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Ottawa Canadian Film Festival
OCanFilmFest Logo
LocationOttawa, Canada
No. of films13 (2018)
LanguageEnglish and French

The Ottawa Canadian Film Festival (OCanFilmFest) [1] is an Ottawa-based, cultural, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to recognize, promote and celebrate the art of cinema by showcasing Canadian films and filmmakers. Publicly attended film festival annual screenings began in 2017. The festival moved to Arts Court in Ottawa in 2018. The documentary short film Secret War[2] kicked off a new series of short film screenings called "OCanFilmFest Presents" which take place in addition to annual festival screenings. The 2019[3][4] edition took place on November 1 and 2 at the Arts Court Theatre in Ottawa.


2017 Festival Films[edit]

  • Hue Quilted Windowpane – Ottawa Premiere - Director: Lasha Mowchun (Winnipeg, MB)
  • Heroes Manufactured (feature film) – Ottawa Premiere - Director: Yaron Betan (Toronto, ON)
  • Honestly Charlotte – Canadian Premiere - Director: Sarah Hedar (Vancouver, BC)
  • Milo – Ottawa Premiere - Director: Jeremie Azencot (Montreal, QC)
  • RAW* (feature film) – Ottawa Premiere - Director: David I. Strasser (Vancouver, BC)
  • The Talk – World Premiere - Director: Tyler Boyco (Peterborough, ON)
  • Poison in the Water – Ottawa Premiere - Director: Romeo Candido (Toronto, ON)
  • Sisyphus Rides (feature film) – Ottawa Premiere - Directors: Lisa Lightbourn Lay & Tim Alberts (Limehouse, ON)
  • Andre the Anti-Giant – Ottawa Premiere - Director: Kim Saltarski (Toronto, ON)
  • Broken Mile (feature film) – Ottawa Premiere - Director: Justin McConnell (Toronto, ON)

2018 Festival Films[edit]

  • the art of the morning - Director: Nathan Hauch (Ottawa, ON)[5]
  • Harevan - Director: Marilou Caravecchia-Pelletier (Montreal, QC)
  • Russian Gangster - Director: Maissa Houri (Ottawa, ON)[6]
  • As It Was - Director: Blake Garbe (Toronto, ON)
  • It Could Be You - Director: Cody Westman (St. John’s, NL)
  • Away Home - Director: Jana Stackhouse (Toronto, ON)
  • Super Bingo - Director: Matthew J. Blecha (Vancouver, BC)
  • What We Owe - Director: Bryce Mercier (Oakville, ON)
  • Intercept - Director: Kirk Knapp (Ottawa, ON)
  • End of the Night - Director: Tavit Melikian (Montreal, QC)
  • The True North Project (feature film) - Director: Emil Agopian (Calgary, AB)
  • Angels - Director: Taylor Olson (Halifax, NS)
  • Pur Laine (feature film) - Director: Alexander Cruz (Ottawa, ON) - WORLD PREMIERE[7]

2019 Festival Films[edit]

Feature Films:

  • The Mayor of Comedy: A Canadian Stand-Up Story – Director: Matt Kelly (Toronto, ON) - WORLD PREMIERE
  • Nose to Tail – Director: Jesse Zigelstein (Toronto, ON)
  • Trouble In The Garden – Director: Roz Owen (Toronto, ON)

Short Films:

  • Baba Yaga – Directors: Nicole Sitanski and Cheryl Taam (Vancouver, BC)
  • Dog Bite – Director: Luvia Petersen (Vancouver, BC)
  • Fragile Dream – Director: Isabelle Hayeur (Rawdon, QC)
  • Girl in the Hallway – Director: Valerie Barnhart (Ottawa, ON)
  • Life Via Rail – Director: Jonny Micay (Toronto, ON)
  • May Flowers – Director: Marianna Phung (Toronto, ON)
  • Newborn – Director: Ray Savaya (Toronto, ON)
  • The Order of Things to Come – Director: Tavit Melikian (Montreal, QC)
  • Overgrowth – Director: Christian Belisle (Ottawa, ON)
  • Rise n’ Shine – Director: Silver Kim (West Vancouver, BC)
  • The Still Life of Annika Myers – Director: Matthew Blecha (Victoria, BC) - WINNER, Audience Favourite


  1. "Ottawa Canadian Film Festival Official Website". OCanFilmFest. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  2. "The Secret War To Be Showcased At Upcoming Festival". cmfmag. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  3. Fabre, Caroline. "Un Festival de Films à Ottawa? Prime Numéro Trois". www.larotonde.ca. La Rotende. Retrieved 12 November 2019.
  4. Brackenbury, Meaghan. "Ottawa Canadian Film Festival". cusjc.ca/midweek/. Carelton Journalism. Retrieved 15 November 2019.
  5. "Interview with Nathan Hauch about his upcoming film in the Ottawa Canadian Film Festival and working as a disabled artist". CKCU. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  6. "Role reversal: What it's like to be a Muslim woman acting in Ottawa". CBC. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  7. "Award-winning Filipino actress stars in latest domestic drama from Canada". News in Entertainment. Retrieved 28 August 2019.

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