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 www.offa.ca.

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.

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  • Brian Quintero

    Thank you to all the Oakville Film Festival for organizing such a fantastic fest. Highly recommend it.

    July 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks Brian!

  • Email communication was fast and friendly. Venue was beautiful and there was a very knowledgable audience. They created a great environment that made the filmmakers feel welcome. The type of festival that inspires filmmakers to keep making cinema! Thanks!

    July 2018
  • Spencer Ryerson

    This was my first time being a part of the Oakville Film Festival and it was a great experience from the initial acceptance process to screening my short film! There was strong communication from the team leading up to my screening and despite being only a tiny portion of one of their gala presentations, I felt like I was really included in the whole experience and like every film, big and small, were given equal treatment. I hope to be a part of this festival again in the future and recommend anyone who is considering applying!

    July 2018
  • Andrew Simpson

    At every turn, this festival continued to surprise me. The venue my film played at was both professional and charming and the volunteers on site were wonderful. The communication was top notch and I really felt taken care of. On top of all of that, the caliber of films I saw were incredible and I am truly honoured to have been a part of it.

    July 2018
  • Kevin Hartford

    A passionate, enthusiastic bunch whose energy was matched by the audience. Communication was top-notch. Impressive guests, roster of films, and venues. I expect big things from Willson Oakville in the future.

    July 2018