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About Us

The Ottawa International Film Festival celebrates local, Canadian and International Films amongst audiences that help form an integral part of supporting and encouraging the work of independent filmmakers.

OIFF is more than a film festival but a BRAND, representing the film community in the nation’s capital. The Ottawa International Film Festival takes pride in the content we program and every year features a set of diverse quality films. Each year, over the course of four days, we showcase up to twenty-five narrative features, short films and documentaries from all corners of the world with a focus on: Canadian content, LGBQT content, aboriginal content, animation and many creative International Films. Each screening event has been specifically tailored to allow the audience to engage in the filmmaker’s excitement by virtue of the film screening followed by a discussion with each filmmaker that is on hand.

OIFF remains committed to its mission of developing and promoting independent artists, encouraging filmmakers to continue to live outside the box, and engaging audiences through creative and innovative event planning.

Capture. Create. Inspire.

Capture. Create. Inspire.

How We Roll

Red Hot on the Blue Carpet

Posted by OIFF | 02/10/2014 | 0 Comments

Yoga pants are my jam. So is a night in with a glass of red and Netflix. So whenever I receive an invitation to a formal gala, my first reaction isn’t “Ooh! How fun!” it’s “Eesh! What am I going to wear?” For most people, deciding how to dress for a black tie event isn’t […]

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You’ve got to ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well, do ya punk?

- Clint Eastwood, Dirty Harry, 1971

2014 Canadian Screen Awards are bigger and better

Posted by OIFF | 12/03/2014 | 0 Comments

The US has the Emmy Awards for television and the Academy Awards (Oscars) for film. In Canada, we have the Canadian Screen Awards, an amalgam of what used to be a separate television award ceremony (Gemini Awards) and a film award ceremony (Genie Awards).   The first incarnation of the amalgam took place in 2013. […]

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2014 Oscars: Did you know?

Posted by OIFF | 02/03/2014 | 0 Comments

On the eve of the 86th Academy Awards, we wanted to provide you with some interesting tidbits on this year’s event.   2014 Oscars: Did you know?   The first Oscars were in 1929, which means they are 86 years old this year. Meanwhile, 2013 was a year of numbers aligning: the 85th Academy Awards […]

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#OIFF72 Q&A with Filmmakers – Part 2

Posted by OIFF | 25/02/2014 | 0 Comments

What does it take to come up with a script and shoot a film in three days? We got some answers from this year’s hearty souls of the OIFF 72 Hour Film Challenge.   In Part 2, we hear from Curtis Dickie of “The Proposal,” Andrei Zubok of “Mikhail” and Ray Besharah of “Domino.” Check […]

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#OIFF72 Q&A with Filmmakers – Part 1

Posted by OIFF | 24/02/2014 | 0 Comments

What does it take to come up with a script and shoot a film in three days? We got some answers from this year’s hearty souls of the OIFF 72 Hour Film Challenge.   In Part 1, we treat you to answers by Eric Escaravage of “Sister” and Gavin Simone of “Winter Yard Sale.”   […]

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The #OIFF72 films are up NOW!

Posted by OIFF | 12/02/2014 | 0 Comments

The #OIFF72 films are up NOW! Here is your chance to view the films of your peers and vote for your favourite!   To vote for your favourite video, people simply have to press the “Like” button on the Youtube and Vimeo links, and the video with the most likes will win the Audience Favourite Award

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Philip Seymour Hoffman – A Tribute

Posted by OIFF | 11/02/2014 | 0 Comments

At OIFF, we were incredibly saddened to hear of the untimely death of the enigmatic Philip Seymour Hoffman. We want to pay tribute to the actor who contributed to the world in such a meaningful way, and had so much more to give.   Much has been surmised about the possible cause of his death. […]

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#OIFF72 AWARDS SHOW | Facebook

Posted by OIFF | 11/02/2014 | 0 Comments

Want to see which films made the #OIFF72 Hour Film Challenge cut? Join us at Mercury Lounge on February 26th at 6PM for the official #OIFF72 Awards Ceremony opened by our very own Mayor Jim Watson, a special performance by Ottawa’s favourite indie-folk darling, HER HARBOUR and a welcome cocktail courtesy of Beam Global Spirits […]

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Big Thank You to #OIFF72 2014 Sponsors!

Posted by OIFF | 05/02/2014 | 0 Comments

The OIFF 72 Hour Film Challenge gives filmmakers a chance to shine among their peers. But this Ottawa film initiative would be a mere idea without ouramazing sponsors.   This year, we are proud to be supported by incredibly diverse local businesses and organizations. Our partners range from a revered Ottawa pub to a community […]

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The Faces of OIFF

Nina Bains

The Big Cheese

Nina is a travel documentary filmmaker who is also deeply invested in the growth of the Ottawa film industry. Five years ago, she founded The Ottawa International Film Festival because with the belief that an emerging film industry in the nation’s capital required an international festival to support it. – info@oiff.ca

Anish Parmar

Graphic Designer

With 8+ years experience in graphic design, and a life-long love for movies, Anish takes great pride in working with an amazing team to design Ottawa’s most up and coming Film Festival. – anish@oiff.ca

Sandra Oey

Social Media

Though she doesn’t consider herself a social media guru (what is that exactly?) Sandra is more of a social media enthusiast and can usually be found glued to her phone, With 5+ years’ experience in non-profit communications, Sandra is thrilled to put her love of movies and pop culture to good use for the OIFF. – sandra@oiff.ca

Ash Montgomery

Production Coordinator

With a love for the arts & making lists, Ash is our Festival Production Coordinator. Recently back from living/travelling through Australia and South East Asia, she has joined the team to put her Communications Degree and experience to good use. Aside from list-making, Ash is also a musician, closet-hippie & cat enthusiast. – admin@oiff.ca





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