OIAF, 26-30/9/18

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26 September 2018 - 30 September 2018
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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Festival Description

The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) is one of the world’s leading animation events providing screenings, exhibits, workshops and entertainment since 1976.  OIAF is an annual five-day event bringing art and industry together in a vibrant hub and attracting more than 28,000 artists, producers, students and animation fans from around the world.

2018 Festival News

2018 EXPOSÉ TALKS (29 Sep)

Catch a glimpse of the filmmaking creative process. Each presentation will kick off with a “Career Tidbits” blast and some will be followed by signings.

Talks Include:
You Got the Gig, Now What? - Three artists talk about what happens after you land that dream job.
Isle of Dogs: Behind-the-Scenes (With Andy Gent, Puppet Supervisor and Co-Production Designer, Paul Harrod, ‘Isle of Dogs’)
The Anatomy of an Action Sequence (with Mahyar Abousaeedi, Director of Photography - Camera, Pixar Animation Studios)
Inside Creative Development at Walt Disney Animation Studio (with Juan Pablo Reyes, Creative Executive, Walt Disney Animation Studios)
An Invisible History: Trailblazing Women of Animation (with Mindy Johnson, Animation Historian)

 Festival Trailer:

Created by Victory Arts.


Archive: Call for entries

Each year the OIAF receives more than 2,000 entries that are reviewed by the Festival’s programming team. Approximately 150 films will be chosen for Official Competition and Out-of-Competition Showcase screenings. During OIAF18, juries comprised of animation professionals, media and local kids will sit with the audience to judge the festival competition screenings.

Well, it’s that time again when Ottawa is pleasantly bombarded with a feast of animation wonders from around the globe. This is always an exciting time for us as we watch all the new submissions and slowly start to see the festival’s identity for the year being formed. We’re particularly excited about the brand new VR animation competition. It’s a testament to the quality of work being done in this new medium that we've decided it warranted a competition. Viewing and judging the VR entries will also require us to engage these projects in a whole new manner (goggles and interactivity!). Chris Robinson, OIAF Artistic Director

From 26 until 30 September, Ottawa will once again play host to the animation universe; a hub of inventive, mesmerizing, and provocative art. OIAF invites animators from around the globe to submit their recent work in the following major categories:


A - Feature Film
B - Independent Short Films Competition
C - Student Animation Competition
D- Commissioned Films Competition
E - Films/Videos Made for Young Audiences
F - Virtual Reality (VR) Competition

Eligibility Criteria

  • Only animated films that were completed after May 26th, 2017 are eligible.
  • The preview film must be submitted on a streamable URL link. The link must remain accessible until the end of July.
  • No registration fee is required.
  • Copies of works submitted for selection must reach the festival office on or before May 25th,  May 31st, 2018.
  • You must submit your entry form online through your OIAF login account. If you don’t have an account, click here to register.

For further details, you can read the Official Rules and Regulations of OIAF and check the F.A.Q. section. OIAF18 features a brand new VR animation category acknowledging and celebrating the exhilarating and pioneering work being done in Virtual Reality. In addition to category prizes, submissions will also be considered for a variety of craft and other awards including the Festival’s Academy Award recognized Grand Prize for Short Animation. Furthermore, there are National competitions for Canadian animators and a Canadian student competition.

OIAF will take place from 26 until 30 September 2018.


Event Dates

  • From 26 September 2018 to 30 September 2018


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