51 Animation Shorts for Ottawa International Animation Festival 2022

51 Animation Shorts for Ottawa International Animation Festival 2022

Getting the usual number of over 2000 submissions (2168 submissions, to be exact) the Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) selected 51 animated works for its Official Competition. The Canadian festival separates narrative (18 animated shorts) and non-narrative (8 animated shorts) competitions, coupled with 14 student animated shorts and 11 commissioned animated shorts.

OIAF 2022 returns to in-person shenanigans with yet another tray of provocative, befuddling, hilarious and heart-swirling animation films that deal with war, female desire, functional and dysfunctional families, backflips and the long-awaited meeting of two great ducks Donald and Daffy - OIAF Artistic Director Chris Robinson. 

Familiar names (Andreas Hykade, Tal Kantor, Nikita Diakur, Claude Lyuet, Lizzy Hobbs) are in competition.  The Shorts Competition, which includes Student, Narrative, Non-Narrative, and Commissioned categories, will be judged by Marko Tadic, Terril Calder and Jonni Phillips.

The full lineup:


  • 100 Miles, Louis Bodart, Canada
  • Amok, Balázs Turai, Hungary & Romania
  • Backflip, Nikita DIAKUR, Germany
  • Beware of Trains, Emma Calder, United Kingdom
  • Bird in the Peninsula, Atsushi WADA, France & Japan
  • Dealing with War, Andreas Hykade, Germany
  • Drone, Sean Buckelew, United States
  • Hotel Kalura, Sophie Koko Gate, United Kingdom
  • Koerkorter (Dog Apartment), Priit Tender, Estonia
  • Letter to a Pig, Tal KANTOR, France & Israel
  • Lucky Man, Claude Luyet, Switzerland
  • O Homem do Lixo (The Garbage Man), Laura Gonçalves, Portugal
  • Sierra, Sander Joon, Estonia
  • The Debutante, Elizabeth Hobbs, United Kingdom
  • The Flying Sailor, Wendy Tilby & Amanda Forbis, Canada
  • The Loach, Xi Chen & Xu An, China
  • The Record, Jonathan Laskar, Switzerland
  • Triangle noir (Triangle of Darkness), Marie-Noëlle Moreau Robidas, Canada


  • 11, Vuk Jevremovic, Croatia & Germany
  • CUBER, Vince Collins, United States
  • Donald Daffy, Peter Millard, United Kingdom
  • Iizuna Fair, Sumito Sakakibara, Japan
  • Intermission, Réka Bucsi, Hungary
  • Sed Saepe Cadendo, Gina Kamentsky, United States
  • The Hour Coat, Amy Kravitz, United States
  • Yin Mu (Silver Cave), Caibei Cai, China

Sed Saepe Cadendo


  • 25 years, KANG MIN KIM, South Korea & United States
  • Animal Collective – “We Go Back”, Winston Hacking & Michael Enzbrunner, United States & Canada
  • “Can’t negotiate the melting point of ice”, Yannis Konstantinidis & Marcos Savignano, United Kingdom
  • Cuco – “Caution”, Cole Kush & Christopher Rutledge
  • Mac Miller – “Colors and Shapes”, Sam Mason, United States
  • Online Business, “Downright Suspicious”, Momoka Watanabe, Japan
  • Pharell Williams – “Cash In Cash Out”, François Rousselet, United States & France
  • “PSSY”, Nayon Cho & Simon Wilches Castro, United States
  • “Save Ralph”, Spencer Susser, United Kingdom & United States
  • Kerwin Frost and Beats by Dre “The Cosmophones”, Dan Streit, Christopher Rutledge, United States
  • TVFCU – “A Place For All of Us”, Dale Hayward & Sylvie Trouvé, Canada & United States


  • & MORE, Tsz-wing HO, Hong Kong SAR China
  • 99¢ Pizza, Lucas Ansel, United States
  • Above the clouds, Vivien Hárshegyi, Hungary
  • Before Her Body Left, Yuxin Yang, China
  • Being Sisyphus for one second a day, Peixuan Cheng, China
  • Carlos Montaña, Ita Romero, Argentina
  • KLIMAX, Bea Hoeller, Germany
  • La bride (the dogs leash), Nicolas Piret, Belgium
  • Les larmes de la Seine (The Seine’s tears), Yanis Belaid, Eliott Benard, Nicolas Mayeur, Etienne Moulin, Hadrien Pinot, Lisa Vicente, Philippine Singer & Alice Letailleur, France
  • Mountain Blues, Lucie Levrangi, United Kingdom
  • Slouch, Michael Bohnenstingl, Germany
  • The Pattern, Péter Bogyó, Hungary
  • Vampire, Xian Zhong, Taiwan & United Kingdom
  • Zoon, Jonatan Schwenk, Germany

Young Audiences, Ages 3+

  • Don’t Be Scared (dir. Richard O’Connor, United States)
  • Fluffy Hour: PuiPui & MuuMuu “Selfish GyuGyu” (dir. Hiroyuki Mizoguchi, Japan)
  • Franzy’s Soup Kitchen (dir. Ana Chubinidze, France, Georgia)
  • Hush Hush, Little Bear (dir. Māra Liniņa, Latvia)
  • Konigiri-Kun Parasol (dir. Mari Miyazawa, Japan)
  • My Name is Fear (dir. Eliza Płocieniak-Alvarez, Germany)
  • Rain (dir. Han Yuki, China)
  • Spuffies (dir. Jaka Ivanc, Slovenia)
  • The Smortlyback Come Back! (dir. Ted Sieger, Switzerland)
  • Toddler Talks (dir. Diana Reichenbach, United States)

Young Audiences, Ages 7+

  • Hello Stranger (dir. Julia Ocker, Germany)
  • La Reine Des Renards (dir. Marina Rosset, Switzerland)
  • Letters from the Edge of the Forest (dir. Jelena Oroz, Croatia)
  • Lost Brain (dir. Isabelle Favez, Switzerland)
  • Luce and the Rock (dir. Britt Raes, France, Netherlands, Belgium)
  • Snails’ Breakfast (dir. Eugeniy Fadeyev, Russia)
  • Tales of the Salt Water (dirs. Tamerlan Bekmurzayev, Antoine Carre, Rodrigo Goulão De Sousa, Alexandra Petit, Martin Robic, France)

Animated Series Competition

  • Big Mouth – “A Very Big Mouth Christmas” (Henrique Jardim, United States)
  • Educational TV, Pablo Marcovecchio (Marco Caltieri, Uruguay)
  • Magical Caresses – “Masturbation: A Short History of a Great Taboo” (Lori Malépart-Traversy, Canada)
  • My Year of Dicks: Sex Talk (Sara Gunnarsdóttir, United States)
  • Safe Mode: Lana Among the Lilies (Justin Tomchuk, Canada)
  • Swop – “Dentist” (Job, Joris & Marieke, The Netherlands)
  • The Boys Presents: Diabolical – “John and Sun-Hee” (Steve Ahn, United States)
  • The Great List of Everything: Bathtub (Francis Papillon, Canada)

Ottawa International Animation Festival takes place from 21-25 September 2022.

(photo credits: Being Sisyphus for one second a day, Peixuan Cheng, China)

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