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Were You at the Festival?

As we near the final months of 2016, let’s remember the fun we had at this year’s Oakville Film Festival. If you attended the festival, you might recognize some of the people and events in this short video. If you weren’t able to attend, we hope you’ll see how much fun we had and decide to join us next year.

Let’s Do It Again!

videography and editing by Vince Ierulli, 12th Street Productions

Highlights of the 2016 Willson Oakville Film Festival

The Gala

Thank you to our filmmakers, audience, volunteers, and partners for a successful 2016 Willson Oakville Film Festival. Here’s a look back at all the fun and excitement during the 3-day festival.

Photography by markzelinzki.com unless otherwise credited. To obtain copies of photos, please contact your OFFA representative or email contact@offa.ca

Friday, July 24 Gala Highlights

The Friday Gala brought out an enthusiastic audience that included a who’s who of partners and guests to the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts to see the Canadian premiere of “Manhattan Nocturne” and meet its writer-director, Brian DeCubellis. The film was preceded by a reception with Title Sponsor, Willson International and was followed by an exciting after-party where attendees enjoyed food, drinks, and live music.

Guests arriving on the red carpet.

Guests arriving on the red carpet.

Guests arriving on the red carpet.

Guests arriving on the red carpet.

L to R: OFFA Executive Director, Wendy Donnan;

L to R: OFFA Executive Director, Wendy Donnan; "Manhattan Nocturne" writer-director Brian DeCubellis; festival host Rob Salem, and OFFA Creative Director Judah Hernandez.

"Manhattan Nocturne" writer-director, Brian DeCubellis interviewed by Cathleen MacDonald

"A Legacy of Whining" writer-director, Ross Munro interviewed by Cathleen MacDonald.

Carol and Peter Willson, President and CEO of Title Sponsor, Willson International

Carol and Peter Willson, President and CEO of Title Sponsor, Willson International

Sponsor, 1uv Design's Scott Thomson and Sofia Thomson

Sponsor, 1uv Design's Scott Thomson and Sofia Thomson

Lead Venue Sponsor, film.ca Cinema's Jeff Knoll with Liberal MP Pam Damoff.

Lead Venue Sponsor, film.ca Cinema's Jeff Knoll with Liberal MP Pam Damoff.

Our wonderful volunteers.

Our wonderful volunteers.

Wendy Burton and Mayor Rob Burton

Wendy Burton and Mayor Rob Burton

Media Sponsor Halton Cogeco reporter, Kristen Demeny interviews OFFA Creative Director, Judah Hernandez.

Media Sponsor Halton Cogeco reporter, Kristen Demeny interviews OFFA Creative Director, Judah Hernandez.

The VIP reception: Mayor Rob Burton and Title Sponsor, Willson International's Peter Willson.

The VIP reception: Mayor Rob Burton and Title Sponsor, Willson International's Peter Willson.

The VIP reception: L to R: Gillian Wood of Willson International, festival host Rob Salem, and writer-director Brian DeCubellis.

The VIP reception: L to R: Gillian Wood of Willson International, festival host Rob Salem, and writer-director Brian DeCubellis.

Welcome to the Canadian Premiere of

Welcome to the Canadian Premiere of "Manhattan Nocturne".

The winning seat number!

The winning seat number!

The prize is a handbag by 1uv Designs.

The prize is a handbag by 1uv Designs.

After the screening: Rob Salem (L) hosts the audience Q&A with writer-director Brian DeCubellis (R).

After the screening: Rob Salem (L) hosts the audience Q&A with writer-director Brian DeCubellis (R).

The audience in conversation with Brian DeCubellis.

The audience in conversation with Brian DeCubellis.

The gala after-party.

The gala after-party.

The DJ entertained after-party guests. photo by Vincent Ierulli

The DJ entertained after-party guests. photo by Vincent Ierulli

The after-party. photo by Vincent Ierulli

The after-party. photo by Vincent Ierulli

Saturday, July 25 Festival Highlights

Day 2 was full of screenings, panels, and special events that included a special appearance by adorable puppies, and a wine and food tasting. Festival goers also enjoyed the 2nd Gala screening, James Franco’s “Memoria” with writer-co-director Nina Ljeti attending.

Friendly, helpful volunteers.

Friendly, helpful volunteers.

"The Light Beneath Their Feet" film panel: L to R: (name) (name) with host, Geoffe Pevere

The screening of

The screening of "The Light Beneath Their Feet" had one of the most engaging discussions.

Lots of questions following screening of

Lots of questions following screening of "The Light Beneath Their Feet".

"The Light Beneath Their Feet" panel in lively discussion with the audience.

Following the screening of

Following the screening of "SOMM: Into the Bottle", The Wine Ladies hosted a wine and food tasting.

Movies and charity! The Oakville & Milton Humane Society brought special guests to the theatre.

Movies and charity! The Oakville & Milton Humane Society brought special guests to the theatre.

Sponsor Canadian Pet Connection showed their support.

Sponsor Canadian Pet Connection showed their support.

In support of Oakville & Milton Humane Society, festival-goers met lookalike 'Stars' from the family film

In support of Oakville & Milton Humane Society, festival-goers met lookalike 'Stars' from the family film "Oddball".

"A Legacy of Whining" writer-director, Ross Munro and producer, Maria Munro.

"A Legacy of Whining" producer, Maria Munro and writer-director-actor, Ross Munro in conversation with the audience.

Guests arriving on the red carpet for Saturday's gala.

Guests arriving on the red carpet for Saturday's gala.

Rushing to the gala.

Rushing to the gala.

Hanging out before the gala.

Hanging out before the gala.

"Memoria" writer and co-director Nina Ljeti Interviewed on the red carpet.

Media sponsor, CHCH.

Media sponsor, CHCH.

Host, Rob Salem welcomes the audience to the Saturday gala of

Host, Rob Salem welcomes the audience to the Saturday gala of "Memoria".

James Franco to the audience via video,

James Franco to the audience via video, "I wish I were there!"

"Memoria" writer co-director, Nina Ljeti in conversation with the audience.

"Memoria": Questions from the audience.

Dr. Brenda Combs (left) and

Dr. Brenda Combs (left) and "Memoria" writer-co-director Nina Ljeti (right) answer audience questions.

L to R:

L to R: "Chasing Valentine" Navin Ramaswaran (director), Neal Schneider (writer), Adam Langton (lead actor: Chase), Gina Simone (assistant director), Brad Cowan (actor: Brad).

"Chasing Valentine" Gina Simone (AD), Bruno Marino (producer), Navin Ramaswaran (director), Adam Langton (actor: Chase), Kyle McBride (PA)

"Angry Indian Goddesses" panellists in conversation with the audience.

"Angry Indian Goddesses" panellists in conversation with the audience.

"Angry Indian Goddesses" audience asking questions to the panel.

"Angry Indian Goddesses" audience.

Arriving for the World Premiere of

Arriving for the World Premiere of "Scratch" at lead venue sponsor, film.ca Cinemas.

"Scratch" writer-director Maninder Chana before his screening.

Sunday, July 26 Festival Highlights

Day 3 offered more screenings and opportunities to meet the filmmakers.

"8% No Limit" director Lisa Lightbourn-Lay (L) with ultra-runner Rhonda-Marie Avery (R)

"Fastball" director Jeremy McCracken, winner of Audience Choice Award for Best Short Film

"Les Demons" writer-director Philippe LeSage

Julian Kingston of the Oakville Museum presented some local Group of Seven history at the

Julian Kingston of the Oakville Museum presented some local Group of Seven history at the "Painted Land" screening.

"Painted Land: In Search of the Group of Seven" (L to R) art historian Michael Burtch, conservationists Joanie and Gary McGuffin. and director Phyllis Ellis.

"Runners" actor Dr. Brenda Combs

"The Sabbatical" writer-director Brian Stockton

"Through the Divide" director Faran Moradi with "Fastball director Jeremy McCracken