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About Us

Since 2009, The Ottawa International Film Festival (OIFF) has been evolving into a nationally recognized nonprofit organization that actively advances the work of creative minds from all corners of the world.


OIFF isn’t without meager beginnings, starting off as an afternoon show in the Jack Purcell Community Centre and growing into the festival it is today at the historic Mayfair Theatre in Ottawa, Ontario. Working with full partnership and support from Ottawa Festivals and the Ottawa Film Office, and with support from the Ottawa community, OIFF has risen to become a highly regarded open platform for filmmakers to showcase their stories.


OIFF delivers year-round activities that filmmakers can participate in to provide an ongoing support system for the development of original stories for the screen.


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.

Latest News

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 Vera Gbric | March 12, 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 Vera Gbric | March 2, 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 Vera Gbric | February 25, 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 Vera Gbric | February 24, 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 Vera Gbric | February 12, 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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#OIFF72 AWARDS SHOW | Facebook

Posted by Vera Gbric | February 11, 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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Philip Seymour Hoffman – A Tribute

Posted by Vera Gbric | February 11, 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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Big Thank You to #OIFF72 2014 Sponsors!

Posted by Vera Gbric | February 5, 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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    @ottawafilmfest – August 28, 2014

  • “RT @CierraCampeau: Great turnout! @ottawafilmfest @ottawacity #CinemeUnderTheStars !”

    @ottawafilmfest – August 28, 2014

  • “A special thank you to our partners @Canadian_Film, #IFCO, @cupenat and our sponsors @ottawacity, @PTT_Toronto and #diskdaddy”

    @ottawafilmfest – August 28, 2014

  • “A big THANK YOU to everyone who came out to Cinema Under the Stars on Tuesday!”

    @ottawafilmfest – August 28, 2014

  • “RT @NinaBains: CINEMA UNDER THE STARS AT CITY HALL TONIGHT :). @ottawafilmfest @PrayBhindi @Canadian_Film @IFCOFilm”

    @ottawafilmfest – August 27, 2014

  • “RT @NinaBains: @ottawafilmfest @OttawaFoodBank @ottawa_events”

    @ottawafilmfest – August 27, 2014

  • “TONIGHT join #OIFF for CINEMA UNDER THE STARS w/ @ottawacity, @OttawaFoodBank,@Canadian_Film, #CUPE #ICFO:”

    @ottawafilmfest – August 26, 2014

  • “RT @NinaBains: Attn: Ottawa Food Truck vendors! Interested in feeding people at the @ottawafilmfest @ottawacity film screenings next Tue…”

    @ottawafilmfest – August 25, 2014

    The event will take place at 9PM at the Marion Dewar Plaza…″

    @ottawafilmfest – August 25, 2014

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    @ottawafilmfest – August 20, 2014

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The OIFF Team

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. –

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. -

Jean McLernon

Community Liaison + Events

Jean loves all things film and movie alike. Not so much a chick-flick fan, Jean will sit down in front of anything with a suspenseful or action-packed guarantee. Jean acts as OIFF’s Community Liaison and provides Event support, enjoying every minute of her journey with the rest of the festival. –

Vera Grbic

Public Relations + Events

Vera has a master’s degree in communication, and has made her work in communication and journalism. Covering the arts is her longtime passion, and film is her drug of choice. On her off days, you can find her pretending she’s Julie Delpy in Before Sunrise. –

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. –

Gab Harpelle

Festival Programmer

Gab has been working with film festivals for over 10 years. In addition to his Festival Programming experience, Gab has worked on dozens of film projects. –

Patrick Murray


Long time film buff and occasional filmmaker, Patrick is imprisoned by his love of film. With many years experience at other film and music festivals as well as starting his own film festival in 2015, he is excited to help grow the OIFF in its 5th year and beyond! –

Alex Hosselet

Marketing + Strategy

Alex is a marketer, strategist and lifelong Ottawan. A deep connection to the community and a drive to highlight Ottawa’s culture are why he loves working with the OIFF. When he’s not at his day job at local digital agency, Soshal, Alex can be found at concerts, events, yoga, and hanging out with his cat. –

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