OCanFilmFest2020

OCanFilmFest2020

The Ottawa Canadian Film Festival returns for our fourth year in November 2020.  Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and out of an abundance of caution this year’s festival takes place online on Vimeo’s On Demand platform over three weekends.

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ocanfilmfest2020 weekend 1
Feature Film

Project Cold Days
(Ottawa, ON)
Director: Stephen R. Coleman

Short Films

Vessel
(Toronto, ON)
Director: Ethan Godel

Saint-Tite
(Montreal, QC)
Directors: Florence Pelletier,
Élizabeth Marcoux-Bélair

Advances
(Burlington, ON)
Director: Tyler J. Seguin

The Date
(Halifax, NS)
Director: Taylor Olson

Miracle, Baby
(Toronto, ON)
Director: C. Hudson Hwang

ocanfilmfest2020 weekend 2
Feature Film

The Manhattan Project
(Etobicoke, ON)
Director: Matthew Campanile

Short Films

Social Mediation
(Toronto, ON)
Director: Matt Pittroff

WESTBOUND / EASTBOUND
(Etobicoke, ON)
Director: Rohan Bader

Inhale
(Strathroy, ON)
Director: Brian Chambers

StreetSauce! Public Art in Waterloo Region?
(Kichener, ON)
Directors: Paul Campsall, Tom Knowlton

World Of The Fluffs
(Vancouver, BC)
Director: Chaisi Glover

ocanfilmfest2020 weekend 3
Feature Film

The Great Disconnect
(Ottawa, ON)
Director: Tamer Soliman

Short Films

Not Your Average Bear
(Vancouver, BC)
Director: Cliff Skelton

I Hope They Remember My Name
(Toronto, ON)
Director: Patrick Weiers

Guardians of the Grasslands
(Bashaw, AB)
Directors: Sarah Wray, Ben Wilson

and also, for youth
(Harrowsmith, ON)
Director: Eamon Hillis

Tessellate
(Vancouver, BC)
Director: Rob Jacobsen

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and out of an abundance of caution this year’s festival will be online.
Explainer: Renting OCanFilmFest films on Vimeo’s on-demand platform

About the Feature-length Films (listed alphabetically)

Project Cold Days

Suffering from mental health issues and addictions, a diverse homeless population struggles to survive the winter in the coldest capital city in the world.
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The Manhattan Project

When a small-town cocktail-enthusiast decides to end his life after being diagnosed with a terminal illness he must deal with the repercussion his choice has on his community.
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About the Short Films (listed alphabetically)

Advances

To secure her promotion, Nancy just needs to make it through a dinner party but office gossip makes every word take on a double meaning.
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Miracle, Baby

Miracle, Baby chronicles the incredible journey of Cory Conacher, a professional hockey player living with diabetes.
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Inhale

Their daughter’s struggle with Cystic Fibrosis helps the Chappell family live in the moment.
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Saint-Tite

Saint-Tite tells the story of a family living their last weekend together at the rodeos of the Festival Western de Saint-Tite.
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Social Mediation

As a couple finalizes their separation, they seek professional help in the act of dividing their most important asset – their social currency.
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Tessellate

In a world where the technology to custom-make your personality has been developed, a conflicted technician encounters a client hoping to alter her motor-mouth character.
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The Date

Two single-parent divorcees try their hand at dating again. They have no idea how wrong they’re doing it.
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Vessel

VESSEL is a sci-fi comedy that follows two lonely romantics as they go to absurd lengths to be anybody but themselves.
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About OCanFilmFest2020

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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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Kirk Knapp

Intercept

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

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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 and the City of Ottawa

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and out of an abundance of caution this year’s festival will take place online.  Check for more details on our OCanFilmFest2020 page.