Hello. I'm Jith, a Filmmaker and a Software Engineer.

I am a visual storyteller and technology enthusiast based in Ottawa, Canada, who appreciates clean, simple, and smart design. I'm always up for discussing anything and everything "film" so hit me up if you would like to chat or collaborate.

Rounded Text


Years of Experience in
Software Design & Development


Film-related collaborations


Every great design begins with
an even better story.

This is true of both software and film. My interest in both of these "team sports" led to a detour from persuing a career as a software engineer, so that I could follow my passion for film and filmmaking. I established Treepot Media in 2010, and co-founded the Ottawa Canadian Film Festival (OCan) in 2015.  Over a decade and several successful projects and collaborations later, I operate with a steady footing in both the film and engineering worlds.


Jith Paul is an independent filmmaker based in Ottawa, Canada. While pursuing a career as a software engineer, he decided to take a detour to follow his passion for film and filmmaking, establishing Treepot Media in 2010. Over a decade and several successful projects and collaborations later, he operates with a steady footing in both the film and engineering worlds.

Jith's directorial debut, Algebra, a short film about a painter grappling with the loss of his sight, screened at festivals throughout Asia, North America and Europe including the Festival international Entr’2 marches in Cannes, France in 2015. His next directorial effort was an ACTRA union film about a once promising pop singer, who struggles to overcome her debilitating stage fright. The film, A Clean Slate was awarded Best International Short Film at the Valle d'Itria Film Festival in Italy, where it premiered.

Jith edited the documentaries Partners for Peace, an official selection at Victoria Film Festival, North Boys, winner of the Founder’s award at the Yorkton Film Festival, and This is My Witness, which premiered at the Paley Centre in New York and was an Official Selection at the Amnesty International Reel Awareness Human Rights Film Festival.

Polar Bear Love, Moments and Perfect, short films Jith produced, were selected to participate in CBC Television’s Short Film Face-off in 2011, 2012 and 2013 respectively. Jith recently produced Karim Ayari's Before Me / L’homme de la maison, a bilingual narrative film that explores social intolerance and its impact on children. The film has just completed a successful run which included a best film award at the Festival du Court-Métrage d'Auch, in France.

Jith has a career in software systems design and architecture. He specializes in object-oriented analysis and development of n-tier web-based component frameworks, and J2EE applications in the areas of data persistence, procurement, workflow, and document management. Most recently, as Team Lead for Digital Development at the Cable Public Affairs Channel  in Ottawa, he designed and managed a re-platforming project, successfully coordinating the efforts of an international team of software developers and service providers. Launched in 2021, the new platform supports the delivery of several simultaneous live streams, video-on-demand assets, and article content on CPAC's digital platforms, including the website and CPAC's social media accounts.

Jith holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Waterloo and is a graduate of the television broadcasting program at Algonquin College. He was nominated for the Premier's Award (Ontario Colleges) in 2013. He is co-founder of the Ottawa Canadian Film Festival (OCan), and editor of the film613 blog. Jith freelances as a camera operator, editor, stills photographer, and web designer.

Education & Experience

2015 - present


Ottawa Canadian Film Festival (OCan)

Web Designer, Editor, and Film Reviewer

film613 blog

2014 - present

Team Lead - Digital Development

Cable Public Affairs Channel (CPAC)

Web Stream Producer

Cable Public Affairs Channel (CPAC)

2024, 2023, 2022

Juror, Ottawa Script-to-Screen Incubator

Moonrise Productions


Grant Juror, Arts Service Projects Program

Ontario Arts Council (OAC)

2013 - 2019

Member of the Board of Directors, Vice-Chair, Chair

SAW Video (now Digital Arts Resource Centre)


Nominee, Premier's Award

Ontario Arts Council / Ontario Colleges


Film Festival Juror

One World Film Festival

2010 - 2017

President, CEO, and Janitor

Treepot Media Inc.

2007 - 2009

Television Broadcasting

Algonquin College, Graduated with Honours, Editor of the Year (2009)

1991 - 1996

BASc (Honours), Electrical Engineering (Co-op)

University of Waterloo


Selected Press

Ottawa Canadian Film Festival

Jith Paul with host Rosey Edeh, CTV Morning Live (CTV Ottawa), October 30, 2023

OCanFilmFest kicks off Thursday at the Bytowne Cinema

Jith Paul with host Patricial Boal, 580CFRA (iHeartRadio), October 30, 2022

Local filmmakers make waves at the Ottawa Canadian Film Festival

Cristina Paolozzi, Apartment613, October 24, 2023

OCan Film Fest is back in person with films made by independent Canadian filmmakers

Shireen Agharazi-Dormani, Apartment613, October 24, 2022

Interview with OCanFilmFest co-founder Jith Paul

A Luta Continua with Monique Fuller, CKCU FM93.1, November 12, 2021

Jith Paul - Alumni Interview

Morad Abdelbary, Digi60 Filmmakers' Festival, July 8, 2018

Graduate Film in the Spotlight at SAW

Algonquin Times, September 25, 2014

"A Clean Slate" director Jith Paul chats with host Mitchell Caplan

"Click Here" on CHUO FM89.1, September 10, 2014

Treepot Media branches out with New Web Series

Sam Lehman, The Charlatan, August 25, 2014

Jith Paul, Engineer turned Indie Filmmaker, on First Four Years as an Entrepreneur

Leviana Coccia, "A Quarter Young" blog, July 19, 2014

Kickstarter for Local Film Brings International Shorts to Campus

Diyyinah Jamora, The Fulcrum, February 6, 2014

Change is Good

Kyle Brown, Ottawa Magazine, May 2013

Treepot Cliffhanger

Jith Paul interviewed by Alan Neal, CBC All in a Day, CBC Radio One, January 22, 2013


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