Ottawa Festival Deadline Only 3 Weeks Away

If you plan to get your animated projects considered by the prestigious Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF), you have about three weeks left to make the June 1, 2008 entry deadline.

The event, which takes place September 17 to 21, is considered one of the largest events of its kind: Last year’s edition had a total attendance of over 27,000 with 1500 industry passholders. As alwayas the OIAF will feature numerous screenings, presentations, parties and the Television Animation Conference (Sept. 17 and 18).

The Competition and Showcase screenings feature the best animation from around the world. Each year, by the June 1 deadline, the OIAF receives over 2000 entries. Only 100 are selected to be screened. Animators are invited to submit their recent work in six major categories including Independent Short films, Feature films, New Media, Commissioned films (TV series, commercials, music video etc), Student films and Work Made for Children. There is no entry fee. Preview DVDs must be received by June 16.

The 2008 Festival will feature retrospectives on animators Michael Sporn, Skip Battaglia and a tribute to Richard Williams as well as programs focusing on Animated Propaganda, Blue Toons: A Night of Naughty Animation, the New Wave of Japanese Animation and Animation Across Canada. Animated music videos are in the spotlight with retrospectives on Jonas Odell (Sweden) and Christopher Mills (Canada).

Acclaimed animators Marco de Blois, Duscha Kistler, Amica Kubo, Chris Mills and Jonas Odell make up this year’s distinguished jury. The 2008 poster was designed by Ottawa artist Howie Tsui.

Further information about this year’s Festival, as well as the online entry form, are available on the OIAF website at www.animationfestival.ca. If you have questions about submitting a film, you can send them to [email protected] or call 613-232-8769.