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OCanFilmFest2020 Recap

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

Eamon Hillis’ film “and also, for youth” was the OCanFilmFest2020 Audience Favourite Award winner.

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 in 2020.

Between Festival Screenings

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

Screenings and Panels
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.

Comments from filmmakers featured at OCanFilmFest

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

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

OCanFilmFest is led by an incredibly organized and passionate group of programmers. They’re genuinely motivated to collaborate with the filmmakers, and they go to great lengths to promote their films. I especially enjoyed participating in a panel, where I got to connect with other filmmakers and discuss each other’s work.

Patrick Weiers
I Hope They Remember My Name

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