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Submissions open November 29, 2019

In its seventh year, The Willson Oakville Film Festival showcases and promotes excellent films in ALL GENRES, by Canadian and International filmmakers. We are looking for filmmakers who can tell great stories and inspire social change! We do themed shorts screenings, and also do a family film event every year. We also do a special launch GALA event, which focuses on social issues faced by women around the world and in our community, for which we are searching for a special film.

Our thought-provoking films about the human condition, speak to the diverse social issues that impact our community, from women’s issues and ageism, to addiction and mental illness, to issues affecting our youth such as bullying, or human trafficking. We are searching for films by Indigenous filmmakers, and female directors.

Festival Dates: June 18 – 21, 2020
Location: Oakville, Ontario, Canada

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2020 Submission Guidelines

The festival proudly accepts entries via FilmFreeway as its submission platform. Please provide a screener link to a Vimeo, YouTube, or other online screening platform.

DCP

If your film is selected, you must provide a Digital Cinema Package (DCP) of your film for the festival screening. If you do not have DCP, Oakville Festivals of Film & Art has arranged a discounted rate with film.ca for DCP creation.

Short Films

Short Films (under 20 minutes) that are chosen for the festival can be delivered on BLURAY or via an acceptable format digital LINK and we will convert them to DCP for the festival free of charge. They can also be delivered on DCP if you have a DCP.

Languages

If your film is in a foreign language, we require either English subtitles or an English dubbed soundtrack.


 

Criteria

Length

Features
Maximum 120 minutes (two hours)

Documentaries
45 minutes up to two hours. Shorter documentaries are twin-billed.

Short Films
Maximum 20 minutes

Short Web Series
Maximum 30 minutes

Ratings

We do not accept films with an “Adult” rating


 

Dates & Deadlines

Opening Date: November 29, 2019
Early bird Deadline: March 6, 2020
Regular Deadline: April 10, 2020
Notification Date: May 8, 2020
Event Date: June 18 – 21, 2020


 

Festival Categories & Fees

Feature Film

Indie or theatrical feature film
Budget 250,000 plus, or less than 250,000

Earlybird Submission: $25 USD
Earlybird Student Submission: $20 USD
Regular Submission: $30 USD
Regular Student Submission: $25 USD

Documentary

Feature or one hour

Earlybird Submission: $25 USD
Earlybird Student Submission: $20 USD
Regular Submission: $35 USD
Regular Student Submission: $25 USD

Short Film

Up to and including 20 minutes maximum

Earlybird Submission: $15 USD
Earlybird Student Submission: $10 USD
Regular Submission: $20 USD
Regular Student Submission: $12 USD

Short Web Series

Up to and including 30 minutes maximum

Earlybird Submission: $15 USD
Earlybird Student Submission: $12 USD
Regular Submission: $20 USD
Regular Student Submission: $15 USD


 

Press Materials

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Please send any related press materials, including electronic press kits and photos to: wdonnan@cogeco.ca

Disclaimer

Although due care will be exercised, OFFA cannot assume any liability for damage to submitted materials. Press materials and photos will not be returned.

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