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 2018: 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, and 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, and are also accepting short web series this year. Through community engagement and sponsorship, we are proud to have been able to support local charities such as Arthouse, Halton Women's Place, Oakville and Milton Humane Society, Home Suite Hope, and the Oakville Hospital Foundation. Our website is www.offa.ca.
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 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 work is accepted.