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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 not‑for‑profit organization works to promote Canadian film as distinctive and vital to our country’s culture and the local economy. Screening fees are paid for all films selected to screen at the festival. OCan is an IMDB qualifying festival, and is listed among qualifying festivals for the Canadian Screen Awards by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television.

As part of its commitment to promote the growth of independent Canadian films, OCan is now accepting submissions for its 8th annual Film Festival Program which will take place in November 2024. We are launched the OCan Newsletter, a monthly email digest of articles and links related to Canadian film, and news about OCan events and discounts, in early 2024.

OCan23 Festival Poster on Rideau Street

OCan23 Poster on Rideau Street

OCan Film Festival launches 8th Season

Save up to 80% off Submission Fee by submitting your film in January

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January 1, 2024

As part of its commitment to promote the growth of independent Canadian films, the Ottawa Canadian Film Festival (OCan) is now accepting film submissions for its 8th annual Film Festival Program, screenings for which will take place in Ottawa in November 2024.

"We are looking for amazing stories in any genre or length from storytellers across Canada, both new and experienced. We're excited to see what you've been working on!” — Jith Paul, OCan Film Fest Co-founder

OCan encourages film submissions from under-represented independent artists, including female and non-binary filmmakers, Black, Indigenous, People of Colour and members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community. Films are accepted exclusively via FilmFreeway and there are generous discounts for early submissions. Check out the FAQ page for additional details.

 
OCan on FilmFreeway
Submit your film

Deadlines:

  • Early: January 31, 2024
  • Regular: February 29, 2024
  • Late: March 31, 2024
 

Each film programmed for the 2024 festival will receive a screening fee and two complementary festival passes.

About OCan:

The Ottawa Canadian Film Festival is a cultural, not-for-profit organization that celebrates Canadian film. 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. This artist-run organization is composed of a volunteer board of directors. OCan is an IMDB qualifying festival, and is listed among qualifying festivals for the Canadian Screen Awards by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television.

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OCan23 on Bytowne Marquee

Bytowne Cinema Marquee during OCan23

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Board Members and Filmmakers promoting OCan on CBC, CTV and Rogers in 2022 and 2023

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



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OCan Newsletter

A monthly email digest

We launched the OCan Newletter, an email digest of articles and links related to Canadian film, and news about OCan events and discounts. New issues are published about once a month with special editions promoting OCan events, with discounted tickets and passes for subscribers.

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Conversations with Canadian Creatives

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OCan Spotlight

OCan is a film festival partner for National Canadian Film Day 2024, shining a spotlight on feature-length and short films previously featured at the festival, now available on YouTube, Vimeo or popular streaming platforms like CBC Gem, and Tubi.

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Conversations with Canadian Creatives

A series of interviews hosted by Monique

We launched a collaboration with CKCU's 'A Luta Continua' host Monique this year. Episodes of "Conversations with Canadian Creatives" are available on-demand on OCan's YouTube channel, paired with short write-ups, trailers and additional links on the film613.ca blog. The radio version is broadcast on CKCU FM 93.1 in the Ottawa area on Fridays at 9 am ET. and on-demand is made available on CKCU's audio archive.


Conversations with Canadian Creatives

Conversations with Canadian Creatives