From the moment you arrive, you will understand why this hybrid online and live events festival is so loved by filmmakers. In its 9th year, the social-issues-oriented Oakville Film Festival gives local, Canadian and international filmmakers a chance to participate in a truly community-oriented festival. The 2022 festival will be hybrid, offering mostly live events, with some virtual screenings.

We offer an intimate and effective networking event for filmmakers (conducted through digital and live networking events and workshops, panels, and Master Classes), as well as an immersive 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, including women’s issues, environmental issues, Indigenous issues, issues that affect BIPOC communities, family stories, ageism, addiction and mental illness, as well as topics such as bullying, or human trafficking. Our selections include Canadian and international feature films, short films, documentaries, and webisodes.

From our opening live gala celebration to our director Q&A sessions, from filmmaker socials to our engaging live and virtual workshops, you will soon discover why Oakville Festivals of Film and Art has become an important stop on the festival circuit. We welcome you to a small community that has a big heart!

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 Days, which have expanded to a monthly event, bring 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 filmmaker to submit their films to this inclusive event. The juried competitive festival awards programme includes 10 different prizes, including cash prizes, in kind prizing for filmmakers, and a beautiful, glass custom-designed trophy.

Our website is ‪www.offa.ca‬.

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.

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 Film.ca, 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.

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  • 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
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks Christie we love the Hadlee Projects!

  • CARL HUNTER

    An excellent international festival run by film lovers

    August 2022
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    Response from festival:

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