One of the world’s best known and loved animation events is moving its screenings and talks online for the 2020 event, and the organizers are embracing the challenge. The extended online festival is running from September 23 to October 4.
“At first we wanted to mimic the live event as much as possible, but then the team started to think of ways we could take the things people love about the OIAF and make it more suited to an at-home experience,” said Managing Director Kelly Neall. “It’s a chance to get creative and try some new things.”
The OIAF team is researching the best platform to securely showcase the films for an international audience while also incorporating a social component. There will be artist talks, workshops and the chance to virtually meet with schools and recruiters. InGenius Jr for families will return, as well as the NightOwl party. Activities are being extended past the event’s usual five-day run so people can work it into their schedule.
While having a limited number of in-theater events is not completely off the table, with social distancing and reduced international travel it would be impossible to hold a traditional event. Eighty percent of OIAF attendees are from out of town including large groups of animation students coming from the U.S.A. Organizers felt it was also much too risky on many levels.
The Animation Conference (TAC), OIAF’s industry event, will move online as well. Director Azarin Sohrabkhani is working to involve decision-makers from around the world. “This is a great opportunity to meet with even more potential partners than the live event since travel has been taken out of the equation,” Sohrabkhani observed.
More information about Online OIAF will be rolling out over the summer including pass and ticket prices and programming details.
The OIAF is organized by the Canadian Film Institute (CFI), a not for profit, charitable organization dedicated to inspiring audiences and helping them discover the world of cinema.
Learn more at www.animationfestival.ca