Film Submissions


2018 Submissions

Submissions open December 1, 2017


The 2018 Willson Oakville Film Festival will showcase and promote excellent films in all genres (drama, comedy, documentary, short subjects, animation) by Canadian and International filmmakers.

For the 2018 festival, we are also seeking documentaries, features, and shorts that focus on mental illness in our youth, an area that has been targeted for action in our community and around the world.

Festival Dates: Friday, June 22 – Sunday, June 24, 2018
Location: Oakville, Ontario, Canada


2018 Submission Guidelines

The festival uses FilmFreeway as its submission platform.

You can submit your film here beginning December 1, 2017:

Or visit this page once submissions open on December 1, 2018.
Please provide a screener link to a Vimeo, YouTube, or other online screening platform.


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 with CINESEND a discounted rate for DCP creation.

Short Films

Short Films (under 15 minutes) that are chosen for the festival can be delivered on BLURAY and we will convert them to DCP for the festival free of charge.


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




Maximum 180 minutes (two and a half hours)

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

Short Subjects
Maximum 25 minutes


We do not accept films with an “Adult” rating



Early bird Submissions: 5 March 2018
Regular Submissions: 6 April 2018
All filmmakers will be notified by: 30 April 2018


Festival Categories & Fees

Feature Film or Documentary

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

Early bird Submission: $8 USD
Regular Submission: $10 USD

Short Film

Up to and including 30 minutes maximum

Early bird Submission: $4 USD
Regular Submission: $5 USD



Press Materials


Please send any related press materials, including electronic press kits and photos to:


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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