The Ottawa International Animation Festival, OIAF 2020, is kicking off this week with a novel virtual edition that will make inspiring on-demand screenings, exciting live events and enlightening talks available to animation enthusiasts and professionals all over the world. Plus, opportunities to connect with studio recruiters and top schools and take advantage of an array of resources through Animation Exposé Fair — “visitors” can even reconnect with friends and meet new ones at OIAF Hangouts and join the digital dance party at NightOwl.
Just ahead of the event, which runs Sept. 23 to Oct. 4, even more stellar talks have been announced.
Join the Illumination and the Illumination MacGuff recruitment teams to say “Bello” to OIAF 2020 at the Making Joy & Discovery talk. Illumination, founded by Academy Award nominee Chris Meledandri in 2007, is one of the entertainment industry’s leading producers of event-animated films, including Despicable Me, The Secret Life of Pets and Sing. The company’s iconic and beloved properties, which are infused with memorable and distinct characters, global appeal and cultural relevance, include two of the top 10 animated films of all time.
Need to get your portfolio in order? Check out Portfolios with Walt Disney Animation Studios. Join artistic recruiter Matt Roberts and core recruiter Erika Beccera to hear about tips and tricks for creating your portfolio. The presentation is followed by a Q&A.
OIAF favorite Pixar is back — and they have a secret. They will launch their not-yet-released short film exclusively at OIAF 2020. Join the filmmaker (who could it be?!) for a behind-the-scenes talk and a screening of the film.
Cartoon Network is giving a behind-the-scenes look at their first TV movie We Bare Bears The Movie with creator Daniel Chong. Animation Magazine’s Ramin Zahed will moderate.
Netflix Animation is inviting you to Ask Them Anything! This is a four-part series providing an opportunity for attendees to connect and have a fun and open conversation with the Netflix Animation Recruiting Team in the areas of Story, Art, CG and Production Management. Participants are encouraged to ask questions specific to their areas of interest.
And Mercury Filmworks is presenting a Pitch THIS! inspired talk series sharing insights into animation development, getting projects off the ground and why creating Canadian originals is critical.
Check out the full schedule here.
Passes are available now at oiaf2020.ca/box-office.