Ottawa Festival to Showcase Tezuka, Czeck Animation

A special screening of short films by Japanese manga pioneer Osamu Tezuka (Astro Boy, Kimba the White Lion) and an international focus on the work of top Czech animators are part of this year’s exciting lineup of the Ottawa International Festival.

The 2010 edition, which takes place October 20-24, will also include a showcase of toons about furniture (including PES’ classic Roof Sex and Segundo de Chomon’s El Hotel Electrico), a round-up of the best work by Winnipeg animators, a special showcase of shorts created by women about women titled ‘XX in Animation’ and ‘Let’s Go Crazy,’ a wonderful collection of shorts about going crazy curated by Karl Cohen.

This year’s OIAF Signal Film is created by well-regarded design and animation studio J.J. Sedelmaier Productions (Schoolhouse Rock, Saturday TV Funhouse). The festival’s colorful poster is designed by Ottawa artist Andrea Stokes.

The deadline for submissions to the festival is June 1st. There are plenty of categories and no entry fee! For more info, visit