Ottawa Canadian Film Festival

November 7-9, 2024
Bytowne Cinema

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Jury President Zachary Chabot, and jurors Daniel Perras, Nicole Bedford, and Fitch Jean

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Join us at our 8th annual film festival, OCan24, at the Bytowne Cinema, November 7-9, 2024.

Our Mission

OCan is a Film Festival in Ottawa that celebrates Canadian film.

Through annual festival screenings at the Bytowne Cinema in November and activities throughout the year, our volunteer‑run not‑for‑profit organization works to promote Canadian film as distinctive and vital to our country’s culture and the local economy.


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OCan is an IMDB qualifying festival, and is listed among qualifying festivals for the Canadian Screen Awards by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television.

Festival Reviews

"Boasting an ambitious program and an exceptional selection of Canadian films and filmmakers, the Ottawa Canadian Film Festival is the ultimate destination for film lovers. Typically hosted in November, it’s the perfect event to add to your itinerary if you’re looking for what to do in Ottawa in November. With an eye to the future, this festival has established itself as an innovative event that is uniting Canadian communities to recognize and promote Canadian cinema in a thrilling atmosphere."

— Jami Savage, Adventure Awaits Travel Blog
"I really enjoyed my experience participating as a filmmaker in this festival. The communication is excellent because you are working directly with the key organizers. They helped set up media opportunities for the filmmakers and they featured each filmmaker on their social media channels. They hosted informal networking nights after every screening. And the venue they use for the screenings is wonderful -- it's the best I've ever heard my film sound at a festival. I highly recommend attending as a viewer and submitting your film as a filmmaker to this festival!"

— Nicole Bedford, Director, the smallest steps
"The Ottawa Canadian Film Festival was a remarkable event that showcased a diverse range of films from filmmakers all across the country. These festivals are integral to our community as they foster a supportive environment where individuals with a shared passion for filmmaking can come together and build lasting connections. Its films encourage filmmakers to take risks and explore unconventional storytelling techniques. Seeing filmmakers exercise their freedom to experiment with different visual styles, narrative structures, and genres was refreshing and left me feeling inspired."

— Emma Poole, Ottawa Festivals d'Ottawa


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About OCanFilmFest


OCan is a Film Festival in Ottawa that celebrates Canadian film. Through annual festival screenings at the Bytowne Cinema in November and activities throughout the year, we work to promote Canadian film as distinctive and vital to our country’s culture and the local economy.

OCanFilmFest is a not-for-profit organization that is artist and volunteer-run, and is strongly committed to fostering diversity in its approach to programming. We strive to achieve this by encouraging film submissions from under-represented independent artists including those who identify as women, non-binary, Black, Indigenous, Persons of Colour (BIPoC), persons from the 2SLGBTQ+ community, and persons with disabilities. We recruit diverse members and voices to our Board of Directors and film selection juries.

OCan is an IMDB qualifying festival, and is listed among qualifying festivals for the Canadian Screen Awards by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television.

Check out our about page for more about our vision and history.

The Team

Jith Paul

Jith Paul

Board Member
Co-founder

Blair Campbell

Blair Campbell

Board Member
Co-founder

Lorelei E. Miller

Lorelei E. Miller

Board Member
Treasurer, Event Planner

Zachary Chabot

Zachary Chabot

Jury President

Daniel Perras

Daniel Perras

Jury Member

Fitch Jean

Fitch Jean

Jury Member

Nicole Bedford

Nicole Bedford

Jury Member

Nicole Bedford

Shelby

Festival Mascot

Frequently Asked Questions

What makes OCan different from other film festivals in Ottawa?

Ottawa is fortunate to host a variety of film festivals thoughout the calendar year at both indoor and outdoor venues throughout the city. Here are some of the differentiating features of the Ottawa Canadian Film Festival:

How can I submit a film to screen at OCanFilmFest?

Filmmakers from across Canada are invited to submit films to OCanFilmFest via FilmFreeway. The Call for Submissions lists all criteria and is usually opened in January each year, with various discount periods posted with the call. The jury watches and evaluates films over the summer and official selections usually announced in October.

Visit our FAQ page for more questions and answers about OCan.


Annual Festival Screenings


We host annual in-person festival screenings at the Bytowne Cinema in Ottawa in November. The 8th annual festival will take place from November 7-9, 2024.

Other Activities and Events


In addition to our annual screenings, OCan programs a number of events including curated online and in-person screenings and fundraising events in collaboration with local filmmakers and other festivals.


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