Film, Television and Animation Career Fair Tips & Participating Companies

On May 4th, hundreds of job seekers, students, and industry professionals will converge at the Horticulture Building at Lansdowne Park to meet with some of Ottawa’s top production companies, animation studios, and educational institutions.

To make the most out of your time at the Film, Television and Animation Career Fair, we’ve listed below the participating companies and included the positions for which they’ll be recruiting. Be sure to visit the companies’ websites to learn more about the content they produce, and don’t forget to bring your résumés, portfolios, and/or flash drives with your reel to hand out. For students, recent graduates and others with limited experience, this is a good opportunity to introduce yourselves to the companies in attendance, and ask questions about what they look for when hiring. You’re also encouraged to speak with the colleges and media centres for information on post-secondary programs, courses, and workshops.

*Pre-registration is now closed as we have reached full capacity for the venue. If you did not pre-register, you may be able to register onsite, however, priority will be given to those who pre-registered*

PARTICIPATING COMPANIES (listed alphabetically)

ANIMATION STUDIOS

Atomic Cartoons
Award-winning Atomic Cartoons, a Thunderbird Entertainment company, is a full-service animation studio located in Vancouver and Ottawa. Atomic creates, produces and finances animation for distribution across multiple channels. Atomic Cartoons is an artist-driven studio that includes some of Canada’s most creative animators, directors, producers and writers.

Atomic Cartoons (Ottawa) is currently hiring hiring senior animators. Learn more about the positions here.

Big Jump Entertainment
Big Jump is a privately owned, independent, 2D hybrid animation production facility that specializes in top notch animation. As a producer, Big Jump creates engaging stories for all mediums from long-form entertainment to mobile games. Its development team is made up of industry veterans boasting over 200 hours of proprietary content currently airing worldwide.

Big Jump is mostly seeking Harmony animators and rigging artists. Lear more about the positions here.

Mercury Filmworks
Mercury Filmworks is an independent entertainment company. They are digital 2D and 3D animation specialists offering a complete range of film and television production services from concept and creative development, to design, animation, post & delivery.

Mercury Filmworks is always on the lookout for animators, especially layout and background artists. Representatives from the studio will be onsite providing information about Ottawa’s vibrant animation industry.

LIVE-ACTION PRODUCTION COMPANIES

1 Department Entertainment Services
Created by production designer turned producer Shane Boucher, 1 Department Entertainment Services is a multi-service film and practical entertainment production house dedicated to creating and servicing exceptional content for various client needs.

The company will be at the career fair recruiting for art department crew, production assistants, and assistant directors.

Balestra
Balestra is an independent interactive audiovisual production company. Its mission is to create content that captivates the mind and inspires the imagination. Its productions target youth between 7 and 18 years old. Balestra’s productions offer a new multidimensional approach to youth education that takes into account all aspects of their lives.

Balestra is looking for bilingual or Francophone crew to fill a variety of upcoming positions.

Dan Rascal Inc.
You need branded video, and your audience knows that how you do anything is how you do everything. That’s why Dan Rascal only strives for the highest possible production value – working with world-class artists and technicians to ensure every single frame of your production is worthy of your brand.

Dan Rascal is recruiting a motion animator, a graphic designer, and a production manager.

GAPC Entertainment Inc.
GAPC Entertainment is a vibrant independent Canadian production company with over 20 years’ experience in the industry. Always exploring new ventures, its goal is to continue to produce smart, creative and compelling television programming for national and international audiences. The company’s slate spans many genres from television specials, series, documentaries, to award-winning docu-dramas, children’s programs, performing arts, and biopics.

GAPC Entertainment is currently seeking experienced bilingual production coordinators, production managers, and production assistants with college diplomas and 1-2 years’ experience or equivalency, or just 3-4 years’ experience.

Hot Shoe Productions
Hot Shoe Productions is a local social enterprise that trains and hires youth in video production. Its youth staff are graduates from Youth Active Media, a video training program delivered in priority communities by Youth Ottawa and the Social Planning Council of Ottawa. It combines the talent of young people with professional technology to bring your message to life.

Hot Shoe Productions is currently looking for videographers and editors.

Mercury Redline
A representative from Mercury Redline, Mercury Filmworks’ new live-action division, will be onsite to meet people who may be interested in producer/production manager/production coordinator types of roles in the near future.

no hands
no hands is a content production studio that helps brands discover the stories they should be telling. It delivers full-service production solutions for scaleable content. With its multidisciplinary team it creates, produces, shoots, designs, photographs, animates, edits, builds & runs through the finish line.

no hands is currently seeking an editor, camera operators, production assistants, and animators.

Those Canadians
Those Canadians Media Group is a full service, bilingual production company with offices in Ottawa and Toronto. Its clients span the sports, entertainment and information worlds. It considers itself to be a ‘creative collective’​ of both experienced and emerging talent. They are filmmakers and musicians; animators and writers; journalists and entrepreneurs.

Those Canadians is currently on the lookout for freelancers, a junior editor, and an administrative assistant.

SUPPORT SERVICES

Edwards PC Creative Law
Edwards PC, Creative Law is Ottawa’s entertainment law firm. The law firm works with producers of live action and animated projects, from shorts to series to films, and everything in between. Blogs about filmmaking legal considerations will be shared. They’re interested in discussing attendees’ projects.

Lightning DI
Lightning DI is currently expanding and is seeking a Digital Imaging Technician (DIT). It will also have one of its DITs vehicles onsite to show attendees.

Smyth Casting
Ottawa’s most experienced casting company run by Casting Director Ilona Smyth, CSA. Casting for feature films, TV series, national commercials, national print campaigns, corporate videos, and events.

Smyth Casting will be onsite looking for actors and background performers (extras). It will also share information on its database, new website, and acting courses.

TriBro Studios
With its continuous efforts to bring production to Ontario, Toronto’s TriBro Studios is expanding to Ottawa with the development of four soundstages plus offices spaces for film production, animation and training. Learn more about the project here and here.

Representatives from TriBro Studios will be at the career fair to talk with attendees about the Ottawa project.

EDUCATION

Algonquin College
Dedication to student success is Algonquin College’s guiding principle and is demonstrated through the quality of its programs, staff, the continual expansion of its facilities, and by forging strategic partnerships. Every action since the College was established has been to ensure students have access to the education and skills training demanded by the marketplace to launch a rewarding career.

We’re pleased to be joined by representatives from Algonquin College who will share information on Algonquin’s post-secondary programming related to the screen-based industries.

Herzing College
Herzing College began as Herzing Institute in February of 1965. Initially the institution was dedicated to computer technology training, but over the years, the college has expanded its breadth of career-focused education and has expanded geographically to include campus locations across the country. Its reputation is built on a foundation of high ethical standards, and a commitment to the success of our students and the communities and industries we support.

Representatives from Herzing College will be onsite providing information about its animation programs, including its partnership with Big Jump.

La Cité
Solidement implantée dans la région de la capitale nationale et de l’Est ontarien depuis un quart de siècle, La Cité est le plus grand collège d’arts appliqués et de technologie de langue française en Ontario. Offrant un total de 140 programmes postsecondaires, La Cité place la réussite étudiante au haut de sa liste de priorités.

Nous sommes ravis d’accueillir des représentants de la Cité qui parleront de ses programmes de formation.

SAW Video
SAW Video is a not-for-profit, artist-run media art centre that fosters the growth and development of artists through access to equipment, training, mentorship, and programming. Its mission is to support a diverse community of media artists empowered by technology, programming and the exchange of ideas.

SAW Video will be at the career fair promoting its workshops and training courses, including its new Scrip to Screen workshop starting in May.

UNIONS AND GUILDS

ACTRA Ottawa
ACTRA Ottawa is a local branch of the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA) representing 22,000 professional performers across Canada with more than 400 talented performers here in the National Capital Region. Its talented members work in all areas of recorded media and are the backbone of Ottawa’s thriving professional film and television industry.

Stop by the ACTRA booth to learn how to become a professional performer and about working with ACTRA.

Directors Guild of Canada – Ontario
The Directors Guild of Canada Ontario (DGC Ontario) is a provincial labour organization representing more than 2,200 key creative and logistical personnel working in the screen-based industries in the areas of direction, assistant direction, design, production management, locations, accounting and editing.

A DGC Ontario representative will be onsite providing information about the guild and how to become a member.

IATSE
The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employee (IATSE) is the largest union representing workers in the entertainment industry, representing over 120,000 members continentally and nearly 2,300 members in Toronto. Its members work in all forms of live theatre, motion picture production, television production, television broadcasting, trade shows, exhibitions, and concerts, as well as the equipment and construction shops that support all these areas of the entertainment industry.

An IATSE 873 representative will be onsite providing information about the union and how to become a member.

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