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. 


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.

Join us on on Thursday, September 25th at the Library and Archives of Canada for our OPENING NIGHT documentary Above All Else, followed by a panel discussion, and our 25th anniversary celebrations, featuring:

Music by DJ Jas Nasty
Cake from Auntie Loo's
The One World Festival Kiosk Fair
A cash bar
Festival catering by Yesim Gumus
Bridgehead Coffee

***Admission is free after 9:00pm***

The 2014 festival features 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.


Benefit for the One World Film Festival: Ottawa Premiere of Shield and Spear
Thursday, September 11th, 2014 @ 6:50PM at the ByTowne Cinema, 325 Rideau St.

On September 11th, join the One World Film Festival for our annual benefit screening at the ByTowne Cinema, featuring the astounding documentary SHIELD AND SPEAR! The film is focused on some of South Africa's most widely known contemporary artists!

"In the changing political climate of South Africa a revolution is taking place as artists, musicians and designers tackle issues of politics, race and history. This newest film by director Petter Ringbom follows some of the most recognized artists in South Africa today, exploring what it means to live and work in the new democracy ... Shield and Spear presents intimate stories about the artists, art, music, identity, race and freedom of expression in South Africa 20 years into democracy." - Heather Haynes, Hot Docs

*Tickets: $12 at the door (on the day of the event); advance tickets available online OR contact us at oneworldfilmfestival@oneworldarts.ca for more information about how to purchase advance tickets in-person.

Shield and Spear Trailer from Petter Ringbom on Vimeo.

 *2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the One World Film Festival, Ottawa's longest-running documentary film festival on global issues. All proceeds of this event will go to support the 25th festival, taking place September 25-27th, 2014, at the Library and Archives of Canada.


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 and the Ontario Arts Council

Le festival du film One World tient à remercier la Fondation communautaire d'Ottawa et le Conseil des arts de l'Ontario pour leur appui financier

The Community Foundation of OttawaOntario Arts Council