Deadline for Ottawa Submissions is June 1

The deadline is fast approaching for animators to submit their films for this year’s Ottawa International Film Festival.

Entries must be received by June 1, with preview DVDs due by June 15. There is no entry fee. Films are sought in six major categories: independent short films, feature films, new media, commissioned films, student films and children’s films.

This year’s festival, set for Oct. 14-18, celebrates the 70th anniversary of the National Film Board of Canada. Other programming highlights include retrospectives of the work of Don Hertzfeldt, Suzan Pitt and Stan VanDerBeek; animation from Quebec; the work of Germany’s Film Bilder; animator Jim Bashfield; contemporary queer animation and the Television Animation Conference.

More than 2,000 submissions are received each year, with only about 100 making the cut. Last year, more than 25,000 people attended the festival, including 1,700 industry attendees.

For details on submitting a film, visit www.animationfestival.ca. Email questions about submitting to [email protected] or call (613) 232-8769.