The Ottawa Canadian Film Festival returns for our fourth year in November 2020.


Our Call for Submissions is now closed. Our jury is hard at work. Stay tuned.

Film Fans

Join us on a new series of short film screenings you can enjoy at home.

OCanFilmFest2020 Film Submissions

We are excited to see submissions coming in from all across the country this year. Here are the cities from which we have received submissions.

Official Selections

Official selections will be announced on October 1

Feedback from OCanFilmFest Alumni

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

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


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


Luvia Petersen

Dog Bite

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

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

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

Previous Festival Screenings

Check these links for information about the films and filmmakers we featured in 20172018 and 2019.

OCanFilmFest2020 gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Ontario Arts Council.