About the One World Film Festival

The One World Film Festival is Ottawa's longest-running annual documentary film festival, focused on raising awareness on social justice, human rights and environmental issues. 

Le festival du film One World est le plus ancien festival annuel du film documentaire de la ville d’Ottawa, et sensibilise à la justice sociale, aux droits de l’homme et à la cause environnementale.

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Click here to download a PDF version of the Festival Program.

Clicker ici pour télécharger la programme. 


Upcoming Event: Goals for Girls film screening and panel discussion - June 4, 2015 at 6:45PM

Goals for Girls documentary

Join the One World Film Festival on June 4th, 2015 for the Ottawa Premiere of the soccer documentary Goals for Girls: A Story of Women With Balls at 6:45PM at the ByTowne Cinema!

After the screening, we're hosting a panel discussion to explore some of the thought-provoking issues raised by this empowering Argentinian documentary.

Read more about the film below, watch the trailer, and stay tuned for details about the event and how to get your ticket(s).

Goals for Girls ... focuses on a group of girls from Villa 31 – a slum located right next to one of the city’s most affluent areas in Retiro – that strives to form their own team. The road is littered with obstacles: the boys won’t let them use the field they claim is theirs; their families oppose their playing because they consider soccer a male sport; and they have no resources to cover even the most basic expenses. Despite all this, the girls from Villa 31 struggle valiantly to fulfill their dream: to take part in the Homeless World Cup in Brazil. – Pablo Suarez, Buenos Aires Herald

Help sustain Ottawa's longest running documentary film festival focused on global issues by attending this and other events throughout the year.

2014 One World Film Festival Jury Awards

The jury of the 25th One World Film Festival selected the striking and powerful VIRUNGA (dir. Orlando von Einsiedel, United Kingdom, 2014) for Best of the Festival .

VIRUNGA is directed and presented with great care, effectively addressing a pressing issue from multiple perspectives and interests. Its greatest strength lies in its sprawling yet intimate depictions of the players in conflict over Virunga National Park, revealing both problems and solutions to connect audiences with many possible methods of advocacy. VIRUNGA is clearly made with courage and intense passion, and the fact that the film's release has significantly contributed to its cause only reaffirms its importance to the field of documentary activism.

Special Mention was given to SONG FROM THE FOREST (dir. Michael Obert, Germany, 2013), for its poetic and insightful depiction of the ongoing struggle to connect and unravel questions of colonization, community, desire, and humanity.

The 2014 jury was Jerrett Zaroski, Programmer at the Canadian Film Institute in Ottawa, Vera Wabegijig, an Anishnaabe writer, blogger, and media artist, and producer, filmmaker, and media artist Dan Gainsford.


Celebrating 25 Years of Thought-Provoking Documentaries on Global Issues

Since 1989, the One World Film Festival has been bringing together audiences, organizations and filmmakers to view documentaries and raise awareness about social justice, human rights and environmental issues.

Thank you to all those who joined us in celebrating the festival's 25th anniversary anniversary and for helping us to reach this milestone.

The 2014 festival featured five thought-provoking documentaries, engaging discussions, and a festival fair over three evenings (Sept. 25-27). For more information, check out the festival schedule here.


Winners of the 2014 Poster Design Contest

The One World Film Festival is thrilled to announce the winners of our 2014 Poster Design Contest and to unveil our official 25th Annual One World Film Festival Poster! Click here for more information about the winners and to view the 2014 festival's official poster.

1st Place Design by Christine Nguyen2nd Place Design by Caio Fernandes3rd Place Design by Melanie Di Tullio
First Place DesignSecond Place DesignThird Place Design



The One World Film Festival is grateful for the financial support of the Community Foundation of Ottawa

Le festival du film One World tient à remercier la Fondation communautaire d'Ottawa pour leur appui financier

The Community Foundation of Ottawa