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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Upcoming Events

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 (325 Rideau St., Ottawa)!

After the screening, we're hosting a panel discussion on Supporting Women's Success in Sports and exploring some of the thought-provoking issues raised by this documentary about winning respect for women's soccer in Argentina.

Read more about the film, watch the trailer, join our Facebook event and get your tickets for this exciting event!

Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased in person from Rainer Lichtenfels at the address below from Monday to Friday, 1PM to 4PM. Please call Rainer at (613) 912-3378 ext. 1 before dropping by.

One World Arts
Festival House
450 Churchill Ave. N.
Ottawa, ON K1Z 5E2

Advance tickets can also be purchased online. Click here to order your ticket(s) now! Tickets will also be available at the ByTowne Cinema box office on June 4th, but we don't suggest you wait. Get yours today!

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

Call for Submissions to the 2015 One World Film Festival

The One World Film Festival (OWFF) is currently seeking submissions of documentary films and videos for its 2015 edition. Feature length and short documentary films of any length created in the past 2 years may be submitted for consideration. There are no submission fees. Screening fees will be offered for selected films. Ottawa/Gatineau filmmakers are also strongly encouraged to send in their work.
Please include the following information with your submission: contact information/return address, year of production, available formats, running time, language(s), province or country of origin, and premiere status (i.e. has it premiered in Canada, a Canadian city, or internationally?).

Email submissions with an Internet link to the work’s online location and a valid password are preferred and should be sent to oneworldfilmfestival@oneworldarts.ca

Preview DVDs can be mailed to:
One World Arts
c/o Festival House
450 Churchill Ave. N.
Ottawa, Ontario
The deadline for submissions is June 30th 2015.
For more information and to download a PDF copy of our call for documentaries, click here.

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