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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The 2015 One World Film Festival is funded in part by grants from the Ontario Arts Council and the City of Ottawa.

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News & Events 

Welcome to our 2015 One World Film Festival Manager: Jessica Ruano

2015 OWFF Manager Jessica Ruano

The One World Arts Board of Directors and the One World Film Festival Organizing Committee are pleased to welcome Jessica Ruano to the OWFF team as our 2015 Festival Manager!

Jessica is graduate of the University of Ottawa’s MA in Theatre and has worked in marketing and communications for numerous theatre companies, arts organizations, and festivals, including the National Arts Centre’s BC Scene. She was also on the organizing committee for the 7th annual Canadian Festival of Spoken Word and the inaugural VERSeFest in Ottawa. She is often seen riding her bicycle in Centretown, climbing trees in Major's Hill Park, or practicing yoga on Parliament Hill.

Jessica can be reached at jessica.ruano[at]oneworldarts.ca


Join us at 130 Renfrew Avenue in the Glebe on July 19th, 2015 from 2 to 4PM for for a pleasant afternoon of sipping delicious teas, sampling delectable desserts and conversing with members of the One World Film Festival community. Raffle prizes include: tickets for Ottawa (de)Tours, the Ottawa Little Theatre, the Kanata Theatre; gift certificates for Pure Kitchen and Body Poets Massage Therapy; and more! Tickets are $10.

All proceeds will go to support the 26th annual One World Film Festival (OWFF), Ottawa's longest-running documentary film festival. Help us spread the word on social media by joining, liking and sharing our Facebook event for Tea Time in the Garden!


Call for International Submissions to the 2015 One World Film Festival

The One World Film Festival's 2015 call for submissions of international feature length and short documentaries has now closed. We thank all filmmakers and distributors for their submissions and will contact those whose documentaries are selected for the 2015 festival.


2015 Call for Short Canadian Documentaries

As part of its commitment to expand partnerships and the collaborative nature of the 2015 One World Film Festival, One World Arts has entered into a partnership agreement with
Ottawa Indie Fest regarding the Call for Short Canadian Documentaries for the 2015 edition of the One World Film Festival.

Rules and Guidelines, as well as Terms and Conditions, have been added to the original 2015 Call for Short Canadian Documentaries, launched by One World Arts in June 2015. Click here to view the revised 2015 Call for Short Canadian Documentaries, including these new criteria and terms.

Submissions received by the One World Film Festival via email or post prior to July 15, 2015 remain valid. If you submitted a short Canadian documentary to the film festival prior to this date and have any questions about the status of your submission, please contact us at oneworldfilmfestival@oneworldarts.ca

All submissions made on or after July 15, 2015 must adhere to all the criteria specified in the revised 2015 Call for Short Canadian Documentaries.

Currently, Ottawa Indie Fest is receiving submissions for short Canadian documentaries for the One World Film Festival's 2015 program via FilmFreeway only.
Click here to visit FilmFreeway and submit your short Canadian documentary now.

Categories and Fees
Canadian Short Documentary Films (Under 30 Minutes)
Entry fee: None

Dates & Datelines
Final and Only Deadline for Submissions: July 31, 2015
Event Date: September, 2015 (Final screening date to be confirmed.)

For more information and to download a PDF copy of our revised call for short Canadian documentaries,
click here.


Goals for Girls documentary

Thank you to everyone who joined us on June 4 2015 for the Ottawa Premiere of the soccer documentary Goals for Girls: A Story of Women With Balls and our panel discussion on Supporting Women's Success in Sports at the ByTowne Cinema (325 Rideau St., Ottawa)!

We were thrilled to see so many young female athletes, along with their families and supporters, in the audience for the film and the discussion that followed with Dina Bell-Laroche (Partner for the Sport Law & Strategy Group and Associate Certified Coach with the International Coaching Federation) and Sara Nicholls (Deputy Director, Health and Nutrition Bureau, Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development).

Thank you to our speakers, Dina and Sara, for engaging us in an informative and inspiring conversation about supporting women's equality and success in sports and for sharing your enthusiasm for Goals for Girls and the issues it brings to light.

Additional thanks to OWFF volunteer Maria Chedrese for leading the panel discussion, all the volunteers who helped organize and deliver the event, and Motivate Canada joining us to raise awareness about their youth-centred programming, which uses techniques from sport, physical education and community driven development to improve the lives of young people.


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