The International Film Festival of Ottawa (IFFO) is a new event bringing the best of the global film festival circuit to Canada’s Capital. The Festival’s fourth edition will take place March 13 - 24, 2024 in venues across Ottawa’s downtown core. 

IFFO was founded by the Canadian Film Institute (CFI) to bring an exciting, high-profile film festival to the Capital in the tradition of a ‘festival of festivals’. IFFO provides international cinema to Ottawa in a way it hasn’t seen before, expanding the cinematic scope of the city alongside existing theatres and festivals. This live-action film festival complements the CFI’s other major film event, the Ottawa International Animation Festival, creating another opportunity for this established organization to bring exceptional film content to Ottawa. 

This year will provide cinephiles and Ottawa locals with an eclectic mix of films that have won awards and made waves in the international film circuit over the past year. IFFO programmers are curating over 20 feature films from Canada and around the globe, along with Canadian short films to accompany each feature screening, to create the Official Selection. Other programs in the Festival include perennial CFI series Canadian Masters (Mina Shum) and IFFO series “The Female Gaze”.

IFFO’s industry event Screen Summit is an event dedicated to strengthening and inspiring Ottawa`s growing screen-based industries while addressing topics relevant to all film industry professionals. Join thought leaders for an insightful and inspirational series of panels and gain access to key industry representatives and the talent and skills of the local production community. This industry event consists of informative workshops, artist talks and presentations that strengthen the skill set of emerging and established film industry professionals in Canada’s Capital.

IFFO presents SAVE AS, a symposium exploring Canadian and international efforts to preserve, promote, and, most importantly, distribute and exhibit Canada’s and the world’s cinematic heritage. Celebrating recent restorations of classic films with case studies and special screenings, this one-day conference will also host panel discussions on ways to increase the accessibility of this heritage to audiences worldwide.


In only its third year, IFFO is already growing into a diverse, essential cultural event for Ottawa.

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Volunteer at IFFO

The International Film Festival of Ottawa is almost here! From March 13 to 24, the Canadian Film Institute will be bringing international festival films to Ottawa, with in-person film screenings, talks and events. 


As always, IFFO requires dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers to keep things running smoothly. Volunteers will be needed to scan tickets at the door and help with event set-up and tear-down.


Visit us here to fill out the form to become a CFI volunteer and if you have any questions you can read us at [email protected]

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