OCanFilmFest2019 Call for Submissions


Our Call for Submissions for #OCanFilmFest2019 is now open.  Please click on the FilmFreeway button below for criteria and to submit films.  Screenings are planned to take place in November 2019.

The Ottawa Canadian Film Festival proudly accepts entries on FilmFreeway, the world’s #1 way to enter film festivals and creative contests.

Early deadline: March 31, 2019
Regular deadline: April 30, 2019
Late deadline: May 31, 2019

Festival Dates: Friday Nov 1 and Saturday Nov 2, 2019
Festival Venue: Arts Court Theatre, 2 Daly Avenue, Ottawa.

Here are the responses to Frequently Asked Questions.

OCanFilmFest Presents: Secret War

We are kicking off our new series of free short film screenings on Saturday February 2nd with a presentation of the short film Secret War at SAWVideo‘s  Knot Project Space (2 Daly Avenue) at 6pm.

Secret War follows the emotional journey of two veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Mental illness is a growing issue in the military as suicide has taken more lives than the war Afghanistan. The War Horse Project uses equine therapy to help soldiers find peace and maybe a companion along the way. Shannon Lough, Emanuela Campanella, Sarah Turnbull and Fangliang Xu were students at the School of Journalism at Carleton University when then created the film in 2015. The film was an Official Selection at the Yorkton Film Festival that year.

OCanFilmFest thanks SAWVideo for collaborating on this event. Facebook Event.

OCanFilmFest Presents: Secret War February 2, 2019 at SAW Video’s Knot Project Space. Filmmaker Emanuela Campanella and Alison Vandergragt, Program Director of The War Horse Project in attendance. 📷 Megha Dash (larger photos)

OCanFilmFest Talks

OCanFilmFest Talks is a video series of panels and artist talks presented in collaboration with partners and sponsors.  It launches soon.  Stay tuned.

OCanFilmFest Presents

OCanFilmFest Presents is a series of curated Canadian films screened at venues across Ottawa throughout the year.  We plan to launch this new series early in 2019.  Stay tuned.

OCanFilmFest2018 – The True North Project – Emil Agopian

The True North Project – Synopsis

The True North Project, commissioned by the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, is a celebration of Canada’s multi-ethnic society and its ongoing process of reconciliation with the indigenous community. In this celebration of diversity, artists from vastly different backgrounds are brought together to create a collaborative work for orchestra.

Screening at #OCanFilmFest2018 on November 3 at 5 p.m.

Eventbrite - Ottawa Canadian Film Festival 2018

The documentary focuses on national identity and the idea of “home,” in a country where 20 percent of the population is foreign-born. The film offers insights into the creative processes of artists from different cultural backgrounds and from different regions of Canada, as they work together towards a common goal. The documentary is about hope for the future, and brings attention to the enrichments brought by the coexistence of different peoples and cultures within the framework of a nation.

About the director, Emil Agopian

Young filmmaker Emil Agopian has an astonishing number of film credits to his name. A cellist, Agopian has a particular feeling for film work involving classical music. In addition to his work for the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra – one of Canada’s top professional orchestras – traveling across Canada to film his feature documentary “The True North Project”, he has created a documentary series and other media for the Morningside Music Bridge International Music Festival in Beijing (2016), and Boston (2017), shooting in China (Guangzhou and Shanghai) and Poland (Warsaw). Continue reading “OCanFilmFest2018 – The True North Project – Emil Agopian”