Institute’s Cafe Ex


Following upon his Cafe Ex screening on April 26th, Philip Rose will share more aspects of his lengthy practice as a media artist/photographer.   Making a guest appearance will be one of his colour field light boxes created in the late 90’s.



Philip Rose has been active in the Ottawa/Gatineau media arts community for over twenty-five years.  His single-channel videos, installations and photography have been exhibited and broadcast in Canada and internationally.  His work explores the plasticity of the medium - reworking short pieces of video and foregrounding its materiality. Loosely ‘structuralist’ or ‘formalist’ his work has also been influenced by Canadian experimental ‘diarists’ such as Philip Hoffman and Rick Hancox and often contains autobiographical elements as well as a subtle humour. His recent work has taken a stripped-down and constraint-based approach with a documentary leaning.





une rencontre avec Philip Rose
Samedi 29 avril de 14h00 à 15h30
Entrée libre
Lieu : IFCO, salle A246

Présenté par Lightproof Film Collective dans le cadre de la série Film Encounters en partenariat avec Café Ex de l'Institut canadien du film

À la suite de sa présentation au Café Ex le 26 avril, Philip Rose partagera d'autres aspects de sa longue pratique en tant qu'artiste médiatique/photographe.  L'un de ses caissons lumineux à champs de couleurs, créé à la fin des années 90, fera sera exposé pendant la rencontre.

Biographie :
Philip Rose est actif dans la communauté des arts médiatiques d'Ottawa/Gatineau depuis plus de vingt-cinq ans.  Ses vidéos monocanal, ses installations et ses photographies ont été exposées et diffusées au Canada et à l'étranger.  Son travail explore la plasticité du médium - en retravaillant de courts morceaux de vidéo et en mettant l'accent sur sa matérialité. Librement "structuraliste" ou "formaliste", son travail a également été influencé par les "diaristes" expérimentaux canadiens tels que Philip Hoffman et Rick Hancox et contient souvent des éléments autobiographiques ainsi qu'un humour subtil. Son travail récent a adopté une approche dépouillée et basée sur les contraintes, avec une tendance documentaire.
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Embracing Destruction - an online 16mm workshop with Cooper, Film Scientist

May 27th 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm 

Available online only: maximum 4 participants

Registration fee for online workshop: $50. register here


(online component of an in-person workshop presented as part of LIFT’s Analogue Resilience Film Gathering)

Presented by the Lightproof Film Collective (Ottawa) and Pix Film Collective (Toronto) 


Filmmakers are trained to take care of their film negatives and to protect the negative from dust, scratches, chemical stains and more. In this workshop Cooper wants you to destroy your film’s emulsion and the images you have so carefully composed for you to discover art within a destructive process.


On the first day of the workshop participants will have access to a Bolex 16mm camera and 50’ of 16mm 3378 black and white film with which to shoot their film; afterwards participants will hand-develop their film using eco-developers. Participants will then manipulate their negative images using a variety of techniques, including bleach, fantastik liquid cleaner and extreme heat.  


Required equipment: 16mm camera, 16mm projector, and a digital camera to digitize footage


Registrants will be mailed a 50’ roll of 16mm 3378 film stock and a list of materials in advance 


Cooper is an Ottawa-based media artist. Their body of work includes films, HD videos, installations, and live performances. Cooper’s practice is heavily based on the technical aspects of the filmmaking process and they create their films using an array of techniques, including stop-motion, 2D & 3D animation, optical printing, film processing, and cinematography. Thematically, Cooper’s films are a reflection of their memories and are drawn from life experiences. Cooper is an award-winning artist and their work has been presented at festivals and art galleries across Canada and internationally. 




Sponsored by:  LIFT 


Funded by:  Canada Council for the Arts and the Petman Foundation



Workshop series

Presented by the Lightproof Film Collective

Three online workshops focused on DIY processes for filmmakers at all levels. 

About the Lightproof Film Collective:

The Lightproof Film Collective formed in January 2020 with the mandate to foster experimental film practices in Ottawa through the creation and presentation of works on celluloid. The collective consists of eight members, all practicing filmmakers: Nicole Blundell, Cooper, Pixie Cram, Bridget Farr, Paul Gordon, Matthieu Hallé, Dave Johnson, and Penny McCann. In coming together as a collective, the filmmakers seek to foster community, exchange knowledge, and illuminate the largely invisible practice of experimental filmmaking in Ottawa.


Funded by: The Canada Council for the Arts



Workshop Title: Image Manipulation and Cameraless Animation Techniques

Fee: $50

Workshop Dates: This is a 2 day workshop

Saturday February 18 2023 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM EST / Saturday March 4 2023 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM EST

Workshop spots available in person in Ottawa.

Instructor: Cooper

Workshop description: Participants will create a 16mm experimental film through manipulating the film’s image using common household ingredients, such as Fantastik cleaner, bleach and concentrated drink mixes. Participants will also learn how to add textures and alter the film’s images through baking the film in the oven. This class will also cover cameraless animation techniques, including painting on film, scratching on film and drawing on film. Participants will be given 16mm black and white found footage film as well as some 16mm clear leader to use to make their experimental film.

Package to be sent to participants: 100’ of 16mm found footage, 50’ 16mm clear leader, 100’ daylight spool

Shopping list for participants: permanent markers, acrylic inks (colours of choice), stamps &  stamp pads, small stickers, Fantastik, Bleach, Vaseline, molasses, tin foil, paint brushes, Q-tips, temporary tattoos, rubber gloves, red Koolaid concentrated drink mix, purple Koolaid drink mix, Blue Jelly Bean concentrated drink mix, Turmeric, 4 rubbermaid containers (8”X5”), oven cookie sheet

Number of students: 12 participants virtual, 6 participants in person in Ottawa (location TBA).

For general inquiries or questions contact Paul at

Advance registration required for this workshop:

Image Manipulation and Cameraless Animation Techniques link to register

Cooper is an Ottawa-based media artist, their body of work includes films, HD videos, installations, and live performances. Cooper’s practice is heavily based on the technical aspects of the filmmaking process and they create their films using an array of techniques, including stop-motion, 2D & 3D animation, optical printing, film processing, and cinematography. Thematically Cooper’s films are a reflection of their memories and are drawn from life experiences. Cooper is an award-winning artist and their work has been presented at festivals and art galleries across Canada and internationally.



Workshop title: Make your own solderless Microphone and noise-box

Fee: $40

Workshop date: TBA

Instructor: Dave Johnson

Workshop Description: Participants of this workshop will construct a microphone and a noise box to create experimental soundtracks! Participants will receive materials along with a small shopping list they need to purchase on their own before the workshop. Most items can be found at your local Dollar store.

Package to be sent to participants: 2x Piezo disc (pre-soldered), two options for cable (participant should specify 1/8 inch or ¼ inch) precut, stripped, and labeled, small springs, wood screws,

Shopping list for participants: Hot glue gun with glue, small amount of tin foil, a jar lid or other flat surface (to create the body of the mic), electrical tape, drill (optional), hammer, wooden box (Best results are about the size of a cigar box), Sound recording app installed on your phone, wire cutters.

No previous knowledge of sound recording or soldering electronics and wires required!

Virtual workshop only max participants 10 

For general inquiries or questions contact Paul at

Advance registration required for this workshop:

Make your own solderless Microphone and noise-box registration link

Dave Johnson began his cinematic experience at film school in Regina where he experimented with emulsion-based film. After working in the film industry, he ended up in Australia teaching an alternative cinema class and screening Canadian films in local theaters. In 2008, he earned an MFA at Concordia University’s Hoppenheim School of Cinema. Since this time, Dave has been active in Ottawa’s film community where he was Vice president at The Independent Filmmakers Cooperative of Ottawa and later became the Technical Director. Currently, Dave’s artistic practice is based on experimenting with documentary forms, process cinema, expanded cinema and sound design. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and as a member of the Lightproof Film  Collective.



Workshop Title: 16mm Film Bipacking & DIY Contact Printing

Fee: $40

Workshop Date: This is a one day workshop

Sunday, April 2nd , 2023. 1pm – 4pm.

Workshop spots available in person in Ottawa.

Instructor: Matthieu Hallé 

Workshop description: In this workshop the participants will learn to make their own 16mm film print using various DIY methods with a focus on using a Bolex camera with bipacked negative and print stock to make a contact print. Participants should ideally have access to a Bolex or similar 16mm film camera for this workshop and should have some negative film they’d like to try making a print of.

Package to be sent to participants: 50ft of 16mm b&w or colour print stock, daylight spool, and light filters. Also includes credit to have film developed at Niagara Custom Labs and film shipped back.

Number of participants: limited to 5 virtual and 5 participants in person in Ottawa (location TBA).

For general inquiries or questions contact Paul at

16mm Film Bipacking & DIY Contact Printing registration link

Matthieu Hallé is a media artist interested in finding new uses for the technology used in filmmaking. His work includes experimental film and video, and performances using custom-made projection devices. Often, his work involves hybridizing analog and digital mediums, abstraction, and the use of organic materials. He has collaborated with many different improvising musicians who have complemented the spontaneity and chance elements within his own live moving-image performance works.


Eco-processing seminar  - Watch the seminar here.

with Dawn George (Halifax)

Sunday, December 4th, 2:00 - 3:30pm  EST

by Zoom

Join filmmaker Dawn George as she takes you on an adventure in eco-processing. Dawn will share her influences, approaches, and techniques used to create three of her favourite plant-based films. You’ll learn about her experiments making film developers and tints from weeds, fruits, vegetables, and trees and her explorations with a greener reversal process. Dawn will share film clips, some garden tips, as well as her favourite recipes.




Dawn George makes films, videos, photographs, and installations with the living things she discovers in the wild! Her DIY approach to filmmaking reflects her appreciation and respect for movement, nature, science, and sound. She can often be found in the garden filming insects and plants; in the kitchen brewing the latest batch eco-developer; or in the forest recording a stream. Her experimental works have included mesmerizing images of time lapse mold and plant growth, intimate moments with insects, and eco-processed film from fruits, vegetables, and weeds. Accompanying her films are intricate sound designs crafted with sounds recorded from her kitchen and collected in nature.

She has participated in residencies at the Independent Imaging Retreat “Film Farm” in Mt. Forest, Ontario, the Handmade Film Institute in Colorado, and the Ayatana Artists' Research Program, in Gatineau, Quebec. Dawn’s works have screened in festivals and galleries around the planet including the Images Festival, Festival du Nouveau Cinema, Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, the8fest, Braziers, Kaunas IFF, WNDX, Imagine Science Film Festival, the Gladstone Hotel’s GrowOp Exhibition, The Dalhousie Arts Gallery, and the Confederation Centre Art Gallery. Her work has been supported by the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative, Arts Nova Scotia, and the Canada Council for the Arts.

Dawn is a founding member of the Handmade Film Collective based in Kjipuktuk in Mi’kma’ki (Halifax, Nova Scotia).


Kyle Whitehead’s expanded-cinema projects IMMANENT UNION, Draft for a Scenario and Circles of Confusion all leverage different approaches for creating generative soundscapes from analogue Super 8 film projections. In this workshop he will share his strategies for creating custom electronic devices for the purpose of generating or modulating sound with light. Focusing on the use of Arduino and the powerful Mozzi synthesis library, workshop participants will learn how to build and customize their own light-controlled synthesizers to
be used with projected film images, or any other light source.

Workshop Date:  Friday, September 16, 10am to 4pm

Fee: $15

Spots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Workshops will take place in English at Club SAW, 67 Nicholas Street, Ottawa

Registration Form

Questions?  Email


Ottawa’s Lightproof Film Collective and Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival are teaming up to provide six local Indigenous artists an opportunity to gain experience and knowledge working with Super 8 film.


This call is open to local Indigenous artists from all art forms and at any stage of their career who are interested in gaining hands-on experience with Super 8mm Film.


The workshop series will provide participants training in the following areas:

  • Super 8mm filmmaking and Super 8mm film cameras.
  • Super 8mm Film development and darkroom techniques.
  • Introduction to Editing using Davinci Resolve

Each participant will create a short Super 8mm film during the course of the workshop. Finished films will be presented at the 2022 Asinabka Film Festival and artists will receive a screening fee for this presentation.


There is no registration fee for this workshop.


Workshop Dates: June 18 & 19, 10am to 4pm, July 9, 10am to 4pm




Spots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.


The deadline for applications is June 01, 2022


Workshops will take place in English at DARC, 2 Daly Avenue & Daïmôn, 78 Hanson Street, Gatineau


Questions?  Email


The Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival is an Indigenous-run, artist-centre, not-for-profit organization that showcases contemporary and innovative Indigenous arts. Currently in our 11th year of programming, the mandate of the Asinabka Festival is to present an annual Indigenous film and media arts festival in the Nations Capital that allows independent artists - national, international, Indigenous, non-Indigenous - to share, present, and disseminate their work.


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