The Ottawa Indian Film Festival Awards or OIFFA is the National Capital’s and Eastern Canada’s preeminent festival dedicated to Indian cinema. In its 3rd year now, the Festival is devoted to cultivating an audience for Indian cinema and Indian culture in Ottawa. It showcases Indian films, supports Indian filmmakers, recognizes various performers and business executives, and promotes the diverse perspectives of the Indian diaspora.
OIFFA is proud of its 2018 prize list, which saw BHASMASUR crowned BEST FEATURE FILM and its director, NISHIL SHETH, named BEST DIRECTOR. The BEST PERFORMANCE award went to EKAVALI KHANNA for Seeking Happily-Ever-After (Angrezi Mein Kehte Hain) and the BEST SHORT FILM award went to SOUND PROOF by Aditya Kelgaonkar. A SPECIAL MENTION was also bestowed on GARDEN OF DESIRE (AEDAN) by Sanju Surendran.
OIFFA is building its reputation as the place to be in Ottawa for all things Indian. The Festival serves as a platform for networking and promoting local talent, filmmakers, distributors and producers. A five-day showcase of multi-genre Indian films, the Festival hosts a number of participating filmmakers. The festival’s mandate is to present the best selection of Indian cinema to the diverse audience of Ottawa. Decorated with an Indian influence, the OIFFA Lounge welcomes guests and the public to mingle on a daily
basis. The Festival includes film screenings (short, documentary and feature), special events and a red carpet awards gala.
OIFFA also serves as a springboard for Indian cinema in the National Capital throughout the year, with regular screenings of the most interesting current films coming out of India and the Indian community. OIFFA 2019 will be held from June 11th to 15th, 2019, in the heart of Ottawa.
Best Film $2,000 CDN
Ottawa Indian Film Festival Awards (OIFFA)
72-HOUR SHORT FILM CHALLENGE
ONLINE REGISTRATION | DEADLINE: May 24th, 2019
Welcome to the 2nd OIFFA 72-Hour Short Film Challenge!
The Challenge is open to anyone over 18 years of age.
Challengers will receive 3 mandatory parameters to integrate into their films and they will have 72 hours
to complete their works. The entire Challenge will take place from Thursday, May 30th, at 8:00 PM, to
Sunday, June 2nd, at 8:00 PM.
Complete details follow.
72-Hour Short Film Challenge — Rules
The Challenge is open to anyone over 18 years of age.
Individual filmmakers (the “Challenger”) may register, not teams (though filmmakers can work with as
many or as few people as they like on the production of their film).
The films can be of any type (fiction, documentary, experimental, art film) or genre (comedy, drama,
horror, science-fiction, fantasy, etc.)
Period of the Challenge
The entire Challenge will take place from Thursday, May 30th, 2019, at 8 PM (EDST), to Sunday, June 2nd,
2019, at 8 PM (EDST).
Challengers will have 72 hours to complete their works, no more, no less.
Parameters & Requirement
On pitch night (i.e. Thursday, May 30th), the Challengers will be informed of the mandatory parameters
and requirement to integrate into their films.
The first two of these will be announced at the pitch; parameter 2 will be announced 24 hours later. They
1. Requirement: Specific length (for ex., 3.5 minutes [or 210 seconds])
2. Parameter 1: Theme (for ex., “Discovery”)
3. Parameter 2: Cultural Inclusion/Reference. One of the following options:
a. An “Indian reference” (for ex., “The words ‘XXXXXX’ must be included in the dialogue.”); OR
b. A cultural object must be incorporated into the scene (for ex., a “dreamcatcher”).
OIFFA organizers will let the Challengers know what the Cultural Inclusion/Reference 24 hours
into the Challenge.
The final films must be submitted in the following format (screening-ready): 1920 x 1080 mp4, 48 Hertz.
Registration & Fees
Registration is online only, at www.oiffa.com.
Prior to Tuesday, April 30th, 2019 (included), an early-bird registration fee is offered at
$40/Challenger. As of Wednesday, May 1st, 2019, the registration fee will be $50/Challenger.
The deadline for registering is Friday, May 24th, 2019, at 5 PM (EDST).
Advantages, Obligations & Prizes
Each registered Challenger will receive:
1. free access to any OIFFA film screening (depending on seating availability);
2. free tickets for their actors and crew to their own film’s screening.
Each registered Challenger must:
1. attend the Festival;
2. make him/herself available for Festival activities with other guests.
GRAND PRIZE: All registered Challengers will have the opportunity to win the $2000 Grand Prize, as well as
two tickets to the Awards Gala where your film will be screened.
RUNNER-UP: The runner-up Challenger will have a $500 Prize, as well as two tickets to the Awards Gala
where your film will be screened.
The winning films will be selected by a jury.
This jury will consist of 2-3 members.
They will judge the films based on which one was the best at incorporating the parameters and
requirement, as well as on script, cinematography, sound, acting (if fiction), etc.
All participating films will be screened locally, in an Ottawa theatre during OIFFA. The Festival takes place
from June 11th to June 15th.
All Challengers will receive an all-access pass to OIFFA screenings, depending on seating availability.
Smart dress or business casual.
Transportation will be provided from the Festival’s host hotel to the screenings ONLY for guests who are
staying at the Hotel.
Sequence of Events for the Challenge
Wednesday, March 25th Registration opens online | Early bird fee: $40
Wednesday, May 1st Registration fee: $50
Friday, May 24th Registration closes
Thursday, May 30th Pitch & Meet Up | Doors* open at 6 PM. Pitch will take
place at 7 PM. Competition officially starts at 8 PM.
Challengers who are unable to attend the Pitch & Meet
Up in person will be notified of the details via email or
text message at 7 PM.
Friday, June 1st 24 hours into the Challenge, Challengers will be notified
of the Cultural Inclusion/Reference via email or text
Sunday, June 2nd Challenge ends at 8 PM.
Tuesday, June 11th to Saturday, June 15th Festival dates | Challenge films will be screened at some
point during this event.
Saturday, June 15th Awards Gala | Results of the Challenge will be
announced. Winner and runner-up will be invited to
attend and their films will be screened for the guests.
* Location of the Pitch & Meet Up to be confirmed to the participants via email and on the website closer to May 30th.
Full address, incl. postal code:
(300 x 300 pixels, for the all-access pass):
Biography, experience, Website (if available):
72-Hour Short Film Challenge — Acknowledgement & Signature
By accepting these terms, you understand that your registration fee is non transferable and that the sale is
final regardless if you complete a film or not.
I hereby grant the Ottawa Indian Film Festival Awards (OIFFA) full rights to post, share or use for
promotional reasons the short film I submit, on any and all media channels affiliated with OIFFA.
I also will not post my short film publicly until the screening has been completed. Doing so will eliminate
my eligibility to any potential award and could result in the film being removed from any and all
I will retain all rights to the short film I submit and I can grant authorization and permission from the
copyrighted owners for any and all copyrighted or trademarked content. OIFFA will not be held liable for
any unauthorized use of copyrighted or trademarked materials.
Venue and screening dates are subject to change.
By signing this document you are affirming that you will secure all necessary approvals, licenses and rights as the
creator/producer of this film by screenwriters, film owners, film producers, actors, editors, etc.
☐ I agree to the Rules and General Terms & Conditions.