About the One World Film Festival

Since 1989, the One World Film Festival has been bringing together documentary filmmakers, activists, students, and members of the public concerned about human rights and environmental sustainability. This innovative and thought-provoking annual festival features documentary film screenings, panel discussions, Q&As with visiting filmmakers, kiosks, and presentations from NGOs. The festival is made possible every year largely through the support and hard work of dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers.

2014 marks the festival's 25th anniversary. Leading up to the festival in the fall, we will be hosting special events and activities to celebrate this milestone and we hope that you will join us. For updates check back here in the coming weeks, like the One World Film Festival on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter @OneWorldFilm. We look forward to seeing you at our next event!

Poster Design Contest - 2014 Call for Submissions

2014 Poster Contest

The One World Film Festival is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and we are seeking a design for our official poster!

The contest winner will receive a prize of $100 and be acknowledged in the 2014 film festival program and on the One World Arts website.

The winner will be announced in early August and the top design unveiled at a One World Film Festival event later this summer.

The 2nd and 3rd place designs will be also be recognized and featured on the One World Arts website.

For full contest details and information on how to enter, go to: oneworldarts.ca/film/poster-contest


2014 Call for Documentary Films and Videos

The 2014 call for documentary film and video submissions to One World Film Festival (OWFF) has now closed.
We are pleased to have received documentary submissions covering a range of engaging and thought-provoking topics from filmmakers in Canada and around the world and would like to thank everyone who submitted a film for consideration. A representative from our committee will contact those whose documentaries are selected for this year's festival, which is scheduled to take place September 25-27 in Ottawa.



Congratulations to Dear Mandela, winner of the best of the festival award!  

We wanted to award a film that ranked high across the board, therefore it had to connect to the themes of the festival, tell a good story, resonate emotionally, keep one engaged and balance form and content consistently throughout.  Dear Mandela was a strikingly intimate film, patient in its conception and skillfully shot and edited. Paramount was the fact that the film had a heartbeat.  We felt the characters, we felt the conflict and the sense of journey, all the while gaining new insight into family, home, litigation, duty, honour and violence; universal concepts we seek to define and understand our whole lives.

Honourable mention goes to The Defector
Our honourable mention goes to Defector: Escape from North Korea.  Aesthetically the film was a stand out, immensely stylized and beautifully shot for a film on the run. Strong direction and cinematography put you in the subjective space of the film’s defectors, camouflaged in a blurry sea of neon and shadow.

- Craig Conoley, 2013 OWFF jury