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Ottawa International Animation Festival, 23 Sep - 4 Oct 2020

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23 September 2020 - 04 October 2020
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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2020 Festival Coverage:

Ottawa International Animation Fstival is moving its screenings and talks online for the 2020 event and the organizers are embracing the challenge. The extended event is running from September 23 to October 4.

“At first we wanted to mimic the live event as much as possible, but then the team started to think of ways we could take the things people love about the OIAF and make it more suited to an at-home experience,” says Managing Director Kelly Neall. “It’s a chance to get creative and try some new things”

The team is researching the best platform to securely showcase the films for an international audience while also incorporating a social component. There will be artist talks, workshops and the chance to virtually meet with schools and recruiters. InGenius Jr for families will return as well as the NightOwl party. Activities are being extended past the event’s usual 5-day run so people can work it into their schedule.

While having a limited number of in-theatre events is not completely off the table, with social distancing and reduced international travel it would be impossible to hold a traditional event. 80% of OIAF attendees are from out of town including large groups of animation students coming from the USA. Organizers felt it was also much too risky on many levels.

The Animation Conference, OIAF’s industry event will move online as well. Director Azarin Sohrabkhani is working to involve decision-makers from around the world, “this is a great opportunity to meet with even more potential partners than the live event since travel has been taken out of the equation.”

Call for Entries  (Archive)

OIAF invites animators worldwide to submit their recent work to the following six competitions:

A - Feature Film Competition:Animated Feature: An animated film over 45 minutes in length.
B - Independent Short Film Competition: Short-format, non-commissioned animated films or videos. Suggested maximum length of 30 minutes.

B.1 - Narrative Short: Structured with some sort of narrative or story. (ie. "something happens")
B.2 - Non-Narrative Short: Structured without a clear narrative or cause-effect plotline.*  *Note: 'Non-narrative' does not mean 'dialogue-free'. Dialogue, i.e. narration, is fine.

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. Including but not limited to commercials, title sequences, station/program identification spots, music videos, and trailers.
E - Animation Made for Young Audiences Competition 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.

E.1 - Preschool: Any non-feature animated film (under 30 minutes) that is aimed specifically at young audiences aged 0-5.
E.2 - Ages 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: mmersive works that are created for the Oculus Rift, Oculus Go, HTC Vive/Vive Pro, 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.

G - Animated Series Competition: Works that are creates as part of an animated series for television, streaming, or the web and are not intended for children. Please note only one episode per series is eligible and is limited to 22 minutes or less.

Only animated films that were completed after May 31st, 2019 are eligible.

Festival Description

Each year the OIAF’s programming team receives 2,400 plus entries. Approximately, 100 films will be chosen as competition finalists and will be notified between late June to early July. Another 40-50 films will be screened as part of the out-of-competition panorama programmes.

Those selected films will be screened during OIAF20 and judged by international juries who will view the films alongside the audience during the festival.

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 30,000 artists, producers, students, and animation fans worldwide.

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.

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:

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Event Dates

  • From 23 September 2020 to 04 October 2020


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