Building on its reputation as the place to be in Ottawa for all things India, OIFFA is the National Capital’s and Eastern Canada’s pre-eminent festival dedicated to cinema from the Indian subcontinent.
Each year, OIFFA is proud to present an inspiring lineup – the best from newly released films originating from the Indian subcontinent and from the Indian diaspora around the world. Using the power of cinema to entertain, educate and enthrall, OIFFA defies conventional perspectives on complex and challenging issues facing both the Indian and global communities.
Ottawa is a city of celebration, immersed in culture with a multicultural vibe. OIFFA serves as a springboard for Indian cinema in the National Capital throughout the year, with regular screenings of the most interesting current films that truly represent the breadth and depth of the Indian cinema.
The Ottawa Indian Film Festival Award aims to celebrate and promote Indian cinema in Ottawa and build a stronger link through the art of cinema. Being the first Indian film festival in the nation’s capital, it is committed to advancing the work of creative Indian filmmakers while maintaining a space for similarly inspired Canadians.
The festival showcases Indian films, supports Indian filmmakers and promotes the diverse perspectives of the Indian diaspora while serving as a platform for networking and promotion of local Canadian talent, filmmakers, distributors and producers. A multi-day festival, OIFFA showcases multi-genre Indian films while hosting a large number of participating film-makers. The festival’s ambition is to present the best selection of Indian cinema to the diverse audience of Ottawa. The festival includes film screenings (short, documentary and feature), industry panel discussions, performances, talent workshops, emerging talent competition and awards, red carpet gala events and after-parties.
OIFFA serves as a springboard for Indian cinema in the National Capital throughout the year, with regular screenings of the most interesting current films that truly represent the breadth and depth of the Indian cinema. Now in its 4th year, each edition of the festival attracted a broad demographic and generated much positive reaction with audience feedback consistently indicating that they genuinely enjoyed and felt challenged by the films.
The festival focusses on every aspect of film production, and seeks to showcase outstanding films produced and created carefully with passion and talent. Every one of our brilliant filmmakers, actors, editors and artists deserves an award, and we are blessed to have the pleasure of hosting them in Ottawa.