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!

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


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.


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.


The One World Film Festival was funded by grants from 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