Ottawa Fest Reveals Official Selection

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William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg’s award-winning The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, the new Pixar short La Luna directed by Enrico Casarosa, Bill Plympton’s Guard Dog Global Jam and Fernando Trueba & Javier Mariscal’s Spanish film Chico & Rita are some of the highlights of this year’s Ottawa International Animation Festival, it was announced today.

The feature selection also includes Keiichi Hara’s Colorful, Phil Mulloy’s Dead But Not Buried and Mati Kutt’s Taevalaul (Sky Song). New animation from the National Film Board of Canada, with new work by legendary animators such as Paul Driessen (Oedipus), Koji Yamamura (Muybridge’s Strings), Georges Schwizgebel (Romance) and Wild Life, a new short directed by Short Film Palme D’or winners and Academy Award nominees Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis.

Ottawa International Animation Festival

Ottawa International Animation Festival

The four TV series that were nominated are Guru Studio’s Justin Time, Cookie Jar’s Mudpit, Radical Sheep’s Stella and Sam, and Fresh TV’s Total Drama World Tour.

OIAF longtime artistic director Chris Robinson pointed out, “This year’s competition features a mix of young and old. Alongside legendary animators like Paul Driessen, Georges Schwizgebel and former OIAF Grand Prix winner, Koji Yamamura, stand a number of exciting new works from a new crop of students around the world. The maturity and originality of these student films bodes well for the future of animation film.”

Chico and Rita

Chico and Rita

Out of 2005 entries received from around the world, 100 animation films have been selected for Official Competition, with an additional 51 showcase films were chosen to represent the efforts of the Canadian, Canadian TV, International, and Student communities. This year’s film selections originate from countries such as Canada, the United States, Estonia, France, Germany, Iran, Israel, Japan, South Korea and the United Kingdom.

La Luna

La Luna

More information and a complete listing of the film selections can be found on the OIAF website at: www.animationfestival.ca