The Willson Oakville Film Festival gives local, Canadian and international filmmakers a chance to participate in a true community-oriented festival, which is focused on bringing the best features, documentaries, and short films to cinephiles in the Golden Horseshoe. We have a track record of bringing in filmmakers from around the world, to talk to audiences about their work. We also support local filmmakers, giving them an opportunity to showcase their work in front of a home audience. In its fifth year, The Willson Oakville Film Festival showcases and promotes excellent films in ALL GENRES (drama, comedies, documentaries, shorts, animation) by Canadian and International filmmakers. We are looking for filmmakers who can tell great stories! We are also focusing one film strand (not the whole festival) on youth mental illness, as we highlight an important social issue at our festival each year. The festival is social issues oriented, with thought-provoking films about the human condition, but we also programme most genres, including comedy, drama, film noir, and family features. Through community engagement and sponsorship, we are proud to have been able to support local charities such as Halton Women's Place, Oakville and Milton Humane Society, and the Oakville Community Hospital Foundation. Our website is

There is a cash award given for Best Feature, Best documentary, and Best Short film, through our Audience Choice Awards. Our audience is very important to us: you get to vote to determine the best work of the festival.

We do not accept features longer than 180 minutes (two and a half hours) and documentaries can be feature length, or 45 minutes or more. If you submit a shorter documentary it will be programmed with another documentary. We accept short films up to 20 minutes long, We do not accept pornography.

If you are successful with features or doc submissions, we would prefer delivery of a DCP for the festival screening. HOWEVER, if you have a short film we accept any HD Quality digital or DVD format, and we will convert your short film to DCP ourselves for the Festival! We also have a deal with a local distributor for the creation of DCPs at heavily discounted rates for our filmmakers, which you have access to if your work is accepted.

Overall Rating
  • Yaron Betan

    One of the Best International and Canadian Festivals I've been to. Very organized, well mannered and attentive. A remarkable team! Thank you OFFA for hosting our film Heroes Manufactured and for the wonderful Q & A. We truly felt like we were part of the community!!!

    July 2017
  • Justin McConnell

    Excellent festival, very professional and well-run. Worth the entry fee.

    July 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks, Justin... we hope to see you back next year!

  • Vrishub Merai

    Great people and amazing opportunities

    July 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Vrishub, we were so impressed by the quality of your short film being so young! You will be a great Director some day. Keep up the good work!

  • Tyler Boyco

    Nothing but friendly and welcoming. Very happy we were selected to be a part of this wonderful festival! Great exposure for up and coming filmmakers.

    July 2017
  • I just wanted to say thanks again for screening our film Gear and Petrol. We had a blast, and the venue was wonderful! The organization of your festival was incredible and the communication was always clear. I've been to other festivals which despite being run for many, many years, wouldn't be able to compare to OFFA in all these respects.

    June 2017