The Ottawa Canadian Film Festival (previously known as OttawaIndieFest) is a cultural, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to recognize, promote and celebrate the art of cinema by showcasing Canadian films and filmmakers.

Our Mission
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Our mission is grounded in the belief that Canadian film and filmmakers are distinctive and vital to Canada’s culture and the development of the local economy.

Our Vision
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We believe in programming and content that provides Ottawa audiences with entertaining and high-quality independent films, information, activities and events. Our festival, events, online presence and resources aim to encourage collaboration, artistic innovation and creativity while providing access for a broad audience segment.

The Ottawa Canadian Film Festival is committed to cooperation and collaboration with other arts organizations as well as the business community. Our programs are interactive, entertaining, educational and great value for the money.

Submission Acceptance
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As part of its commitment to promote the growth of independent Canadian films, Ottawa Canadian Film Festival is now accepting submissions for its 2018 Film Festival Program which will take place in November 2018

We are looking for great stories in all genres whether they are fiction or documentary of short or feature length.

We invite filmmakers to visit our website and check out some Frequently Asked Questions: https://ocanfilmfest.ca/frequently-asked-questions/

These Canadian films must meet the following criteria:

- Films submitted must be written or directed and/or produced by a Canadian filmmaker from January 1, 2015 up to the Late Submission Deadline of June 11, 2018
- May be fiction, documentary, animation or experimental of short or feature length.
- Films which have received television or theatrical exposure in the Ottawa Ontario area prior to the festival are not eligible.
- Films available on the Internet are not eligible.
- We only accept online screeners for preview purposes. Entries should be submitted by secure password-protected Internet link via www.filmfreeway.com. The link must NOT be visible to the public.
- There are NO exceptions to these criteria.
- Please note: - In deciding the festival's film program line-up a strong emphasis and consideration will be given to film submissions that will have at least an Ottawa premiere.

Awards
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- Screening fees will be paid to selected films.
- All accepted film entries will be promoted and featured on the festival's website and on its social media platforms.

Screening Access
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The Festival will provide one complimentary festival pass for each film selected and four complimentary tickets to the screening of the selected film.

Rules
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To be eligible please read all of the rules and guidelines carefully before making your submission.

- Films submitted must be written or directed or produced by a Canadian filmmaker from January 1, 2015 up to the Late Submission Deadline of June 11, 2018.
- We can not accept films made by non-Canadian filmmakers for this call for submissions.
- Multiple submissions are allowed.
- We only accept submission entries digitally through www.filmfreeway.com.
- We do not accept submissions by email or physical submissions sent by mail.
- We are not responsible for improperly functioning on-line screeners or passwords.
- Do not send a press kit or other supporting materials unless asked to do so by the festival.
- All submitted films in a language other than English must have English subtitles.
- We strongly encourage submissions by Ottawa based filmmakers as well as submissions by Canadian filmmakers of French language films (with English subtitles).
- Films which have received television or theatrical exposure in the Ottawa Ontario area prior to the festival are not eligible.
- Films publicly available on the Internet (free or VOD) are not eligible.
- Entrants are responsible for securing all rights and permissions from copyright and other holders relating to their film and agree to all terms as detailed herein.
- The festival reserves the right not to select any submission that we feel is inappropriate for any reason.
- All submissions will be notified of the results of the festival's decision by September1, 2018.
- If selected for the festival, we can accept DVDs, Blu-rays or electronic files. DNxHD, h.264 or ProRes codecs in mov or mp4 containers are acceptable. Resolutions 1920x1080 or 1280x720.
- Filmmakers must deliver a final format as indicated for festival screening. There are no exceptions.
- All film submissions will be assessed based on the criteria and rules and guidelines as described in the call for submissions.
- If your film is short listed, you will asked to confirm that your film is not available for viewing on the Internet or has not received television or theatrical exposure in the Ottawa Ontario area prior to the festival screening.
- Submissions may not be withdrawn from the Festival once they have been accepted and you have confirmed its availability.
- The decision of selection committee and festival is final.
- All shipping costs to Ottawa of your screening master must be paid by the participant

Visit our website for Frequently Asked Questions: https://ocanfilmfest.ca/frequently-asked-questions/

The following information must be included with your submission:
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- Film title and year of production,
- A brief synopsis of the film (100 words max.),
- Running time/length of the film
- Language(s) of film and available subtitles (where relevant),
- Premiere status (i.e. has it premiered in Canada or internationally and, if so, where?),
- Full name of the filmmaker,
- A brief biography of the filmmaker (100 words max., including province of origin and current residence) and
- Contact information (email address, phone number and complete mailing address).

Terms and Conditions
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I as submitter of this entry and the undersigned, acknowledge and agree that:
1. I have read, understand and fully comply with all submission eligibility Rules, Guidelines, Terms and Conditions requirements;
2. To the best of my knowledge, all of the statements in my submission document are true;
3. This film or video is not subject to any litigation nor is threatened by any litigation;
4. I am duly authorized to submit this film to the festival;
5. I hold the Ottawa Canadian Film Festival and its parent organization the Ottawa Independent Film Festival as well as its owners, management, juries, subsidiaries, agents, sponsors, affiliates, etc. harmless from any and all claims of liability resulting from my entry;
6. I certify that I am the copyright holder of the film and have all necessary rights and clearances to have the film publicly screened by the festival;
7. I certify that I have full rights to the use of the music in the entered work;
8 . I give permission to the Ottawa Canadian Film Festival to screen the film at the festival as well as any other festival presentations, programs, and/or events.
9. I also give permission to the festival to use stills, titles, copy, and/or information from the film for promotional purposes and the right to adapt/modify the film's trailer for promotion of the festival's events and screenings.

Overall Rating
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
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    Stevie Jackson

    So pleased to have Honestly Charlotte screen at the Ottawa Indie Fest, even though we were unable to attend. Great communications. Thank you very much!

    August 2017
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    Justin McConnell

    Great festival just starting out. Give them your support, as they are trying to do something special in a tough city.

    July 2017
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    Tyler Boyco

    We, unfortunately, couldn't make it to the festival (which is the ONLY reason there are 0 stars for Hospitality and Networking), but they were nothing but friendly and helpful when communicating with them. It is a great festival, especially for up and coming filmmakers and we were honoured to have our project selected!

    July 2017
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    Yaron Betan

    Amazing Festival, great people at OIF!

    June 2017
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    Kim Saltarski

    Great festival! The organizers did an excellent job promoting the festival and my documentary short. Wishing them many more years of success!

    June 2017