Ottawa Animation Festival: OIAF18 Call for Entries / Honorary President /

Here is the newest update on OIAF18!

1.  Send us your entries!

Our selection team is about to be pleasantly bombarded with a feast of animation wonders from around the globe. This is always an exciting time for the OIAF as our curators watch all the new submissions and slowly start to see the Festival’s identity for the year being formed.  Everyone is particularly excited about the brand new VR animation competition. Viewing and judging the VR entries will also require the team to engage with these projects in a whole new manner (goggles and interactivity!).

Entries are due May 25 and there is no entry fee.
OIAF invites animators from around the globe to submit their recent work in the following major categories:

Animated Feature
Narrative Animated Short
Non-Narrative Animated Short
Student Animation
Commissioned Animation (series, commercials, music videos)
Young Audiences – Preschool, Ages 6-12
VR Animation

Each year the OIAF receives more than 2,000 entries that are reviewed by the Festival’s programming team. Approximately 150 films will be chosen for Official
Competition and Out-of-Competition Panorama screenings. During OIAF18, juries comprised of animation professionals, media and local kids will sit with the audience
to judge the Festival competition screenings.

2.  Honorary President

Each year the OIAF chooses an Honorary President based on their impact on both the Festival and the art of animation.   

OIAF’s Artistic Director Chris Robinson explains his choice for 2018:

Since we first met in 1996, Gerben Schermer has been a guiding influence on my own curatorial philosophy at the Ottawa International Animation Festival. He taught me that I didn’t have to follow the standard path of salivating over conservative, technically polished works that looked pretty but said little. He encouraged me (as did my own non-animation arts background) to instead push and provoke the boundaries of animation.

Through the Holland Animation Film Festival (HAFF) – which Schermer ran from its beginning in 1985 until earlier this year – he has always steered clear of trying to appeal to a mass audience. Yet, he’s done more than most animation curators to open up the often-hermetic doors of animation. Through his interest in art, his use of graphic novel artists to do posters (e.g. Joost Swarte, Chris Ware, Art Spiegelman, etc.) mixed media events, and, more recently, his Expanded Animation series of art installations, he managed to create a bridge between the art, music and animation worlds.

Schermer has always been one step ahead of other festivals, spotting trends (e.g. Russian, Estonian, Chinese animation). And despite his reputation, Schermer was never anti-commercial. In fact, until 2010, HAFF only had a competition for commissioned films. HAFF was the first festival to go to find cool ads, IDs, PSAs, music videos, and TV work. Schermer always respected and celebrated the artistic element of commissioned works.

In celebration and recognition of a lifetime of passionate and unwavering commitment to the art of animation, we are pleased to welcome Gerben Schermer as the Honorary President of the 2018 Ottawa International Animation Festival.“

For more information about Gerben click here.



Einreichfrist für OIAF, Ottawa endet am 26. Mai!

The OIAF has a few things to report. 

1.  We are now accepting entries for the Official Competition.
2.  See the 2017 poster by Montreal artist Elise Simard
3.  Download our e-book of essays on OIAF Grand Prize Winners

1.  The OIAF is now accepting entries for the Official Competition. 

Entries are due May 26, and there is no entry fee. OIAF invites animators from around the globe to submit their recent work in the following major categories:

>Animated Feature
>Narrative Animated Short
>Non-Narrative Animated Short
>Student Animation
>Commissioned Animation
>Short Preschool Animation Made for Children 0-5
>Short Animation Made for Children 6-12
>Preschool Animation Series Made for Children 0-5
>Animation Series Made for Children 6-12

Notably, the children’s categories are now divided by age group. In addition to category prizes, submissions will also be considered for a variety of craft and other awards including the Film Critic’s Prize, which is new to 2017!

“With our first 40 years behind us, we’re getting started on year 41,” says Chris Robinson, OIAF Artistic Director, “We’ve made a few tweaks. The ‘Experimental/Abstract’ category is now simply ‘Non-Narrative’, student films have been rolled into a single category, and we have some additions: new category divisions for kids, and a brand spanking new Film Critic’s prize that will be awarded by accredited members of the Canadian and International media. Beyond that, we expect another year of groundbreaking and eclectic animation that you simply cannot see on television.”

Find out how to enter by clicking here

The stunning new poster was created by Montreal based animator Elise Simard, a film director who has contributed visual signatures and handmade special effects for documentary features and animated shorts. For the past 10 years she has been expanding her body of work through experimental and exploratory filmmaking – her favorite subjects being the ordinary, the sublime, and the imperceptible affairs of our human states.

Elise explains the poster:

„I wanted to create an image about the ecstasy of watching a film you are falling for – the feeling you get the moment you realize you are in for a treat, as you sit back and let your guard down. I wanted to create an image to honor the inspiring weird and beautiful films I see every year at the Ottawa International Animation Festival.“


40 years of Ottawa:  Collected Essays on Award-Winning Animation was created to celebrate the Festival’s 40th anniversary.  Editors Chris Robinson and Brittany Mumford asked some of the best animation curators, artists and historians to talk about each of the Grand Prize winning short films.

Essays include: 

Madi Piller on The Street (Caroline Leaf)
Olivier Cotte on La Traversée de l’Atlantique à la rame  (Jean-François Laguionie)
Keltie Duncan on Ubu (Geoff Dunbar) and Home Road Movies (Robert Bradbrook)
Patrick Mullen on Crac (Frédéric Back)
Franziska Bruckner on Odpryski (Jerzy Kucia)
Chris Robinson on The Frog, The Dog and The Devil (Bob Stenhouse), Bird in the Window (Igor Kovalyov) and Night of the Carrots (Priit Pärn)
Maureen Furniss on The Man Who Planted Trees (Frédéric Back)
Linda Simensky on Hen, His Wife (Igor Kovalyov)
Kelly Gallagher on Two Sisters (Caroline Leaf)
Mark Langer on The Wrong Trousers (Nick Park)
Ruth Lingford on Ring of Fire (Andreas Hykade)
Marc Glassman on Ryan (Chris Landreth)
Alexis Hunot on Milch (Igor Kovalyov)
Julie Roy on Dreams & Desires (Joanna Quinn)
Paul Wells on A Country Doctor (Koji Yamamura)
Marco de Blois on Chainsaw (Dennis Tupicoff)
Marcel Jean on Inherent Obligations (Rao Heidmets)
Nobuaki Doi on The External World (David O’Reilly)
Richard O’Connor on Moxie (Stephen Irwin)
Amid Amidi on Junkyard (Hisko Hulsing)
Ben Mitchell on Lonely Bones (Rosto)
Nicholas Thys on Hipopotamy (Piotr Dumala)
Paul Ward on Small People with Hats (Sarina Nihei)

Plus:  An Oral History of the Ottawa International Animation Festival and lots of links to clips and commentaries.

Just follow the link to purchase ($5) your format of choice. 


E-book:  (use with B&N, iBooks, Sony, KoboBooks, and Google)

Mobi:  (use with Kindle)

Mark your calendars:

Deadline for entries:  May 26

Ottawa is celebrating the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation so make sure to book your hotel before its too late.  It will be busy!   Passes will be on sale soon!

Get your company involved at the OIAF.  Click here for info.



Riesenglückwunsch: Evgenia Gostrer gewinnt Auszeichnung beim Trickfilmfestival in Ottawa

Evgenia Gostrer aus München gewinnt beim renommierten kanadischen Trickfilmfestival OIAF den Walt Disney Animation Award for Best Graduation Animationresizedimage200200-gostrer_evgenia

Die Jury begründete dies folgendermaßen:

„Subtle but very beautiful. Surprising narrative and emotional impact was achieved by minimalist technique … a touching story about everyday life of a member of society that is often invisible.“

Evgenia was born 1981 in Woronesh, Russia and moved to Germany at the age of 15. She studied design in Munich and animation at the School of Art and Design in Kassel, where she graduated in 2015. Evgenia is passionate about animating with clay, dancing and documentary films.


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THE REAL UNREAL – OIAF ANNOUNCES FEATURE COMPETITION Official Selections for Grand Prize include Mixed Media Documentary, Stories inspired by Real life, and Surreal Worlds that Reflect Our Own.

OTTAWA (July 6, 2016) – The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF), North America’s leading animation film festival, is pleased to announce the official selection for the Animated Feature Competition. This year’s collection includes a range of personal stories from Europe and North America, from the touching and poignant, to the wild and grotesque.

„It’s one of the strongest years we’ve had in the feature competition,” says Chris Robinson, Artistic Director at OIAF. “We’ve got a record number of Canadian features and what really impresses me is how utterly diverse and unique each film is. I don’t relish the feature jury this year. Picking a Grand Prize winner will not be an easy task.“ Read more


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