The Willson Oakville Film Festival gives local, Canadian and international filmmakers a chance to participate in a true community-oriented festival, which at the same time, celebrates Canadian and international film. We bring the best features, documentaries, and short films to cinephiles in the Golden Horseshoe, and 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 films in front of a home audience.

In its sixth year, The Willson Oakville Film Festival showcases and promotes excellent films in ALL GENRES (drama, comedies, documentaries, shorts, animation, and NEW for 2019: short web series) by Canadian and International filmmakers. We are looking for filmmakers who can tell great stories ! We are doing themed shorts screenings this year, and also do a family film event every year so are looking for a great family film.

The festival is social issues oriented, with thought-provoking films about the human condition, that 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 growing up. This years focus is mindfulness: we are looking for inspiring stories of people who have overcome adversity to do great things. We are also putting out a special call for Indigenous stories, and female directors. Our website is

There is a cash award given for Best Feature or documentary, best Canadian feature or documentary, Best Short film, and best Canadian 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 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, our lead venue partner and for the creation of DCPs at heavily discounted rates for our filmmakers, which you have access to if your work is accepted.

Overall Rating
  • 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!

  • Patrick Weiers

    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