OFFA (Oakville Festivals of Film and Art) is proud to celebrate 10 years in 2023, with our week-long festival happening 21st - 27th June. For over a decade, we have been bringing the social-issues-oriented Oakville Film Festival to local, Canadian and international filmmakers, giving them a chance to participate in a truly community-oriented festival with national and international appeal. The 2023 festival will be hybrid, consisting of mostly live, but also virtual screenings. From our live gala film screenings that encorporate film with music, dance, and art; to our full week of festival screenings at our local independent cinema, drive-In theatre and professional, performing arts centre; to our enlightening Q&A sessions; from filmmaker networking socials to our professional live and virtual workshops, Master Classes, and panels, you will soon discover why the Oakville Film Festival has become an important stop on the festival circuit. We welcome you to a small community that has a big heart!

From the moment you arrive, you will understand why this hybrid live and online event-oriented festival is so loved by filmmakers. We offer an intimate and effective networking opportunity for filmmakers (conducted through a full Industry Summit that accompanies the festival, which consists of live and virtual networking events and workshops, panels, and Master Classes), as well as an immersive, film screenings and arts experience for our audiences. We recognize filmmakers in all genres who tell great stories, celebrate diversity and explore social issues, while sparking meaningful discussion.

Our thought-provoking films about the human condition, speak to the diverse social issues that impact our community, but also the world. Festival highlights include stories that impact women, families, and Indigenous and BIPOC communities, and also issues that are predominant in our community. We value good storytelling: from inspiring stories that reveal the indomitable nature of the human spirit, to those that highlight difficult issues such as mental illness, addiction, and ageism, bullying, or human trafficking. For 2023, our festival launches on National Indigenous People's Day, so we encourage submissions from Canadian Indigenous filmmakers. Our selections include Canadian and international feature films, short films, documentaries, and webisodes.

We have a strong history of attracting diverse filmmakers from around the world, who attend the event to talk directly with audiences about their work, in a friendly, intimate and inspirational environment. Our Industry Summit brings filmmakers together to learn, collaborate and socialize with like-minded individuals who share the same passion for films. Supporting local filmmakers and giving them an opportunity to showcase their films in front of a supportive audience is very important to us. We also encourage women, Indigenous and BIPOC filmmakers to submit their films to this inclusive event. The juried competitive festival awards programme includes 10 different prizes, including cash, in kind prizing for filmmakers, and a beautiful, glass custom-designed trophy.

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1. Best Feature Film or Documentary Award: features a cash prize, as well as a beautiful engraved glass trophy.

2. Best International Short Film: features a cash prize, as well as a beautiful engraved glass trophy.

3. Best Canadian Feature film or documentary: Features a cash prize, in-kind prizing, as well as a beautiful engraved glass trophy.

4. Best Canadian short film: features a cash prize, in-kind prizing, as well as a beautiful engraved glass trophy.

5. Best Student film: features a cash prize, in kind prizing, as well as a beautiful engraved glass trophy.

6. Best Canadian Director: features a cash prize, in-kind prizing, as well as a beautiful engraved glass trophy.

7. Best International Director: features a cash prize as well as a beautiful engraved glass trophy.

8. Audience Choice Award (audience chooses) Best Short Film: features a cash prize, as well as a beautiful engraved glass trophy.

9. Audience Choice Award (audience chooses) Best Feature or Documentary: features a cash prize, as well as a beautiful engraved glass trophy.

10. Best Indigenous Film: features a cash prize as well as a beautiful engraved glass trophy.

We do not accept features longer than two hours, feature films must be 90 minutes or more, and documentaries can be feature length, or 45 minutes or more. If you submit a ONE HOUR or ONE HOUR 20 minutes documentary and we accept it, it will be programmed with another short documentary. We accept short films up to 20 minutes long, We do not accept pornography.

If accepted, your film could be screened either live, or in a digital format, or both. At this time, due to the COVID 19 pandemic, OFFA reserves the right to modify the delivery of its festival programming based on government rules and regulations related to the pandemic. At this time, our festival is planned as a hybrid event, with both digital and live screenings.

If you are successful with features or doc submissions and we do a live screening, we would prefer delivery of a DCP for the festival screening. HOWEVER, if you have a short film we accept any HD Quality digital file delivery. If the film is to be screened online, we would require an HD quality video file. We also have a deal with, our lead venue partner and for the creation of DCPs at heavily discounted rates for our filmmakers, which you have access to if your film is accepted.

Overall Rating
  • This festival is top notch. From the networking to the screenings to the workshops and food this is put on by people in the industry who love and appreciate filmmaking! Thank you so much for having the Hadlee projects as part of your festival! We met so many amazing friends and contacts which would not have been possible without this festival. Thank you from The Hadlee team

    October 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Christie we love the Hadlee Projects!


    An excellent international festival run by film lovers

    August 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thanks so much Carl. Looking forward to your next feature and keep submitting the exceptional short films from your filmmakers!

  • What an amazing experience!
    I feel honored that my filmed had live and online screenings on this great festival!
    Tori, Cynthia and the whole team at OFFA were always there for any possible question and they always informed the participants for every stage of the festival.
    I had the chance to meet some amazing people, and even had the opportunity to attend a short Q&A interview about my film.
    By far my favorite festival, hope to take part again in the future!
    Thanks OFFA!

    July 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Christopher! So glad to have you as part of the festival!

  • Hadi Moussally

    Great Festival with a great selection and a lot of communication. Thank you so much and can't wait to get back!

    July 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thanks so much Hadi! Hope to see you back soon.

  • Thanks again for having “echo” as part of the “slice of life” virtual segment.
    Great communication before and during the festival.

    July 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Sergio for bringing Echo to the festival! See you back soon.