Ottawa Announces Selections

The Ottawa Int’l Animation Festival (OIAF) has released a list of films that have been selected to compete in this year’s 30th anniversary event. Among the 106 films in competition are shorts from new animators as well as seasoned vets including 1993 Oscar nominee Michaela Pavl’tov’ (Reci, reci, reci’), Annie Award winner JJ Sedelmaier (TV Funhouse), three-time Cannes winner Georges Schwizgebel (The Man with No Shadow), BAFTA nominee Run Wrake (Rabbit), Oscar nominee Joanna Quinn (Famous Fred) and three-time OIAF Grand Prize winner Andreas Hykade (Ring of Fire).

“A number of new films were completed just in time for the OIAF deadline and suddenly we had one of our strongest competitions in recent years,’ says OIAF artistic director Chris Robinson. ‘The result is a rather dazzling blend of funny, poignant, angry and, as always, provocative films that are sure to appeal to a wide range of tastes.”

Among the films scheduled to screen this year are Pavlatova’s musical erotic fantasy Carnival of the Animals, Quinn’s Annecy Grand Prize-winning humorous ode to film-making titled Dreams and Desires, Hykade’s The Runt, legendary New York animator George Griffin’s disturbing deadpan comedy titled It Pains me to Say This and Swedish animator Jonas Odell’s Never Like the First Time, in which four people recount their first sexual experiences. The fest will also feature the Canadian premiere of Wrake’s magical adult fairytale, Rabbit.

The Festival will have two international juries. Bruno Bozzetto (Italy), Arnaldo Galv’o (Brazil) and Jonathan Hodgson (U.K.) will oversee the Feature Animation, School and New Media competitions, while Konstantin Bronzit (Russia), Rob Coleman (Canada) and Jeff Scher (U.S.) will judge the Independent, Student and Commissioned entries. In addition, a jury of local children will judge the films in the Kids competition categories.

The 2006 The Ottawa Int’l Animation Festival will be held Sept. 20-24 in Ottawa. To view the full list of this year’s selected films and find more information on the fest, go to www.animationfestival.ca.