The International Film Festival of Ottawa (IFFO) launches its in-person festival March 9, 2022, providing cinephiles and Ottawa locals with the opportunity to experience an eclectic mix of 50+ globally recognized shorts and features.
After its 2020 cancellation, the first edition of IFFO in 2021 was moved online and offered audiences an at-home festival experience. The second edition of the festival will mark the first time IFFO will be in-person, featuring films on big screens at the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG), the ByTowne Cinema, and the Mayfair Theatre.
“While our 2021 edition was entirely online, we are thrilled to present IFFO 2022 as a primarily live event, adhering strictly to public health and safety protocols,” says Tom McSorley, the Executive Director of IFFO and of the Canadian Film Institute (CFI), the charitable organization that hosts the festival.
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“For our second edition, we have curated a collection of some of the best feature-length and short films from Canada and around the world to premiere at IFFO 2022. Our dedicated IFFO programming team has worked hard to deliver a diverse, challenging, entertaining, intelligent array of films from over 20 countries,” McSorley says.
Opening the festival is the Canadian film Wildhood by Two-Spirit L’nu director Bretten Hannam. Since its debut, Wildhood has endeared itself to audiences with its story of a rebellious two-spirit teenager who runs away from home to find his birth mother and reclaim his Mi’kmaw heritage.
IFFO runs March 9-20, 2022, with a new event, SAVE AS, taking place on March 10. SAVE AS examines issues of preservation, distribution, and exhibition of Canadian cinematic heritage. Production industry event the Screen Summit returns on March 19.
You can view the full schedule of films here. Each day of the festival presents at least two films, with seven (!) screenings on Saturday, March 19. There are both in-person and virtual screenings available. Keep your eyes on @apt613 social media for a chance to win a free ticket to a movie screening of your choice.
IFFO Passes are $200 and give pass holders access to all screenings. General admission tickets are $15, while interested parties can register for SAVE AS and Screen Summit for free. Tickets can be purchased here.