From the moment you arrive, you will understand why this festival is so loved by filmmakers. In its 7th year, the social-issues-oriented Willson Oakville Film Festival gives local, Canadian and international filmmakers a chance to participate in a truly community-oriented festival.
We offer an intimate and effective networking event for filmmakers and 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, from women’s issues and ageism, to addiction and mental illness, to issues affecting our youth such as bullying, or human trafficking. Our selections include Canadian and international feature films, documentaries, short films, and webisodes.
From our opening gala celebration to our director Q&A sessions, from filmmaker socials to our engaging workshops, you will soon discover why the Willson Oakville Film Festival has become an important stop on the festival circuit.
We have a strong history of attracting 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 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 indigenous, female and culturally diverse filmmakers to submit their films to this inclusive event.
Our website is www.offa.ca.
1. Best Feature Film or Documentary Award: features a cash prize, a custom-designed trophy, as well as an industry equipment package for filmmakers.
2. Best Short Film: features a cash prize, a custom-designed trophy, as well as an industry equipment package for filmmakers.
3. Best Canadian Feature film or documentary: Features a cash prize, a custom-designed trophy as well as an industry equipment package for filmmakers.
We do not accept features longer than two hours, and documentaries can be feature length, or 45 minutes or more. If you submit a ONE HOUR 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 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 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.