Ottawa Canadian Film Festival


Our Call for Submissions for 2020 is now closed. Our jury is hard at work reviewing the submissions.

Film Fans

Read up on the filmmakers and the films featured at previous OCanFilmFest festival screenings.

OCanFilmFest Skype board meeting in June 2020

OCanFilmFest2020 Video On Demand

As you may have gathered from recent press coverage, out of an abundance of caution as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be taking our festival screenings online this year. OCanFilmFest2020 in November will be on Vimeo’s Video On Demand (VOD) platform, the same platform we used for the Shorts at Home series.

While this year’s festival will feel different from previous years, online VODs have some advantages over in-person screenings. You will have the flexibility of viewing the films in the order of your choice, on your own schedule and you’ll have the ability to watch a favourite film one, three, or as many times as you like during your 24-hour rental period. What we will miss the most, however, is the shared, in-person experience, the chance to speak with each other one-on-one, and the popular and insightful audience Q&As with filmmakers. While we look forward to returning to this in-person experience in the future, we are actively looking at ways to bring aspects of these interactions into the online festival. Stay tuned!

Shorts at Home

In 2020 we launched Shorts at Home, our first foray into online video-on-demand screenings as we continue to promote and celebrate Canadian independent film amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Explainers, Press, and Reviews

Explainer: Renting an OCanFilmFest film online on Vimeo
Apt613: Ottawa Canadian Film Festival launches “Shorts at Home” on May 15th
The Charlatan: Film festival moves online to adapt to COVID-19
Guest blog: Alvin Wai Chung Tsang
Guest blog: Funmi Adetola
Guest blog: Abhu Dhanda

OCanFilmFest2019: Last Year’s Festival

The festival featured 3 feature-length films and 11 short films of various genres from all over Canada over 2 days in November last year. We were thrilled to welcome cast & crew members from Ottawa, and filmmakers and special guests who made the trip from Toronto, Montreal and Victoria to see audiences react to their films and participate in Q&A sessions following the films.

The Still Life of Annika Myers was the Audience Favourite Award recipient.  Congratulations to director Matthew Blecha, Producers Darlene Tait & Matthew Blecha and the entire cast and crew!

The 2019 Films

Photos from the Event

Between Festival Screenings

Check out what we’ve got going on throughout the year.


OCanFilmFest Presents
Shorts at Home
OCanFilmFest Talks


OCanFilmFest Blog
Guest Blog
Film613 Blog

Ottawa Filmmakers
OCanFilmFest Films

Videos and Podcasts


Meet the Team

The Ottawa Canadian Film Festival (OCanFilmFest) is a cultural, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to recognize, promote and celebrate the art of cinema by showcasing Canadian films and filmmakers. 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.

Jith Paul

Jith Paul


Megha Dash


Manuel Sousa

Volunteer Coordinator

Erica Giancola

Digital Media & Outreach

For more about our vision, mission and team, head to our About page.

OCanFilmFest Alumni

Filmmakers whose work has been featured have been kind enough to provide us some great feeback. Here’s what some of them had to say.

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

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


Luvia Petersen

Dog Bite

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


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

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

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

Previous Festival Screenings

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

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