Ottawa Fest Calls for Entries

Independent, commercial and student animators around the world are encouraged to submit recent works for the 30th annual the Ottawa Int’l Animation Festival. The 2006 event will held Sept. 20-24 in Canada’s capital city. Entry forms are due on June 1, 2006, and preview tapes/DVDs must be received by June 16.

Films may be submitted under eight umbrella categories, including independent short films, feature films, new media, music videos, commercials, TV shows, student films and films for children. A new addition for 2006 is the $30,000 TELETOON Canadian Student Animation Scholarship, which will be offered to nine Canadian students pursuing degrees in animation. Hopefuls are invited to submit their animated films directly to the OIAF for selection.

“We are delighted to add to this year’s OIAF program another vehicle for student’s work to be applauded,” says OIAF managing director Kelly Neall. “We are committed to providing a venue for students and up-and-coming animators to display their work and teaming up with TELETOON provides the possibility of reaching a wider pool of talent.’

In celebration of its 30th anniversary, OIAF will screen a film from a past Ottawa festival prior to each showing. In addition to the competition and non-competitive showcase screenings, the fest will include works by Warner Brothers animation legend Bob Clampett, Italian master Bruno Bozzeto, celebrated Russian Animator Konstantin Bronzit, New York experimental artist Jeff Scher, a selection of Bravo!Fact’s best animation shorts, and ‘Toon Town,’ a special celebration of animation produced in Ottawa.

The 3rd Annual Television Animation Conference will be held in conjunction with the fest. Canada’s only industry forum for television animation producers, broadcasters and buyers will be held at the Chateau Laurier Hotel on Sept. 20 and 21.

Other OIAF 06 events include the Animator’s Picnic, Technology Forum, and a special market for schools and recruiting. An online entry form and additional information of the festival and Television Animation Conference can be found at www.animationfestival.ca.