Submissions Are Open for the Hybrid 2021 Festival –  23-29 June


In its 8th year, the social-issues-oriented Oakville Film Festival gives local, Canadian and international filmmakers a chance to participate in a truly community-oriented festival.

We offer an intimate and effective networking event for filmmakers (conducted through digital and live networking events and workshops, panels, and Master Classes), as well as an immersive experience for our audiences. We recognize filmmakers in all genres who tell great stories, celebrate diversity and explore social issues, while sparking meaningful discussion.

Our thought-provoking films about the human condition, speak to the diverse social issues that impact our community, including women’s issues, environmental issues, Indigenous issues, family stories, ageism, addiction and mental illness, and topics such as bullying, or human trafficking. Our selections include Canadian and international feature films, short films, documentaries, and webisodes.

From our opening gala celebration to our director Q&A sessions, from filmmaker socials to our engaging live and virtual workshops, you will soon discover why Oakville Festivals of Film and Art has become an important stop on the festival circuit. We welcome you to a small community that has a big heart!

We have a strong history of attracting diverse filmmakers from around the world, who attend the event to talk directly with audiences about their work, in a friendly, intimate and inspirational environment. Our Industry Days, which have expanded to a monthly event, bring filmmakers together to learn, collaborate and socialize with like-minded individuals who share the same passion for films.

Supporting local filmmakers and giving them an opportunity to showcase their films in front of a supportive audience is very important to us. We also encourage women, indigenous and BIPOC filmmaker to submit their films to this inclusive event. For 2020, the juried competitive festival awards programme has been expanded to include over 10 different awards

Festival Dates: June 23-29 2021

Location: Oakville, Ontario, Canada and online (hybrid festival both digital and live events)

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2021 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.


If your film is selected, you must provide EITHER a Digital Cinema Package (DCP) of your film for a LIVE festival screening, or a high resolution digital file if the screening is virtual. If you do not have DCP and need one, Oakville Festivals of Film & Art has arranged a discounted rate with for DCP creation.

Short Films

Short Films (under 20 minutes) that are chosen for the festival must be delivered via an acceptable format digital LINK for screening at the 2021 festival.


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





Maximum 120 minutes (two hours)

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

Short Films
Maximum 20 minutes

Short Web Series
Maximum 30 minutes


We do not accept films with an “Adult” rating



Dates & Deadlines

Opening Date: November 15, 2020
Early bird Deadline: March 5, 2021
Regular Deadline: April 12, 2021
Notification Date: May 17, 2021
Event Date: June 23 – 29th, 2021



Festival Categories & Fees

See our Film Freeway Page for more details about categories and fees.


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