2020 OFFA Online – Media


The Oakville Film Festival (OFFAOnline) is going virtual AND Coming to a Screen Near YOU, Wherever You Happen to Be, This June 17th-22nd 2020


OAKVILLE, ON—FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—Grab your popcorn (from our valued partner Film.ca Cinemas, of course) because local goes global this June 17th-22nd! The Oakville Film Festival is excited to announce its new virtual platform, allowing you and your fellow socially-distancing family and friends to enjoy all the award-winning and award-nominated movies. And we have more films than ever before!

The online festival includes five feature films, three documentaries, 68 shorts from Canada, and around the world, a Family Fun Shorts Fest free to the public, and Q&A sessions with directors and cast members such as Emmy-award winner Joe Pantoliano (Sopranos, The Matrix, Bad Boys, Risky Business). Paula Brancati (Degrassi: the Next Generation, Being Erica), Marco Leonardi (Cinema Paradiso, Like Water for Chocolate), and Tina Jung (Kim’s Convenience). You’ll also get to see producers Sean Cisterna and Kathleen Hepburn, the festival’s co-founders Wendy Donnan and Judah Hernandez, and festival host, Alita Rose Madeira.

Some of the features include:

  • The digital Premiere of Sean Cisterna’s, FROM THE VINE, starring Joe Pantoliano and Wendy Crewson. This film will host a special airing during Father’s Day, and offer free screenings to any seniors residences, retirement homes, and LTCs
  • A National Indigenous Day Screening of THE BODY REMEMBERS WHEN THE WORLD BROKE OPEN by Elle-Maija Tailfeathers and Kathleen Hepburn, that recently won three Canadian Screen Awards. This screening will feature a traditional welcome address by the Mississauga of the Credit First Nation as well as a traditional hoop dance
  • British Comedy, Military Wives, starring Kristin Scott Thomas chronicles the true story and shenanigans created by a group of military wives who start a choir. This screening features an exclusive digital performance by the 400-voice strong Canadian Military Wives choirs
  • Aisling Chin-Yee’s, THE REST OF US, starring Heather Graham, about two mother-daughter duos who must contend with their grief and complicated feelings for one another when the man who connects them, the wife and the mistress, dies. This movie is being screened as part of a collaboration of many GTA women’s groups and clubs- The 100 Women Who Give Partner’s Circle.
  • U of T professor and Filmmaker, Tamer Soliman hosts the Canadian Premiere of THE GREAT DISCONNECT.This timely documentary invites us to reflect on the relationships we have with those around us and raises the question: is it possible to overcome our modern culture of disconnectedness and rediscover how truly essential we are to one other?
  • Canadian premieres of two documentaries dealing with the crisis of global water mismanagement, WATER BE DAMMED… (Dir. Vanita Khanna, Writer/Producer Dr. Romila Verma (U of T), and from Russia, SOCKEYE SALMON, RED FISH (Dirs. Dmitriy Shpilenok & Vladislav Grishin)

Phone, Skype or Zoom interviews as well as socially-distanced interviews with some of the Canadian leads can be arranged. Please feel free to review our MediaG alleryfor more information about the schedule and films.

If you’d like to learn more about this online festival, speak to any of our organizers, film-makers or actors, or if you’d like to plan out an interactive segment or interview, please contact:

Rania Walker, Media Relations

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Established in 2014, OFFA is a cultural not-for-profit that envisions a community of cultural and artistic diversity with the cinematic arts as a focal point. OFFA produces Oakville’s only independent film festival which is now in its 7th year. For more information on this year’s digital festival, OFFA Online, please visit OFFA.ca.


For more information please contact: Marketing and Communications Manager OFFA: contact@offa.ca

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