This is a question we’ve been hearing a lot lately. And it makes us happy! It means that fans of the Willson Oakville Film Festival are chomping at the bit.
You’ll find a lot of great information here on our website, but one thing that you won’t find (at least, not yet!) is a list of films for our 2016 event. That’s because our submissions deadline is Friday, April 1st. Wendy Donnan, our programmer, has literally thousands of films to view, assess, and select before the finalists can be announced. Rest assured that she’s working hard on it this very minute.
It’s About More Than Showcasing Movies
Remember that the purpose of the Willson Oakville Film Festival – just like any independent film fest – isn’t simply to showcase interesting movies for our community; although that’s certainly part of our reason for being. Film fests like ours also provide an opportunity for independent and/or unknown filmmakers to get their movies in front of an actual audience and to have their work reviewed by professional critics. This often translates to additional advantages: valuable media attention, exposure to prospective agents and buyers, and don’t forget the prestigious Audience Choice Awards for the best film and best short film. Yes, the winners. In case you didn’t know, independent film festivals are also contests, and you, the viewer, get a vote! Fun, right?
With all that in mind, it’s super important that we compile a worthy roundup of engaging films and documentaries. We also aim to provide a variety of genres and themes, and try to represent filmmakers from around the globe. Choosing the big features for the gala presentations is especially exciting. So now you know why this process takes time and careful consideration… Sit tight!
Get First Dibs
Purchase one of our Festival Passes and you’ll be the first to be notified about our final list when it’s ready and you’ll get first dibs on the films you’d most like to see. On May 16th the remaining tickets will go on sale to the general public. We promise to keep you posted with all the key dates and details as we roll them out… but for best value and lots of perks get your passes starting April 1st!
Article by Nancy Fornasiero
Nancy Fornasiero, a huge indie-film fan, is an Oakville-based writer, editor, and communications specialist.