The Centretown Movies Outdoor Film Festival Wins Praise!

Since our inaugural summer in 2001, the Centretown Movies Outdoor Film Festival has strived to foster a sense of community in Ottawa, and we’ve done that primarily through the love of movies. And we’ve seen that community respond in full: in 2006, we moved to Dundonald Park to be able to expand our audience, and over the years, we’ve received more money through grants to obtain better equipment, and programming.

That has made the festival bigger and better each year, and 2018 is on track to follow that same pattern. And recently, we received some good news: we were named one of the top 20 film festivals in all of North America!

That’s the latest from FlightNetwork, North America’s leading travel agency, who releases guides on the hottest trends and festivals to seek out year in, year out. Here’s what they had to say about us:

“This FREE festival under the stars, is run purely by the passion of volunteers.

The festival runs for 5 weeks every summer, on both Friday’s and Saturday’s, in July and August. Every Friday night, they partner with a community organization. They present a film and gather donations for their organization. On Saturday nights, Centretown Movies presents a film of their own and collects donations to help support the festival and future festivals.”

That about sums it up—but our full programming this summer can be found here. We’re already in the thick of our 2018 season, and cannot wait to welcome more film lovers out from the community. See you out there! And be sure to check out FlightNetwork out on Facebook and Twitter.


Published by centretownmovies

Centretown Movies is an annual outdoor film festival created by the community, for the community, to revitalize underused urban space in Ottawa’s downtown. Every Friday and Saturday beginning in mid-July through the month of August, Centretown Movies shows popular, family friendly movies in our open-air, walk-in theatre in Dundonald Park. Admission is always pay-what-you-can. Centretown Movies is a volunteer driven project, run by a volunteer organizing committee. The festival has one paid employee—the festival coordinator, who is hired for six weeks during the summer. The project was founded primarily by a grant from the Trillium Foundation. The City of Ottawa provides some financial support and Centretown Community Health Centre (CCHC) sponsors Centretown Movies and provides assistance with staffing and administration. In the past, Centretown Movies has been sponsored by the Centretown Citizens Ottawa Corporation (CCOC), where we still store our equipment. The festival was launched in the summer of 2001. In 2006, the festival moved to Dundonald Park where it will be held this year. Previous seasons have been held at the old Technical High School field, in a vacant lot at the corner of Bank and Slater and on Sparks Street.

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