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‘Don’t Know What’ and ‘Our Sound’ Win Top Prizes at Ottawa Festival

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‘Don’t Know What’ and ‘Our Sound’ Win Top Prizes at Ottawa Festival

Kenji Ebisawa’s acclaimed feature On Gaku: Our Sound and Thomas Renolder’s Don’t Know What were the winners of the Grand Prize for Feature Animation and the Nelvana Grand Prize for Independent Short this weekend at the Ottawa Intl. Animation Festival.The OIAF received a total of 2,424 entries from 93 countries and selected 117 for competition.

Here is the complete list of the winners of the 2019 edition of the popular festival:

Canadian Film Institute (CFI) Award for Best Canadian Animation
Physique De La Tristesse / The Physics of Sorrow by Theodore Ushev

Honorable mentions:
Finding Uranus by Ivan Li

Girl In The Hallway by Valerie Barnhart

Animation For Young Audiences: Preschool
Winner: Le Tigre Sans Rayures (A Tiger With No Stripes)

Animation for Young Audiences 6-12
Winner: Looney Tunes Cartoons: Curse of the Monkey Bird
Special mention: Matches and Teofrastus

Animated Series
Bee and the PuppyCat: Lazy in Space, “Little Fingers”

Best Script
Acid Rain

Best Design
The Six

Best Technique
Erodium Thunk

Best Sound
Slug Life

Virtual Reality

Commissioned Animation
Tricky Women 2019 Trailer

Non-Narrative Animation
Erodium Thunk

Animation Guild Student Award
Alfred Fauchet, Here and There

Cartoon Network for Best Narrative Short
Slug Life

Canadian Student Award
Finding Uranus, Ivan Li, Emily Carr University of Art and Design

Vimeo Staff Pick Award
Girl in the Hallway

Public Prize

Nelvana Grand Prize for Feature Animation
Our Sound: On Gaku

Nelvana Grand Prize for Short Animation
Don’t Know What

For more info about the Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) visit

Physique De La Tristesse / The Physics of Sorrow

Physique De La Tristesse / The Physics of Sorrow


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