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: March 2015 - Trivia Night Fundraiser

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Join us on Thursday, March 26th 2015 at the Shanghai Restaurant, located at 651 Somerset West in Ottawa, for the One World Film Festival's Trivia Night fundraiser! Form a team of up to 4 people in advance or join a team on site (we can help with that). The game starts at 7pm, so make sure to arrive early to get a table. GREAT PRIZES TO BE WON! The cost is $10/person to play. Click here to RSVP and share our Trivia Night event on Facebook.

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 has 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 is 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
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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