The 2023 Oakville Film Festival is celebrating a decade as Oakville’s only independent film festival and will run from June 21-27th 2023. The Film List is available here. Virtual screenings are available until 30th June. For our 10th anniversary, we will also be offering FREE TICKETS to anyone 21 years of age and under (pending availability), to any of our festival screenings at Film.ca. See film lineup here to purchase tickets to single films. As well, Q&A’s and events will be available livestreamed for the June festival. Press Release here.
The Films, Oh, the Films!
This year’s lineup includes over 100 films, including 13 Canadian features and documentaries, and nine other feature films and documentaries from around the world including: UK, USA, India, Germany, Ukraine, and Cambodia. In addition, you can watch 79 short films from all over the world, and enjoy conversations with filmmakers and special events with some screenings.
Festival Launch: National Indigenous People’s Day June 21 2023 (Downloadable Poster Here), at The Five Drive-In Oakville.
The 10th annual Oakville Film Festival launches on Wednesday June 21st, which is National Indigenous People’s Day in Canada, with the Canadian Premiere of THE BEEHIVE, from Writer/Director Alexander Lasheras, and a special Gala evening highlighting Indigenous film, song, and dance. This event is hosted by the Five Drive-In, and partners include: Grandmother’s Voice, 101 Deweguns, and the Town of Oakville. Tickets available here.
Thursday and Friday Night Galas (Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts)
Thursday Night EY Eastern Canadian Premiere of the Year of the Dog
Our Thursday night EY Gala features the Eastern Canadian Premiere of The Year of The Dog, a Drama/Comedy from Montana Writer/Director/Actor Rob Grabow, who will be attending the film for a Q&A, along with others from the film. This event includes a special performance by Oakville’s own Intrada Brass, highlighting theme songs from movies we all know and love. And we are thrilled to announce that Oakville’s own 10-year old dancer extraordinaire, Cydnee Abbott, will perform for us. This remarkable girl was short listed as a finalist in the Canada’s Got Talent show. And for those with VIP and ALL ACCESS Passes, the Thursday GALA event is of course followed by our famous after party. Get your VIP pass or all access pass here. Single tickets available here (single tickets do not include the After Party). Single tickets for The Year of the Dog available here.
Friday Night CANADIAN PREMIERE Gala Polarized
Following a full day Industry Summit Friday 23 June, is our FRIDAY night GALA: in which we present a really special film sponsored by Oakville’s own Capstick McCollum. Just in time for Pride week, OFFA is proud to present the Canadian Theatrical Premiere of Shamim Sarif’s new film, Polarized, with a special performance by singer/songwriter Brooke Pallson to open the screening. The Q&A includes Director/Writer Shamim Sarif, actors Holly Deveaux and Maxine Denis, and others from the film. Tickets to this event will be available either live, or as a livestreamed option. Tickets available here.
Watch your Favourite Gala films from Previous years!
OFFA’s own Tori Nixon has compiled a list of galas from past years, and where to watch them as a special offering for our 10th year. Watch festival favourites from our very first year by downloading this schedule.