After a wildly successful inaugural event, The Ottawa Adventure Film Festival (OAFF) is back for 2018 and even bigger than before. Founded and supported by Mike McKay of Five2Nine, an Ottawa based media production company, the OAFF is the only international adventure film festival in Eastern Canada. After selling out both screenings well in advance of the 2017 event, this year the OAFF returns to the Mayfair Theatre for four screenings running November 17, 18, 19, and 21. In addition, OAFF will be featuring the Canadian premiere of 3100: Run and Become at the University of Ottawa on November 22.
This year’s OAFF selection includes 30 films, almost 4 times the number of selections from the previous year. Adventure lovers will find skiing, cycling, kayaking, skating, and base jumping are just a few of the activities presented. To accommodate the staggering number of films, the festival is running 2 alternating programs this year so attendees with their hearts set on a specific film should check the schedule here.
Program A screens November 17th and November 19th and includes a screening of To The Top by Colin Harris for Take Me Outside. A Canadian non-profit organization, Take Me Outside works collaboratively with different community groups and organizations to educate Canadians on the importance of time spent outside and our connection with nature. Their short film features students from the Banff Elementary School as they head out for the quintessential kid’s wintertime activity: tobogganing. A short fundraising video for the project can be seen below, and really highlights some often overlooked benefits of time spent outdoors on individual development.
Program B screens November 18th and November 21st and includes a screening of The Passage by Nate Dappen. A filmmaker, Dappen was raised on stories of a legendary canoe trip undertaken by his Father Alan and his Uncle Andy in 1974 where they paddled from Washington State up to Alaska along what is known as the Inside Passage. Fast forward to 2015 and Nate learns that this epic tale didn’t have quite the ending he had been told as a child: the original expedition in ‘74 actually stopped a few hundred miles short of their intended destination of Juneau, Alaska. In the film, Nate (35) and his brother Ben (36) join up with Alan (65) and Andy (63) to finish the trip they started over 40 years prior.
Also new this year, OAFF and local paddling retailer Level Six have teamed up to introduce the Youth Outdoor Adventure Awards. The awards will feature one male and one female recipient, age 18 or under, who have had a positive impact on the local outdoor adventure scene, either through impressive athleticism or through outstanding community involvement. Nominations were open the public until the beginning of November and the award winners will be announced at the screening on November 21st. Winners will both receive a head-to-toe outfitting from Level Six, year long pro deals, and huge bragging rights.
The Ottawa Adventure Film Festival has screenings November 17, 18, 19, and 21. More information about the screenings as well as ticket information can be found at the OAFF website or on their Facebook page. The Mayfair Theatre is located at 1074 Bank Street and more information, including accessibility information, can be found on their website.