10th Annual Oakville Film Festival
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Celebrating 10 Years of Film, Family, and Community in 2023

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.

For the ultimate festival experience, we recommend our Red Carpet VIP pass, and ALL-ACCESS PASSES, which give you access to parties and all GALA screenings.

The VIP pass includes all of the red-carpet Galas (Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday), festival parties, as well as 6 tickets to any live or virtual festival screening of your choice.  The All-Access Pass includes everything the festival has to offer (including the Party), plus you get access to the full screening series beginning in Fall of 2023.


This pass gives you access to all screenings – galas at the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts, screenings at Film.Ca Cinemas and virtual screenings, plus access to all festival parties and events, our opening night after party and a swag bag.

Includes early access to book your tickets before the public, starting May 13th!



The VIP pass includes all of the red-carpet Galas (Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday), festival parties, as well as 6 tickets to any live or virtual festival screening of your choice plus access to all parties and events, including the Thursday night After Party, and a swag bag.

Includes early access to book your tickets before the public, starting May 13th!



Other Passes and Single Tickets

All other Passes are available here, and single tickets to events are available here. With the return to a live festival, we remind you that there is limited seating in our theatres.  With mostly in-person screenings, we will also offer some hybrid (in-person & virtual) and some virtual only.  Screenings are followed by an IN-PERSON or VIRTUAL Q&A with filmmakers and other guests, that adds so much to your festival experience. Some screenings have special events attached to them, to add to your enjoyment of the festival. Check out our full schedule here.

Passes get you the best prices of the festival, and there are several options to ensure there is something for everyone, as below:

  • VIP Red Carpet Pass as above
  • All Access Pass: as above
  • Variety Pass: (one Gala of your choice + 3 film.ca or virtual screenings)
  • 10 Pass this pass allows you ten tickets to any screening at film.ca cinemas, or any virtual offering. )
  • 5 Pass: five tickets to any screening at film.ca cinemas, or any virtual offering.
  • Double GALA pass (until 31 May, you can purchase the Double GALA pass at a discount) This pass allows you two tickets to either our Thursday night or Friday Night GALA, your choice.




Venues include the Five Drive In*, Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts and Film.ca cinemas. The weekend of 24thand 25th June at Film.ca Cinemas includes 19 films/documentaries/shorts screenings, from 11 am to 11 pm each day. Here, you can watch some of the best films of the year, curated specially for you by our programming team.

GALA events are available at the Five Drive In*, with our Indigenous Opening Night GALA on National Indigenous Peoples Day.  Thursday 22nd June and Friday 23rd June we have red-carpet GALA events at Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts,  which feature Canadian and International film Premieres along with music, performance, dance, and other festivities.


*NOTE: A device that can scan the FM band such as a portable radio would be needed to hear the sound clearly outside the car.




You will be able to stream some of the films, Q&As, and festival action, either IN-PERSON or VIRTUALLY, from the comfort of your home.  You can choose either a virtual or in-person screening if they are available, for the same price.  Virtual screenings will be available from the first date of the festival until the end of June, 2023.  Q&AS will also be livestreamed for all festival events for 2023.






This pass includes both the Thursday evening GALA at OCPA as well as the Friday Canadian Premiere GALA at OCPA. See here for more information.



Admission to ONE gala of your choice plus THREE tickets redeemable to any Film.Ca or online screenings.



TEN tickets to be used on Film.Ca or online screenings.



FIVE tickets to be used on Film.Ca or online screenings.




Purchase single tickets here. If you have already purchased a pass, you can redeem your tickets by going into your Eventive account using the password you used to set up the account and redeem your tickets. Instructions for how to do this are on our Faq page.


The festival brings global film makers to our amazing community, either in person, or through virtual live or pre-taped Q&As that allow you to interact with the filmmakers.

Each year, OFFA hosts a juried award competition to recognize exceptional film makers, as well as an Audience Choice Award. For 2023, OFFA is doing a live awards event during the festival!  All prizes with the exception of the Audience Choice Awards will be awarded at this event.

Expedia Cruises/Celestyal Cruises Audience Choice Award

You will get a chance to vote for each film you see, and for 2023, we have a special prize, available through the generosity of our Audience Choice Award sponsors Expedia Cruises and Celestyal Cruises.  Each time you vote, your name will be entered into a draw to win a complimentary CRUISE FOR TWO, beginning in Athens, Greece, for 7 full days. The value of this cruise is $9000 US dollars.   You must vote to be eligible for this award.

Single Tickets and GALAS- Single tickets for both Film.ca screenings and OCPA screenings Available Here.

Friday, June 23 to Sunday, June 25

The Oakville Film Festival Industry Summit brings together film professionals for three days of learning, networking, films, awards, and social events.

This year’s theme is “Connect Collaborate Create”.

Held in beautiful downtown Oakville, our Industry Summit includes a full day of professional development followed by drinks and a BBQ on the patio overlooking the river and marina. Enjoy gala events, film screenings, parties with great food and drink, and our award ceremony with brunch.

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This festival is top notch. From the networking to the screenings to the workshops and food this is put on by people in the industry who love and appreciate filmmaking! Thank you so much for having the Hadlee projects as part of your festival! We met so many amazing friends and contacts which would not have been possible without this festival. Thank you from The Hadlee team

– Christie R. Kennedy

What an amazing experience!
I feel honored that my filmed had live and online screenings on this great festival!
Tori, Cynthia and the whole team at OFFA were always there for any possible question and they always informed the participants for every stage of the festival.
I had the chance to meet some amazing people, and even had the opportunity to attend a short Q&A interview about my film.
By far my favorite festival, hope to take part again in the future!
Thanks OFFA!

– Christopher Anagnostopoulos

Ryan M

This was my first festival experience on the filmmaker side, I’ve had a few as an actor, and the experience with Oakville Film Festival could not have been a better start. The weekly workshops leading up to the festival were educational, communication great, and the people are kind and helpful.

– Ryan Northcott

What a fantastic festival! Wonderful lineup, great communications, and very welcoming organizers. They managed to put together an extraordinary festival even in the midst of a pandemic. I can’t recommend this festival enough and very much hope we can experience it in person someday soon! — Team Gosia@Tomek

– Christine Jezior (Germany)

Thanks for everything and congratulations for still making it possible despite new measures.. it was such a pride to be selected by you guys to premiere my movie in Canada

– Thomas Gailhard

Phenomenal festival! I had the pleasure of virtually attending OFFA last year. Wendy and her team did an incredible job organizing and communicating with us. I felt very welcomed and included throughout the festival. It’s beautiful when you truly feel supported and nurtured by a festival. Thank you, OFFA!

– Alexis Duran

Great communication and fantastic experience. The team at OFFA were always clear and concise with what they needed and always kept the filmmakers well informed. I screened my short film on the gala evening and it was well attended and met with a great response. One person in the audience said “well that was dark” which is exactly the response I wanted. Would apply again in an instant.

– Mark Delotinville




Thank you OFFA 10. We were thrilled to be a part of this years event. It was an incredible experience. The film selection was terrific. The Industry day was excellent and well received and the studio tour and lounge for film makers was a very nice touch. Thank you for a rewarding and memorable few days. Thanks to Wendy and her incredible team and to the volunteers and all the sponsors who helped to make this happen.

– David Peck

So great to be part of this amazing film festival once again! Wendy and her awesome team and volunteers really made us feel welcome and put together a fantastic experience for all the filmmakers and audiences! We were very proud to bring our short doc “The Moviegoer” to Oakville and give the film festival the highest recommendation possible! Congrats to everyone at the Oakville Film Festival!

– Ross Munro

I was so honoured to have my short film Demon Box screen at the Oakville Film Festival’s tenth edition. Wendy, Tori and their incredible team of staff and volunteers work tireless to foster a wonderful sense of community for the filmmakers and the attendees. Each of the many screenings I attended was overflowing with enthusiastic and engaged audiences. This fest strikes a lovely balance between cinema creators and cinema lovers. The location is picturesque. Thoughtful Industry panels round out the experience – making this a must attend event.

– Sean Wainsteim

This was our first real festival and it was a blast. Wendy and the team put together several fun nights filled with drinks and music, fantastic films, plenty of networking opportunities, drinks and music 🙂
I might produce another film just so I can submit it to OFFA again!

– Cliff Redford

What a great festival ! I never saw a team so involved in the preparation of a festival. They contact you to schedule online meeting to talk about your film, they offer you filmmakers passes and friends&family tickets, they also organize the OFFA’s Industry Summit to increase networking opportunities. You can feel that OFFA’s Team loves Cinema and that’s what makes a really great festival for film lovers. I’m very proud that my short film was screened for the 10 years edition.

– Cyril Masson

This festival was a such pleasure to be a part of. The Industry day produced some the best panels I’ve attended at any festival or industry market (at a gorgeous venue), the networking opportunities were great, the food was delicious and I’m so happy to have done the studio tour. Couldn’t have asked or a better experience.

– Tee Schneider

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