May 19, 2021

Reposted from OFFA

It’s time to grab your festival pass for this year’s Oakville Festival of Film and Arts annual Film Festival.

An international roster of virtual screenings will be available to Canadians digitally June 23rd to 29th, 2021.

Monday, May 17th, 2021 – OAKVILLE, ON – It’s time to pull out the popcorn maker and call dibs on your favourite seat in the house – be it your recliner, your patio lounger, or the front seat of your car; The Oakville Festival of Film and Arts is officially launching its festival season with the most impressive selection of international films yet!

For seven days, festival-goers will have access to over 100 movies. Almost all films will be available across Canada, with some screenings available internationally and most available for seven days following the initial screening. The lineup includes 18 feature-length films and documentaries, and 87 shorts from diverse genres (55 Canadian, others from Turkey, USA, India, Germany, UK, France, Iran, Mexico, Finland, China, Brazil, Italy, Turkey, Australia, Philippines, and other countries).

Taking place Wednesday, June 23rd through Tuesday, June 29th, this year’s festival promises something for everyone with a selection of comedy, romance, thrillers/suspense, Sci-Fi and Supernatural, horror, and world-class documentaries.

Kicking off on Wednesday, OFFA proudly presents the Local Short Film Fest, the first of three mini short film fests featuring Oakville’s world-renowned locally-developed talent, and films from nearby communities, in partnership with Sheridan College Alumni. The other short fests include Shorts in Quarantine, an international selection of COVID- 19 pandemic and lockdown films (June 28th, 5 pm EDT), and the Animation Shorts Showcase (June 29th, 5 pm EDT)

The Prime-time launch includes the Oakville Festival Premiere of the movie, Marlene, inspired by the true story of Marlene Truscott, a housewife who fought to exonerate her husband, Steven Truscott, from a crime he didn’t commit. The lineup also includes an incredible array of fantasy/Sci-Fi and
supernatural-themed films, including the Regional Premiere of the critically-acclaimed dystopian fantasy, Nine Days, as well as the Canadian premiere of the French Sci-Fi/thriller Meander.

Fortuitously, this year’s festival falls on Canadian Multiculturalism Day, Sunday, June 27th, and is OFFA’s Women Who Give Event for 2021. OFFA will be offering a special day pass for Multiculturalism Day, as
well as an all-access pass, both of which include a donation to Zonta International. Zonta is a perfect community partner for Multiculturalism Day; the organization envisions a world in which women’s rights
are recognized as human rights and every woman can achieve her full potential. The 2021 festival is the most multicultural and globally diverse to date. Showcasing women’s stories from around the globe, Multiculturalism Day will present films in a variety of languages (with subtitles), with submissions from Canada, Bangladesh, France, USA, Syrian Arab Republic, Bolivia, Germany, Australia, and more.

Other thematic focuses include women’s issues and stories ( The Girl From Mogadishu, Woman in Car, Lorelei, Alice, The Names of the Flowers), empowerment of women (Marlene, Alice, Bangla Surf Girls,
Her Stories), substance abuse, and PTSD (American Desert (Canadian Premiere), Lorelei (Ontario Premiere), the environment, food, and our food system (First We Eat, Coral Ghosts, Bread and Bones), and disability (the World Premiere of Gosia @ Tomek). Michelle Pfeiffer graces OFFA’s screens in the comedy/drama French Exit, for which she received both a Golden Globe and Canadian Screen Award nomination. Also starring Academy Award nominee Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea) and Tracy Letts, based on a novel by Patrick DeWitt.

This year’s digital festival will allow the entire family to take part (no babysitters required!): all-access passes will be $135, 10-ticket packages are $90, a five-ticket package is $50 and single tickets are $12.99.

For more information about the 2021 Oakville Film Festival, visit offa.ca.