Ottawa Calls for Entries, Welcomes Students

The Ottawa Int’l Animation Festival (OIAF) has issued a worldwide call for entries for its 2005 event, being held Sept. 21-25 in Canada’s capital. Now that the Ottawa Int’l Student Animation Festival (SAFO) is defunct, student animators are welcome to submit this year, along with Independent and commercial filmmakers working in a variety of media. Entry forms are due by June 1, 2005.

Films may be submitted under six umbrella categories, including commissioned films, independent short films, student films, films for children, school showreel, feature films and new media. SAFO categories added to program include best school, graduate, undergraduate, elementary and secondary school film.

Another new OIAF twist is the creation of a Children’s Films competition that will be judged by a jury of local children. The 2005 schedule will also offer special programs such as a tribute to The Pink Panther, the best of Pee Wee’s Playhouse Animation, a spotlight on Slovak animation, a retrospective of award-winning Italian animator Guianluigi Toccafondo and a celebration of Canadian independent animation.

Television animation producers, broadcasters and buyers will also be in town for the 2nd annual Television Animation Conference, Canada’s only TV toon industry forum. The conference will be held at the Chateau Laurier Hotel on Sept. 21 and 22.

Submission preview tapes or DVDs must be received by June 18th, 2005. An online entry form and information on the festival and conference can be found at www.awn.com/ottawa. Inquiries may also be sent via e-mail to [email protected] or by calling (613) 232-8769.