The idea of the Outaouais Film Festival (OFF) came about as the result of a "Night of cinephiles" in March 1998. During that event, more than 4,000 moviegoers were able to enjoy a different cinema. With mission to promote quality cinema here and abroad, Didier Farré (founder and director) founded the OFF festival in 1999 in collaboration with Radio-Canada and Le Droit.
For nine consecutive days, the festival offers more than a hundred projections of feature-length, short fiction and animation films and documentaries from some twenty countries.
As usual, the OFF offers a prominent place for national and international auteur cinema, particularly productions of Québec and Outaouais.