Get Involved

The Ottawa Canadian Film Festival is a cultural, not-for-profit organization whose key mission is to promote and celebrate Canadian films and filmmakers. 

We recently adapted our programming to COVID-19 shutdowns with the launch of online screenings and we intend use lessons learned through the process to plan hybrid physical/virtual festivals in the future.

We rely on a small team of volunteers to maximize our reach and we are always looking for people and organizations to collaborate with to further our mutual goals.

Volunteering is a great way to support Canadian filmmakers, connect with the community, to meet new people and to catch a great Canadian flick or two. 

OCanFilmFest is a volunteer and artist-run, not-for-profit film festival. Donations are welcome and can be made at

Volunteer Opportunities

Here are some of the opportunities available.  It’s not an exhaustive list.  Please contact us if you are interested in these opportunities or if you would like to pitch others.

Festival Venue Crew

You will be the first point of contact with our audiences and filmmakers.  This includes ushers, admin/box office, hospitality-related opportunities to name a few.

Social Media Promoters

As a non-profit, we rely on word-of-mouth and social-media based promotion of festival-related events.  You will help us spread the word by sharing occasional posts from our social media accounts and posting your own reviews of festival-related events.

Festival Jury

You will have an active part in reviewing and determining which films will be selected to showcase at the festival

Guest Bloggers

An opportunity to practice your writing skills creating posts like movie reviews, coverage on local events and filmmakers

Follow this link to our Guest Blog.


An opportunity to practice your writing and editorial skills creating press releases and other promotional posts that highlight aspects of the festival

Graphic Designers

An opportunity to put your stamp on festival posters, graphics for new video series


Taking photos at festivals and local film-related events for publishing on our various blogs

Video Producers

Creating and Producing social media videos and interviews for publishing online and to be shown at venue-based events

Call for Volunteers

If you are dependable, have a positive attitude, and the ability to work independently or with a team, we would love to hear from you. Let us know which position you are interested in. Contact us.

Volunteers have enjoyed perks like complimentary tickets to screenings held in venues and online, an invitation to a fantastic post-Festival wrap-up party and the opportunity to interact with filmmakers and patrons throughout the Festival.

Some of our 2018 volunteers at our Volunteer Appreciation event in 2019

Also check out this public Facebook group for volunteers for non-profit film festivals in the Ottawa area.

Ottawa Film Festival Volunteers Facebook Group

Collaborate with us on a Screening

We are also seeking Collaborators for venues to host our OCanFilmFest Presents free short film screening series events.  To maximize access to these screenings we would like to make them free to attend.  As a result, we are seeking collaborators who have access to venues (conference rooms, auditoriums, coffee shops, pubs, for example)  that can be used to host these screenings throughout the city.  Venues with AV setups would be a bonus.  If you have a venue and you would like to collaborate with us on a screening, please contact us using the form below.

Some of our 2017 volunteers at our one of our festival planning events

Tell us what you think

Want to join our team? Like our website?  Got an idea to help us improve it?  Got an idea on how we can improve on how we celebrate Canadian films and Canadian filmmakers? We would love to hear from you.  Use the contact form below to get in touch with us.

You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.  Search for “ocanfilmfest” on any of those platforms or use the social links along the top right or footer of this website.

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