OKFF History


The 1st OKFF

From September 17 to 20, 2018, the Korean Cultural Centre (KCC) hosted the 1st Ottawa Korean Film Festival (OKFF), with the support of the Korean Film Council. The OKFF opened at the Alma Duncan Salon of the Ottawa Art Gallery with the film ‘i Can Speak (2017, dir. Kim Hyeon Seok),’ with Director Kim Hyeon Seok attending the festival to introduce his film to Canadian audiences. Under the theme of ‘Unshakable Story’, the OKFF screened a total of 5 films that celebrated the unwavering and powerful human spirit, attended by 900 K-Cinema fans in the national capital region.


Family, where story begins

The 2nd Ottawa Korean Film Festival began its 10-day festival on Tuesday October 15, 2019, running until Thursday, October 24. Co-presented by the Korean Cultural Centre(KCC) and the DMZ International Documentary Film Festival in Korea, and with the support of the Korean Film Council(KOFIC), the 2nd Ottawa Korean Film Festival (OKFF) hosted a wonderful lineup of films for fans of all ages and cinematic styles. Despite the wide range of genres, all the films chosen for this year’s OKFF shared a common theme under the slogan ‘Family, where story begins.’ A total of 9 films were screened at this year’s festival throughout multiple venues in Ottawa, including 5 fiction films and 4 award-winning documentary films presented by the DMZ International Documentary Film Festival.


The World Created by Cinema

On the occasion of 2020 Korea Week, the Korean Cultural Centre was pleased to host the 3rd Ottawa Korean Film Festival(OKFF), which took place online this year from Friday, October 2 to Saturday, October 10, 2020. Usually, the OKFF takes place in the fall in Ottawa, but in 2020, it took place entirely online due to the spread of COVID-19, making this year’s selection of Korean films available for streaming across Canada, in the safety and comfort of your homes. The theme of the 3rd OKFF was ‘The World Created by Cinema,’ showcasing a selection of 4 films that represent the unlimited boundaries of the imaginary world created by cinema such as in animation and fantasy.


You are invited to: Cities of Korea

The 4th Ottawa Korean Film Festival showcased diverse films and media artists’ works, featuring various images of cities across Korea, including Gwangju, Gokseong, Taebaek, Miryang, Jeju, and Gyeongju. During prolonged closures and travel restrictions due to COVID-19, all Canadian audiences were invited to virtual travel to diverse cities of Korea in the comfort of their homes. At the opening of the OKFF, three great films, “A Taxi Drive (2017, JANG Hun)”, “The Wailing (2016, NA Hong Jin),” and “The Hill of Wind (2020, PARK Sukyoung)” will be presented from September 20 to 30th. In addition, “Secret Sunshine (2007, LEE Chang-dong)”, “Moonfishing in Aewol (2019, PAK Cheol-u)”, and “Gyeongju(2013, ZHNAG Lu)” were screened from October 1 to 13th. Furthermore, the 4th festival introduced contemporary artists’ video works. Collaborating with the Total Museum of Contemporary Art in South Korea, the OKFF featured artists’ video works that depict urban structure and stories of the people living in cities. In addition, there were series of interview videos of participating artists and a curator talk.


Music & Dance

The Korean Cultural Centre is pleased to host the 5th Ottawa Korean Film Festival(OKFF), which will take place in-person and online this year from Tuesday, September 27 to Monday, October 10, offering Canadians an unparalleled opportunity to enjoy the best Korean films. This year’s theme is Music & Dance! The OKFF will introduce diverse independent and short films that were not easily accessible to Canadian audiences. Various films will be showcased in-person from Tuesday, September 27 to Sunday, October 2 at the Korean Cultural Centre and ByTowne Cinema, and online from Saturday, October 1 to Monday, October 10.