Ottawa International Animation Festival, September 2020 (dates TBC)

Deadline | Event Dates (period)
25 May 2018
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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2020 Dates TBC, Call for Entries to Follow

Festival Description

The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) is one of the world’s leading animation events providing screenings, exhibits, workshops and entertainment since 1976.  OIAF is an annual five-day event bringing art and industry together in a vibrant hub and attracting more than 28,000 artists, producers, students and animation fans from around the world.

2019 Call for entries (ARCHIVE):

The deadline for entry forms is Friday, May 31st, 2019. There is no entry or registration fee. Only animated films that were completed after May 25th, 2018 are eligible.
You must submit your entry form online through your OIAF login account. If your film has dialogue that is not English and is not subtitled, you must include an English dialogue script.

The Festival will have three juries: one international jury for the feature; one for independent, student, commissioned competitions and VR; and one Children’s Jury comprised of 6-13 year olds to judge the young audience competition finalists.

Submission categories:

A - Feature Film

  • Animated Feature: Animated film over 45 minutes in length.

B - Independent Short Films Competition

Short-format, non-commissioned animated films or videos. Suggested maximum length of 30 minutes.

  • Narrative Short: Structured with some sort of narrative or story.
  • Non-Narrative: Structured without a clear narrative or cause-effect plotline. Note: 'Non-narrative' does not mean 'dialogue-free'.

C - Student Animation Competition
Films made by students who are either currently enrolled in a high school, post-secondary or graduate diploma or degree or were so enrolled during the films’ production.

D- Commissioned Films Competition

Works that are funded and produced for specific commercial or promotional purposes.

  • Commissioned Animation: Including but not limited to commercials, title sequences, station/program identification spots, music videos, and animation series made for adults. Please note only one episode per series is eligible and is limited to 22 minutes and under.

E - Films/Videos Made for Young Audiences

Independent or commissioned films that are produced and distributed specifically for young audiences aged 0-12. Please note only one episode per series is eligible and is limited to 22 minutes and under.

  • Short Preschool Animation Made for Young Audiences: Any non-feature animated film (under 30 minutes) that is aimed specifically at young audiences aged 0-5.
  • Short Animation Made for Young Audiences 6-12: Any non-feature animated film (under 30 minutes) that is aimed specifically at young audiences aged 6-12.

F - Virtual Reality (VR) Competition

Immersive works that are created for the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive or Samsung Gear VR virtual reality platforms.

  • Immersive works: Independent and commissioned projects including but not limited to narrative short experiences, installations, time based works, interactive works, and non-linear narrative or non-narrative experiences. If applicable, please note only one episode in any series is eligible and all submissions are limited to an experience length of 20 minutes and under.

Festival prizes:

Grand Prizes

  • GRAND PRIZE for Best Animated Feature
  • GRAND PRIZE for Best Short Animation Category Prizes
  • PRIZE for Best Narrative Short Animation
  • PRIZE for Best Non-Narrative Animation
  • PRIZE for Best Student Animation
  • PRIZE for Best Commissioned Animation
  • PRIZE for Best Virtual Reality (VR) Animation
  • PRIZE for Best Preschool Animation Made for Young Audiences
  • PRIZE for Best Animation Made for Young Audiences 6-12

Craft Prizes

  • PRIZE for Best Script
  • PRIZE for Best Animation Technique
  • PRIZE for Best Use of Sound
  • PRIZE for Best Design

Other Prizes

  • Canadian Film Institute (CFI) AWARD for Best Canadian Animation
  • PRIZE for Best Canadian Student Animation


  • Read the regulations and submit your entry at the festival website
  • Submission deadline: 31 May 2019
  • There is no entry fee.

2018 Festival News (Archive):

2018 EXPOSÉ TALKS (29 Sep)

Catch a glimpse of the filmmaking creative process. Each presentation will kick off with a “Career Tidbits” blast and some will be followed by signings.

Talks Include:
You Got the Gig, Now What? - Three artists talk about what happens after you land that dream job.
Isle of Dogs: Behind-the-Scenes (With Andy Gent, Puppet Supervisor and Co-Production Designer, Paul Harrod, ‘Isle of Dogs’)
The Anatomy of an Action Sequence (with Mahyar Abousaeedi, Director of Photography - Camera, Pixar Animation Studios)
Inside Creative Development at Walt Disney Animation Studio (with Juan Pablo Reyes, Creative Executive, Walt Disney Animation Studios)
An Invisible History: Trailblazing Women of Animation (with Mindy Johnson, Animation Historian)

 Festival Trailer:

Created by Victory Arts.




Event Dates

  • From 25 September 2020 to 29 September 2020


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