Ottawa Canadian Film Festival

Filmmakers: Our Call for Submissions opens in early 2021

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OCanFilmFest2020 gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Ontario Arts Council and the City of Ottawa.

OCanFilmFest2020: Recap

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, our fourth edition took place online on Vimeo’s On Demand platform. It featured 3 feature-length films and 15 short films of various genres from all over Canada. We were also able to bring another key part of the festival experience home, by conducting filmmaker Q&A panels virtually.

We would like to extend our thanks to the many people who made OCanFilmFest2020 possible, including our audience members, our participating filmmakers, jury members and volunteers. Special thanks to the City of Ottawa and the Ontario Arts Council whose financial support enabled us to present our program this year.

We will be announcing our Audience Favourite Award winner shortly. Stay tuned.

OCanFilmFest2020 page

Between Festival Screenings

Check out what we’ve got going on throughout the year.


Shorts at Home
OCanFilmFest Presents
OCanFilmFest Talks


OCanFilmFest Blog
Guest Blog
Film613 Blog

Ottawa Filmmakers
OCanFilmFest Films

Videos and Podcasts


Meet the Team

The Ottawa Canadian Film Festival (OCanFilmFest) 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 is grounded in the belief that Canadian film and filmmakers are distinctive and vital to our country’s culture and the development of the local economy.

Jith Paul

Jith Paul


Megha Dash


Manuel Sousa

Volunteer Coordinator

Erica Giancola

Digital Media & Outreach

For more about our vision, mission and team, head to our About page.

Read the latest update from the board.

OCanFilmFest Alumni

Filmmakers whose work has been featured have been kind enough to provide us some great feeback. Here’s what some of them had to say.

This festival is wonderful. The programming is really high quality. For a small festival, I had one of my best screenings. The audience is so engaged and intelligent I was taken aback of how intimate the audience interaction was with my film. The festival staff are professional, they really try and promote your film within the community. I will apply again. I recommend this festival. I am honoured I got to take part.


Valerie Barnhart

Girl in the Hallway

This festival especially caters to the filmmakers and allows them to promote their work in Ottawa. The films shown were amazing! Ranging from dramatic work, to laugh out loud comedy. Very proud to have my film amongst other talented Canadian filmmakers.


Tavit Melikian

End of the Night

Highly recommend this festival. Well-organized! Good communication. Great mindset towards the promotion of all participating films. Great job, everyone!


Matthew J. Blecha

Super Bingo

Love this curated festival! I will definitely submit my next film here!


Luvia Petersen

Dog Bite

I just wanted to thank you for pulling off a very successful festival this year. The films were great and diverse and the festival itself, I felt was very well put together and organized. Look forward to attending next year!


Kirk Knapp


The go-to festival for indie filmmakers in Ottawa this year. Really appreciate the hard work they put in to promote local talent and indie talent in general. I hope they get bigger over the next few years – the region needs it!


Alexander Cruz

Pur Laine

We were thrilled to hold the world premiere of The Mayor of Comedy at the Ottawa Canadian Film Festival. The staff and venue were a highlight, thanks for having us.


Matt Kelly

The Mayor of Comedy

2019 was our team’s second appearance at this gem of a festival! Wonderful people, very well organized and great advance communication. Will submit again!


Darlene Tait

The Still Life of Annika Myers

Previous Festival Screenings

Check these links for information about the films and filmmakers we featured in 201720182019 and 2020.

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We would also love to hear what you think of our events, this webpage and all things Canadian film.

Our Call for Submissions for OCanFilmFest2021 opens on FilmFreeway early in 2021.