If you’re a movie lover or if you like anything from cartoons to documentaries, then the film festivals going on in Ottawa this year will interest you! Discover Ottawa’s major film festivals below:
Ottawa International Short Film Festival (March 17–24, 2016):
Over the span of seven days, 100 feature films screened in both Ontario and Quebec are presented at the Ottawa International Short Film Festival. Partnered with the Outaouais Film Festival (OFF), some of the awards and prizes given out include The Jury Awards for Best Short Movie, Best Short Fiction, Best Animation, and the Public’s Awards. With more than 25,000 people visiting every year, it’s the perfect opportunity for filmmakers and producers to show off their talent to movie fans!
Latin American Film Festival (April 22 – May 8, 2016):
Returning for its twentieth edition, this springtime festival offers features, documentaries and short films from all over Latin America. Over the festival, enjoy various works as well as several Embassy-hosted receptions. This annual festival is presented by the Canadian Film Institute.
St. Lawrence International Film Festival (Sept. 1–4, 2016):
Launched just last year, the St. Lawrence International Film Festival is held in venues in both Ottawa and in Brockville, as well as Canton, N.Y., and Potsdam, N.Y. It’s an event established to showcase both the classics and the newest films to a worldwide audience in the unrivalled setting of the scenic St. Lawrence River. Celebrity Dan Aykroyd was in Ottawa last year for a special festival screening of movie classic The Blues Brothers. Who knows what this year will bring!
Ottawa International Animation Festival (Sept. 21–25, 2016):
For 40 years, the Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) has been attracting people from all around the world of all ages. Events this year are taking place at the National Gallery of Canada, Saint Brigid’s Centre for the Arts, the ByTowne Cinema, Arts Court, and the Fairmont Château Laurier. The festival presents both classic and the newest upcoming animation. So if you like digital creations, cartoons, and amazing effects, you’ll love this festival!
One World Film Festival (Sept. 29–Oct. 2, 2016):
Since 1989, the One World Film Festival has been bringing together activists, artists, and the local people and organizations of Ottawa. Focused on human rights, environmental issues, and social justice, the festival raises awareness to issues impacting our communities and the world.
Ottawa International Film Festival (Oct. 16–18, 2016):
Founded in 2009, the Ottawa International Film Festival (OIFF) is the first international film festival in Ottawa. OIFF is a not-for-profit festival that runs every year in October, and showcases features and films from film makers all around the world. Past OIFF panelists have included Oscar Award winning producers Chris Branch (The Lady in No. 6) and producer Robert Menzies (House at the End of the Street with Jennifer Lawrence).
Other festivals include DIGI60 Ottawa Digital Filmmakers’ Festival that has been showcasing Ottawa’s independent filmmakers for more than 10 years, and the 4th annual Ottawa Tibet Film Festival. Taking place on March 20, 2016, the Tibet Film Festival works to raise awareness in Ottawa about Tibet’s culture, religion, and traditions.