From September 16-20, Ottawa audiences can enjoy some of the most cutting-edge, thoughtful, and outrageous animation from around the world as the Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF), North America’s leading animation event, comes to town. Now in its 39th year, the annual celebration of all that is animated promises something for everyone, including nearly 150 animated works, as well as opportunities to meet and mingle with animation’s most celebrated stars, studios and characters.
“We’re pretty excited about the last year of our 30s,” says Chris Robinson, OIAF’s Artistic Director. “We’ve got fan favourites from the big studios, Oscar winners, along with our usual assortment of quirky, provocative work guaranteed to confuse, inspire and maybe even get under your skin a little bit.”
A star-studded list of animators will participate in this year’s festivities, including animation giants such as Bruce Bickford, Michael Kurinsky, Leah Shore, Patrick McHale, Sanjay Patel (USA), Michèle Cournoyer (Canada), and Kaspar Jancis (Estonia).
Directors from major studios such as the Cartoon Network, Disney, Pixar, Nickelodeon, and Sony Animated Pictures will also be in attendance for special screenings, talks and workshops, as well as the The Animation Conference (TAC), which runs parallel to OIAF, September 16-18 at Chateau Laurier.
OIAF Highlights for 2015 include:
An official feature film competition featuring four (4) of the most interesting and original animated features from around the world.
Five (5) official short film competitions featuring works selected by the OIAF programming team from over 2,000 entries.
Three (3) showcase screenings featuring outstanding, new animated work from across Canada and around the world.
Eight (8) special programs explore a wide range of animation styles and techniques and the work of today’s prominent animators.
A variety of entertaining programs and activities curated for young children, teenagers and families.
Dozens of engaging and informative presentations, talks and workshops designed to give audiences an inside look at some of animation’s biggest companies and schools, and a chance to meet celebrated personalities.
And many other exciting events and parties for professional animators, students and the general public taking place across Ottawa.
For a complete list of screenings, talks, professional development programs, exhibits and parties as part of this year’s OIAF and TAC, visit animationfestival.ca or download theofficial OIAF app for all the latest updates and information.
Ottawa International Animation 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 28,000 artists, producers, students and animation fans from around the world. This year’s OIAF runs September 16th–20th. For more information, visit the OIAF website at: