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Established in 2014, the Oakville Festivals of Film & Art (OFFA) is a true community-oriented festival, focused on bringing the best features, documentaries, and short films to cinephiles in southern Ontario.

OFFA presents Oakville’s only independent film festival – the Willson Oakville Film Festival – each year for three days in late June.


What we do

This film festival showcases and premieres the feature films, shorts and documentaries of established and award-winning auteurs, as well as the works of new and experienced local Canadian filmmakers.

  • The festival presents some 20 feature-length productions and an equal number of short subjects, many of which originate in Oakville or neighbouring communities.
  • We organize special screening series to raise money, and awareness, for local organizations with whom we collaborate on programming.


What distinguishes our festival

This is a festival that affords filmgoers unrivalled access to producers, directors, actors, and aspiring filmmakers. It’s characterized by the opportunity for all to mingle, meet and talk together about film. Every screening has an interactive aspect.

  • Learn: This festival often hosts experts, such as professors and authors, to enhance your screening experience.
  • Engage: We also focus our lens on serious social issues, and each year, present a block of programming dedicated to raising awareness about an important issue.


Ongoing activities

Throughout the year, OFFA cooperates with other not-for-profit community organizations to host and showcase a range of screenings that celebrate film and its importance in the life of our community. To meet its mandate, OFFA actively engages Oakville’s generous corporate citizens.


Our Guiding Principle

We envision a community of cultural and artistic diversity where the cinematic arts are a focal point, help build community, and are accessible to all.

Our Board and membership are committed to popularizing film and filmmaking.


Our Mission

We provide our audience and community with a range of unique and enriching events and festivals.

We are committed to:

  • Production of excellent events and initiatives for our growing audience
  • Presenting thought-provoking productions that explore social issues
  • Encouraging the development and growth of local film and artists
  • Gathering a discerning, appreciative and critical audience base to which emerging artists of the world may present their works
  • Added value for our community-based corporate and grant partners


The Board of Directors

Wendy DonnanExecutive Director, Chair & Programming

Wendy Donnan
Executive Director, Chair & Programming

Judah HernandezArtistic Director & Secretary

Judah Hernandez
Artistic Director & Secretary

Tracey LuelDirector

Tracey Luel
Director

Richard LandauDirector

Richard Landau
Director

Julian KingstonDirector

Julian Kingston
Director

Debra BarlowTreasurer

Debra Barlow
Treasurer



Founders

Wendy Donnan, Judah Hernandez & Stephanie Colebrook

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